When I was planning my trip to Japan I soon realized how expensive it could be.
It was my first self-planned-multi-city-trip and I had to learn real quick how to save as much money as possible.
I decided that the best thing to do was booking places with a kitchen and close to a metro station, so that I could save on food and transportation.
The places that I am going to list here are far more expensive than my usual standard today, maybe if I went back to Japan I would be able to find something cheaper...
Perfectly located in Osaka, this guest house will give you the possibility to live in a typical Japanese house.
Rooms are simple and furnished with a traditional futon, the shared bathroom is perfectly clean, and so is the kitchen.
Tokyo is a complete mess!
I choose this hotel because it was located at walking distance from many nice spots like Asakusa, The Imperial Palace and Akihabara.
But the most important thing to consider is that it's just in front of a metro station that will connect you directly with the airport
SOME rooms have a kitchen, in the others you can find at least a fridge and a kettle.
Room size may be pretty small if you choose the cheapest ones but it's ok for a few days
This apartment is located at a few steps from Kyoto Central Station, and this will also allow you to walk to the city center and its attractions.
In the area you will find two big supermarkets where you can buy cheap tofu and noodles.