Whether you’re a dedicated bargain-hunter or not, accommodation is probably not where you want to be spending all your money on your next holiday. Here are some of the nicest and most reasonable Tokyo Airbnb rentals available: some super affordable, some offering built-in breakfast, others with a kendo dojo—all of them good value for money.

Pro tip: Looking for something different? Check out some of the more unusual Tokyo Airbnbs.

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Airbnb in Tokyo: Our top picks

One more quick word before we get into it—these Tokyo Airbnb listings are presented in no particular order. Scroll through to see what you like. Also, note that the prices listed are approximate, and could change at any time.

1. Tiny but lovely: Shinjuku, Tokyo — from ¥5,000/night, up to 2 people

This apartment might be small, but the room is nicely laid out. It’s fairly new and gets good sunlight, and it offers all the amenities including wifi and a full kitchen. Located in Hatagaya, it is a stone’s throw from Shinjuku—or in modern terms: one stop on the metro.

Rates start from ¥5,000 per night, but as there is a ¥6,000 cleaning fee, the best bargain is yours if you stay a few nights here. Minimum stay of two nights. See on Airbnb.

2. Kendo with your overnight: Ueno, Tokyo — from ¥2,500/night, up to 2 people

Tucked away down an alley in Arakawa Ward, this two-person apartment is managed by a pair of superhosts and is perfect if you want to be within easy access of Tokyo Skytree or Ueno Park without being bang in the middle of Shibuya or other super-popular areas. Set up for couples or pairs of friends, the unit offers wifi and a kitchenette. The hosts are known for supplying excellent sandwiches (check with them), and can arrange for you to have a kendo experience in their dojo (for a fee of ¥2,000).

The cleaning and service fees come out to less than ¥1,500 for one night or ¥2,200 for e.g. three nights, making it a reasonable deal for one or two travelers. See on Airbnb.

3. Skytree rooftop: Skytree Station, Tokyo — from ¥8,000/night, up to 6 people

This Airbnb is only 3 minutes from Tokyo Skytree Station and has a large balcony (which is super rare in Tokyo) from which you can enjoy views of the Skytree, so close that you feel as if you could touch it (apparently). The apartment comes fully equipped, including wifi.

A ¥6,500 cleaning fee will be added at the end of your stay, and a minimum ¥2,047 service fee per night, but this is still on the fairly reasonable end, compared to what many other Airbnb hosts demand. See on Airbnb.

tokyo airbnbs near skytree
Photo by Adriana Paradiso

4. Right in the middle: Shinjuku, Tokyo — from ¥4,748/night, 2 people max

Snug, efficient and right in the heart of Shinjuku (without being very noisy), this unit is close to the station, shops, and bars. Perfect for a couple or the solo adventurer, this unit seems to be amenable to early dropping-off of luggage for those who can’t wait to hit the streets. It includes wifi. Bonus: There is no service or cleaning fee added on to the nightly rate! See on Airbnb.

5. Residential peace and quiet: 15 minutes to Shibuya, Tokyo — from ¥3,000/night, up to 2 people

This private room is a good choice for those who want to experience what life in Tokyo is like for the locals. Located in Setagaya Ward, a popular area with young families just west of Shibuya, it is still close to the city but most definitely suburban. It is a 10-minute walk from the nearest train station, Sangenjaya, and from there it is only 5 minutes by train to Shibuya.

The hosts seem to enjoy the company of international guests—this room gets booked out fast and starts from ¥3,000, plus a ¥2,000 cleaning fee and ¥1,129 service fee, making it a bargain. Minimum two-night stay. See on Airbnb.

6. Norwegian Wood with a view: Shinjuku, Tokyo — from ¥5,980/night, 1 person

Another super-central location. This tiny room on the 10th floor is decked out with wood and a large window pane, allowing you to view all the craziness of the Shinjuku red-light/business/entertainment district and peacefully sleep right above it. It has all the facilities (including wifi) you would need, but they are shared outside your room.

There is a cleaning fee of ¥1,000, and around ¥1,971 in service fees per night. Minimum two-night stay. See on Airbnb.

7. Work-travel group stay: Nakano, Tokyo – from ¥5,200/night, 4 people max

This Airbnb has a lot going for it and is the perfect choice for a group of four to stay comfortably. This modern house has two separate bedrooms on the top floor and a decent living and dining space plus kitchen on the lower floor. There’s also a large table where you can spread out and do some work or plan your travel itinerary (wifi included). Bonus: It’s only a 4-minute train ride to Shinjuku, home to skyscrapers, shopping, Tokyo’s most famous garden, and the Metropolitan Government Building for a free view of the city.

The service and cleaning fee come in under ¥5,500, making this spot an absolute steal for group travelers. See on Airbnb.

Sensoji, Asakusa
Sensoji Temple | Photo by iStock.com/bhidethescene

8. Sightseeing days, movie nights: Taito, Tokyo – from ¥8,200/night, 5 people max

If you’re a family or group of five, and not all of you are up for nighttime galivanting, then this cozy condo is for you. It’s in walking distance to popular areas and attractions, like Sensoji Temple, Ueno (home to museums, a zoo, temples, and swan boat rides) and the Tokyo Skytree. From Asakusa Station, there’s easy access to other popular neighborhoods, like Ginza and Akihabara. The condo itself has a mini theater set-up, with a 100 inch projector and access to Amazon Prime, Netflix and more. See it on Airbnb.

Bonus: Tokyo Airbnb for Disneyland, Narita Airport, and the Olympics

Looking for a Tokyo Airbnb near Tokyo Disneyland or Narita Airport, or thinking about where to stay during the 2021 Olympic Games? We’ve got you covered.

Tokyo Disney: Airbnb options in Maihama and Urayasu

Coming to Tokyo Disney for that once-in-a-lifetime Mickey experience? We’ve picked out some of the best hotels in the areas near Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, but if you want a slightly more homey experience, rest assured there are plenty of Airbnb options in the area as well.

For an entire apartment, check out this place that’s only one station away from Mickey and the gang. There is a double bed on the main floor, and two single-person futons in the loft space. It’s got big windows, a small kitchen, washing machine, desk, basic toiletries, and even pocket wifi you can take with you. One night here costs as low as ¥3,280, plus a ¥4,400 cleaning fee.

This apartment for three guests is under 10 minutes from Disney and under 15 to Tokyo Station—making it a good base for sightseeing beyond the amusement park. There is a double bed and a single bed, along with other modern amenities, like TV, air conditioning, free wifi, and two bicycles for use. For a sweet touch hospitality, the host also provides snacks and handmade bread.

Welcome to Japan at Narita
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Airbnbs near Narita Airport

Narita Airport is a hop, skip and jump from Tokyo proper, but chances are good that if you’ve just disembarked from a long-haul flight, it’s a hop, skip or jump you just don’t have the energy for. You can always head straight into Tokyo, but happily, there are several good Airbnb options in the surrounding area of Narita.

We like this large unit because the idea of being able to stretch your legs after the flight is very attractive, and the host also offers a pick-up service. Guests report that the space is really comfortable, and that host is very helpful and accommodating, as well. Get it for ¥10,000/night, with up to four guests. There are no cleaning fees, and super-low service fees of ¥1,412/night.

Photo by Tokyo 2020

Airbnbs for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics

Settling on where to stay if you’re lucky enough to be in Tokyo for the 2021 Olympics (if they take place) isn’t an easy decision, because it depends on which events you’re attending. There are two main venues and event zones for Tokyo 2021:

  1. The Heritage Zone, which encompasses some venues used the last time Tokyo hosted the Games, in 1964. Areas involved here include Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ryogoku, Chiyoda, and Yurakucho.
  2. The Tokyo Bay Zone, which houses many newly built venues and the Olympic Village. Areas involved here include Odaiba, Ariake, Edogawa, Koto, and Ota.

Pro tip: Tokyo is going to be really busy during the Olympics, so depending on how well you handle constant dense crowds, it might not be a bad idea to stay a little farther away from the venues, and take advantage of Tokyo’s extensive and easily used mass transit system to get to where you’re going. Just be sure to leave well in time, and be prepared for the summer heat.

Various events will also be held in areas other than Tokyo proper, such as Chofu (Ajinomoto Stadium hosts rugby sevens, some football, and the delightfully esoteric modern pentathlon), Yokohama (two major stadiums here will host football, baseball and softball), Oyama (road cycling takes place at the Fuji International Speedway) and even Sapporo (football prelims will be at Sapporo Dome).

I’ve heard things changed with Airbnb in Tokyo. What’s the Minpaku Law?

The Minpaku homesharing law passed in 2017 and was aimed at providing a legal framework for the private-sector accommodation market. Since Japan was apparently in dire need of rooms for the upcoming 2021 Olympics, it was expected that the law would make it easier for short-term rentals to operate—but it did add quite a few more hoops that prospective Airbnb hosts needed to jump through.

Property owners who wished to continue operating were required to submit lengthy and complex registration documents which involve a series of potential barriers. Landlord permission, on-site inspections and strict health and safety requirements are just some of the requirements for approval which, if granted, results in a registration number. Always check that your rental has that number!

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This post was originally written by Adriana Paradiso in March 2016. Last updated on May 15, 2021. While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information—including prices—is subject to change.

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