Accommodation Guide: Cheap Hotels in Tokyo

Chris Kirkland
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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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In the last few years, the number of vacation rentals, i.e. short-term apartments for travelers, has really skyrocketed. These make for a more personal and varied experience than staying in a hotel. Check out our vacation rentals section for a few recommendations on where to stay.

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Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan and Hostel

khaosan world hostel
Price Rates start at ¥2,000—which is super cheap.
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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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

nui tokkyo central hostel
Price Rates start at ¥2,500
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. Pic by Kim Laurenson, used under a Creative Commons Licence.

Sakura Hotel Jimbocho

Sakura Jimbocho Hotel
Price Rates start at ¥2,500
Area Jimbocho
Address 2-21-4 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone +81-3-3261-3939

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With their prices starting at the low ¥2,500 mark, 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.

For more options, have a look at our article on stylish, simple and totally unique Tokyo hostels.

Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan and Hostel

khaosan world asakusa ryokan
Price Rates start at ¥3,000
Area Asakusa
Address Near Asakusa Station, at 3-15-1, Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
Phone +81 3-3843-0153

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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 and rave reviews, it’s worth checking out. Khaosan is consistently one of the most popular choices for travelers to Tokyo.

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Price Rates start at ¥12,000
Area Shinjuku
Address Near Shinjuku Station. Address: 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone +81 3-6833-1111

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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.

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Tokyo Green Hotel Korakuen

tokyo green hotel
Price Around ¥6,600 + extra for breakfast buffet
Area Suidobashi
Address Near Suidobashi Station, 1-1-3, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone +81-3-3816-4161

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For something slightly more budget, Tokyo Green Hotel Korakuen is very good value for money. Roughly ¥6,600 will get you a comfy room (Western-style), and around ¥700 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 Japanese garden of Koishikawa Korakuen is just down the road.

Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka

centurion hotel grand
Price From ¥11,000
Area Akasaka
Address 3-19-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Akasaka / Roppongi, Tokyo
Phone +81-03-6435-5226

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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. And you can walk off that breakfast to catch the train at nearby Akasaka Station.

For the classy not-so-cheapo.

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.

Typical capsule bunks. Pic by Jose Wolff, used under a Creative Commons Licence.
Typical sleeping pods at a capsule hotel. Pic by Jose Wolff, used under a Creative Commons Licence.

Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya, like many cheap capsule hotels, is open only to gents. Roughly ¥3,000 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. It’s also a little more expensive, at roughly ¥3,500. It’s pricier for a capsule, but its 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 ¥4,000, 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 fresh air.

Address: 3-38 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo. Phone: +81-03-6240-9798. *Note that this place books up fast—so reserve well ahead of your trip!

First class cabin.
First class cabin pic by Jason Wong, used under a Creative Commons Licence.

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.

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 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: You might want to explore the cheapest ways of getting from the airport to your accommodation in Tokyo.

Extra bonus: Here’s our guide to love hotels, and a little bit more fun about love hotels and what happens before you need one.

*Note that all prices above are estimates and are subject to change.

This post is updated regularly. Last editorial update: September 18, 2017.

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