Booking accommodation in Japan can be difficult for a number of reasons, such as international accommodation sites not always having adequate information around the different kinds of accommodation available in Japan, or some sites only providing information in Japanese which can make it difficult for non-Japanese speaking travelers. Let’s take a closer look at 5 online reservation sites which may come in handy for any future travelers wanting to secure accommodation for their Japan travel adventures, without too much hassle.
If you are a budget traveler keen for any opportunity to save as much money as you can, then Japan Youth Hostels (JYH) is the best option for you. They offer safe and pleasant accommodation facilities for as low as 3000 yen per night. There are nearly 350 youth hostels scattered all across the country from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Due to the immense success of this basic lodging concept, there is also an extended network of youth hostels in over 80 countries around with around 5500 youth hostels in the world.
It’s a great place to make friends but the only downside is you have to call them to book and ask for vacancies. Contact details, prices, a list of amenities, location, and further information is available on their website below.
Rakuten is an extremely popular brand in Japan due to being one of the largest online shopping sites in the country. However, on top of that, there is also a Rakuten travel site where you can book accommodation from an extensive list of hotels. It is, in fact, the biggest online hotel reservation site in Japan. They have 24/7 customer care service and real-time booking. So, you can book a hotel at any time. There are also special offers and discounts available from time to time too.
The “Selected Onsen Ryokan” is the largest multi-lingual portal for hot spring inns (onsen ryokans). The site has a reservation and information service facility for more than 200 onsen ryokans across the country. The site introduces each and every ryokan in a unique illustration with distinctive themes such as “No.1 Ryokan in Japan”, “Health and Spa” and so on. The site is available in 4 languages and 5 versions (English, Korean, China mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan).
If you want a huge list of hotels or ryokans to choose from, Japan Ryokan and Hotel Association is the perfect site to visit. There are approximately 3000 hotels and ryokans registered as members of this association. These are all categorized and are certified based on rigid membership criteria. They offer safe, secure, and pleasant accommodation. Japan Ryokan and Hotel Association is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Japan.
JAPANiCAN is brought to you by the JTB group, Japan’s largest travel company. You can make an instant online booking with over 4000 hotels, ryokans, and over 1000 tours to choose from. There are many packages on offer such as the ‘honeymoon package’ or ‘hotel + train package’ to choose from. There are also travel experts available too, who can provide any advice or recommendations through the site.
So, have you heard of these 5 online reservation sites before and have used any of them? If so, which is your favorite? These are 5 great user-friendly sites which make booking your stay while traveling through Japan easy peasy!