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Video:Japan Travel: Tips for Finding Hotels in Tokyo

with Nathan Buck

Finding hotels in Tokyo can be difficult for those unfamiliar with the city, but there are a lot of options. This About.com video will offer tips on finding lodging in Tokyo.See Transcript

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Transcript:Japan Travel: Tips for Finding Hotels in Tokyo

Hi, my name is Nathan Buck for About.com. Today I am going to give you a few tips for finding hotels in Tokyo.

You land at Narita airport feeling tired and jet lagged. I know you just want to drop off your bags and relax. But, the bad news is you still have to travel at least one hour to get to the center of Tokyo.

Tokyo Neighborhoods

When you are choosing your hotel, decide the area of Tokyo you'd like to stay in first. Tokyo is an enormous city, both in population and in land area, and it will help you to save your time and frustration later. Popular areas you can look for are Shinjuku, Ginza, Shibuya, around the Tokyo station, Shinagawa, Odaiba (Tokyo bay area) and Roppongi. However, it's good to know that there are several type of accommodations in Tokyo and you will be able to find different styles of hotels for all budget levels in each of these major areas.

Tokyo Hotels: Business Hotels

So-called business hotels are not just for the business traveler and are becoming popular accommodations for budget-minded tourists. The rooms are very simple and include a private bath, desk with Internet connection, and choice of western style or Japanese room.

Tokyo Hotels: Chain Hotels

Of course, most of the major international chains are well represented in Tokyo, such as Hilton, Marriot, Westin, Best Western and Hyatt. As you would expect, these hotels have western style accommodations and amenities. And you will also find fluent English speaking hotel staff and international cuisine. However, these hotels tend to be a little more expensive.

Tokyo Hotels: Luxury Hotels

Luxury hotels are for the travelers who wish to experience elegant guest rooms, usually with great views of Tokyo, spa, fine dining, and 5-star Japanese hospitality. The Imperial Hotel is a classic Japanese hotel opened in 1890. They call it the "State Guest House" and it is where many celebrities and dignitaries traditionally stay. It is located in front of Hibiya Park.

Tokyo Hotels: Ryokans

Ryokans are Japanese-style inns, and they are certainly more than just a place to sleep. Staying in a ryokan is a great opportunity to experience traditional Japanese style and hospitality: with tatami floors and futon beds and delicious home-cooked Japanese food. For sure, you will experience a whole new world staying at a ryokan.

Tokyo Hotels: Capsule Hotels

Another uniquely Japanese type of hotel is the capsule hotel. This is a very basic kind of accommodation for sleeping only - this is almost only for a single person and usually has a shared bathroom and is basically a locker designed to sleep in.

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