On arrival in Japan, one of the first things you'll need to organize
is a place to stay. Of course, the best Tokyo hotels
are among the most expensive anywhere. But for the short-term
visitor there is something for every budget, with the sliding scale consisting roughly of: hotels,
ryokan (Japanese-style inn), pensions (B&B), minshuku
(family-run guest house), business hotels, capsule hotels and
Long-term visitors or those
planning to stay and work have two choices: gaijin houses (guest houses)
or renting an apartment or house.
Gaijin houses are plentiful and cheap and have weekly or monthly
rates while finding an apartment can be a frustrating and expensive
experience. Most people start off spending a few months in a gaijin
house and move into an apartment when they've put some money together.
Free magazines available in bars, pubs and restaurants usually
have listings of gaijin houses and their rates.
Related Pages: Short-term accommodation | Long-term accommodation