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Japan roundup: five must-have experiences

By , June 24, 2018

Japan is becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination due to the weird and wacky experiences on offer. Dine on ramen and sea-urchin, visit an animal cafe where you can enjoy a coffee with an owl on your shoulder or drive the streets in a game of REAL LIFE MARIO KART. Hit the ski-slopes of Niseko and Hakuba or kick-back in a traditional Ryokan. When it comes to hotels experiences in Japan, the possibilities are endless.

Here’s our roundup of the five best Japan accommodation experiences.

Save money, and experience a Capsule Hotel

Japan is the queen of kitsch, and it doesn’t get much more kitsch than staying in a capsule hotel, known locally as Kapuseru Hoteru カプセルホテル.

So what is a capsule hotel? Basically it’s less of a hotel room, and more of a single bed in its own pod – think futuristic space travel-inspired sleeping quarters. Kapuseru Hoteru’s are perfect for the no-fuss traveller, budget conscious or those who want to try something a little different.

Experience traditional Japanese hospitality at a Ryokan

Once used as free rest houses for long-distance travellers, these Japanese inns typically feature woven-straw tatami mats (畳)futon bedding (布団), and onsen hot spring baths (温泉) – all the original gems you’d expect from Japan.

Stay at the ski slopes of Niseko and Hakuba

Ski lovers can be glad that Niseko and Hakuba in Japan abound in ten or more metres of the best powder snow per season. Just a red-eye flight from Australia, you could be feeling fresh to hit the slopes as early as the next morning!

Sleep in a room dedicated to Hello Kitty

The owners of Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo have created eight Hello Kitty themed rooms, so avid fans can live out their dreams. If you’re going to do experience one themed hotel in Japan, this it it!

Visit an adults-only ‘Love Hotel’

Love hotel’s, known locally as rabuhoteru are a type of short-stay hotel, bookable by the hour offering adults a private space for intimacy. Often themed, love hotels are widely accessible throughout Japan.