Asakusa is one of the most popular places for tourists to stay in Tokyo—and there are good reasons for this. For one thing, the area’s got history. Not the dull, textbook kind of history—the colorful stuff of pleasure houses (geisha central), trade and wild tradition. Still a renowned entertainment district, good food abounds in Asakusa (the noodles are particularly nom-worthy), as do shopping and sightseeing opportunities.
The area is a dense tangle of old-meets-new on the banks of the Sumida River, and in the midst of its sprawl of homes, stores and sacred spots you’ll find reasonably priced accommodation aplenty. An Asakusa hotel can range from capsule to swanky, all just a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo Station. Read on to see what’s available.
Despite the fact that “capsules” resemble something you’d be placed in for cryogenic freezing, they remain a firm favorite among tourists in search of that “authentic Japanese experience”. Yes, we’re talking to you. If you’re determined to get a bad night’s sleep, here are our top picks for capsule hotels in Asakusa. Note that it’s barebones accommodation, with no meals included.
Capsule Hotel Asakusa Riverside
If you Google capsule hotels in Asakusa, this is one of the first hits you’ll get. Capsule Hotel Asakusa Riverside is just a minute’s walk from Asakusa Station, and a well-known and much-booked place overlooking the Sumida River. We gave it a full review a couple of years ago—you can check that out here to get a better idea of what you’re booking. Rates hover between 2,500-3,000 yen a night.
Khaosan Tokyo Samurai
One of the cooler and newer capsule hotels in Tokyo, this one is a fun option that will set you back between 3,000 and 4,000 yen a night (depending on whether you want a standard or deluxe pod). The bunks are colorful and there is free wifi and luggage storage. Private rooms are available for groups of travelers. The whole place is designed to look like a traditional Japanese tea house and is fully geared towards foreigners. It’s a few minutes from Asakusa Station.
Hotel Asakusa and Capsule
This place is 10 minutes from Asakusa Station and has capsule bunks and (small) private rooms. It’s clean and has free wifi, and there are secure places to store your luggage. The rates range from 2,000-5,000 yen per night. At the time of writing, the place seemed to be fully booked right up until February 2017—check back for an update if you don’t have any luck.
The next step up from capsule hotels (and sometimes cheaper), you’ll find a number of backpackers and hostels in Asakusa. You can choose dorms or private rooms, either Western-style (bunk beds or regular beds) or Japanese-style (tatami mats and futons). Comfortable, clean and affordable, this type of budget accommodation is by far the most popular among cheapo travelers to the area. If you’re a young ‘un or cool staying with/near young ‘uns, go for one of the options below. Cheapo tip: Pack your own towel to save on rental fees.
The popular Sakura Hostel chain has a branch five minutes away from Asakusa Station. You can get a private room or a bed in a dorm—rates range from 3,000 to 4,500 yen per person per night, depending on what you’re after. The staff speak various languages (English included) and are always willing to help with tour advice. A bottomless breakfast is available for 325 yen (that’s a good deal), and there is free wifi.
Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel
Part of the big Khaosan brand, this ultra-popular hostel is a notch above their capsule hotel option. You can choose a dorm, private or family room—rates start from just 2,000 yen a night and go up from there. The rooms are really bright and colorful, with some funky pop decor. There is free wifi and a full kitchen, but no meals are provided. Fun fact: the building used to be a love hotel.
Nui. Hostel and Bar Lounge
Another head-resting spot that gets good reviews, Nui. Hostel and Bar Lounge is set apart from the rest by two things: it’s housed in an old toy factory, and it features a fully-functional bar/cafe (a great place to mingle with other backpackers and locals). There are dorms and private rooms available, with rates starting at around 2,500 yen per night. There is free wifi and a communal kitchen. Nui is a four-minute walk from Kurumae Station—that’s the next stop over from Asakusa.
K’s House Tokyo
Also in Kurumae, K’s House Tokyo is seven minutes from Asakusa Station. There are a range of dorms, private and family rooms, with rates starting at 3,000 yen. The wifi is reported to be excellent. Like the other hostels, K’s has a shared kitchen you can use to whip up a quick meal. There’s a nice little rooftop garden where you can have a cup of tea and soak in the surroundings.
Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou
For more of an old-school Japanese experience, you could book in at Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou—somewhere between a hostel and a hotel. There are private rooms and dorms, with rates from 2,700 yen per night. The rooms are small but sufficient, and many of them are tatami. Wifi is free, and there is a small kitchenette for guests to use. Towels are included.
If you’re slightly older (30-35+) or have more yen to spare, you can book into a regular hotel or a Japanese inn (ryokan) for a bit more privacy and peace. You’ll find everything from simple family-run affairs to luxury 5-star joints (get out, non-cheapo!) in Asakusa. We’ve kept our focus on the lower and mid-range options. Unless otherwise specified, all of the hotels below offer free wifi. Check with the establishment about meal options.
If you’ve been wanting to experience a night in a traditional Japanese house, Taito Ryokan is your chance to do that. This small hotel, built in 1950 and refurbished in 2011, offers tatami rooms (with futons) from 3,000 yen per night (with reduced rates for longer stays). You can read our full write-up here. Note that it’s closer to Tawaramachi Station than Asakusa Station.
HOTEL MYSTAYS Asakusa
This is a three-star hotel five minutes from Kurumae Station. Rooms feature a mini kitchenette and en-suite bathrooms. It’s a modern, Western-style joint that is well appointed and comfortable, if a little on the, well, little side (unless you specifically book a large room). Rates start at approximately 5,000 yen a night (you can sometimes get double rooms at that rate—meaning two people sharing pay just 2,500 yen each).
From 3,600 yen a night, you can stay at the boutique Kangaroo Hotel or its annex, the cleverly named Kangaroo Hotel Side B. Compared to some of the other hotels, this place is a little further away from Asakusa proper, with the closest station being Minami-Senju (10 minutes from the hotel). However, you can rent a bike from the reception, which makes getting around easy.
Hotel Shirobara Inn Asakusa
If you’re after something a little swankier, Hotel Shirobara Inn Asakusa is a good choice. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and comfortable (some of the baths are big Western-style tubs, unusual for Japan), if a little on the tacky side when it comes to decor. Rates start at just under 5,000 yen per person for a double room, with twins and triples a bit more expensive. The place is a ten-minute walk from Asakusa Station.
Ryokan Asakusa Mikawaya Honten
Two minutes from Asakusa Station you’ll find this typically Japanese ryokan. The rates are a little higher than many of the other hotels on our list, starting at 7 500 yen for a single room. However, the service is said to be very good, and the experience too. It’s all tatami and tradition, with a healthy dose of class.
Asakusa Hotel Hatago
Also just a couple of minutes from Asakusa Station, Hotel Hatago is like a ryokan with (seriously) comfortable Western beds instead of futons, in typical tatami rooms. The place is small and well run, with decent views over the river. Room rates start at around 7,000 yen, and breakfast is included.
If you’d like to have a weekly or monthly set-up as an option at a regular hotel, Soho Asakusa is the place to go. They will rent you a room or even mini apartment, complete with a tiny kitchenette. The hotel is by no means luxurious, but it’s comfortable enough and includes all the basics. Rates for the apartments start at 6,000 yen a night for one person (it’s around 8,000 yen in total for two people). Weekly stays go up from 42,500 yen. Regular hotel rooms start at 5,100 yen per person per night (add about 2,000 yen to that for a second person). One drawback is that Soho Asakusa is 15 minutes away from Iriya Station, which is a little far from Asakusa (it’s about 15 minutes from the hotel to Sensoji Temple).
Asakusa Central Hotel
The priciest option on this list, Asakusa Central Hotel costs upwards of 9,000 yen per person per night, but consistently gets rave reviews. It’s fairly fancy, with Western-style bedrooms and all the necessary bits and pieces. It’s just three minutes from Asakusa Station. If you’re a mature traveler with yen to spare, this is a good place to stay.
Of course, there’s always Airbnb. You can usually find heaps of good deals on private rooms.
Looking for things to do in Asakusa? Make Sensoji Temple your first stop, then try these other free activities. You can also take a walking tour that includes Tsukiji and Akihabara, or try your luck at a real escape room. Skytree is just across the way, if you’re interested in seeing Tokyo’s tallest tourist trap. You might be more interested in a river cruise instead.
Think you’d prefer to stay somewhere else? Check out our full accommodation guide here.
Have you stayed in Asakusa? Where, when and what did you think? Let us know below.
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