Best Hostels in Tokyo


Tokyo has no shortage of luxury style accommodations scattered all around the magnificent city. But good budget accommodation may be a bit tougher to find.

The majority of Tokyo’s affordable lodging is located in the Taito area, specifically Asakusa and Ueno. The cheapest accommodation options in Tokyo are by far the famous Tokyo capsule hotels. They offer a unique affordable experience for men, however many capsule hotels are segregated by gender and only a few of them cater to women.

Capsule Inn

Capsule Inn is one of the few capsule hotels with a female floor. The hotel is composed of two sections: a public lounge space where bathroom, shower, and sauna areas are located, and the private sleeping area that houses the capsules. Inside the capsule you’ll find all the typical room amenities: TV, alarm clock, lighting, and power outlets. Along with access to bathing facilities and your own sleeping capsule, guests will also be able to use lockers for luggage storage. Rates at the Capsule Inn start at $25 and vary by location.

There are a number of good and fairly cheap hostel options in Tokyo. Here are a few options worth adding to your consideration list.

K’s House Hostels

K’s House Hostels is the best hostel chain in Tokyo, they include K House Tokyo, K House Tokyo Oasis, and a number of other properties in other cities across Japan. The hostels have been a fixture on Tokyo’s accommodation landscape since 2003 and 2006 respectively, but have recently been renovated to reflect traditional Japanese design with modern fixtures and amenities. The prices at K’s House Hostels start at $25 for a 5-bed Mixed Dorm Room and go up to $40/person for a private Twin Room with en-suite. The staff at both hostels speak English and are well equipped to help you navigate the city.

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Sakura Hotel Group

Behind the Sakura Hotel Group is a group of backpackers inspired to create cheaper accommodation options in Tokyo. The Sakura Hostel is located in Asakusa at the heart of the historic district of Tokyo, just minutes away from temples, shrines, and pagodas. The staff at Sakura Hostel Asakusa all share a passion for travel and put customer service and guest satisfaction as high priority. Sakura Hostel offers a large common area, perfect for meeting other travelers, along with kitchen facilities, and free internet in the lobby. Rates start at $25 for 8-bed mixed dorm and go up to $40/person for a private Twin Bed room with a shared bathroom.

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YMCA Asia Youth Center

Although YMCA Asia Youth Center is technically not a hostel, it offers great accommodation options for students and YMCA members as they both receive a 15% discount on their stay. In addition to room amenities that include complimentary wireless Internet access, refrigerators, bathrobes, hair dryers, and TVs, the YMCA Youth Center has a tour/ticket desk that can help you arrange your visit to Tokyo. Rooms start at $45/night and are available for single and family occupancies.

Hostels and capsule hotels in Tokyo provide the best value accommodation in the city, although one can often find a number of cheap hotel options that are also worth a look.

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