Rules in hotels
One of the characteristics of hotels in Japan is that they offer a lot of complimentary amenities. Shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are set in the room, and combs, shaving gear, and hair dryers are also usually prepared in the room. It is also characterized by high consciousness of cleanliness regardless of rank; there are slippers provided in the room, and even if you stay consecutive nights, the sheets and towels are exchanged every day, and you can stay comfortably even outside of luxury hotels. Owing to excellent sanitation, tap water in the room can be drunk. Some rooms allow smoking in many hotels, as they are relatively tolerant of smoking in the room in Japan, but many accommodations are divided for smokers and non-smokers, so it is good to be careful when making a reservation. In addition, tips are basically unnecessary at hotels in Japan.
The above can be said to apply to all hotels in Japan, but if you divide the Japanese hotels, there are three types; resort hotels, city hotels, and business hotels.
Facilities with which you can enjoy hotel life are enriched in the resort hotels of Japan, which is surrounded by the ocean and has a lot of hot spring areas. There are also resort hotels with large spas and a lazy river pool like one found in a water park. City hotels are located in urban areas. In high-grade hotels, you can see interiors decorated with Japanese style design. Such a luxury city hotel is longing for the Japanese, and at the accommodation destination you will also meet Japanese who spend a special day there such as wedding anniversary. Also, Japanese people who like nightscapes tend to prefer rooms with nice view on upper floors.
Hotel concierges provide various services at both luxury resort hotels and city hotels. Those with high levels of language skills will respond to the various needs of tourists. If you have any information you would like to know such as tasty shops and recommended sightseeing spots, it would be better to consult them. Sometimes they offer tourist information magazines for foreign guests. Also, many of the luxury hotels operate a shuttle bus that connects with the main station, and it is also pleasant that guests can use it free of charge.
Business hotels are so-called intermediate hotels, but because they have been developed for business trips of business people, they are very accessible and are well-equipped with various facilities. They are characterized by reasonable price range and self-service. When checking in, at city hotels a staff member carries your baggage, but at business hotels we receive the room key and carry the baggage by ourselves, and in some cases we need to bring the necessary items among the amenities located at the front. Still, there are hotels that serve free breakfast, you can taste Japanese food such as rice balls and miso soup, and moreover you may be able to enjoy local cuisine with breakfast buffet in local areas.
One thing to watch out for is room wear. The hotels basically prepare room wear in the room, and you cannot go out of the room with room wear in Japan in the same manner as you can in other countries. Yukata may be provided as room wear at business hotels, but you will be considered rude if you go out of your room with a yukata in hotels.