Cheap hotels in Japan from $18
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Our top hotel picks for Japan
Spend the night before the rising sun.
Japanese hospitality is defined by omotenashi — wholehearted service grounded in mutual respect. Travelers can expect sleek design mixed with efficiency and a focus on relaxation.
Best luxury hotels in Japan
Nihon’s luxury hotels draw inspiration from soothing elements of nature — hot springs, fresh cedar and peaceful quiet.
With soaring views of the capital city, each room features sophisticated modern design complete with an oversized volcanic-rock bathtub for salt soaks. Aman Tokyo occupies the top six floors of a 38-story skyscraper in the city’s business district.
Catch sight of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mt. Fuji on clear days.
- Rating: 5-star
- Price range: Deluxe rooms start at 100,000 yen per night ($926)
- Key amenities: Meditation garden, Qi-realigning spa, Italian restaurant, lounge bar, babysitters available
Rest and rejuvenate next to the Hozu River at the Suiran Kyoto in the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. Staff in kimono provide a culturally authentic experience, surrounded by Masayoshi Matsukata’s calligraphy prints and shoji rice paper screens. Gyokutu Garden Terrace rooms feature peaceful private gardens and onsen.
- Rating: 5-star
- Price range: Single rooms start at 60,525 yen ($561)
- Key amenities: Spa, free parking, dining
Book one of 11 private villas deep in a bamboo forest on the island of Kyushu. Indulge in kaiseki haute cuisine prepared with local ingredients. And at night, relax in a private hot spring bath and admire the mountain view and stars from your straw-and-plaster stucco patio.
- Rating: 4.5-star
- Price range: Single rooms start around 64,400 yen ($597)
- Key amenities: Spa, free parking, smoking rooms available
Best cheap hotels in Japan
Cheap hotels in Japan offer capsule rooms: pods stacked atop each other that are accessible by ladders. In the best cheap hotels, capsules manage to be elegant, minimal and refined all at once.
Near the Sumida river, Andon Ryokan is just a 20-minute walk from old-world Asakusa. It prides itself on traditional Japanese hospitality: Expect tatami mats and collection of antiques on display. Staff are fluent in both English and Japanese.
- Rating: 2.5-star
- Price range: Singles from 6,020 yen ($55); doubles from 7,400 yen ($69)
- Key amenities: Free Wi-Fi and PC access, shared kitchen access, free jacuzzi use, laundry room, bicycle rentals available
The Millennials Shibuya
West of Tokyo in the heart of Shibuya City lies this futuristic concept with capsule-style rooms. Art pods on the fifth floor were designed by famous global creatives.
- Rating: 2.5-star
- Price range: Capsules start around 7,000 yen ($65)
- Key amenities: Multilingual staff, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, laundry service available
Manga lines the walls of each bedroom in this Kyoto capsule hotel. Guests get access to over 30,000 comic books in the communal relaxation space, complete with comfy sofas.
- Rating: 2.5-star
- Price range: A single bed in a mixed dorm starts around 4,900 yen ($46)
- Key amenities: Free Wi-Fi, self-serve laundry
Sauna & Capsule Spadio Hotel
Relax in a hot spring bath or sauna in the heart of Osaka, minutes away from ultimate shopping center Namba Hips. The hotel separates spaces by gender, and it’s near the Yotsubashi train station.
- Rating: 1.5-star
- Price range: Capsules start around 4,800 yen ($45)
- Key amenities: Free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception and bar, currency exchange, massage, dining
Estimated prices are based on the JPY to USD exchange rate as of July 2019 and may fluctuate.
Best cities to stay at in Japan
When choosing a spot to rest your head in Japan, consider whether you’re more attracted to neon lights or nature-soaked solitude. Better yet, make time for both.
Spiraling out from the emperor’s Imperial Palace in the city’s center, Tokyo fuses old world romance and futuristic energy. Think Meiji shrines, exquisite, walled-in gardens and fabulous shopping. Culture seekers should head to Ueno Park, home to the Tokyo National Museum, zoological garden and two major art museums. Pick up some souvenirs in the world-famous Ginza shopping district, and check out bookstores and universities in the northeastern Kanda district.
From Chion-in (aka the Vatican of Japaense Buddhism) to mountain temple Kurama-dera, a treasure trove of ancient temples and secluded gardens awaits in Kyoto. Visitors can spend time in the National Museum of Modern Art, and the one-room Kyoto Ukiuo-e Museum: a collection of woodblock prints by famous Japanese artists. Indulge in a traditional tea experience and visit one of the city’s five Hanamachi (geisha districts).
Nikko, Hakone, Kamakura, and other countryside towns.
Catch a respite from bustling city life by strolling through a bamboo forest or breathing in fresh mountain air. Stay at a traditional Japanese inn (ryokan) and bathe in communal hot springs.
Though Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka offer new-age appeal, travel back in time by driving through rural Japan to see well-preserved temples and shrines along the way.
Japan hotel deals
Experience hospitality only the Japanese can offer — whether at a pod hotel in the city or private villa in a bamboo forest. Next, book overseas transport with a cheap flight to Japan.
How did we choose these products?
We selected the hotels on our list by comparing star ratings, price ranges, key amenities and location. Price data was obtained July 2019 and is based on standard room rates. Keep in mind prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
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