Instead of staying in one place for the whole trip, I traveled Kyushu from south to north, changing hotels every few days. I thought my hotels were very reasonably priced. I ate pretty simply, so my meals were not expensive either.
I flew into Kagoshima for one night before going to Yakushima, and stayed at the APA Hotel Kagoshima Tenmonkan. It was a convenient distance to the port, where I would catch the ferry and it was clean - two important things. Many Japanese hotels have a Yukata or some type of lounge wear or pajamas. A nice touch was the origami crane.
I stayed at the Minshuku Umigawa when I was on the island of Yakushima. The owner was a friendly guy and the breakfasts were great, but the place was not so clean. The location was good - close to the port and close to a bus stop, and across the street from the grocery store. The room was small and the bed was a futon. The shower and toilet were on the first floor and the sleeping rooms on the second.
When I returned from Yakushima, I stayed at the Kagoshima Plaza Hotel Tenmonkan. It had a great buffet breakfast, but the breakfast room was very crowded, so I didn't get a photo. One unique feature at this hotel was that you could choose your own type of pillow. Many Japanese hotels have strange pillows filled with cut up plastic straws and I'm not fond of them. At this hotel, I chose two fluffy pillows.
In Kumamoto, I stayed at Capsule Hotel The Ginza. "The Ginza" makes it sound nicer than it was! This was the first time I stayed at a capsule hotel. This place had one floor for women and the rest of the hotel was for men. The toilets and bath were down the hall from the capsule room, which was dark and quiet - no talking allowed. The breakfast was basic and good.
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