Hotels in Tokyo range from budget-business to high-end luxury, and finding the right one for you can be daunting – we have the best mix in all the top areas!
Luckily, in Japan, most hotels are of a decent quality – clean, smart and convenient – although the rooms can often be pretty small. With options like hostels, Airbnb and traditional ryokans to compete with, hotels can often seem like a pretty pricey option, especially if you’re traveling alone, but they can be affordable if you know where to look. Having a lock on the door, no noisy roommates and enough room to stretch your arms out is definitely preferable, so we have some budget hotels that will get you good night’s sleep without the high costs.
Finding the right hotel in Tokyo can seem like a mammoth task, with thousands to choose from and while budget can be best, it’s no use staying somewhere super-cheap if you then have to spend a small fortune getting to all the sights you want to see. If you start with a central location and decent transport connections then you can’t go too wrong, plus you won’t be spending much time in your smaller-than-average room anyway!
Whilst many of the cheap hotels are located in the Asakusa area, or near Narita airport, you might find a better Tokyo experience if you are located closer to Shibuya or Shinjuku, as both have plenty to see and great transport connections. Alternatively, you can check which train line you’ll be on – The Yamanote line is a great one as is the Chuo and most metro lines provide easy connections.
Shibuya: The Crossing, Trains and Nightlife
Shibuya is a fantastic base as it has a busy train station, the famous Shibuya Scramble and a lively center of restaurants and bars to explore.
Hotel Suave | Free Wifi | From 11,600 yen per night
Located right by Ikejiri-ohashi station which is on the Tokyu-Den-entoshi line and 20 minutes walk from Shibuya Station, this hotel has great connections. You can pop over to Meguro Sky Garden for the sunset and take a break between shopping and dinner without having to negotiate the trains again!
Shibuya Creston | Free Wifi | 24h reception | From 13,999 yen
Under 10 minutes from the famous crossing and Shibuya 109 building, this hotel is pretty much as close to Shibuya as you can be. It’s next to Yoyogi park and offers bike rental, so you can explore the area at your leisure as well as making the most of the weekly festivals. They offer traditional breakfasts including a vegetarian option
Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-Jingumae | Free Wifi | Public Bath | From 14,500 yen
While it is a little further to walk, this hotel has a private sento and a classier feel considering the price is still pretty low! It’s a few minutes from Meiji-jingumae subway stationand is therefore right next to Harajuku, Meiji-Jingu and you can stroll down to Shibuya Crossing and Station in around 10 minutes – so it really isn’t far at all!
Shinjuku: Shops, Trains and Gardens
Shinjuku is one of the two biggest 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!
APA Shinjuku Gyoenmae | Free wifi | Public Bath | 24h Reception | From 11,000 yen
Right next to the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen, this hotel is perfect for anyone wanting to be within walking distance of the busy streets of Shinjuku and the garden oasis. Shinjuku train station is 10 minutes away and Shinjuku-Gyoenmae is only 1 minute away. They have a nice public bath, laundry facilities and it’s overall a very modern and smart hotel that doesn’t feel ‘budget’ at all.
E Hotel Higashi Shinjuku | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | From 11,380 yen
This hotel 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 Metro station, you’re only 10 minutes from Kabukicho and the rest of Shinjuku’s sights like Shinjuku Gyoen which is 15 minutes away.
Hotel Gracery | Free Wifi | 24h reception | From 12,150 yen
This hotel is about as central as it gets, plus there’s a friendly neighbor keeping an eye on your stuff while you’re gone! Known as the Godzilla hotel, this place is located next to the Toho Cinema and has a replica monster looking into some of the rooms (although these probably cost more). They have single, non-smoking rooms available as well as doubles and family rooms of course, and some areas are women-only.
Asakusa – Sensoji and Sightseeing
Not one of the major hubs, but home to spots like the famous Sensoji and Kapabashi Dori and with good connections, Asakusa is a great base with plenty to explore.
Agora Place Asakusa | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | From 8,550 yen
Budget-friendly without being ‘cheap’, Agora Place has smart rooms with a clean, professional atmosphere for some of the lowest prices around. It’s 10 minutes away from Sensoji and a couple of minutes from Tawaramachi station so it’s well connected and they offer rentable Ipdas, a laundry service and breakfast for 980 yen!
Asakusa Central Hotel | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | Public Bath | From 9,700 yen
With a dedicated women-only floor, bike rental, public bath and sauna, this place has all the frills of a regular hotel without the prices. Located right between the two train stations you can explore Tokyo to your heart’s content and be outside Sensoji in under 10 minutes.
Richmond Hotel Premier International | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | From 10,000 yen
Sandwiched between Asakusa Station and Sensoji, 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. Rooms come with a complimentary smart-phone which might be useful (?) plus laundry facilities and all the regular trimmings for your room including sleep-wear and vending machines.
Roppongi – Art Galleries, Embassies and Nightlife
One for either international business or seedy nightlife, Roppongi is a strange spot in Tokyo but has plenty of great spots to enjoy and lots of good food.
Act Hotel Roppongi | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | From 10,300 yen
Very compact but perfect if you don’t mind crawling across your bed to reach the other side of the room, this hotel has good rates and is pretty smart to boot. Only 200m from Roppongi station you’ll have no trouble getting around Tokyo and can make use of all the local attractions too.
APA Hotel Roppongi Itchome | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | From 12,000 yen
One of three APA hotels in the area this offers the lowest rates and is only a short walk from Roppongi station or a very short walk from Roppongi Itchome metro station.The area has a great selection of art galleries and restaurants as well as shot bars, so there’s something for everyone!
Ueno – Zoos, Parks and Art Galleries
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 plenty to explore.
Hotel Yamayuri | Free Wifi | From 6,400 yen
A Japanese-style business hotel, this is not a smart new build, but the location is great for Ueno, so this is about priorities. You’re only 3 minutes from Ueno Station and right next to Ameyokocho which is a vibrant 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 ready to it the sights first thing in the morning!
Cotoha Hotel Okachimachi | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | Rooftop Jacuzzi | From 8,500
A trendy and more interestingly decorated hotel, the rooms here are small but have a nice feel, with Japanese themes and are definitely modern and clean. This is handy if you have kids with you, as a child under the age of 6 can stay for free if using an existing bed, and the hotel is family-friendly. You’ll be able to rent the rooftop jacuzzi or enjoy the traditional bath, and the hotel is a 10-minute walk to Ueno station and just a few minutes from Okachimachi station.
Sutton Place Hotel Ueno | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | From 10,000 yen
The rooms are simple and smart but pretty small, although for this price and lcoations something has to give. You’re within a minute from Ueno Station and a short stroll from the park, National museums, 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.
Ginza – Shops, Trains and Tsukiji
Stay in the fanciest part of Tokyo and explore the high-end shops and top-quality restaurants as well as the nearby yokocho alleys and izakaya.
Tokyu Stay Ginza | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | From 12,000 yen
With impressively smart rooms, this is a far cry from budget-decor and the rooms are pretty spacious by Tokyo standards. This spot is within strolling distance of the Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Market, and Hamarikyu Gardens as well as all the big shopping streets. Transport wide you’re spoiled for choice, with Ginza Metro station a few steps away and Tokyo station within walking distance too – perfect if you need to be on a bullet train.
Hotel Unizo Ginza-Nanachome | Free Wifi | 24h Reception | From 13,400
Another spot in Ginza with all the usual necessities, this hotel is smart, efficient and has decently sized rooms. It’s within walking distance of Tsukiji, The Imperial Palace and Hamariyku gardens as well as being only 550 yards from the Kabukiza Theater. You’ll be a few minutes away from Higashi Ginza and Ginza Metro as well as being within walking distance to Tokyo Station.
Tsukiji – Fish Markets and Early Starts
If you’re looking to hit the market super early for the Tuna Auction, then a nearby hotel is a must, since trains stop running at around midnight.
Tokyu Stay Tsukiji | Free Wifi | 24h reception | From 12,600 yen
Perfect for that very early strat, this hotel offers spacious rooms and everything you need for a city-base. you’re within walking distance of fancy Ginza and the Imperial Palace beyond that, as well as being next to the best fish market in Japan for breakfast each day! You’ll spot this place pretty fast with the giant fish on the outside, plus the stations is just a few minutes away.
No Room at the Inn? Handy Hotel Alternatives
If all the affordable rooms are filled or you just can’t hack the prices, then there are some alternatives if you don’t mind compromising on space, privacy or style (but hopefully not all three!).
Get Social at a Hostel with Private Rooms
Now, before you scream that you’re too old/grown-up/sensible/introverted for a hostel dorm, these days plenty of them have private rooms which are cheaper than hotels – although you might be sharing a bathroom. This is a great compromise if you want to cut costs and still enjoy sleeping in private, as rather than 12,000+ per night you can pay around 6-10,000 and still get a nice room. Places like Wise Owls have rooms for 7,000 as well as family rooms, Oak Hostel Zen (pictured) have doubles for under 7,000 too – so keep an eye out as they can be a good balance.
Stay in a Love Hotel
Seedy at first sight, Love Hotels can actually be great fun, and are bookable on regular sites as well as being walk-in. We have a full article explaining how they work and where to find them. The bonuses can be short stays (say 5 hours) or themed rooms (always fun) and they’re often clean, smart and have great room service!
Stay overnight at an Internet Cafe
If you really want to save your pennies, then staying overnight in an internet cafe is the way to go. It’s estimated there’s as many as a few thousand Japanese staying at internet cafes on a long-term basis, plus the inebriated locals who miss their last train home. Yes with customers having their own private booth and optional shower in the morning, internet cafes even market themselves as “competitors to hotels”! Check out our list of the cheapest and most convenient internet cafes. Alternatively, we have an in-depth review of Karanet 24 Internet Cafe and Com Com Manga Cafe which is near the Tsukiji fish market. Be warned though, you won’t really want to do this for more than a night, as sleep quality isn’t great, especially if you’re tall!
Keep it Minimal at a Capsule Hotel
Some of the smallest spaces available, capsules actually offer more privacy than a hostel, but obviously a lot less space than a regular hotel, so it depends on how long you think you’ll be in your room during your trip. Although many offer spaces for women now, quite a lot are still men-only as they are geared towards salarymen, so be sure to double check. Some will also not allow you to leave your stuff in your capsule between nights which can be inconvenient, so again, be sure to check if you’re staying a while.
Rent an Apartment with Airbnb
Perfect if you’re staying a while longer, Airbnb means you can have your own kitchen, save money on meals and enjoy some privacy too. Japanese apartments are usually pretty compact and have everything you need in a pretty small space, so they’re perfect for renting out and often cost much less than a hotel! Check out our cheapest options and some of the more interesting ones here.