|Above, the Dormy Inn in Niigata. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
If a foreign traveler to Japan is on a strict budget and needs to find accommodations that is inexpensive, a Japanese business hotel is something to consider. I have stayed at a few over the years. On average, I've paid around ¥5,000 to ¥7,500 per night for a single room.
City-Cost.com has an article explaining what a Japanese business hotel is, features and costs. Some business hotels are a part of hotel chains, such as the Dormy Inn hotel chain, while others are private and non-corporate.
It begins with:
The ‘business hotel in Japan’ is something of an institution. An ever-present on the Japanese hotel scene, business hotels are the default selection for locals overnighting on a tight budget, their own or the company’s. Not exclusively the realm of the Japanese business person (salaryman / office lady), these hotels can make for a decent accommodation option for tourists and travelers of any shape, size, and nationality. You may also hear them referred to as ‘city hotels’, as predominantly, although not exclusively, this is where they are to be found, usually within easy walking distance of a train station. When considering the question, ‘How much does it cost to stay in a business hotel in Japan?, one also needs to clarify one’s own definition of a ‘business hotel’. In Japan, these places are synonymous with basic, no-frills functionality. This is not 5-star territory.To read more, go here.