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Inexpensive -- In addition to the choices reviewed, Toyoko Inn (www.toyoko-inn.com) has four locations within walking distance of Hakata Station. Toyoko Inn Hakataguchi Ekimae, 1-15-5 Hakataekimae (tel. 092/451-1045), and Toyoko Inn Hakataguchi Ekimae2, 1-16-6 Hakataekimae (tel. 092/437-1045), both a 2-minute walk northwest of the station, have doubles starting at ¥7,140 and ¥8,190 respectively. Toyoko Inn Hakata Gion, 1-38 Gion-cho (tel. 092/281-1045), a 5-minute walk northwest of the station, and Toyoko Inn Hakata-eki Minami, 2-10-23 Hakataeki-minami (tel. 092/475-1045), a 13-minute walk southeast of the station, offer similar rates. As with most Toyoko Inns, they all offer computers in the lobby providing free Internet access, complimentary breakfast, free Internet in the rooms, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby.

A Double or a Twin? -- For the sake of convenience, the price for two people in a room is listed as a "double" in this section. Japanese hotels, however, differentiate between rooms with a double bed or two twin beds, usually with different prices. Although most hotels charge more for a twin room, sometimes the opposite is true; if you're looking for a bargain, therefore, be sure to inquire about prices for both. Note, too, that hotels usually have more twin rooms than doubles, for the simple reason that Japanese couples, used to their own futon, traditionally prefer twin beds.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.