Accommodation in Japan That You Didn't Know
Japan itself is an island country and its land resources are very limited. Some people say that the reason why Japan launched its war of aggression against China during World War II was due to an island crisis. Regardless of whether this is the case, as an island country itself is faced with natural disasters such as typhoons, tsunamis, and earthquakes. It will give people a sense of security.
In Japan, houses are mostly low. There are also tall buildings, but most of them are in big cities. Private houses are generally independent two-story buildings, very small. Every house has a yard, and plant some flowers, trees, and fruit trees in the yard. Their walls are very unique, some are hedges, and some are wood-like steel. The host's name and address will be written directly at the entrance of the courtyard.
Whether in downtown, residential or scenic areas, all the alleys are small and quiet. Although it is difficult to find the trash can, the ground is very clean. Because the alleys are small, the cars driven by the Japanese are relatively small. Large SUVs or commercial vehicles are rare in Japan. The alleys are small and numerous, like a maze, and you get lost without paying attention. Fortunately, if you get lost, turn on the navigation and find your destination. However, many road names on the map are in Japanese or English that you have never seen before, and it is easy to get lost.
Japan has less land, and it is conceivable that hotel rooms in Japan are not too big. Generally speaking, Japanese hotels use canopy beds. There is an empty suitcase under the bed for you. Putting a bed in itself is very crowded, so don't try to dominate your suitcase. The hotel room is small, the bathroom is even smaller. The toilet, washbasin, bathtub, etc. are squeezed together, and it feels like you cannot move your body. So many foreign tourists may not get used to it at first when they go to Japan. Fortunately, travel is generally short-term, and this kind of crowdedness will pass.
Not only the rooms are small, but the lobby is also very small. Labor costs in Japan are expensive. The hotel reception is usually one or two people. Stayed in a hotel and saw only two people from start to finish. One is the front desk and the other is the cleaner. Basically, hotels in Japan are not cleaned every day. If you live continuously, the towel will be changed the next day, and you need to pack it in a bag and put it at the door.
I remember there was a hotel where there was no one at the front desk when I checked out. To enter and exit this hotel, you need to enter the code provided by the hotel. The room is also electronically locked, and there is no room card or key. So when you check out, if there is no one at the front desk, you can just call the contact information left at the front desk and let it know.
For chain hotels like Toyoko Inn, there is a few more staff. There are usually two people at the front desk. Besides being responsible for check-in and check-out, they also do some other chores. In Japan, employees seem to be very diligent, and they will do well whether it is their own internal or external tasks. Toyoko Inn's hotel lobby generally doubles as a restaurant and business lounge area, and some business people can directly use the computers they provide to work here.
The breakfast at Toyoko Inn is very simple, usually rice, rice balls, curry rice, vegetable salad, miso soup, etc. In addition, the hotel will provide one or two kinds of bread. There will be black tea and juice, but there are not many varieties. It is absolutely possible for you to be full. But it is impossible for you to have a hearty breakfast. For tourists who don't have any requirements for eating, such a breakfast is completely acceptable.
There are washing machines and dryers in the hotel, both of which are coin-operated. If you want to do laundry, you can wash it once for 100 yen. However, washing powder is purchased separately. I remember it seemed to be a small package of 30 yen, enough to wash clothes once.
By the way, Toyoko Inn's room card is particularly interesting. Most meal cards are the kind of long keys, not the common proximity cards. When you check-in, the hotel will give you the room key. Every time you go out, the hotel will ask you to store your keys at the front desk to avoid losing them. Indeed, that kind of long and big key is really not suitable for takeout.
Toyoko Inn provides hosting services. If you book a hotel room and arrive before 3 pm, you can store your luggage in the hotel first. You can also leave your luggage at the hotel when you check out. The Japanese are very abiding by the rules and regulations, stipulating that the check-in starts at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and it will never be one minute earlier. If you arrive early and don't want to go out and stroll first, you can only wait.
Of course, every hotel is different. Toyoko Inn is not expensive and is located in a very convenient area. Many INN hotels are set up near scenic spots or food courts. For tourists, living here is very convenient. But the accommodation is determined according to each person's own situation, the factors considered are different, and the choice will be different.
Hot spring hotels like Onjuku Nono are twice as expensive as Toyoko Inn. But their rooms are about the same size, the only difference is whether they include hot springs. Onjuku Nono's breakfast is quite rich. If you want to eat more heartily, you can choose this hotel. It can definitely satisfy your appetite. After nine o'clock in the evening, the hotel also provides a bowl of ramen to residents for free. The corridors and lobby of the hotel are covered with tatami mats. If you are not used to walking barefoot, you can ask for disposable slippers at the front desk. If you don't want to store your shoes in the storage box on the first floor, you can also use a plastic bag to carry it back to the room.
It is worth mentioning that the shampoos and shower gels provided by Japanese hotels are very good, and they are all branded goods such as DHC. Really, Japanese hotels are satisfactory except for crowded ones. This is determined by their national conditions, so we can't blame the hotels.