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Published on : Friday, January 22, 2016
Just in time for the increase in visitor numbers, Japan’s budget accommodation options are on the rise – meaning a big sigh of relief for shoe-string travellers looking to explore Japan in a wallet-friendly way.
For 2015, worldwide visitors to Japan were up an incredible 47% to 19,737,400. This is just under the target of 20 million that the Japanese Government set for the Tokyo Olympics year, 2020. UK visitors to Japan were a record high of 258,500, a 17.5% increase on British visitors in 2014.
Japan is a fantastic location for foreign visitors hoping to experience a uniquely different way of life with a sense of complete safety and security. Combined with stunning natural beauty (as showcased last year in the BBC’s three part documentary series – Japan: Earth’s Enchanted Islands), and home to some of the world’s most well-loved dishes, it’s no wonder that UK visitors are more keen than ever to get their own taste of this enchanting and addictive island country.
This dramatic increase in visitor numbers has been putting pressure on the availability of accommodation in Japan’s bigger cities, but we are happy to report it is now leading to a boom in new openings for budget travellers looking for economical accommodation! Take a peek at some of the recent or upcoming openings and see what you can expect from hostels and business hotels in Japan in 2016…
Grids NihonbashiGrids Nihombashi East – Grid’s eight storey hotel is their second to open in Tokyo, with the design inspired by airport terminals, where visitors are encouraged to ‘cross paths’. The hotel provides travellers with different stay options depending on their budget, with two men-only floors and two female-only floors of dormitories from around £18, as well as luxury rooms for four people costing around £120. The hotel also has a lounge and restaurant bar on site, and officially opened on 15 January 2016.
Emblem Hostel Nishiarai – Just 20 minutes’ from Tokyo’s iconic Skytree, Nishiarai has a more local feel than the buzzing atmosphere of Tokyo’s Shinjuku or Shibuya districts, and is home to cozy eateries and izakayas, as well as traditional bath houses.