Smart & Cheap Japan Travel

Unorthodox Japanese Accommodation: Capsule Hotel vs. Internet Cafe | May 7, 2010

In case you are new to Japan and looking for some cheap Japan accommodation then you need not worry as multiple living options are available to choose from. Many of the travelers have already discovered some cheap ways to get lodging. Capsule hotels and internet cafes are some of the most common alternatives to hotels available for travelers who seek to pay less and/or wish to experience something special. Though the space in these places is limited, they give you a sense of security and privacy.

The cost factor is greatly reduced in case you are looking forward to staying in capsule hotels. Earlier, these small hotels were designed for traveling businessmen or drunks who needed a place to crash until public transportation would recommence. However, these are now popular spots for people who cannot afford to pay the heavy price of living (temporarily) in major cities. These cheap Japan accommodation capsules may be 6.5 inches long and width wise they may measure around 4 to 5 feet. The space is pretty comfortable to sleep as they provide clean bed sheets, a pillow, and to top it all you get your very own Japanese television set.

Capsule hotels are a viable cheap Japanese lodging option, especially for those who would be staying in guesthouses that have shared bathrooms anyway. Capsule hotels provide public baths and sinks, and private lockers are also available for rent. Did I say that you get a TV in your little egg shaped room?

Apart from the capsule hotels the Japanese internet cafes, called “Manga Kissaten” due to the practice of coming there to quietly read from a vast collection of manga books, are another place that could be used to catch some sleep – affordably. However, these are meant for people who want to have some time out from home and want to relax surfing the net, or as mentioned above, reading manga.

Japanese Internet Cafe

Japanese Internet Cafe

Although these internet cafes do not have beds to offer, you would certainly find booths with a reclining comfortable chair or even sofa to rest your head on. They also offer some additional benefits like an all-you-can drink coffee, tea, and soft drinks bar, as well as food you could order. Not to mention the Playstation games, high speed internet, and DVD movies (also in English). Even if you are not looking for budget accommodation, be sure to try these Japanese internet cafes out for a couple of hours, perhaps on a rainy day.


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