on September 17, 2007
Toyoko Inn is a budget chain hotel that is found in many parts of Japan. In Sapporo itself, there are five in all, located centrally near the JR station or at Susukino, the shopping and food district of Sapporo. Regardless of location, each hotel are standardised in terms of services and room layout. As such, guests are assured of quality services no matter which branch they are staying in.We stayed at the Nishi-guchi Hokudai Mae located directly across the Hokkaido University, approximately 8 minutes walk from the station (depending on station exit). We were given rooms on the 13th floor which gave us a bird's eye view of the university and the ropeway afar. The room is small but this is fairly standard in any hotels in Japan. In fact, we had stayed at hotels with smaller rooms at higher prices so the rooms at Toyoko Inn are value for money (just do not attempt to perform any aerobics or warrior yoga in it).We choose to stay at Toyoko-Inn whenever possible. The services is a hybrid between YMCA and youth hostel, i.e., convenient location at budget prices, suitable for family with privacy assured. For the price of ¥9,240 for a double or twin sharing room, you get daily free Japanese breakfast consisting of different flavored onigiri (rice balls), miso soup, pickles and tea/coffee (from 7 to 9am), delicious curry rice dinner (6.30 to 8pm), free Internet access and local calls. There are also complimentary English movies screened twice a day, a sweet relief for those of us who have been staying at minshukus with only Japanese channels (even if you hated the movie) .Reservations can be made online in English Here. Do check out their various discount plans . For example, guests above 60 years are eligible for special discounts.
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