Note: This conversation thread was first posted 2006. Prices will have changed. ——————— Part 1 Toyoko Inn at Shinjuku: $80 single room, $102 for a double room, $138 for a deluxe double room (per room) I wandered down there yesterday. http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00078/index.html The price is good, and it looks like quite a reasonable place. The location is good, with certain reservations. It is in the heart of Kabukicho (the nightlife district of Shinjuku), so there are a gaggle of bars, clubs, and more seedy places all within walking distance. So from that point of view, it's a good location. There seem to be a lot of Gaijin(foreigners) staying there, which is often a good sign. It is 9-11 minutes walk from JR Shinjuku station(Studio Alta/Kabukucho/North East exit) depending on the lights(two sets). It took me 9 minutes. I think with gear, it would be a bit of a pest to find at night. Once there, it's not too bad. The Star Hotel Shinjuku: http://www.starhotel.co.jp/city/tokyo/guest/e-standard.html The Star Hotel is a bit more expensive, (around $145 a double) but it's close to Shinjuku Station, at 4-5 minutes Studio Alta/Kabukucho/North East exit. It's also easy to find from the map, or I can post some directions. In fact, I'd say if you were catching the highway bus to Hakuba (8500yen return), or the Azusa Express, this would be an ideal location, as you can just about SEE the buses from the hotel.