5 Dirt-Cheap Airbnb Rentals in Tokyo

Adriana Mazza

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If you’re a true cheapo, accommodation is not where you want to be spending your money. And sure, while there are extreme budgeting options like staying at a manga café or even urban camping (watch out for tanuki), some of you upturned-nose cheapos may want to stay somewhere a bit more private. Perhaps somewhere with a shower.

Well your royal cleanliness, here we’ve compiled the cheapest Airbnb rentals available: some offbeat, some a small trek to the nearest station, some too good to be true that I’d triple-check the small print—but cheap nonetheless!

1. Edogawa, Tokyo – $8USD/night

Topping our list as the cheapest Airbnb rental in Tokyo (as of this writing) is this shared accommodation in Edogawa, providing you with a futon on the floor. For $8 you’d think you’d just get the bare bones (i.e. a place to sleep), but TV, AC, a washer and internet are all provided. And if you thought it couldn’t get any cheaper, you get a 5% discount for a week’s stay and 10% off of a month. No toiletries or towels are provided (but if The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has taught you anything, you’ll have brought you own anyways).

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2. Asakusa, Tokyo – $10USD/night

For only a tenner, you can have a whole apartment for yourself. There is no charge for extra guests, and the place accommodates up to 3 people—so if you’re staying at full capacity, that’s only $3.33 a person/night. Plus, all essential amenities are provided including internet, pocket wifi, AC and even hot tub access! And with the nearest station only a 5-min walk away, this listing is looking like a real winner.

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3. Azabu Juban, Tokyo – $10USD/night

Private apartment for two. Upside: very conveniently located (close to the Roppongi party and art districts) and internet. Downside: You’ve got one blurry picture and no reviews to go by—you’re walking into uncharted territory.

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4. Shinjuku, Tokyo – $11USD/night

Self-certified as the “Pokemon House”, this apartment’s draw is the access to DVDs, games (PS2, PS3, Wii and GameCube) and a general Pokemon ambiance. So if for some reason you’d rather stay in during your time in Tokyo, this place will help you make the most of it. Accommodation includes a separate bed in a shared room.

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5. Adachi, Tokyo – $11USD/night

This particular listing piqued our interested because of its “rock bed” offering. You get to sleep on a heated stone bed, complete with overhead dome. The word “detokkusu” (meaning “detox”) gets thrown around too. One reviewer said they used their own clothes as a pillow, so bring your own if you decide to stay here. And while they may lack in the pillow department, they do have a common area, full kitchen, 24-hour check-in, hot tub, fireplace and a workspace. Not too shabby.

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What’s your Airbnb experience in Tokyo been like? Tell us (good or bad) in the comments below! And for more cheapo-approved options, check out our Tokyo accommodation guide


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One Response to “5 Dirt-Cheap Airbnb Rentals in Tokyo”

  1. Gwenny Ruiz

    Sadly you’re not painting the full picture here – you see, the base price they list .. for your first two examples 8$ and 10$ respectively … is just that. The base listing price. The AirBnB host can set other rules in the system to determine the price per period. Usually the cheaper base-listing price is just to get you to view the apartment/listing … try out the top two, just enter some dates on the right-side. You`ll see that they’re both significantly more expensive (and i checked all the way up to June, so it’s not just hanami time bumps) – especially the Asakusa listing. The only real way to go about using AirBnB is to enter your desired dates when you know you`ll go, then filter from the results for the cheapest. There’s no relying on base prices for any future endevours.


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