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Low/medium-priced hotel in Tokyo area with good buffet breakfast, in April?

Old Jan 14, 20, 10:39 am
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Low/medium-priced hotel in Tokyo area with good buffet breakfast, in April?

Hi all --

In my travels to Japan, one of the highlights for me is the nice Japanese buffet breakfasts you find at some even simple/medium tier hotels. The kind where there's miso soup, grilled salmon, rolled egg, curry rice, maybe some chawanmushi + other local dishes, maybe a pork/veg stew. I try to find these ideal price point + breakfast hotels for my stays, if it's not too expensive (<$100-120 is ideal). I mean, I love this stuff and I can skip lunch all the way to a nice dinner after that in the morning.

I struggle to find one of these on an upcoming trip for cherry blossoms, in the Tokyo area, at the beginning of April. Many hotels are already sold out solid, I don't know why? Could it be the cherry blossoms?

Would you have any suggestions for what Tokyo hotels offer this kind of breakfast for that reasonable a price? For reference, in the past, I've found this at:
  • Hotel Hokke club chain hotel (Fukuoka, many other cities) -- but closest with breakfast buffet is Fujisawa
  • APA hotel (though not quite as extensive a buffet, still good quality)
  • Hotel Sunroute (sometimes, and then generally simpler buffet)

I'm just unfamiliar with what hotel chains / names to start looking in Tokyo area for aside from above. Or I guess in the worst case, I can go out and find such a breakfast and pay 2000Y in a restaurant. It's not a dealbreaker but would be really nice. I'm willing to stay up to like 30 min train ride outside Tokyo central area.
Any suggestions? Thanks!

-- edit: alternatively, if I'm thinking about the cherry blossom season in the wrong way and would be advised to just leave Tokyo for somewhere else in Japan, I'm glad to hear those suggestions too!

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Old Jan 14, 20, 10:59 am
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Try looking at the Dormy Inn chain: Link. Stayed at one of their locations and it was a solid business-type hotel. I do recall them having a breakfast buffet and also a lite evening dinner service as well.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 11:21 am
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+1 for dormy, they usually have free ramen at night too (may depend on location???)



Do note that cherry blossom first predictions are out, April is already past peak Bloom(3/27) for tokyo

https://livejapan.com/en/article-a0001033/
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Old Jan 14, 20, 12:56 pm
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Oh, interesting, and thank you both for the info! I had even been thinking to go down to Osaka -- I guess north is now where to head.

I had always been interested in Hakodate (morning squid sushi) or Sapporo, but had been turned off by the 50 deg F weather even in April. Maybe that's where I'll have to go. Or, Sendai?
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Old Jan 14, 20, 3:46 pm
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There is the brand new City View Hotel next to Tabata station on the Yamanote line that is very competitively priced and has what seems to be a decent enough breakfast spread. The rates are good enough to let you afford to go somewhere like the New Otani for a truly good breakfast when you feel up to it. Rooms in April seem to go for about 8,000yen in April.
https://www.tcv-hotel.com/#
(Also has an “onsen” public bath)

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Old Jan 14, 20, 4:19 pm
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Kanazawa /Kenrouken is around first 1-2 weeks of April

Sapporo is too early for April (estimated may 1)

If you really want to catch cherry blossoms , then you need to be more flexible, likely have to put your other requests(hotel with good breakfast spread) at a lower priority versus a good location (Sendai, niigata)
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Old Jan 14, 20, 5:02 pm
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Business hotel chains with free breakfasts: https://allabout.co.jp/gm/gc/462521/

Toyoko Inn, Super Hotel, Comfort Hotel, Route Inn . Basic buffet breakfast, Japanese and Western

Via Inn - several Tokyo locations have free breakfasts, that are generally better than the above.


>> grilled salmon, rolled egg, curry rice, maybe some chawanmushi + other local dishes, maybe a pork/veg stew

The only business hotel I've seen with such items included daily as free breakfast is "Hotel Active". Locations not in Tokyo. The buffet is better than many 2000 yen lunch buffets in restaurants.

>> for dormy, they usually have free ramen at night too (may depend on location???)

Chain-wide feature, would eat it the first night to remind me why I skipped it in previous statys.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 6:17 pm
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I'm not sure if Richmond Hotels qualify budget-wise, but I have always found their breakfast buffets to be delicious, extensive and interesting (one exception is Richmond Sapporo Ekimae where the breakfast is still good but ordered off the menu).

Otherwise, I have read that Dormy Inns are known for quality breakfast, but I am not an expert on budget accommondations.
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I recall that the Route-Inn I stayed at in Sapporo a while ago had a pretty amazing breakfast (for the price). Maybe check out their Tokyo locations and see if the price is OK?
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can you normally get a decent hotel for 8000-10,000 ken ?

I have not stayed in Tokyo in 30 years and then a small room above the main train station was over $100......
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Various Business Hotel breakfast (scale of 1-10, 10 being the best)


Comfort Hotel (3/10)
I've stayed in a few locations, but they're all limited and pretty mediocre. The only good thing they offer is cereal.


JR Inn (4/10)
Looks way better than actual. This place apparently subcontracted out breakfast to a national family buffet chain. So the quality was subpar and tasted like collection of mass-produced food.


Keihan Hotel Kyoto (5/10)
Another one where picture looks better than actual. I think this hotel subcontracted out breakfast to SanMarc Cafe, and it was okay but mediocre.



Richmond (8/10)
Never disappoints.
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Old Jan 14, 20, 7:11 pm
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can you normally get a decent hotel for 8000-10,000 ken ?

I have not stayed in Tokyo in 30 years and then a small room above the main train station was over $100......
its certainly possible for offpeak. probably not likely during peak/cherry blossom

I'm only aware of one hotel that's above/inside the main tokyo station - 5 star starting at 30k yen

https://www.thetokyostationhotel.jp/
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This was 30 years ago with the bullet train out the window !

Most people would call it a dump ! , it was clean but very very basic and the shower down the hall....
probably torn down decades ago !
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Old Jan 14, 20, 11:14 pm
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Thanks for those photos!
Here are mine from Hokke Hotel Fukuoka, which was really good:















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Old Jan 15, 20, 2:53 am
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I'll add an endorsement for the Dormy Inns - love having an onsen to unwind in after trekking around a city. We only had breakfast at the hotel once - it was fine, though probably not as fancy as your photos there.
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