Tokyo

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Fukuoka

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka | Mid
Part of the Canal City complex. Nice bar and lounge area, and a short walk from Hakata station. [last visited: 2015]

Crowne Plaza ANA | Mid
Good location a few blocks from Hakata station and JR Hakata City. Rooms are small but the level of service is quite a few notches above the basic level hotels. [last visited: 2013]

Hotel Forza Hakata | Basic
Right next to Hakata station, great when continuing with a train the next day. [last visited: 2016]

Dormy In Premium Hakata Canal City Mae | Basic
A (very slightly) more upscale version of the basic level Dormy Inn, this one has a really nice onsen area and rooms slightly larger than the average basic level hotel. Located right next to the new extension of Canal City. [last visited: 2012]

Dormy Inn Hakata Gion | Basic
Sort of in between Canal City and Hakata station, and slightly older than some of its local basic level peers. Still a good option and the onsen is quite decent. [last visited: 2013]

Hotel Active Hakata | Basic
Great location a few blocks from Hakata station, nice facilities and a small but nicely designed onsen area on the ground floor. One weird thing is that some (all?) rooms have frosted windows, preventing an accurate check of what the weather is actually like. [last visited: 2011]


Hiroshima

Crowne Plaza ANA | Mid
Close to the Peace Park and a within easy reach from downtown Hiroshima, ANA Crowne Plaza is a good bet. Rooms are small but nice. The ground floor restaurant runs a pretty nice, upscale lunch buffet. [last visited: 2011]


Kagoshima

Richmond Hotel Tenmonkan | Basic
Great location in the middle of the busy Tenmonkan area. Usually really decent rates, service is friendly and attentive too. A personal favorite of mine. [last visited: 2016]

Shiroyama Kanko Hotel | Top/Mid | Review (onsen)
Upscale hotel on top of a hill overlooking downtown Kagoshima. I haven't actually stayed there, but the onsen facilities are pretty awesome and the on-site restaurants I've tried are great. [last visited: 2016]


Kyoto

Hotel Monterey Kyoto | Mid
Great location, rates are often pretty good, and they have really nice onsen and relaxation facilities on the top floor. [last visited: 2012]

Nine Hours | Basic
Incredibly minimalistic tube hotel, designed to the very last detail. If you ever want to try sleeping in a tiny pod, this is the place to do it. Simply pay by the hour, hence the name. [last visited: --]


Nagasaki

Hotel Forza Nagasaki | Basic
Location is good, with most of downtown Nagasaski within easy reach. Including the ferry terminal with easy access to the pretty sweet onsen on Iojima. [last visited: 2016]


Oita

Daiwa Roynet Oita Basic
Nice, basic hotel pretty much in the middle of Oita. Within walking distance from Oita station. [last visited: 2012]


Osaka

Courtyard by Marriot Shin-Osaka Station | Mid
Close to the Shin-Osaka Station (that's where the Shinkansen gets you). Nice and slightly more upscale than a regular Japanese business hotel. [last visited: 2016]

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport | Mid
Decent airport hotel connected to the Kansai International Airport (KIX).[last visited: 2017]

Swissotel Nankai Osaka | Mid
Pretty much right on top of Namba station and right next to Namba Parks, rooms have recently been renovated and are quite nice. Easy to get to from Shin-Osaka station using the subway. [last visited: 2013]

Apa Hotel Namba Shinsaibashi | Basic
A few blocks from Namba station and Namba parks. A great basic level pick. Close to major and upscale shopping. A bit of a trek from Shin-Osaka station though, but not too complex it you grab a cab to Namba station and catch the subway from there to Shin-Osaka. [last visited: 2013]