I have to accept it. A mix of being 50+, alone, and not a conversationalist tends to make me stick out like dogs balls in the hostel setting.
|K’s House Tokyo, Kuramae|
At K’s House Kuramae (Tokyo) the hostel was very nice. The foyer and lounge area however was quite small, and filled with young, well traveled and connected people – eying each other off as well as providing recommendations about places to go to.
So where does a grey haired guy, old enough to be father of most of the travellers, sit in a room crowded with youngens? I felt like a Toolie at Surfers Paradise. And anyway, my hips don’t allow me to squat on the floor like a yogi.
I know, off to my private room! Very nice in the scheme of hostels, but really, really small, with a small TV. Atleast it was not a bunk room. And the toilet is shared. This cost 3,900Y which was a fair hostel price (about $60A).
But then in Nara I got a room at the Fujita Hotel – probably 4 stars – for 5,000Y (about $80A), the room had a big double bed, desk, lounge, and its own shower and toilet.This hotel had its own bar and restaurant as well. Too expensive for me to use though.
|Fujita Hotel, Sanjo-dori, Nara|
The trick with getting this hotel was to go to the information desk at the railway station. They had a list of hotels with rooms available for that night – all on special, and in any price range you wanted.
Most towns have numerous accommodation places, so its worth the risk not making a pre-booking and seeking out the last minute bargain.