Australia who???

There’s just one place that could make me feel less wistful about leaving Australia, and that’s Tokyo, Japan.

And the Tokyo, Japan hotel room.

The hotels in this city never cease to be a source of amusement for me — or delight! Their efforts to serve customers’ needs always put a smile on my jet-lagged face.

Tokyo hotel rooms are usually very tiny, even by big-city standards. But they make up for their small size by offering intuitively designed spaces and a huge assortment of thoughtful amenities. It would be fun to list all the items I typically find in my room, but that would take too much time.

Aw, heck. Let’s list them all!

My first hotel in Tokyo not only featured a giant Godzilla statue on the roof …


it also offered these amenities in my “ladies single” room:

Slippers, shoe shine kit, shoe horn, air purifying machine, air freshening spray, air humidifier, iron, pants press, flashlight, electric kettle, assorted teas, coffee, sugar, “creamy powder” for coffee, bottled water, jewelry box, magnifying mirror, bath salts, toothbrush/toothpaste, mouthwash, NICE shampoo/conditioner, hair brush, hair dryer, hair treatment mask, shower cap, Q-tips, nail file, cotton pads, panty liners, DHC skin products (cleansing oil, cleanser, toner, moisturizer, face mask), Shiseido facial cleanser, and a scale that also detected body fat composition.

There was even an electric foot and leg massager and a facial steaming machine. Was there any reason to leave my room???

There was also a Japanese-style bathroom, the wonders of which I’ve described in a previous post.

And, of course, there was this.


Even the humblest accommodations in Japan offer a whiz-bang toilet. Many feature heated seats, white noise machines, auto-flushes and lids that pop open when they sense your approach.

And pajamas. I’ve never seen a Japanese hotel that didn’t provide PJs.


Or vending machines. Japanese hotels always have vending machines — often stocked with an assortment of refreshing alcoholic beverages!

It’s worth noting that I’ve rarely paid more than $110 a night for a hotel in Tokyo, or any other city in Japan. My strategy has been to visit during the low season and stick to the business-style hotels which are usually competitively priced and located in central areas near major train stations.

There are also plenty of guest houses and hostels — like this one — that offer clean, safe and comfy accommodation for much less.

And, yes, those come with whiz-bang toilets too. 😉