Choosing a hotel or hostel in Tokyo can be daunting, so we’ve put together this guide to cheap hotels in Tokyo to help you find a good spot to rest, for less. It might be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there’s no shortage of affordable accommodation for families, couples and backpackers alike. No matter what your budget or tastes – our list of ten top places to grab some shut-eye has you covered.
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Keio Plaza Hotel
|Price||Rates start at 42727 yen (around PRICE 372 dollars*)|
|Address||2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 160-8330|
|Price||Rates start at 41528 yen (around PRICE 362 dollars*)|
|Address||1-8-1, Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, 153-0064|
Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo
|Price||Rates start at 19083 yen (around PRICE 166 dollars*)|
|Address||1-104-19 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 169-8613|
New Otani Inn Tokyo
|Price||Rates start at 7095 (around PRICE 61 dollars*)|
|Address||1-6-2 Osaki, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan, 141-0032|
Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
|Price||Rates start at 12612 yen (around PRICE 109 dollars*)|
|Address||2-14-3 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan, 100-0014|
|Price||Rates start at 10765 yen (around PRICE 93 dollars*)|
|Address||3-23-1 Shiba Minato-ku, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0014|
Asakusa View Hotel
|Price||Rates start at 6605 yen (around PRICE 54 dollars*)|
|Address||3-17-1 Nishi-Asakusa Taito-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-8765|
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1. Cheap Hostels
Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel
Magnets for cheapos the world over, hostels are simple, wallet-friendly choices that are a great way to meet other travelers. Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel, located in one of Tokyo’s main sightseeing areas (which is also reported to be the city’s oldest geisha district), is one of the best for budget-conscious visitors. You can choose from a private room, family room or various dormitory options. Everything is bright, clean and modern, and there’s a shared kitchen.
Nui Tokyo Central Hostel
Also in Asakusa, Nui Tokyo Central Hostel is another good deal. Housed in what used to be a toy factory, the whole place has an industrial aesthetic vibe going, but it’s clean and pleasant enough. The bar lobby and café gets good reviews as a place to unwind after a long day in the city. You can book a private room or stay in the dorm.
Sakura Hotel Jimbocho
With their prices starting at 2 500 yen too, Sakura Hotel Jimbocho also gets the thumbs-up. As you might have noticed from the name, it’s technically a hotel, but with a choice of private, group and dorm rooms, we’re listing it as a hostel. It’s right in the middle of Tokyo’s “book district”, four minutes from Shinjuku by train, and within walking distance of the Imperial Palace. Before you head out, you can tuck into the budget breakfast buffet (which might sustain you till dinnertime, if you devour enough). Part of a chain of four, there are also Sakura Hotels/Hostels in Ikebukuro, Asakusa and Hatagaya. Walk off the breakfast buffet to close-by Jimbocho station.
2. Budget Hotels
Khaosan World Asakusa
For the cheapo with a touch of class (and a few more yen), there are some awesome hotels in Tokyo. Khaosan World Asakusa (of hostel fame above) actually also has traditional-style tatami mat rooms (with a modern twist) under their Ryokan section. With rates starting at 3 000 yen (30 US dollars) and rave reviews, it’s worth checking out. Same location and contact info as the Khaosan World Hostel at the beginning of this article.
Keiunso Hotel in Shinjuku
If you’re keen on a tatami room but looking for something a little quieter, the Keiunso Hotel in Shinjuku (only a few minutes from the station) might be more your scene. It’s old-school, sufficient and pretty pleasant. You can get a single room for under 6 000 yen (60 US dollars), with double and triple rooms also available. When booking, keep in mind that you can’t enter or leave the hotel between midnight and 6am.
Tokyo Green Hotel Korakuen
Stepping up a notch, Tokyo Green Hotel Korakuen is also good value for money. 6 600 yen (around 65 US dollars) will get you a comfy room (Western-style), and around 600 yen more will throw in a buffet breakfast. There’s a Narita airport limousine bus stop opposite the hotel, making it a convenient first, last or business stop. The traditional garden of Koishikawa Korakuen is just down the road.
Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka
If you’ve got money to burn (are you sure you’re a cheapo?), check into the new and swanky Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka. 11 000 yen (and up) a night will get you a spacious room (by Tokyo standards), with double beds, loft beds, couches, a snazzy bath – even access to a foot massage machine. A buffet breakfast is included. The family rooms are good value if you’re got a big brood. And you can walk off that breakfast to catch the train at the nearby Akasaka station.
3. Capsule Hotels
While we don’t know why you’d want to bunk down in what’s essentially a box, capsule hotels have gained a kind of cult status among visitors to Japan. If you’re happy to forego comfort and are all about compact, then you might want to book one of these three options – just to say you tried it.
Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya, like many cheap capsule hotels, is open only to gents. 3 000 yen gets you your very own sleeping capsule, with access to a decent hot tub and sauna. It’s near Shibuya’s famous pedestrian crossing, if you feel like surrounding yourself with more people. Shibuya station is also right nearby for easy transport. Address: 1-19-14 Dougenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo. Phone: +81-03-3464-1777.
Ishino Spa Roppongi Vivi Capsule Hotel has sleeping pods for men and women, as well as a big bath, hot rock relaxation beds and sauna facilities. It looks a little seedy, but the spa stuff gets good reviews. It’s also a little more expensive, at 3 500 yen a night. It’s pricier for a capsule, but it’s proximity to Roppongi station is convenient. Address: Roi Building, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Akasaka. There doesn’t seem to be a phone number for Ishino Spa, maybe us cheapos just aren’t cool enough to know.
First Cabin Akihabara, with rooms starting at 4 000 yen, is a cross between a capsule hotel and a normal hotel. Both men and women can stay, and you can choose a “Business cabin” or a “First Class cabin”. The rooms are compact, but much bigger than a standard capsule hotel – so it feels more like a closet than a morgue. Walk right over to Akihabara station if you need to get outside for some fresh air, out of the capsule abyss. Address: 3-38 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo. Phone: +81-03-6240-9798.
If you book a capsule hotel, bear in mind that you’ll have to store your luggage in a locker, or, if it’s too big, leave it near the front desk. Also, many only cater to males and are regarded as business-friendly beds for busy men on the go. Most are modern, but some don’t have outlets on the inside so be sure your phone is charged. Capsules may not be the most comfortable, but the futuristic and compact experiences will pay for themselves in cost savings on your trip.
4. Ultra Cheapo Options
Alternatively, if you party hard and scorn those who need sleep (and showers), you could just roll into a karaoke box (Shidax and Big Echo are well-known chains) when you’re ready to turn in for the night, and sing till the sun comes up.
There’s also couch surfing.
*We calculated the US dollar prices using a 10-1 exchange rate.
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