Advice and tips for an affordable stay

With the reopening of borders to individual travelers from October 11th, Japan is making a comeback on the traveler world map. It’s time to take advantage of the renovated hotel scene.

In Tokyo,

If you were thrilled by the Japanese Prime Minister’s announcement during his visit to New York on September 22nd, you may be among those excited to return to prepare for a much-postponed trip to the archipelago since Spring 2020. Then I shuddered and discovered the price of a plane ticket.? There are no more direct flights to the Japanese capital for less than €1,000, as was common before the pandemic. So should his trip to the Land of the Rising Sun be postponed?

The flight is more expensive, but longer because it bypasses Russian airspace, but on the spot the yen has fallen to its lowest level in 24 years (1 euro to 143 yen at the time of writing these lines equivalent) ) nevertheless favorable to European travelers. The hotel scene in Tokyo has changed a lot in the last few years. This offer has long been limited to his two main categories of hotels. business hotel They are comfortable and inexpensive, but often lack charm and cramped rooms. On the other hand, luxurious facilities for several hundred euros per night. More and more places are coming to make up for the lack of intermediate offers and are now betting in the middle. “Better than a business hotel, cheaper than a luxury hotel”general manager of Tokyo-based travel agency Arigato Travel, Lauren Shannon, sums it up: “This type of accommodation started to emerge just before the Olympics. During the pandemic, the sector has also taken advantage of the slowdown in activity to refurbish existing hotels and open others to better meet demand. built.”

Notice the new address

Major hotel groups now offer more affordable accommodations, such as Aloft (Marriott) and OMO (Hoshino Resorts), and organize guided tours around the area. Hoshino Resort / Photo Press

These new hotels Lifestyleclose to boutique hotels, with room prices of 15,000-25,000 yen (100-170 euros) per night for a double room, integrated into the local life of the neighborhood, more involved in the sustainable path tourism, professionals point out. “Breakfast is served with local products, less single-use plastic and more natural or recycled materials. We also make choices to help communities struggling with border closures..

She also recommends prioritizing recent facilities and considering their offers. More and more hotels offer a wide range of accommodation.A standard room in a slightly more expensive hotel offers comfortable access Place public baths, etc.good food or good coffee”Major hotel groups now offer more affordable properties such as Aloft (Marriott) and OMO (Hoshino Resorts) and organize guided tours around the area. If the platform is ideal for your hotel search, step back and look at the property’s website before booking, advises Lauren Shannon. “Prices can be more attractive and you can make specific requests. Also, all locations tend to look the same on the platform, so it’s an opportunity to get a better sense of the services offered.” will also be.”

Away from central Tokyo

Choose a residential area by opting for tourist accommodation that makes an ideal base for exploring Tokyo by bike along its narrow streets. blue planet studio / stock.adobe.com

Shibuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo Station…Full of bars, restaurants and other fun establishments, these central districts remain the most popular. It’s also an opportunity to discover the secret side of the capital city. Prefer residential areas such as the Setagaya district by opting for tourist accommodations that are ideal bases for discovering Tokyo by bicycle along the alleyways away from the Yamanote Line (which serves major stations in central Tokyo). Immerse yourself in the daily life of the district. Also, take the opportunity to shop at local grocery stores and try Japanese cuisine. Lauren Shannon also recommends…turn your back on the capital! “The surrounding prefectures like Chiba, Saitama and even Shizuoka are great for a more rural experience.”, she suggests. Reverse the trend: stop in the countryside, plan a day trip to the capital, and enjoy a quiet night. bed and breakfast, “Sometimes I’m asked to pick vegetables from the garden and they serve them for breakfast.”highlighting the experts.

go backwards in time

Although not as popular as cherry blossoms, viewing plum blossoms heralds the arrival of fine weather is still a deeply rooted Japanese custom. Amy Elliott / Le Figaro

This applies to any type of accommodation. Prices increase during Japanese school holidays and holidays, and during the popular cherry blossom season in spring. “The 2023 season is likely to be very expensive as hotels try to make up for shortfalls in recent years.” Predict specialists. So why not push your stay to the end of February to take advantage of another blooming, more intimate plum tree, or choose to explore Tokyo under cloudless blue skies in early January? ? We rejoice even more when the temperature plummets. hot spring – Hot spring water bath, a true Japanese way of life. In Tokyo, some traditional ryokan – Ryokan – have your own hot spring, Yuen Bettei Daita, which draws water from Hakone Onsen, which is famous for its healing springs. But if Tokyo is just the beginning of your trip, be patient. Ryokan Most appreciated in nature.

4 accommodation ideas:

Business hotels revisited: MUJI HotelFrom €140 per night (double room). hotel.muji.com

hotel Lifestyle : Aloft GinzaFrom 145 euros per night (double room). marriott.com

Urban Ryokan: Amusement Villa DaitaFrom €120 per night (double room). uds-hotels.com

My little house in Tokyo: Yadoya-san, from 135 euros for two people. airbnb.jp

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