Basis for J-Hopping
Traditional Japanese style guestrooms with tatami mats and futon bedding. Normally they serve dinner and breakfast. The rate is usually from around 8000 yen par person including 2 meals. If you take only breakfast, it would be around 5000 yen (This is kind of the cheapest ryokan)
Smaller version of ryokan. Normally a minshuku is run by a family and you can feel a homey atmosphere. The rate is almost the same as the cheapest type of ryokan (around 7000 yen with two meals).
Japanese style accommodation run by temples. The differences from ryokan /minshuku are:
Budget places to stay, which have at least one dormitory. Features and atmosphere vary between hostels. J-Hoppers hostels are categorized here. Most backpackers hostel are concentrated in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa. The number of backpackers hostels in Japan is increasing these days and you may be able to find something even in small cities. Please see our link for the list.
Hostels that belong to International Youth Hostel Association. There are around 300 Youth Hostels in Japan. Youth hostels are also good for your budget stay. The rates are normally 2500-3500 yen for a dorm bed. You have to acknowledge that many youth hostels charge additional 1000 yen if you don't have a International YHA card.
Some Youth Hostels are located in inconvenient area. Also, All Youth hostels in Japan has the curfew and the lock-out time between checkout time and check-in time, which are sometimes subject of complain by backpackers.
In Japan, the definition of "guesthouse" is hazy. It is sometimes the same meaning as "backpackers hostel". However, some of monthly share-houses are named "XXX Guesthouse", too. To make the things more confusing, some of the monthly guesthouses accommodate overnight guests without the license. So you'd better check out if the "XXX Guesthouse" is a right place when you make a reservation.
Toho-yado is a generic name of accommodations that belong
Extremely cheap places mainly for motorcyclists. You may need your own sleeping bag. The price range is 0-1500 yen per night. Many of them are underperforming (it is almost volunteerism). As well as Toho-yados, many riders houses are in Hokkaido. It would be ideal for budget cyclists travelling in Hokkaido or throughout Japan.
It is possible you fall into a "lodging refugee" if the day you intend to stay is a weekend or a special day like a fesitival. In case all hostels or hotels are are full, we will tell you a last resort.
There are some internet cafes in big cities. Most internet cafes are open for 24 hours. Many of them have a semi private box and a comfortable reclining seat is installed.
A karaoke boxes is a small private room to enjoy Karaoke.
In some big cities, there are some sauna building. The facility is some kinds of souna, Japanese style bath with shower and
If you a a couple, Staying in a love hotel must be a wonderful experience.
J-Hoppers Group Site
J-Hoppers Hostel Kyoto
The hostel opened in Kyoto in 2002. It's an 8 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. There are many important historical sites such as Toji Temple or Fushimi-Inari Shrine. The nearest bus stop is right in front of this hostel , which is on the quite convenitnt bus route to access to other major sights such as Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera or Gion.
J-Hoppers Hostel Hiroshima
The hostel opened in Hiroshima in 2006. The builing used to be a Japanese style ryokan and most guest rooms are Japanese style with tatami matts. Located near the Peace Memorial Park and A-bomb Dome. You can also go to Miyajima, which is one of the 3 most scenic spots in Japan, by tram.
J-Hoppers Hostel Osaka
The hostel opened in Osaka in 2008. It's just about 15 minutes walk to JR Osaka station, which has extensive travel links to everywhere. It could be a starting point for all sightseeing places not only Osaka but also Nara, Kobe, Koyasan and Himeji.
J-Hoppers Hostel Takayama
The hostel opened in Takayama in 2009. It's just 3 minutes walk to JR Takayama station. Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town. There are lots of historical spots such as Histrorical Govement House, San-machi-suji lined with stores selling the traditional wares and craftman's workshop and Hida Folk Village.