Photographs Courtesy of Oakhostel ZenUguisdani in Tokyo is located near Ueno. Unlike Ueno, which is a huge terminal station, Uguisdani isn’t crowded, and has a calm atmosphere. This article is about an elegant guesthouse called Oak Hostel Zen in Uguisdani, which also happens to be a good out-of the-way sightseeing spot.Strong Point No.1: A Spacious Kitchen and Dining Room One of this hostel’s strong points is its kitchen. All the guests marvel at how spacious and spotless it is. As you can see from the photograph, there’s a dining space which might be mistaken for a restaurant, located next to the big, new kitchen. The guests can watch television while dining, and chat with the other guests as well.Strong Point No.2: An Immaculate Facility, Popular with the Ladies At Oak Hostel Zen, half the guests are female, and that number is growing.That may be due to the fact that everything at the hostel is spotless, and the hostel itself is designed in a user-friendly fashion. The amenities in the guest rooms are always stocked, and you might wonder if you’re really staying at a hostel.Strong Point No.3: A Spacious and Inexpensive Guest Room Photographs Courtesy of Oak Hostel ZenOak Hostel Zen also provides private rooms. There is a famous Japanese business hotel nearby, and it may be hard to believe, but this hostel’s rooms happen to be more spacious and inexpensive than that of the hotel’s. Hence, this hostel is cost-effective, as well.A Guesthouse in Its Own ClassThe attractiveness of a guesthouse relies on its homey atmosphere and its inexpensive room charge. On the other hand, it tends to be small in size.Although Oak Hostel Zen has the atmosphere of a guesthouse, it also comes with a hotel-like size. This hostel seems to be in its own class, between an average guesthouse and an ordinary hotel.In the neighborhood, there is a Japanese-style tavern, and a Chinese-noodle shop where the customers line up to eat. A convenience store, fast-food shop, and a family restaurant, are also nearby. For those who want to see Tokyo while lodging comfortably, this hostel is the place to stay.InformationOak Hostel ZenAddress: 3-3-3 Negishi, Taito City, TokyoCheck-in Time: 3 p.m. to MidnightCheck-out Time: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.Wi-Fi: AvailableCredit Cards: VISA, Master Card, JCB, Ameican Express, China Unionpay cards are accepted.Languages: Japanese and EnglishStation: Uguisudani station (JR Yamanote Line)Access: Five-minutes walk from the south exit of the Uguisudani station.Room Charge: From 3,000 yen to 16,800 yen.*The charges vary according to the room type.Telephone: 03-5808-7418Official HP: Oak Hostel Zen
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2013 2:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Newfoundland Capital puts Western broadcasting assets up for sale HALIFAX – Newfoundland Capital Corp. Ltd. (TSX:NCC.A) is putting its broadcasting operations in Western Canada up for sale.The assets on the block are mostly in Alberta and include 32 radio stations, six repeater licences and two TV stations.The company said Tuesday that if it can reach a deal it may use the proceeds to invest in areas closer to its base in Atlantic Canada, to reduce debt or to return capital to shareholders.“These broadcasting assets have a strong track record of earnings,” president and chief executive Rob Steele said in a statement.“This is a great opportunity for potential buyers as this is the first time in many years that a cohesive group of broadcasting assets has been for sale in one concentrated area in one of Canada’s most prosperous provinces.”Newfoundland Capital is one of Canada’s largest radio broadcasters with 86 licences across the country.The company also owns and runs the Glynmill Inn in Corner Brook, N.L.