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5 Things to Enjoy While Staying in Hotel Rooms in Japan

Updated on November 17, 2011

Standard hotel rooms differ very little across borders. In fact, one could easily wake up in a hotel room and have no idea what country one is in until one turns on a television! To be honest, it's sad that hotels should be so internationally generic.

That said, hotel rooms in some countries offer neato perks that cannot be enjoyed elsewhere. Such is the case in Japan, where there are five things in particular that I make a point of enjoying during my (always too short) visits.

If you, too, should find yourself staying in a Japanese hotel room, I heartily recommend the following activities:

  1. Taking advantage of the pajamas, robe, and slippers: While hotels in Western countries often skimp on these features, slippers and pajamas (and if not pajamas, robes) are pretty common in Japanese hotel rooms. They're just fun! When I was a kid and traveling in Japan with my father, we used to take photos of us in our matching duds. I'd be swimming in my PJs and my father'd be pulling down the hem. Hilarity abounds.
  2. Enjoying the view: As is demonstrated in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, views from hotel rooms in Japan, especially Tokyo, are breathtaking. Megacities in general are something to behold, so enjoy the vantage point from your room by perching on the windowsill and gazing over the expanse of urban jungle (pants optional).
  3. Eating combini food: Food from combini stores (combini is the Japanese approximation of "convenience") in Japan is delicious, fresh, and cheap. This is a major benefit, seeing as the current yen to dollar conversion rate is brutal, and travel in Japan is generally pretty steep. Forget room service! Get takeout from the nearest 7-11 or Family Mart!
  4. Using the toilet. A lot: Japanese toilets are so cool! Heated seats, lots of buttons... what's not to love! Eat a lot, drink a lot, and go a lot!
  5. Watching Japanese television: Screw English channels! Japanese television ROCKS!!! I especially recommend game shows. They put American shows to shame.

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Safe Travels!

I hope that you have the opportunity to go to Japan soon, and if you do, be sure to enjoy the pajamas, view, combini food, toilet, and television in your hotel room! More importantly, of course, I hope that you spend most of your time outside your hotel room going on adventueres to shrines, cosplay cafes, fashionable neighborhoods, and beautiful castles.

Have you already been to Japan? What did you enjoy about your hotel room(s)? Let me know in the comments. And heck, if you've never been to Japan before, I'd love to know what unique perks hotel rooms in other countries offer as well! So share, share, share!


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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      8 months ago from North Central Florida

      Having lived in Japan for four years I so loved everything about that amazing country Even driving from work from one base to another (my husband was in the Air Force and that is why we were there) was an adventure. The traffic was horrendous and moved slowly snail slowly but I learned a trick from the natives of that land----when coming out onto the main highway if it looked like you would be sitting FOREVER one had only to raise your hand outside of your vehicle and the cars STOPPED and allowed you egress amazing We traveled a lot while there and stayed in many ryokans and found it simply enchanting this was in the 70s so much has changed since then Thank you for sharing Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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      6 years ago

      Honestly I agree with hayden., and I love the whole sell your squad idea. Personally I'd love to see pace beocme less of a factor. I'm a very total football kind of man, I love having passing specialists in my team and being able to dominate possession which is why I hate those stupid untalented quick guys some shit team sticks up top. I think I also want to see more specialization when it comes to stadiums, like if I'm at the etihad, I want the net to be black or if I'm at the bernabau I want the crowd right behind the goal instead of 80 yards away. I also want more freedom on celebrations. If I just scored a goal in stoppage time, I whhjhant to o rip my shirt off or go celebrate with the crowd or the subs. And if I'm up 6 or 7 nil why can't I just start walking emotionlessand give one of my teamates a gentle high five. I also want new commentators, like Macca or and Ian darke on ESPN who are the best! Rather than Clyde tilsley and his butt buddy Andy town send, I mean come on EA get creative!!!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I hope you get the opportunity to take your grandson to Japan someday soon, pstraubie48! I'm sure you'll have even more adventures!

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida

      Japan travels are always least such was the case when I lived there with my husband and small child. We stayed in many ryokans and it was always an experience to remember. Our food was served, if we chose to eat there, in a private room with 0ur friends who accompanied us on some of our trips. We also had food brought to our room in the morning for breakfast. At that time, I am not sure about now, fish was a breakfast food. One of the times that breakfast was delivered it was a fish served with side dishes. The whole fish, eyes and all, which again was common. We sat on tatami mats at our low Japanese table and prepared to eat. Our two year old daughter, walked around the table, looked at the serving dish, and said, " hi, fishy." O, my.

      I would love to take my grandson there one day. Thanks for sharing the tips that would be helpful today for sure. ps

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      7 years ago

      Hey Simone nice info abt Japan, now whenever i will visit Japan will enjoy the pajamas, view, combini food, toilet, and television in room!

      Thanks for info!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      SPACE TOILETS FTW, davenmidtown!!!

      I hope you'll be there someday soon, mistifields!!

      ByChanceTV, I am so chuffed to read that you're pleased with the format! Thankfully, 7-11 food in Japan is fresh, tasty, and safe! Though Japan is really the only country from which I'll make a point of purchasing convenience store food, heheheheheh.....

      While I think it's possible to obtain these coveted toilets in the U.S., it's a bit difficult... which is a terrible shame, isn't it K9keystrokes! Thanks for the kind words about the Hub :D

      I hope you'll someday get the opportunity to visit Japan khmohsin, so that you might enjoy these things yourself!

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      8 years ago

      I didn't visit to Japan ever,But about Japanese hotel I get cool information in 5 steps from your hub.keep it up,voted up :)

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      I had so much fun visiting this hub! I have a very good friend (American)who works in Japan and he refuses to return to the USA because of those amazing potty's you speak of! Simone, this was just a joy to WATCH, as well as read. I think video making is a perfect compliment to your work here at HubPages! Glad I made it by to soak up the fun!



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      8 years ago

      Awesome information. I was excited just reading this hub, wishing I was there. Thanks for sharing :)

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      David Stillwell 

      8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      That is like a space toilet! Great hub!


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