Travelling to Japan can be a rather expensive affair, but having an extremely tight budget doesn't necessarily mean that you have to give this amazing destination a miss.
One Internet cafe chain known as Net Maru is quickly becoming the new five-star choice for backpackers, with its clean spaces and shower facilities. And the best part? It's all very affordable, with prices as low as 1,990 yen (S$24.80) for a 12-hour stay and 19,990 yen or approximately $249 for a week's stay.
Found in Tokyo and Osaka, Net Maru is a net cafe that can also double up as a basic but comfortable hotel.
According to Kotaku, the unique net cafe offers all the basic necessities backpackers need, from a snuggly sleeping area to a shower complete with complimentary soap and shampoo. 10 minutes in the shower will cost you only 100 yen, which is approximately $1.20.
Unlike the typical capsule hotels and net cafes, Net Maru features women's only floors and rooms. There are even powder rooms specially for ladies and a common laundry room with cash-operated washing machines.
And if you worry about food, hot water dispensers and microwaves are provided for all in-house guests. While smoking is prohibited within the premises, there are designated smoking rooms in the common areas.
But of course, which place is complete without wifi?
Not only does Net Maru offer wifi, it offers free wifi and a net connected PC for those who need to catch up on their social media activity.
Now, who says there is always a heavy price to pay for good quality?