Choosing holiday accommodation in the capital 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 top places to grab some shut-eye has your holiday covered.
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The Westin Tokyo
|Price||Rates start at ¥22,100|
|Address||1-4-1 Mita, Meguro-Ku, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, 153-8580|
Park Hyatt Tokyo
|Price||Rates start at ¥49,680|
|Address||3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku , Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055|
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
|Price||Rates start at ¥27,200|
|Address||26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, 150-8512|
Hotel Monterey Hanzomon
|Price||Rates start at ¥5,672|
|Address||23-1 Ichibancho Chiyoda-Ku, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan, 102-0082|
AI Hotel Nihonbashi
|Price||Rates start at ¥7,407|
|Address||11-19 Tomizawa-cho, Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Station, Tokyo, Japan|
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ochanomizu-Jimbocho
|Price||Rates start at ¥5,176|
|Address||1-19-7 Kandajimbo-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, 101-0051|
Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-gai
|Price||Rates start at ¥7,208|
|Address||2-14-24 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-Ku, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0021|
Airbnb and vacation rentals
In the last few years, the number of vacation rentals, i.e. short-term apartments for travelers, has skyrocketed. These make for a more personal and varied experience than staying in a hotel. Check out our vacation rentals section for top cheapo recommendations on where to stay.
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Cheap hostels in Tokyo
Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hotel
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
As you might have noticed from the name, Sakura Hotel Jimbocho is 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 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.
For more options, have a look at our article on stylish, simple and totally unique Tokyo hostels.
Budget hotels in Tokyo
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
If you’re keen on an ultra-modern, snazzy hotel in the heart of Kabukicho, then this one’s for you. Hotel Gracery Shinjuku is central, classy and cool to boot—this is the hotel favored by the area’s most prominent resident, Godzilla himself. The hotel is situated above a cinema and restaurants, making entertainment and eating easy.
Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka
You could also check into the swanky Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka. ¥11,500 and up a night will get you a spacious room (by Tokyo standards), with double beds, loft beds, couches, a proper 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.
Capsule hotels in Tokyo
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 options—even if it’s just to say you tried it.
Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya, like many cheap capsule hotels, is open only to gents. Roughly ¥3,600 gets you your very own sleeping capsule, with access to a decent hot tub and sauna. The hotel is near Shibuya’s famous “Scramble Crossing”, if you feel like surrounding yourself with more people. Shibuya Station is also 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 big baths, hot rock relaxation beds and sauna facilities. It looks a little seedy, but the spa stuff gets good reviews. One night costs roughly ¥3,500. The hotel’s proximity to Roppongi Station is convenient.
Address: Roi Building, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Akasaka. Phone: +81 3-3404-4126.
First Cabin Akihabara, with rooms starting around ¥5,000, 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. Explore the electronics/maid cafe area of Akihabara if you need to get outside for some air.
Address: 3-38 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo. Phone: +81-03-6240-9798. *This place books up fast—so reserve well ahead of your trip!
Cheapo notes: 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, as mentioned above, many of these places only cater to males and are regarded as business-friendly beds for busy men on the go. Most capsule hotels are fairly modern, but some don’t have outlets on the inside, so be sure your phone/laptop is charged.
Ultra cheapo accommodation options
You could always spend the night at an Internet Café, though you can’t book in advance, so you’re not guaranteed a “room”. Read this first so you know what to expect, then check out our list of internet cafes here. Alternatively, if you party hard and scorn those who need sleep (and showers), you could just roll into a karaoke box when you’re ready to turn in for the night, and sing till the sun comes up. There’s also couch surfing (yeah, it’s still a thing).
Bonus: Find the cheapest ways of getting from Narita Airport to your accommodation in Tokyo.
*Note that all prices above are estimates and are subject to change.
This post is updated regularly. Last editorial update: March 20, 2018.
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