Just last night whilst watching the world cup, it dawned on me the possibility of taking an extended trip to Japan to really push my training. I'm seriously contemplating, selling my prized possession, which is a top of the line guitar amplifier and one of my guitars, and moving down to Noda for 3 months. I'm heading up to Japan in October for 3 weeks, and the possibility to return at the end of January is proving to be very tempting. I'd be aiming to raise enough cash to train almost everyday, during that time. By the same token it would be a great opportunity to get a grasp of the Japanese language, and because of this my girlfriend is going to come with me, primarily to learn Japanese. Accommodation wise, I'm planning on staying at a basic Inn, or an apartment, provided it's reasonably priced. Any suggestions ? I've been researching, and the best place which I came up with is the Hanata guest house, but after doing a search, I hear it's closed down now. The Kikusui seems like a great option, but 9000 yen per night for two people is way out of my budget. Does anybody have any info on the Ashibi in terms of prices and distance from the Hombu dojo ? The Azuza seems decently priced, but 4500 Yen per person is out of my budget. I came across the Bujinkan mansions. 6000 Yen per night, per room would be perfect but it states (single person). I'm wondering if they would allow 2 people to stay in the room for the same price,since my girlfriend and I don't mind sharing a single bed Does any of you cats here live in Noda ? Do you guys think it's a good idea ?