Choosing 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. Tokyo might be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there’s no shortage of budget hotels and other affordable accommodation for business travelers, families, couples and backpackers alike.
No matter what your budget or tastes—our list of top places to grab some shut-eye has your visit covered.
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Where to stay in Tokyo—Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa and beyond
First things first—Tokyo is huge and even though the city’s transport network is vast and easy to use, it makes sense to base your decision on where to stay in Tokyo on what you’ll be doing while you’re there (parks? museums? fish markets?), your budget, and how much time you’re willing to spend in transit.
While many of the cheaper Tokyo hotels are located in the Asakusa area, or near Narita Airport, you might have a better Tokyo experience if you are located closer to Shibuya or Shinjuku—both areas are central, offer plenty to see and do, and have great transport connections.
Shibuya is a fantastic base, as it has a massive train station, the famous Scramble Crossing, and a lively hub of restaurants and bars to explore. Shinjuku is another major hub in Tokyo and is home to the busiest train station in the country, so you will always be able to find your way home!
One for either international business or wild nightlife, Roppongi is a bit of a strange spot in Tokyo, but has plenty of great places to enjoy and lots of good food. Perfect if you like relaxing in the park, visiting pandas and spending some time in art galleries and museums, Ueno is central, well connected and has heaps to explore.
Alternatively, you can check which train line you’ll be on—the JR Yamanote Line is a great one, as is the Chuo—and most metro lines provide easy connections. Pick up a Suica or Pasmo travel card as soon as you arrive, and the metropolis is your oyster.
Is it a good idea to stay in an outlying area of Tokyo?
Always a good question, and one that is hard to answer conclusively. It’s a case of swings and roundabouts.
If you are in Tokyo for a short time, aren’t particularly constrained by budgetary concerns, want to pack in nightlife, don’t care about the rush-hour crush (or even find it exhilirating), and/or can’t be bothered to spend time figuring out multi-leg train routes, consider opting for an inner-city roost.
If you’re here for longer, can figure out the trains and buses without breaking a sweat, and/or are in the mood for a more sedate city experience heavy on the culture and light on the nightlife, consider more outlying areas.
Keep in mind that if you choose somewhere out in the ‘burbs, the room may be cheaper and the area less frantic, but you might end up having to wait for rush hour to subside before you can comfortably get onto a train into the city in the morning or back out of an evening.
Top hotel deals in Tokyo
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Grand
|Price||Rates start at ¥57,292|
|Address||2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo|
Hyatt Regency Tokyo
|Price||Rates start at ¥65,000|
|Address||2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo|
|Price||Rates start at ¥70,000|
|Address||6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku 6-Chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo|
Richmond Hotel Asakusa
|Price||Rates start at ¥8,364|
|Address||2-7-10 Asakusa,Taito-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo|
Tosei Hotel Cocone Kanda
|Price||Rates start at ¥7,500|
|Address||3-2-10, Uchi kanda, Akihabara, Tokyo|
Candeo Hotels Ueno-koen
|Price||Rates start at ¥7,500|
|Address||1-2-13 Negishi, Taito-ku, Ueno, Tokyo|
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
|Price||Rates start at ¥12,500|
|Address||4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Shinagawa, Tokyo|
Airbnb accommodation and vacation rentals in Tokyo
Airbnb offers travelers a number of options in Tokyo. We’ve picked out our top Tokyo Airbnbs for value. Despite the regulatory changes of the last few years, Tokyo has an Airbnb rental to suit every possible type of traveler and every sort of budget.
Cheapo bonus: If you’ve never done the Airbnb thing before, use this sign-up link to receive $25 off your first booking.
Cheap hostels in Tokyo
Magnets for the budgetarily lean the world over, hostels are simple, wallet-friendly choices that are a great way to meet other travelers. Here are a few of our favorite hostels in Tokyo.
Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hotel
|Price||Rates start at ¥2,200|
|Address||Within a short walk of Asakusa Station,
3-15-1, Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
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
|Price||Rates start at ¥3,000|
|Location||1.5 minutes on foot from Kuramae Station.
Address: 2-14-13, Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
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
|Price||Rates start at ¥3,500|
|Address||2-21-4 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo|
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. There are also Sakura Hotels/Hostels in Ikebukuro, Asakusa and Hatagaya.
Pro tip: For more options, have a look at our article on unique Tokyo hostels.
Budget hotels in Tokyo
We understand that budgets vary as widely as tastes in ramen, but we reckon these are fairly reasonable Tokyo hotel choices.
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
|Price||Rates start at ¥9,500|
|Address||Near Shinjuku Station.
Address: 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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
|Address||3-19-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo|
You could also check into the swanky Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka. ¥11,000 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.
Other reasonable hotels in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa and Ueno
The Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-Jingumae is a popular option in Shibuya, located close to the the Meiji-jingumae subway station and therefore right next to Harajuku and Meiji Jingu Shrine. You can stroll down to Shibuya Crossing and Station in around 10 minutes—so it really isn’t far at all.
The E Hotel Higashi Shinjuku is compact but has everything you need, including a 24-hour convenience store and self-service laundry—which is really handy if you are running low on the essentials. Next door to Higashi-Shinjuku Station, you’re only 10 minutes from Kabukicho and the rest of Shinjuku’s sights like Shinjuku Gyoen, which is 15 minutes away.
Budget-friendly without being “cheap”, Agora Place Asakusa has smart rooms with a clean, professional atmosphere for some of the lowest prices around. It’s 10 minutes away from Sensoji Temple and a couple of minutes from Tawaramachi Station, so it’s well connected. They offer rentable iPads and a laundry service, and breakfast for ¥4,545.
The Richmond Hotel Premier International is sandwiched between Asakusa Station and Sensoji Temple, and locations don’t get much better than this for a budget hotel. The rooms are on the spacious side of compact and offer great views of the city. There is a smart phone to use during your stay, plus laundry facilities and all the regular trimmings—including sleepwear and vending machines.
In Ueno, consider Hotel Yamayuri. A Japanese-style business hotel, this is not a snazzy new build, but the location is great for Ueno, so it’s about priorities. You’re only three minutes from Ueno Station and right next to Ameya-Yokocho, which is a vibrant street market, not to mention Ueno Park and the art galleries nearby. We would recommend going for non-smoking rooms in older hotels like this as the stale tobacco smell can really permeate, but otherwise you’ll be all set and ready to see the sights first thing in the morning.
Sutton Place Hotel Ueno is another centrally-located option near the park. The rooms are simple and smart but pretty small, although for this price and location something has to give. You’re within a minute from Ueno Station and a short stroll from national museums, the Ameya Yokocho market and plenty more, as well as having good travel connections. There’s a coin-operated laundry area and most bookings include a simple breakfast, as well as all the usual amenities.
Capsule hotels in Tokyo
While we don’t know why you’d want to bunk down in what’s essentially a box, Tokyo’s 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. Here are a few recommendations.
Capsule Hotel Shibuya
Capsule Hotel Shibuya, like many cheap capsule hotels, is open only to gents. Roughly ¥3,300 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.
Ishino Spa Roppongi Vivi Capsule Hotel
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 ¥3,900. The hotel’s proximity to Roppongi Station is convenient.
Address: Roi Building, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
First Cabin Akihabara
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.
Pro tip: This place books up fast—so reserve well ahead of your trip!
Pro tip: If you book a capsule hotel in Tokyo, bear in mind that you’ll have to store your luggage in a locker on the premises, 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.
Tokyo love hotels
Although not typically thought of as an option for those who need a nap, it is in fact possible to simply sleep in love hotels. That said, at the price (they can run you about ¥9,000 for an overnight), you’d do better in a capsule hotel, hostel or even a cheap hotel. For more info on the ins and outs of the love hotel scene, check out our dedicated guide to Tokyo love hotels.
Ryokan in Tokyo
If you’re after a traditional Japanese inn experience but don’t have the time or the bucks to leave Tokyo, you can opt for a ryokan in Tokyo itself. A ryokan offers old-school Japanese accommodation with history and etiquette going back centuries, usually much smaller in scale than a hotel would be, and often family-run. They can cost more than a hotel would, but the experience of a night in a ryokan is like nothing else.
Ultra-cheapo accommodation options
You could always spend the neon Tokyo night at an internet café, but because you can’t book in advance, 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).
This post was first published in 2015. Last updated in January, 2021. Although we make every effort to be accurate, details may vary. Prices and ratings are intended only as a rough guideline and may differ significantly.