Okay, I'll say straight up, don't even think of staying at this place unless you understand basic Japanese. The staff don't speak English.
When I checked in, I thought the guy working the front desk was all nervous and weird with me because I was a Westerner but then I saw him with some Japanese guests and realised that he is just nervous and weird.
I went to Nagasaki during the Kunichi festival which is one of the big festivals in town and I dragged my heels a bit with booking accommodation. I had a few places picked out but was waiting to work out my travel schedule. By the time I went to book, those places were either full or had bumped their prices up significantly.
So I went on the Japanese Rakuten site and did a search for places that met my criteria - under $50 a night and, because I was staying quite a few nights in Nagasaki, had my own bathroom. Last time I went to Nagasaki, I stayed in a business hotel near the station but, apart from the shopping area at the station, it's a bit of a dead area. Sure, Nagasaki is a small city and it's easy to walk to the not so dead areas but I wanted something more in the heart of things.
Miyukiso pretty much was the only place that met that criteria.
Like most places I stayed, it was a pretty basic business hotel - room with a unit bathroom. Nothing flash but met my needs. For this, I paid 4,200 yen a night. The hotel doesn't do breakfast but there are a lot of your chain cafes like Doutour nearby. There are also some more upmarket cafes but they don't open until later.
It's a shit photo but the hotel had this weird-arse pulley system fire equipment in the room. I am so glad there wasn't a fire because I'd have hated to have to use it!
The location of the hotel is pretty spot on. You only have to walk a block to the main shopping arcade in Nagasaki (I mean like one of those old fashioned undercover shopping areas - there is a shopping centre/mall not too far away either). It's also close to the trams and, on the other other side of the tram tracks is the 'entertainment' district - full of bars and entertainments of the sort more designed for male travellers.
The hotel has some kind of weird midnight curfew. I asked the front desk guy what would happen if I came back after midnight but couldn't really understand his answer. I think he said something about going in through the car park under the building then knocking on the door to wake him up because he slept in the back room. I think. I could've asked the other guy that worked there because he was much easier to understand (still spoke Japanese but didn't mumble) but I never bothered. The only night I went out drinking, some sleazy salaryman kept trying to touch me up so I was happy to leave to get back to the hotel anyway. Or and I had a few drinks at a wine bar a couple of doors down from the hotel one night.
I'm not sure what the story was but, when the people at the wine bar found out where I was staying, they were all very amused. Maybe they thought it was weird for a Westerner to stay at a business hotel or maybe it was something else. Who knows?
The hotel does not have wifi. You can get free wifi pretty much all over Nagasaki except at this hotel! They do have a PC you can use but it's next to the reception desk in the foyer so not very private.
Around Nagasaki and the Kunichi Festival
One thing that did annoy me was that there were a family staying at the hotel. Dad seemed to be a minor yakuza boss up from the country taking Nan and the two kids with him. The kids and Nan hung out in the foyer the entire time they were there, except for when they were thumping up and down the stairs. Not the hotel's fault they were staying there but they could've asked them to be a bit less annoying to the other guests. Other than that, the place was totally quiet and I didn't even see anyone else.
In summary, Business Hotel Miyukiso is a reasonably priced place to stay in a very handy location, if you have some Japanese language skills... and there isn't a fire.
Just a side note on the Kunichi Festival: it's not one of the more interesting festivals I've been to in Japan. They are 6 floats from different districts and they move around the city, giving blessings to businesses and stopping to perform. You can get a program (in Japanese) of where the floats will be during the day or just stay in one place and watch for them. Or, like me, just happen to chance apoin them. Because they are moving around the city, the crowds for each performance are quite small and lack atmosphere. There isn't that buildup of excitement you usually get. Also, the guys wear long yukata, often with bike shorts underneath instead of the short ones so it's not nearly as fun :P