Cheap Hotels in Tokyo

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!

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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!

Gracery Hotel Godzilla
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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.

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

Photo by APA Roppongi

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.

Ueno Zoo Panda
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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

Cotoha Hotel
Photo by Cotoha Hotel

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.

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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

Photo by Hotel unizo

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 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.


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