Food and photography from an American in Tokyo

It is interesting to think about the minor changes one experiences while living in a different country. The major changes are inevitably going to stand out immediately and will be noticed without much effort. Changes like going from being part of the majority (blond-haired, green-eyed individuals are not rare in Minnesota) to being part of the minority, for example. Or going to the grocery store and having no clue what the check-out lady is saying to you because, um, it’s in a different language.

Yes, living in another country brings with it a large number of huge changes. There are the more subtle, quiet changes that peak out from around every little corner, waiting to be noticed. The slow, steady reliance on sign language as a way to understand that check out lady at the grocery store. Or the way you begin to notice the difference in sound between a restaurant that uses silverware rather than the ever-present chopsticks. The clanking of metal on the plates becomes a welcome, unexpected reminder of “home”.

One of the many small changes in our life since moving to Japan has obviously been our eating habits. We are blessed to be surrounded by amazing seafood- something vastly different from our lives in the landlocked states of the Midwest. Our rice cooker has become a staple in the kitchen. What could be easier than pressing a button and a short while later having perfectly made Japanese sticky rice? With our current state of chaos- OK, chaos might be too strong. Let’s try that again- we are blessed with work. Therefore, our rice cooker has been getting a good work out lately. Meals like this rice bowl topped with salmon sashimi, a poached egg, radish sprouts and a sprinkling of furikake have replaced our grilled cheese and tomato soup (which used to be our go-to meal when our schedules began to fill up.)

I love how the hot rice gently heats the salmon and the flavor of the creamy egg yolk brings each component of the bowl together (and yes, I am a little obsessed with poached eggs in case you were wondering.) And the furikake adds a great flavor- slightly salty, nutty, and in this case a little spicy, furikake adds a beautiful contrast. Comforting and simple. This dish is great for creativity, too. Instead of the salmon, you could use chicken, sauteed shrimp, or another protein. Or, skip the meat and stick to veggies and the egg. I really like adding a couple slices of avocado to my rice bowl as well.

We are on vacation in Michigan right now, but I wanted to take a minute to share a little fun from Japan with you!

A few years ago, I joined the team over at Japan Eats. It was great fun and they just recently put up a video of one of the Japan Booze Blind episodes that I was in. This one was a blind tasting of awamori, a spirit from Okinawa. It’s got quite a kick to it, so tasting 3 of them was tough work, but someone had to do it! Here is the link to the most recent post, plus a link to the very first one where we did a blind tasting of Japanese third type beer.

Three years ago today was the most terrifying day of my life. The shaking during the 9.0 earthquake in Japan was awful. I was in my second grade classroom with all of my students, their sweet faces peaking out at me from beneath their desks, not able to fully process what was happening. A few items fell off the wall. My arms bent at the elbows along with the movement of the tile floor. I had an inflatable globe hanging on the wall that bounced around like a ping pong ball. Once the earthquake stopped, there was complete silence (a rare thing to experience inside a school). The inflatable globe continued to sway, slowing down ever so slightly. The silence didn’t last long though. We quickly evacuated the school and made our way outside to the soccer fields where we experienced several after-shocks.

I watched the old, tall trees around us sway but it was not the same swaying trees do in the wind. The clouds above us were swirling in a very strange way as well. Everything seemed out of balance. Brad (we taught at the same school) and I looked out at the students sitting on the field and realized that the ground was literally rolling beneath them. We didn’t know how long this would last. We didn’t know if our dog was OK inside our first floor apartment.

We didn’t know that as we sat there a tsunami was forcing itself into the shore line.

We didn’t know the water would move so far inland that it would bring the sea floor along with it, burying buildings and people.

We didn’t know that as terrifying as the earthquake was for us, it didn’t end there for many others.

We didn’t know that 3 years later the struggle would not be over.

The fear we felt could not compare to what hundreds of thousands of others experienced that day. For many, the fear continues.

Brad traveled to Ishinomaki, one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami, with a group of teachers and friends to help with clean-up a few weeks after the earthquake and tsunami. He met people who, despite having less than nothing to offer, showed hospitality to their group. In the midst of the loss and the fear and the continual after-shocks and the ocean sludge all around, they were able to show appreciation and composure in a way I believe is unique to the Japanese people.

After living in Japan for 4 years, I learned so much. I’m learning even more as I watch them rebuild and recover with grace after such devastation.

Hotels City Rating

Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Shinagawa Prince Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Very good

Park Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo

Tokyo Marriott Hotel  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Yuyutei Hotel Iwaki  3 stars

Iwaki (Fukushima)

Royal Park The Shiodome Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Shinjuku Washington Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Villa Fontaine Shiodome Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Isaribi Hotel Higashiizu  4 stars

Higashiizu Superb

Kinugawa Onsen Hotel Tochigi  4 stars

Tochigi Fabulous

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Shiba Park Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Niwa Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

New Miyako Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Tokyo Prince Hotel  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Hotel  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku Hotel Minakami  3 stars

Minakami Superb

Apa Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Hatori Hotel Kaga  4 stars

Kaga (Ishikawa)

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Citadines Shinjuku Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Nikko Narita Hotel  4 stars

Narita Fabulous

Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Sakura Terrace Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Hakone Hotel  3 stars

Hakone Fabulous

Kurama Onsen Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Marunouchi Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Kanra Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto

Hotel Monterey Sapporo  4 stars

Sapporo Fabulous

Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Noku Kyoto Hotel  4 stars

Kyoto

Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Shibuya Granbell Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Shinjuku Prince Hotel Gunma  3 stars

Gunma

Royal Park Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo Hotel  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Spa World Hotel Osaka  3 stars

Osaka

Radisson Narita Hotel  4 stars

Narita Fabulous

Hotel Mume Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Exceptional

Century Southern Tower Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon By Hulic Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Courtyard By Marriott Tokyo Station Hotel  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Kyoto Tower Hotel  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Sunshine City Prince Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Houshi Hotel Komatsu  4 stars

Komatsu (Ishikawa) Exclusive

Ana Crowne Plaza Kyoto Hotel  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo

Hotel Mystays Kyoto Shijo  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Rusutsu Resort  4 stars

Rusutsu

Hotel East 21 Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel Izumisano  4 stars

Izumisano Superb

Tokyo Dome Hotel  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Granvia Osaka Hotel  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Claska Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Gion Hatanaka Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Yudanaka Tawaraya Hotel Yamanouchi  4 stars

Yamanouchi

Akihabara Washington Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Resort Hotel Olivean Shodoshima Tonosho  4 stars

Tonosho (Kagawa)

Kidoike Onsen Hotel Yamanouchi  3 stars

Yamanouchi

Remm Akihabara Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Hotel Monterey Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Ana Crowne Plaza Osaka Hotel  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Ryotei Rangetsu Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Sakura Terrace The Gallery Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto

Hotel Route-Inn Ashikaga Ekimae  3 stars

Ashikaga

Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku Hotel  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Citadines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo Hotel  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Hakone Ginyu Hotel  4 stars

Hakone

Jr Kyushu Blossom Shinjuku Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Moon Ocean Ginowan Hotel & Residence Okinawa  4 stars

Okinawa Fabulous

Hotel Mystays Asakusa-Bashi Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Rose Garden Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Granvia Hiroshima Hotel  4 stars

Hiroshima Superb

New Hankyu Osaka Hotel  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Kumamoto Castle Hotel  4 stars

Kumamoto

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel  4 stars

Hiroshima Superb

Remm Hibiya Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Kanra Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Courtyard By Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Hearton Kyoto Hotel  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto

Hotel Edoya Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Satorikan Hotel Niigata  3 stars

Niigata

Uematsuya Ryokan Ueda  4 stars

Ueda

Huis Ten Bosch Henn Na Hotel Sasebo  3 stars

Sasebo

Royal Park Hotel The Haneda Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Mikawaya Ryokan Hakone  3 stars

Hakone

Sasara Hotel Gero  3 stars

Gero

Hotel Mahoroba Noboribetsu  4 stars

Noboribetsu

Grand Prince Takanawa Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo

Kyoto Century Hotel  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Superb

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Pricia Resort Yoron  4 stars

Yoron Guest rating

Metropolitan Marunouchi Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Tokyu Stay Shinjuku Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Cross Hotel Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Superb

Arashiyama Benkei Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto

Matsubaya Ryokan Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Hokuten No Oka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort  4 stars

Abashiri Superb

Ufufu Hotel Izu  4 stars

Izu (Shizuoka)

Sakuraya Hotel Hatsukaichi  3 stars

Hatsukaichi Fabulous

Hotel Yu Paradise Sakura Chiba  3 stars

Chiba Guest rating

Blue Ridge Hotel Toyooka  3 stars

Toyooka (Hyogo)

Asakusa View Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Tokyu Stay Shibuya Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Green Plaza Hakone Hotel  4 stars

Hakone Fabulous

Metropolitan Edmont Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Hotel Monterey Ginza Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Nikko Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Superb

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hoshino Resort Tomamu Sapporo  3 stars

Sapporo

Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Superb

Dotonbori Hotel Osaka  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Westin Osaka Hotel  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Kozantei Ubuya Hotel Fujikawaguchiko  4 stars

Fujikawaguchiko Exclusive

Kaneyoshi Ryokan Osaka  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Nara Hotel  4 stars

Nara Superb

Crest Hotel Kashiwa  3 stars

Kashiwa

Toyoko Inn Tokyo Shinagawa-Eki Konan-Guchi Tennozu  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Keikyu Ex Inn Shinagawa Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Grand Prince New Takanawa Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Shin Osaka Sunny Stone Hotel  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Biwako Hanakaido Hotel Otsu  4 stars

Otsu Exclusive

Kagetsu Hotel Fuefuki  4 stars

Fuefuki Exclusive

Kadoya Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Narita Gateway Hotel  3 stars

Narita Fabulous

Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Hotel Monterey Hanzomon Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Mystays Haneda Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Fujiya Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Fabulous

Meriken Park Oriental Hotel Kobe  4 stars

Kobe Superb

Hotel Musashiya Hakone  3 stars

Hakone Fabulous

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

The B Roppongi Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Asia Center Of Japan Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Apa Hotel Tokyo-Shiomi-Ekimae  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu  4 stars

Narita Fabulous

Hotel Mt. Fuji Yamanakako  4 stars

Yamanakako Good

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa  4 stars

Kanazawa Superb

Takayama Kanko Hotel  3 stars

Takayama (Gifu) Fabulous

Mercure Tokyo Ginza Hotel  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Sapporo Grand Hotel  4 stars

Sapporo Superb

Senkei Hotel Hakone  3 stars

Hakone Very good

Yokohama Sakuragicho Washington Hotel  3 stars

Yokohama (Kanagawa) Very good

Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Ueno Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Shibuya Tokyu Rei Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Apa Hotel Shinjuku Gyoemmae Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Sun Queen Hotel Naha  3 stars

Naha

Yunohana Resort Suisen Kameoka  4 stars

Kameoka

Mitake Hotel Hakone  3 stars

Hakone

Ikumatsu Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Exclusive

Takeda Castle Town Hotel En Asago  3 stars

Asago

The B Akasaka Mitsuke Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Roppongi Hotel S Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Very good

Hotel Grand Arc Hanzomon Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Jal City Haneda Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers  4 stars

Kobe Fabulous

Prince Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Superb

Sadachiyo Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Motonago Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Very good

Hotel Wbf Sapporo North Gate  3 stars

Sapporo Exceptional

Hokkaikan Ohanabo Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto

Mount View Hakone Hotel  3 stars

Hakone Exceptional

Green Rich Hotel Osaka Airport Ikeda  3 stars

Ikeda (Osaka)

Grand Palace Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Celestine Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Nishitetsu Inn Shinjuku Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa Nago  4 stars

Nago Superb

Quintessa Hotel Sasebo  3 stars

Sasebo

E-Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Villa Fontaine Roppongi Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hotel  4 stars

Fukuoka (Fukuoka) Fabulous

Shinjuku New City Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Sunroute Plaza Tokyo Hotel Urayasu  4 stars

Urayasu Superb

Ana Crowne Plaza Narita Hotel  4 stars

Narita Fabulous

Naraya Hotel Kusatsu  4 stars

Kusatsu (Gunma) Fabulous

8Hotel Fujisawa  3 stars

Fujisawa Fabulous

Shibuya Tobu Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Gracery Ginza Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Monterey Akasaka Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Hotel Shiragiku Beppu  4 stars

Beppu

Seikoro Ryokan Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Kishigon Ryokan Shibukawa  4 stars

Shibukawa

Gion Ryokan Karaku Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto

Asaya Hotel Nikko  4 stars

Nikko Superb

Kawaguchiko Hotel Fujikawaguchiko  3 stars

Fujikawaguchiko Guest rating

Minamikan Hotel Matsue  3 stars

Matsue

Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto Ekimae  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hirashin Ryokan Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Apa Hotel Osaka Higobashi Ekimae  3 stars

Osaka Very good

Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel  4 stars

Yokohama (Kanagawa) Fabulous

Tokyu Stay Nishi-Shinjuku Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Mycube By Mystays Asakusa Kuramae Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo

Almont Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

New Otani Inn Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Apa Hotel Shintomicho-Ekimae Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Shin Osaka  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Shibuya Hotel En Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka Kitahama  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Renaissance Okinawa Resort Onna  4 stars

Onna Superb

Hotel Hokke Club Asakusa Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine Izuyasu  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Toshi Center Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto-Hachijoguchi  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Keio Plaza Sapporo Hotel  4 stars

Sapporo Fabulous

Hearton Nishi Umeda Hotel Osaka  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Ginza Grand Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Centurion Hotel Ikebukuro Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Centurion Hotel Residential Akasaka Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Tokyo Plaza Hotel  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Okinawa Grand Mer Resort  4 stars

Okinawa Fabulous

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima  4 stars

Hiroshima Fabulous

Nishiyama Ryokan Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Oike Hotel Fujikawaguchiko  4 stars

Fujikawaguchiko Very good

Sannomiya Terminal Hotel Kobe  3 stars

Kobe Very good

Aura Tachibana Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Fabulous

Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Chiba  4 stars

Chiba Exclusive

Ryokan Tanabe Takayama  4 stars

Takayama (Gifu) Exclusive

Fresh Powder Apartment Furano  3 stars

Furano Superb

Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport Izumisano  4 stars

Izumisano Fabulous

Hotel Green Arbor Sendai  3 stars

Sendai

Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Ibis Styles Kyoto Station Hotel  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Hotel Mystays Asakusa Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Holiday Inn Osaka Namba  4 stars

Osaka Superb

Mercure Sapporo Hotel  4 stars

Sapporo Superb

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier  4 stars

Osaka Superb

Dai-Ichi Takimotokan Hotel Noboribetsu  4 stars

Noboribetsu Superb

Apa Hotel Shibuya-Dogenzaka-Ue Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Apa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae  3 stars

Kyoto Very good

Yoshiike Ryokan Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Fabulous

The Green Leaf Niseko Village  4 stars

Niseko Fabulous

Richmond Hotel Asakusa Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Associa Shin Yokohama Hotel Yokohama  4 stars

Yokohama (Kanagawa) Very good

Apa Keisei Narita Hotel Chiba  3 stars

Chiba Fabulous

Togetsutei Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Dai-Ni Tower Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Very good

Richmond Hotel Narita  3 stars

Narita Superb

Hotel Nakanoshima Nachikatsuura  3 stars

Nachikatsuura Very good

Narita Tobu Hotel Airport  3 stars

Narita Fabulous

Kuretake Inn Act Hamamatsu  3 stars

Hamamatsu Very good

Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel  4 stars

Kurashiki Superb

Oakwood Apartments Ariake Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hoshinoya Karuizawa Hotel  4 stars

Karuizawa Very good

Kashiwaya Ryokan Nakanojo  4 stars

Nakanojo

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Namba Oriental Hotel Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Cross Hotel Sapporo  4 stars

Sapporo Superb

Nagoya Tokyu Hotel  4 stars

Nagoya Superb

Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Ginza Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Century Royal Hotel Sapporo  4 stars

Sapporo Superb

Apa Villa Hotel Akasaka-Mitsuke Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Apa Hotel Ginza-Kyobashi Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Village Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Shin Osaka Hotel  3 stars

Osaka Good

Remm Shin-Osaka Hotel  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Hotel Sunroute Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Nishimuraya Honkan Hotel Toyooka  4 stars

Toyooka (Hyogo) Exclusive

Maifukan Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto Superb

Manatei Hakone Hotel  4 stars

Hakone Superb

Shuhokaku Kogetsu Hotel Fujikawaguchiko  4 stars

Fujikawaguchiko Exclusive

Narita U-City Hotel  3 stars

Narita Fabulous

Yoshi-Ima Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Very good

Osakaya Hotel Kusatsu  3 stars

Kusatsu (Gunma)

Hanafubuki Hotel Ito  4 stars

Ito (Shizuoka)

Yudanaka Seifuso Hotel Yamanouchi  3 stars

Yamanouchi Exceptional

Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Hanakanzashi Hotel Nihonmatsu  3 stars

Nihonmatsu

Best Western Hotel Fino Osaka Shinsaibashi  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Hotel Grand Bach Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Jr Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo  4 stars

Sapporo Superb

Nishi Shinjuku Hotel Mystays Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima  4 stars

Hiroshima Superb

The Palace Side Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Very good

Hamilton Black Hotel Nagoya  3 stars

Nagoya Fabulous

The Screen Hotel Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto

Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Takayama Ouan Hotel  3 stars

Takayama (Gifu) Superb

Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe  4 stars

Kobe

The Beach Tower Okinawa Hotel  3 stars

Okinawa

Chitose Airport Hotel  3 stars

Chitose (Hokkaido) Very good

Ryokan Sanga Minamioguni  4 stars

Minamioguni

Dai-Ichi Hotel Annex Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Monterey Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Very good

Courtyard By Marriott Shin-Osaka Station Hotel  4 stars

Osaka Superb

The B Akasaka Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Best Western Hotel Takayama Takayama  3 stars

Takayama (Gifu) Fabulous

Sumiya Ryokan Kyoto  4 stars

Kyoto

Hakone Hotel Kowakien  4 stars

Hakone Very good

Hotel Okada Hakone  3 stars

Hakone Very good

Tokyu Stay Aoyama Premier Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hida Hotel Plaza Takayama  4 stars

Takayama (Gifu) Fabulous

Apa Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae  3 stars

Kyoto

Nakano Sunplaza Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel Hiroshima  4 stars

Hiroshima Fabulous

Associa Takayama Resort  4 stars

Takayama (Gifu) Superb

Fukuzumiro Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Superb

Niseko Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Besso Moku No Sho Hotel  4 stars

Niseko Superb

Kamogawa Sea World Hotel  3 stars

Kamogawa Guest rating

Asaba Hotel Numazu  4 stars

Numazu

Sunlite Shinjuku Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Dormy Inn Akihabara Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Best Western Tokyo Nishikasai Hotel  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Hotel Jal City Tamachi Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Monterey La Soeur Ginza Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Gimmond Kyoto Hotel  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Nikko Fukuoka Hotel Fukuoka  4 stars

Fukuoka (Fukuoka) Superb

Hotel Mets Shibuya Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Osaka Dai Ichi Hotel  4 stars

Osaka

New Osaka Hotel  3 stars

Osaka Very good

Moonbeach Hotel Onna  4 stars

Onna Very good

New Otani Inn Yokohama Yokohama  3 stars

Yokohama (Kanagawa) Superb

Sapporo Aspen Hotel  3 stars

Sapporo Superb

Kyoto Hot Spring Hatoya Zuihokaku Hotel  4 stars

Kyoto

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nihombashi-Kayabacho Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Rizzan Sea Park Tancha Bay Hotel Onna  4 stars

Onna Superb

Tokyu Stay Tsukiji Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Ohara No Sato Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Very good

Apa Hotel Tokyo Ojima  3 stars

Tokyo Good

New Hiroden Hotel Hiroshima  3 stars

Hiroshima Good

Kansai Airport Washington Hotel Izumisano  3 stars

Izumisano Fabulous

Iwaso Hotel Itsukushima  3 stars

Itsukushima Superb

Hakuba Tokyu Hotel Nagano  4 stars

Nagano Superb

Gora Hanaougi Sounkaku Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone

Agora Place Asakusa Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Universal Port Hotel Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Superb

Hotel Sunroute Ariake Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Okura Kobe  4 stars

Kobe Superb

Hotel Mystays Sapporo Station  3 stars

Sapporo Superb

Gora Tensui Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Superb

New Osaka Hotel Shinsaibashi  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Hotel Ichiei Osaka  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Hotel New Grand Yokohama  4 stars

Yokohama (Kanagawa) Superb

Emion Tokyo Bay Hotel  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Smile Hotel Kyoto-Shijo  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Ryogoku View Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo

Hotel Graphy Nezu Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Hotel Nikko Nara  4 stars

Nara Fabulous

Sakura Fleur Aoyama Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Yumoto Fujiya Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Superb

La Vista Hakodate Bay Hotel  4 stars

Hakodate Superb

Senkyoro Ryokan Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Exclusive

Hakone Pax Yoshino Hotel  3 stars

Hakone Superb

Mercure Yokosuka Hotel  3 stars

Yokosuka Fabulous

Marroad International Hotel Narita  3 stars

Narita Very good

Yaesu Terminal Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Hakone Suimeisou Hotel  3 stars

Hakone Superb

Authent Hotel Otaru  3 stars

Otaru Fabulous

Anteroom Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto

Hotel Hotaka Takayama  3 stars

Takayama (Gifu)

Narita View Hotel  3 stars

Narita Fabulous

Apa Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari Chiba  3 stars

Chiba Very good

Kusatsu Estopia Hotel  3 stars

Kusatsu (Shiga)

Senshinkan Matsuya Hotel Nagano  3 stars

Nagano Superb

Listel Shinjuku Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

The Westin Nagoya Castle Hotel  4 stars

Nagoya Fabulous

Hotel Monterey La Soeur Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Dormy Inn Premium Namba Osaka  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Hotel Emisia Sapporo  4 stars

Sapporo Fabulous

Sapporo Park Hotel  4 stars

Sapporo Superb

Hotel Princess Garden Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Hotel Mystays Kanda Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka Uehonmachi  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Mystays Ochanomizu Conference Center Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Karuizawa Prince Hotel West  4 stars

Karuizawa Very good

Hotel Grand Fresa Akasaka Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Suginoi Hotel Beppu  4 stars

Beppu Fabulous

Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa Chatan  4 stars

Chatan Superb

Ana Crowne Plaza Kobe Hotel  4 stars

Kobe Fabulous

Apa Hotel Hanzomon Hirakawacho Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Arima Onsen Taketoritei Maruyama Hotel Kobe  4 stars

Kobe Superb

Noboribetsu Grand Hotel  4 stars

Noboribetsu Superb

Hotel Koryu Fujikawaguchiko  3 stars

Fujikawaguchiko Fabulous

New Otani Makuhari Hotel Chiba  4 stars

Chiba Fabulous

Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay Urayasu  4 stars

Urayasu Fabulous

Fuji Onsenji Yumedono Hotel Fujikawaguchiko  4 stars

Fujikawaguchiko Fabulous

Hyoe Koyokaku Hotel Kobe  4 stars

Kobe Fabulous

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto  4 stars

Kumamoto Superb

Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa  3 stars

Kanazawa

Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Sapporo-Eki Kita-Guchi  3 stars

Sapporo Very good

Kawayu Onsen Fujiya Hotel Wakayama  4 stars

Wakayama Good

Sumiyoshi Ryokan Takayama  3 stars

Takayama (Gifu)

Sanda Hotel  4 stars

Sanda

Air Terminal Hotel Chitose  3 stars

Chitose (Hokkaido) Fabulous

Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya  3 stars

Tokyo

Hotel 21 Kusatsu  3 stars

Kusatsu (Shiga) Fabulous

Tokyu Stay Ginza Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Mikiya Hotel Toyooka  4 stars

Toyooka (Hyogo)

Hakone Kamon Hotel  4 stars

Hakone

Guesthouse Iori Hida  3 stars

Hida

Hotel Ichii Kusatsu  4 stars

Kusatsu (Gunma) Exclusive

Ohana Hotel Yanagawa  3 stars

Yanagawa

Hotel Osaka Bay Tower  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Kyoto Tower Hotel Annex  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Tazuru Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Meguro Gajoen Hotel Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo

One Niseko Resort Towers  4 stars

Niseko Fabulous

Shin-Osaka Station Hotel Honkan  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Premier Hotel Tsubaki Sapporo  4 stars

Sapporo Superb

Hotel Elsereine Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Toyocho  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha  4 stars

Naha Very good

Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Superb

Mercure Narita Airport Hotel  3 stars

Narita Very good

Best Western Yokohama Hotel Yokohama  3 stars

Yokohama (Kanagawa) Very good

Ryokan Takemine Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Exceptional

Toyoko Inn Tokyo Shinjuku Kabuki Cho  3 stars

Tokyo Very good

Kawasaki Nikko Hotel  4 stars

Kawasaki (Kanagawa) Fabulous

Kawaguchiko Hotel Fujikawaguchiko  3 stars

Fujikawaguchiko

Mikasa Hotel Nara  4 stars

Nara

Apa Hotel Ueno-Ekimae Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Central Hotel Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo

Kaigetsukan Hotel Sumoto  4 stars

Sumoto Fabulous

Hotel Alegria Gardens Amakusa Amakusa  4 stars

Amakusa (Amakusa Islands)

Sumiyoshiya Hotel Kanazawa  3 stars

Kanazawa Very good

Yoshimatsu Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone

Hotel Ambia Shofukaku Yaizu  4 stars

Yaizu

Centurion Hotel Ueno Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Good

Sun Members Tokyo Shinjuku Hotel  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Smile Hotel Tokyo Nihombashi  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Gracery Sapporo  4 stars

Sapporo Superb

Hotel Sunline Kyoto Gion Shijyo  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Hotel Mystays Hamamatsucho Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Hanshin Osaka  4 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Sapporo Prince Hotel  4 stars

Sapporo Fabulous

Hotel Sunroute Ginza Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Unizo Kyoto Shijo Karasuma  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Ana Hotel Sapporo  4 stars

Sapporo Very good

Hotel Coco Grand Ueno Shinobazu Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Superb

Aranvert Hotel Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Hotel Kajikaso Hakone  3 stars

Hakone Superb

Apa Hotel Kyoto Gion Excellent  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Okunoin Hotel Tokugawa Nikko  4 stars

Nikko Superb

Hyatt Regency Fukuoka Hotel Fukuoka  4 stars

Fukuoka (Fukuoka) Very good

Takayama Green Hotel  4 stars

Takayama (Gifu) Superb

Myojinkan Hotel Matsumoto  4 stars

Matsumoto Superb

Okuma Private Beach & Resort Kunigami  4 stars

Kunigami Fabulous

Todaya Hotel Toba  4 stars

Toba Good

Ryokan Ryokufuso Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Tamachi  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Ana Crowne Plaza Fukuoka Hotel Fukuoka  4 stars

Fukuoka (Fukuoka) Fabulous

Kyoto Uji Hanayashiki Ukifune-En Hotel  4 stars

Uji Superb

Hotel New Akao Shizuoka  3 stars

Shizuoka Good

Central Hotel Sasebo  3 stars

Sasebo Fabulous

Hoeiso Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone Fabulous

Kinnotake Hakone  4 stars

Hakone

Reiah Hotel Otsu Ishiyama  3 stars

Otsu Fabulous

Shinanoki Ichinoyu Hotel Hakone  4 stars

Hakone

Hakone Yumoto Hotel  3 stars

Hakone

Tominoko Hotel Fujikawaguchiko  3 stars

Fujikawaguchiko Superb

Naeba Prince Hotel Yuzawa  4 stars

Yuzawa (Niigata) Fabulous

Toyoko Inn Narita Kuko  3 stars

Narita Fabulous

Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura - Urushitei Kyoto  3 stars

Kyoto Superb

Jr Inn Sapporo  3 stars

Sapporo

Kissho Yamanaka Hotel Kaga  4 stars

Kaga (Ishikawa)

Towadako Lakeside Hotel  3 stars

Towada

Kusatsu Hotel  3 stars

Kusatsu (Gunma)

Kyotoya Hotel Takeo  3 stars

Takeo Very good

Kinnotake Tonosawa Hakone  4 stars

Hakone

Yamatoya Hotel Yamanouchi  3 stars

Yamanouchi

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma  3 stars

Kyoto

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo  3 stars

Kyoto Fabulous

Dormy Inn Express Asakusa Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Villa Fontaine Shinjuku Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Hotel Keihan Kyobashi Grande Osaka  3 stars

Osaka Superb

Nagoya Kanko Hotel  4 stars

Nagoya Very good

Hotel Mystays Maihama Tokyo  3 stars

Tokyo Fabulous

Osaka Castle Hotel  3 stars

Osaka Very good

Chisun Inn Osaka Hommachi  3 stars

Osaka Very good

Apa Villa Hotel Yodoyabashi Osaka  3 stars

Osaka Fabulous

Royton Sapporo Hotel  4 stars

Sapporo Fabulous

Hotel Villa Fontaine Tamachi Tokyo  4 stars

Tokyo Fabulous