Travelling on a Budget? Travelling alone? Don’t mind / like the college dorm experience of sharing rooms and community bathrooms? Like meeting strangers?
Congratulations!! You qualify to stay in a hostel! The Japanese hostel experience is one I will definitely recommend. It was absolutely incredible! Most hostels are located in great locations with public transport accessibility. The hostel staff are courteous and you have just enough of all amenities and space.
As I ended up staying in a mix of hostels and hotels, here is a breakdown of the two options, from my experience:
|Price||Cheaper of the two – $30 – $40 / person. There are also ‘Private Room’ options for 2-3 people that comes up to about $70 – $100 / room.||Cheapest hotel starts at around $110 – $120 and can go up to $250 for an average room.|
|Space||Limited personal space, bathroom and general areas are roomy.||Ranges from very small and cramped rooms to larger ones, but the whole space is yours.|
|Hidden fees||All fees and taxes ae declared upfront, no hidden fees||The usual hotel taxes, no hidden fees either.|
|Location||Great locations, public transport accessible for. Some hostels are located right in the middle of major markets or shrines!||Location can vary based on preference. Better locations would cost more.|
|Safety||Safe. The front desk is usually closed at night, but there are gate codes and cameras every step of the way in (at least 2 electronic gate / door codes).||Very Safe, front desk and security are fully staffed at all times.|
|Staff||Extremely friendly and fluent in English. Very helpful!||Friendly and cordial but communication was a little harder compared to the hostel staff.|
|Check-in and Check-out||Hostel receptions are usually closed between 10PM – 7AM. Check-in within these hours might not be available. Note your hostel’s timing beforehand. This is why I needed to book hotels occasionally.||As the reception is open 24/7, you are not restricted to make it to your hotel at a certain time.|
|Amenities – Towels, toothbrush etc.||All amenities are available for purchase / rent. Prices are very reasonable between 1-3 dollars per amenity.||All amenities are included in your room with no extra costs.|
|Availability||Need to book about 3 months ahead to get the desired hostel and room. They fill up very fast.||The hotels are usually available for last-minute bookings.|