Accommodation Guide: Budget Hotels and Other Options in Tokyo

Chris Kirkland

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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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, 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 scramble crossing
Shibuya’s famous “Scramble Crossing”. | Photo by Yoshikazu Takada used under CC

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 one of the two main hubs in Tokyo and is home to the busiest train station in the country, so you will always be able to find your way home!

Asakusa is not one of the major hubs, but home to spots like the famous Sensoji Temple and Kappabashi Dori—and with good connections, Asakusa is a great base with plenty to explore.

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. 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 get a train into the city in the morning or back out of an evening.

Top hotel deals in Tokyo

We keep this section updated with central hotels (general, business, budget and more) that offer special discounts—so check often to get the best value on your hotel bookings in Tokyo!

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Grand

Price Rates start at ¥57,292
Rating 9
Address 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 160-8330

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Hyatt Regency Tokyo

Price Rates start at ¥53,000
Rating 8.4
Address 2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 160-0023

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Hilton Tokyo

Price Rates start at ¥63,450
Rating 8.3
Address 6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku 6-Chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

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Richmond Hotel Asakusa

Price Rates start at ¥8,364
Rating 9
Address 2-7-10 Asakusa,Taito-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0032

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Tosei Hotel Cocone Kanda

Price Rates start at ¥5,818
Rating 8.7
Address 3-2-10, Uchi kanda, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, 101 0047

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Candeo Hotels Ueno-koen

Price Rates start at ¥10,167
Rating 7.8
Address 1-2-13 Negishi, Taito-ku, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan, 110-0003

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Shinagawa Prince Hotel

Price Rates start at ¥10,800
Rating 8.1
Address 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan, 108-8611

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Airbnb accommodation and vacation rentals in Tokyo

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.

Airbnb offers travelers a number of options in Tokyo. We’ve picked out our top 10 Tokyo Airbnbs for value and another selection of quirky Airbnbs in Tokyo and surrounds. 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 cheapos the world over, hostels are simple, wallet-friendly choices that are a great way to meet other travelers. Here are a few of our favorites.

Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hotel

khaosan world hostel
Price Rates start at ¥1,900
Area Asakusa
Address Within a short walk of Asakusa Station, at 3-15-1, Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
Phone +81 3-3843-0153

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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

nui tokkyo central hostel
Price Rates start at ¥2,800
Area Asakusa
Location 1.5 minutes on foot from Kuramae Station. Address: 2-14-13, Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
Phone +81-3-6240-9854

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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.

Bar-cafe vibe at Nui Tokyo. Pic by Kim Laurenson, used under a Creative Commons Licence.
Bar-cafe vibe at Nui Tokyo. | Photo by Kim Laurenson used under CC

Sakura Hotel Jimbocho

Sakura Jimbocho Hotel
Price Rates start at ¥2,600
Area Jimbocho
Address 2-21-4 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0051
Phone +81-3-3261-3939

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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

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. In fact, one of Tokyo and Shinjuku’s biggest attractions, the Robot Restaurant, is under five minutes’ walk from Hotel Gracery Shinjuku.

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Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka

centurion hotel grand
Price From ¥8,500
Area Akasaka
Address 3-19-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052
Phone +81-03-6435-5226

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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.

Other reasonable hotels in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa and Ueno

Shibuya


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.

Shinjuku


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.

Asakusa


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 ¥980.


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.

Ueno


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 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.

capsule interior, capsule hotel
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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 ¥3,600 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, 150-0043.
Phone: +81-03-3464-1777.

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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 ¥3,500. The hotel’s proximity to Roppongi Station is convenient.

Address: Roi Building, 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032. 
Phone: +81 3-3404-4126.

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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, 101-0025.
Phone: +81-03-6240-9798.
Pro tip: This place books up fast—so reserve well ahead of your trip!

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Pro tip: If you book a capsule hotel in Tokyo, 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.

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

cheap ryokan tokyo
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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, 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.

This post was first published in 2015. Last updated on June 25, 2019. 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.

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