I know many people have unusual hobbies, but I actually enjoy comparing hotel reservation sites. When I make a hotel reservation, I check various reservation sites and make a reservation at the site that I am most satisfied with. As such, I am very concerned that some tourists use reservation sites that are not very reliable. Therefore, on this page, I will introduce some hotel reservation sites that I recommend. Click on each image, the booking site will be displayed on a separate page.
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2 best comparison sites to search and verify the reputation of accommodations in Japan
There are really many sites that you can book a hotel or Ryokan in Japan. It is almost impossible to see all of it. So, the first thing I would like to recommend is ‘comparison sites’ where you can compare accommodation plans of many hotel reservation sites.
If you want to find accommodation that is right for you in some city such as Tokyo or Kyoto, I recommend that you first check in TripAdvisor.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest comparison site. It operates in 49 countries. It is available in 28 languages including English, Chinese, and Korean. The site offers two advantages.
First, by using TripAdvisor, you can gather information about the most rated hotels etc in the city you are going to go.
Secondly, you can find the cheapest accommodation plan among all the hotel reservation sites covered by TripAdvisor.
We especially appreciate the first advantage. Reviews on TripAdvisor are very helpful because of the diversity of opinions.
Travelko is operated by a company in Tokyo. It covers most of the hotel reservation sites in Japan. So, if you find a hotel you want to stay by using the TripAdvisor, then use Travelko to find the cheapest accommodation plan for that hotel.
English, Chinese, and Korean versions have recently been created. They have less information than the Japanese version. Nevertheless, Trabelleco is still the best place to compare accommodation plans in Japan. Please visit this site.
3 best sites to book accommodation in Japan
Weaknesses of Comparison Sites
Comparison sites such as TripAdvisor and Travelco have one major weakness. It is a time lag.
Comparison sites periodically visit and collect data on accommodation plans of individual hotel reservation sites. They will show you the lowest plans based on those data. However, that data may have been collected one day ago. When you visit the reservation site the plan may already be sold out. In addition, someone may have canceled a wonderful plan after the data was gathered. Great canceled accommodation plans will not be displayed on the comparison site. Then you can not find that wonderful plan. You have a risk of missing your opportunity.
The best way to get the cheapest lodging plans is to use Travelco. However, hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto are often fully booked. In particular, accommodation plans for popular rooms in popular hotels are sold out immediately. If you only use comparison sites, you will lose this opportunity. So, once you find a good hotel or lodging plan using a comparison site, we recommend that you go directly to a major site such as a reservation site.
You can find plans that are often overlooked on comparison sites by checking the following three main sites.
3 best sites for booking accommodation in Japan
Trip.com is the world’s third largest booking site in terms of revenue and available in 21 languages. Headquartered in Shanghai, the site is famous for its overwhelming lineup of accommodations, especially in Asia. Therefore, you may be able to book hotels that are not listed on other sites, so be sure to check it out! The rates for accommodation plans are also relatively inexpensive.
Rakuten is a company that manages huge EC sites comparable to Amazon in Japan. Rakuten has a hotel reservation site called Rakuten Travel. If you click on the image above, you can see the English version of Rakuten Travel.
Rakuten Travel is the reservation site that covers the most accommodation facilities in Japan. By using Rakuten Travel you can find both new hotels in Tokyo and small hotels in rural areas. Besides, Rakuten Travel’s accommodation plan is generally cheap.
jalan.net is a hotel reservation site operated by Recruit, a leading Japanese company. As with Rakuten Travel, jalan.net covers nearly all accommodation facilities in Japan. It also starts reservation of the new hotel quite early.
Rakuten Travel and Jalan net are the most informative hotel reservation sites in Japan. However, I think Trip.com is multilingual, easy to use and good value. Please check it out.
In addition, the lineup of Japanese hotels has been greatly expanded through a partnership with Ikkyu.com, which handles many high-end accommodations. Trip.com also offers 24/7 customer service, so you can use the site with peace of mind.
Others｜Reservation sites specializing in distinctive accommodations
In addition to these sites, other reservation sites have been launched one after another to meet diversifying needs, such as stayjapan.com, which specializes in short-term homestays and farm stays, and oakhouse.jp, which specializes in shared houses. We will introduce new recommended sites as they become available.
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