If you're a budget traveler, you know how important it is to minimize the 3 areas of traveling that are sure to put the biggest dent in your wallet and cut your travel plans short – food, accommodation, and transportation.
With so many people relying on AirBNB to provide affordable short-term housing in a place like Tokyo – one of the world's priciest megacities – it comes as no surprise that a lot of aggravation is to ensue when AirBNB is forced to pull the majority of its listings off the market. With Japan's new regulatory laws requiring hosts to retrieve appropriate licenses, most bookings have been canceled.
The folks over at The Matador Network have published a handy list of alternative housing solutions. You don't have to break the bank, and you don't have to cut your long-term travel plans short. Find a way to make it in pricey cities like Tokyo without sacrificing your standards, and you can make it anywhere.
I've stayed in Japan's capsule hotels, and they're fun! They're cheap, comfortable, and also offer a great way to meet other travelers. There's nothing quite like it, and I recommend doing it solely for the experience.
You'll get a bed to sleep in, a place to charge your phone with some USB outlets, some reading lights, and a storage locker for your personal belongings.
Yes, that's the restroom in a hostel I stayed at in Japan. And yes, that's one of Japan's famous high-tech, butt-warming, bum-washing, and toosh-drying toilets.
If you've ever stayed at a hostel anywhere else in the world, prepare to be blown away. Japan is known for its meticulous attention to detail, organization, and cleanliness. And their hostels are no different. With many hostels having the same service and decked out lobbies like a hotel, planning your stay at a hostel is a nice, cheap, and comfortable solution for those who just need a place to sleep while they're out exploring during their trips.
Most places also include a quick breakfast in the morning.