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Japan: places to stay as a family, medium budget

14 days ago

Hi All,
For our 20th wedding anniversary we are looking for a 3-week trip to Japan, starting July.3.2020. Looking for Japanese places to stay with or kids who are 11, 15 and 18 yrs old. We want to experience Japan so if you have a great tip, please share.
Either a family room or two rooms
Cities: Tokyo, Kioto, Osaka, Hiroshima
Thank you very much for your help

10 replies
United States of America
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13 days ago

I would look at Airbnb.com for places to stay, just a recommendation - and Congratulations on 20 yr Anniversary!

Netherlands
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13 days ago

Hi Michael, thanks for the congratulations. And do you have any experience in Japan on Airbnb?

United States of America
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13 days ago

Hello Adger, We have not used Airbnb in Japan yet, we've only used it here in the USA, but we have reserved a couple of places for our upcoming trip to Japan. We have not had any issues with stay in USA, so we are hoping for the same for our upcoming stays in Japan.

United States of America
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13 days ago

As Kathrin mentioned below, there are Apartments listed on Booking also, but we have never reserved any through Booking, so you might want to check those out also

Germany
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13 days ago

No sure what your thresholds are but recently there are quite a few appartments available in Tokyo. We stayed in one last year and liked the fact that it had wifi, laundry and a kitchen.
They are not necessarily located in the middle of Tokyo but public transport is really good in japan and easy to understand, even if you don't speak japanese.

Netherlands
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13 days ago

Hi Kathrin, have not given this any thought, do you have a name of the appartement? Thanks

Germany
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12 days ago

We stayed in Tokyo Yatsuya at "casa Tokyo" but unfortunately this seems currently unavailable. But you check for apartments there are still several other location.

Singapore
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13 days ago

Hi, I just came back from Japan few days back. I would strongly recommend Ainokura & Kanazawa.

Australia
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11 days ago

As already suggested, if there are 5 of you, look at AirBnB.

We've stayed at AirBnB places in Kyoto, Tokyo and Kanazawa and have a couple of places booked for an upcoming trip in a couple of months. When there are 5 of you, it will be hard to find hotels that have a room that can accommodate all of you (4 maybe but 5 is pushing it...) so you end up having to take at least 2 rooms and that can start to get expensive.

New registration requirements were introduced for (short-term) apartment rentals in Japan in June 2018. As a result, 80% of the listings on AirBnB disappeared overnight. They have started to come back, presumably as owners have completed the registration process (which appears to be a serious, inspection-based exercise and not just a form-filling, tick-the-boxes exercise). A legitimate AirBnB should have a registration number in its listing but, even so, that is of course no guarantee that it (or the registration number) is legitimate.

Everything in Japan tends to be 'smaller' - and that extends to hotel rooms and apartments (some of which can be tiny, particularly compared with what you may be used to). We rented a studio apartment in Shinjuku - who knew you could get a bath, a wash basin and a toilet in a closet that small? 😀 That said, it had the most comfortable (king size) bed we've ever encountered anywhere in Japan.

Most AirBnB apartments provide facilities that hotels often don't (laundry, kitchen etc.) so they have their advantages. The kitchen may however be minimal - often no more than a hotplate - but there are so many places to eat out, 'cooking at home' is not something you need to worry about.

When you do want to eat 'at home' - breakfast perhaps or occasionally in the evening, two places to get supplies are convenience stores ('conbini' - primarily 7-Eleven, Family Mart and Lawson, as well as others) and 'depachika' - department store food halls (usually in the basement).

https://www.eater.com/2017/2/21/14668440/tokyo-convenience-store-conbini-snacks

https://www.insidekyoto.com/daimaru-basement-food-floor-kyoto

AirBnB apartments obviously vary in size - and in price. We stayed in one in Kyoto (near Toji Temple) last year when there were 3 of us. It supposedly slept 13 -- two bedrooms on the top floor, with a total of 6 beds, 2 sofas in the living room on the 1st floor, and a tatami room with who knows how many futons on the ground floor. Two toilets but only 1 bathroom. It suited the 3 of us fine ... though 13 would be a bit chaotic! When you review AirBnB apartments, study the photos carefully. What do the beds / sleeping arrangements look like? Do they look like they will be comfortable? In particular, pay attention to whether there are sofas or armchairs. Many apartments are furnished in a 'Japanese style' - meaning low seats, basically on the floor. For some of us, the first criteria is "does it have comfortable armchairs or sofas for us to sit on when we come back from a hard day of flogging around playing tourist?" Many places immediately disqualify themselves on that criteria ....

You mention Kyoto and Osaka. I would just stay in Kyoto and day-trip to Osaka as needed. Given how excellent public transport is in Japan, it's easy to do day trips to quite distant places (from Kyoto, to Himeji, Hiroshima etc.) and it helps if you have a 'base' and don't have to change accomodation too many times.

Vietnam
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11 days ago

You can check it in AirBnb. There are a lot of apartments with the price ~ $150-$200 per night for 5 members family.

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