The Hospitality of Convenience Stores
First, the number one of Japanese hospitality is this!
No matter how hard you look elsewhere in the world, the sort of hospitality you get at these small supermarkets is impossible to find.
If we were to list examples of the free services you get, the 24 hour service is obvious, and the number of products they sell is such that you can buy anything you need in your everyday life.
You can ship things to your home at the register, you can pay your bills, and anyone can use the restroom (which is always clean) for free.
You can buy instant noodles, and cook it using their free hot water.
They warm up your side dishes and lunch boxes for free, and they pack the things you buy into a shopping bag for free.
Tip? No, no, Japanese employees won’t accept tips. Everything is done as a free service.
I wonder how many times I said free?
If it becomes common knowledge in foreign countries, it will probably be the first and the last “omotenashi” that they’ll anticipate.
The Hospitality of Capsule Hotels
Without exception, these capsule hotels seem extremely popular with foreigners.
The scrupulous service despite the cheap price is good, and it seems that the unique beds that look like space ships are amusing.
One example of a free service is the communal shower room.
Also if they provide a bath (sometimes they also have a sauce and an onsen bath), you can bathe instead.
They’ll loan you a towel and a hair dryer for free, and you can use a digital alarm clock as much as you’d like.
They prepare shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and toiletries in advance and you can use them for free.
All of that, and the general price for one night including breakfast is about 2500 yen with the most expensive being 4000 yen.
If there are rooms meant for one person, you can compare it to the regular business hotel single rooms.
There are private bathtubs, and receive high-quality service.
The price for one night with breakfast is between 4000 and 6000 yen.
The Hospitality of Hot Spring Inns
This is another place for hospitality that I recommend to foreigners who like Japanese culture, as you can feel the inherent characteristic of “nonchalant omotenashi” at these lodging institutions.
You can make reservations online, and then have a place to slip away from sight seeing and rest at for a fairly cheap price while still receiving high-quality service.
For example, once you finish your extravagant evening meal served by the gallant employee, you put on your comfortable yukata.
While you’re in the bath, they carefully spread out the futon in your room for you.
Actually because of this service, some foreigners think that they accidentally entered someone else’s room, and get considerably taken aback.
In Japanese inns, this is the usual service.
In short, from ancient times, Japan has consisted of a society where people have mutual trust in each other and you can say that the hospitality services is proof of that.