Tokyo or Cincinnati — (Pt. 2 • Hotels) Which City Is Less Expensive for a Vacation?

Jeffrey Goodman
16 min readJul 17, 2022

(Part 2 • Hotels) How much does it cost to go visit Tokyo for 10 days from the U.S.? How would that compare to a 10-day trip to Cincinnati?

Shibuya lined up with Mt. Fuji in the distance • Photo taken by author in January 2019

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If you haven’t already read “Part 1 • Airfares” in this series, there is additional background info about the series — in addition to the discussion about airfares — that I have not included in today’s article about hotel options.

Here is the overall roadmap for this series as we look at general costs and expenses for a 10-day trip to Tokyo vs. a 10-day trip to Cincinnati, Ohio:

  1. Airfares to get there
  2. Hotels once you’ve arrived — this article
  3. Ground transportation and getting around locally
  4. Food and restaurants
  5. Things to do, cool places to visit
  6. “Insider tips” for each city
  7. “Creative” ways of saving money by getting airfares and/or hotels for a fraction of the regular cost

Someone recently mentioned that they hoped “to be able to save enough to someday visit Japan.” That surprised me, because in my experience, you can have an…

Jeffrey Goodman

Navigating facts and numbers to help people. Strong opinions on climate change and healthcare. Objective, not neutral. MIT engineer, Wharton MBA.