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    Japan Hotel & Resort Travel Guide

    Japanese culture is a fusion of East and West. Though skyscrapers, gigantic animated billboard,s and high-speed transportation systems dominate Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, the cities are still places where the austere beauty of a traditional Japanese sculpture garden is also revered. There are plenty of chain hotels in Japan, but you will see many other lodging options too, such as the traditional guesthouses called ryokans.

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    Tokyo's Ghibli Museum is an homage to anime, showcasing the work of one of Japan's top anime film studios. The Roppongi Art Triangle houses the Mori Museum, the Suntory Museum, and the National Art Center of Tokyo. While the Meiji-jingu Shrine, the largest Shinto shrine in Japan, is dedicated to the spirit of the early 20th-century Japanese emperor who presided over Japan's transition from feudal backwater to world power. While there are plenty of Japan hotel packages in Tokyo, language differences can make locating rooms difficult. Many travelers prefer to book reservations for a cheap Japan hotel deal before they leave home so that they can take advantage of discount rates.

    Travel to Kyoto, Japan's ancient imperial capital, on the Shinkansen bullet train, Asia's fastest high-speed rail. There are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, including the Kamigamo Shrine built in A.D. 678 on the shores of the Kamo River and the Nijo Castle, the donjon of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

    The Kyoto Imperial Palace, home to Japan's royal family for five centuries, is worth seeing too, and tours are free. The gardens surrounding the Palace, designed by the most famous landscape architect in Japanese history, are widely considered Japan's most beautiful gardens. Kyoto is also famous for its handicrafts and for being one of the best places to shop for textiles, pottery, fans, and curios to bring back home as gifts. A number of Japan hotel deals can be had here too.

    If you are interested in samurais, Matsumoto Castle features a superb collection of 16th-century samurai armor, the oldest extant kept in Japan, and a special chamber built in 1635 that was specially designed for viewing the moon. The Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa took 150 years to build, and it is one of the largest gardens in Japan, featuring knolls, trees, streams, ponds, and footpaths.

    Japan hotels are very comfortable, but Western tourists should expect a set of amenities that are different from what they are used to. The Japanese, for example, prefer to sleep on hard pillows. These cultural differences are listed on Expedia so that you find cheap hotel deals in Japan that offer your preferred amenities at reasonable prices.

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    Hotels in Tokyo

    Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku - Tokyo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

    2-3-1 Yoyogi, Tokyo - Map
    "sunroute hotel is great"
    i've always wanted to stay at the sunroute plaza shinjuku. i normally stay at another business type hotel (which smelled of cigarettes). this hotel is a bit roomier, bathroom area a bit larger and most importantly does NOT smell like cigarettes. i will be returning here on my next tokyo visit. i even enrolled myself with their point card. you can't beat this location as it's next to the JR station Southern Terrace. close to trains and shopping.
    A Traveller
    Across the street from Shinjuku Station, the hotel is one km (one-half mile) from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.More
    Century Southern Tower Hotel - Tokyo Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Century Southern Tower Hotel

    2-2-1 Yoyogi, Tokyo - Map
    "Fantastic hotel with excellent location + views!"
    We had two rooms in this hotel (a double and a twin). The twin room was more spacious than the double but both were near the top of the building giving fantastic day and nighttime views across the city. The hotel is in a great location, just 5 minute walk from Shinjuku station. It's within walking distance of the buzzing neon Shinjuku and of course well connected via the station itself. The rooms were very clean and well stocked with high quality and generous amounts of toiletries.
    Traveller from London
    Located in Shinjuku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Takashimaya Times Square, Tokyo Metropolitan Government …More
    Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main - Tokyo Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main

    3-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Tokyo - Map
    "Close to Shinjuku station and restuarants"
    First hotel on arrival in Japan. Staff very welcoming, especially after long flight and travel from airport. A good hotel with useful facilities such as coin laundry. Best to book well in advance as very popular.
    Traveller from UK
    Located in the central Shinjuku neighborhood, this hotel is 0.3 km from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 0.7 km …More

    Hotels in Osaka

    Namba Oriental Hotel - Osaka Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Namba Oriental Hotel

    2-8-17, Sennichi-Mae, Osaka - Map
    "Nice Hotel with beautiful garden and convenience."
    Nice Hotel with beautiful garden, very convenience location, comfortable bedding.
    A Traveller
    Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade …More
    Hotel Universal Port - Osaka Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Hotel Universal Port

    1-1-111 Sakurajima, Osaka - Map
    "Simply Amazing"
    Excellent staff, very helpful and friendly, accomodating to tourists. Walking distance to Universal Studios and train station. Excellent stop for anyone travelling using a JRail Pass and who want to see the sights of Osaka. Good views from the room and generally a very quiet hotel despite hoe busy it is! The lobby can get a bit crowded though however lots of services and even places to get tickets to Universal Studios or currency exchange.
    Traveller from Sydney, Australia
    Located in Konohana, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Osaka Takoyaki Museum and Universal CityWalk® Osaka. Universal …More
    Swissotel Nankai Osaka - Osaka Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Swissotel Nankai Osaka

    5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, Osaka - Map
    Right in the centre of Namba shopping district and right next to the train stations to get around the rest of Osaka. An abundant amount of restaurants within a few minutes walk.
    Traveller from Sydney Australia
    The stylish Swissotel Nankai Osaka hotel sits directly atop Namba Railway Station, which offers direct trains to Kansai …More

    Hotels in Kyoto

    Hearton Hotel Kyoto - Kyoto Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Hearton Hotel Kyoto

    Oike-agaru, Higashinotoin St. Nakagyo, Kyoto - Map
    "Central for walking to the Imperial Palace & other"
    Staff were very friendly and helpful. Ask and it is delivered with a smile. Easy walking to key sites and the subway to others is around the corner. Nearby restaurants and convenience stores abound. The reception desk arrange a seamless door to door airport transfer at a very reasonable rate. Cold Asahi available on your floor. We loved it.
    Traveller from Bendigo, Australia
    The Hearton Hotel Kyoto is in the city center, a 2-minute walk from the Karasumaoike subway stop and 3 stops from Kyoto …More
    Hotel Monterey Kyoto - Kyoto Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Hotel Monterey Kyoto

    604 Manjuya-cho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto - Map
    "Perfect location in Kyoto"
    We got a free upgrade to a large room with 2 beds and a huge bathroom. The bldg. is old and the hotel is not modern but it's ideally located in Kyoto. Clean and spacious rooms.
    A Traveller
    In the city center, this 13-story hotel is two blocks from the Kyoto Art Center and five blocks from the Imperial Palace.More
    Hotel Keihan Kyoto - Kyoto Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Hotel Keihan Kyoto

    31 Higashikujyo-nishisannou-cho, Minami, Kyoto - Map
    Hotel very close and convenient to Kyoto Station. We were originally given a room that smelled like a smoking room (we asked for non-smoking). The staff was super helpful in correcting it and finding us a new room.
    A Traveller
    Located in Minami, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and …More