Is there wifi at the hotels?
Yes there will be wifi available at the hotels. It would be advisable to buy a pocket wi-fi dongle before you arrive if you would like to have access to the internet while out and about. More information on this will be provided in your pre-trip information.
How are ryokans different from hotels?
The main difference between a hotel and a ryokan is that ryokan have traditional Japanese-style rooms with tatami straw-mat flooring.
Most guests will have a room with tatami straw mat flooring. 2-4 guest guests will share a room together sleeping on a futon laid out on the tatami.
Some guests that book private rooms will have a Japanese-style room with bed. These rooms include a tatami straw mat room as well as (Western-style) bed.
Generally the accommodation in Japan is quite small and space is limited.
Are there hairdryers?
Will I be able to do laundry?
Yes you will be able to do laundry at an extra cost in most hotels. .
Will the hotels have toiletries?
Yes, typically there will be a small selection of toiletries available at the hotels and generally shampoo / conditioner and body wash are provided.
Can I have an early check in on the first day since my flight lands early?
If your flight arrives early, you may be able to check in early, this is at the hotels discretion and dependent on availability. You will be be able to leave your luggage with reception and explore Tokyo while you wait.
Can I continue using the hotel facilities after check out on the last day since my flight departs in the evening?
Once you’ve checked out, you will be able to use the communal facilities of the hotel.