Archive | December, 2011

YMCA – Asia Youth Center – Chiyoda, Tokyo

1 Dec

Front entrance to the YMCA in Chiyoda

I try to offer accomodation tips when I can, but often do not find the time to do so. However I recently stayed at the YMCA Asia Youth Center in Chiyoda, Tokyo and thought I would share my thoughts. If you, like me – were heading for Tokyo Dome, this place is quite inexpensive and an easy 15 minute stroll to the YMCA.

Finding this YMCA is relatively easy. From JR Suidobashi Station, take the East Exit and turn right – walk along the busy Hakusan Street for about five minutes. Walk on the left hand side of the road and you will pass a Fed-EX – Kinko’s Shop. Turn left on the street after this (there is a bank on the corner) – walk straight and you will walk past a Catholic church of you. Walk past the church and the YMCA is straight ahead. (If you are heading for Tokyo Dome, you’d turn left from the East Exit of Suidobashi Station and the vast Tokyo Dome complex is straight ahead and within sight).

Reception staff spoke minimal english, but it is a good opportunity for you to use your basic japanese phrases. You can also just show them your accommodation reservation which may be simpler. This place has free wi-fi, but there are also a couple of internet PC’s on the front counter, alongside a nifty (and free) international telephone.

The room was basic, but clean. Walls were a little thin and the walrus-like snoring from the drunk salaryman adjacent me did not make for a pleasant night’s sleep. Always carry those trusty little foam ear plugs. My booking including breakfast which was tasty. Again, if you cannot speak japanese, just hand over your breakfast coupon and point to the photograph of your choice in their menu. Japanese and western meals available.

As is common in Japan, upon checkout I was given a discount coupon for my next stay, which I will definitely use when my next Tokyo Dome visit approaches.