Lodging Options


Shinagawa Prince Hotel

At first glance with its aquarium, movie theaters and bowling alley, the Shinagawa Prince hotel is not the typical type of hotel/ryokan that we would normally choose. And you are right. But there are three reasons why we like to stay at the Shinagawa Prince: location, location, location. Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world with more than 35 million people living there (almost 1/3 of the population of Japan live in the Tokyo metropolitan area). While the public transportation system in Tokyo is excellent, if you don’t stay in the right area you can end up spending more time getting to your destinations than sightseeing. From the Shinagawa station just across the street from the hotel, you have direct access to Narita Airport, the Shinkansen (bullet trains) and easy access to many of the popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo by subway and train. And staying here will give you a well-rounded perspective when you will stay in a smaller, more traditional style accommodations. After all, these larger hotels are part of today’s Japan.

Hakone Yumoto Onsen


The Yajikitanoyu, located a short five minute walk from the Hakone Yumoto train station, is a breed of new ryokans appearing at onsens all over Japan. The literal translation of the Japanese name for these new-style ryokans are “stopovers”. The primary reason the Japanese visit an onsen are the baths.

The secondary reason for visiting an onsen is the baths. As you might guess, emphasis at these new-style ryokans is placed on the baths and the bathing experience.

The emphasis at the Yajikitnoyu, like these other new-style ryokans, is also placed on the baths and the bathing experience. There are four outdoor baths and one indoor bath at the Yajikitanoyu, all with natural, thermally-heated mineral water. You will also find a large and comfortable changing room including numerous lockers with keys. No meals are served at the Yajikitanoyu (unless you include the automated vending machines in the lobby which dispense hot entrees such as noodles and other fast foods) including breakfast. The guide will help with suggestions on where you can purchase your breakfast to eat in your room.


Kanazawa Miyako Hotel

The hotel is located a two minute walk from the east exit of the JR Kanazawa station,  and is connected via the underground passage. The hotel is close to the Oyama Shrine, Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden. The hotel provides complimentary wireless internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services and laundry facilities.


New Hiroden Hotel

Hotel New Hiroden is conveniently located 3 minutes to the West of JR Hiroshima Station South Exit, within easy reach from the heart of the city. The hotel stands is located beside the banks of Kyobashi River, one of the six rivers that flow through the city. The hotel is close to the Peace Park Museum and Park, Shukkeien garden and Hiroshima Castle. The hotel has complimentary wireless internet.


Ibis Style Kyoto Station

The ibis Styles Kyoto Station is a modern and stylish hotel located right in front of JR Kyoto Station, which is just a minute’s walk away. Guests also enjoy easy access to all of Kyoto’s major tourist attractions including the famous historical shrines and Gion entertainment area. The215 room hotel features a 24 hours service desk, free WiFi internet access and coin operated laundry facilities. Bicycles are also available for rent from the hotel.


Palace Side Hotel

Palace Side Hotel is located in the heart of Kyoto, and situated right next to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. It is also central to over a dozen historical sites, shrines, temples, and World Heritage sites. Travelers who want to immerse themselves in traditional Kyoto will feel right at home in this beautiful hotel. Features include a delectable restaurant, a bar/lounge, and massage rooms. There is also a Japanese teacher giving Japanese lessons to foreign guests in the lobby to help create a more enjoyable experience for travelers. Free wifi is available for added convenience.