Amakusa is famous for delicious seafood, the leader Shimabara Rebellion Amakusa Shiro, beautiful Catholic churches, dolphin watching cruises and wonderful beaches. With all these attractions, Amakusa is a prime location for a fantastic holiday, especially in the summer. If you’re looking for a simple, budget hotel in Amakusa City during your stay, look no further than the Amakusa Plaza Hotel, which has also recently been renovated.
The Amakusa Plaza Annex Hotel is in a central location, close by to the 324 National Highway. It is only a few minutes walk away from the central Hondo bus station, and less than ten minutes walking distance from the Hondo Port – perfect if you’re arriving by boat. There is a convenience store across the street and several popular restaurants in the vicinity.
The bedrooms at the Amakusa Plaza Annex Hotel are simple and airy. At the time of my visit (before the renovation) I thought the room I stayed in to be pleasantly spacious, perhaps the biggest hotel room I had seen so far in Japan. However, the photographs on the website now make the rooms look a lot smaller than what I remember. Hopefully, it’s just a case of the photographs not being very flattering because the room size was one of the best parts of the hotel!
Single rooms (smoking or non-smoking) are furnished with a semi-double bed and cost 5,800 yen per night (for one person.) Breakfast is included. There is also the option for single rooms priced at 5,900 yen or 6,000 yen per night, which appear to have larger beds, but other than that they are very similar. For double rooms (smoking or non-smoking) the cost is 9,000 per night (for two people) and again the buffet breakfast is included.
Hotels that include a free breakfast are few and far between and always go down well with a budget traveller like me, especially when the meal includes both Japanese and Western fare. The breakfast room also (I believe) doubles as a restaurant or, at least, can be hired for private functions, and there is another restaurant on the 9th floor which, according to the pictures, is rather pretty with a nice view.
Amakusa is quite small in comparison to other cities around Japan and during our travels, we didn’t find many choices for the budget traveler. The website for the Amakusa Plaza Annex Hotel is quite confusing (and all in Japanese) but is a relatively cheap option. On the travel website Rakuten, it scores a passable 3.67 out of 5, with a similar score on TripAdvisor. So, it may not be the best of the best, but if you’re looking for somewhere convenient and inexpensive to stay in central Amakusa, check it out.
Amakusa Plaza Hotel Website*Japanese Only