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Visiting Japan can be expensive, so here’s one way to cut costs.

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For ages, internet cafes have been a viable option for budget travellers visiting Japan. (Heck, I wrote about one chain of Japanese net cafes back in 2004 as an option for backpackers.)

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Net Maru looks to be a great option for those on a budget and those who do not mind very small spaces.

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While I’ve never stayed at one of its locations in Tokyo and Osaka, Net Maru does appear to have everything travellers would need: a place to sleep, washers and dryers, showers, hot water dispensers for instant noodles, and microwaves to heat up food.

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A Japanese Twitter user who stayed at Net Maru recently pointed out how good of a deal it is.

As you can see this, tweet has been liked over 29,000 times!

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Many of these features are available at capsule hotels as well as at other net cafes, but some of Net Maru standout features include a women’s only floor, free laundry detergent to clean your clothes, and free soap and shampoo to clean yourself!

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Of course, the shower and the washing machine run on cash (the shower is ten minutes for 100 yen, which is less than a dollar), but things like using the hair dryer are free. Note: You must bring your own towel or rent one for 400 yen (under $4).

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There is also a powder room for women visitors to use, should they need it. There are also coin lockers for storing personal items as well as a cloak room for storing large luggage. Blankets, though, are extra, each costs 200 yen (less than $2).

Throughout each Net Maru, there’s free wifi, which can be hard to find in Japan, and rooms come with a net connected PC.

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Net Maru’s rooms are all nonsmoking, which isn’t true of many net cafes. However, there is an enclosed smoking area should you need it.

That is a big monitor!

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Currently, there are only locations in Tokyo and Osaka, but perhaps Net Maru will expand other cities, such as Kyoto.

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What seems to be most appealing, though, is you can reserve a room for only 12 hours 1,990 yen ($17.45), while a whole week is 19,990 yen (US$175). Not too bad.

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