Japan has a reputation among travellers as being an expensive destination. Especially the vibrant capital of Tokyo. However, while there is no shortage of high-end hotels, there are more affordable options as well. These include the cheap Tokyo hotels and Tokyo hostels, but also apartments in Tokyo.
Staying in apartments in Tokyo is a great option for travellers, especially if you are travelling with someone else or as a group. The larger spaces make it easier to share with others, plus apartments in Tokyo often come with a number of amenities that Tokyo hotels don’t, including a kitchen which, as every traveller knows, makes it easy to cut down on food costs from eating out. Additionally, there are many cheap apartments in Tokyo that still have the benefit of being in central locations.
To help you find the best apartments in Tokyo, I’ve created this list of ten properties located across the city’s most central neighbourhoods. Here are the top apartments in Tokyo, perfect for your next trip to Japan. Keep in mind, because apartments in Tokyo are such a good deal, they tend to book up fast. I recommend you try to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Be sure to check out my other guides on Japan including, How much does it cost to go to Japan?, Is a JR Pass worth it?, How to spend one week in Japan, Food in Japan to try, and How to ride the Raku bus in Kyoto.
Akihabara Luxury Cityhouse
If you are looking for a stylish and modern Tokyo apartment in a vibrant neighbourhood, then Akihabara Luxury Cityhouse is the best pick for you. This urban apartment not only offers free Wi-Fi within the building, but also offers free portable Wi-Fi routers for guests to take with them while exploring. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a private bathroom that even has free toothbrushes for each guest, and a balcony with a view. Additional amenities include a PlayStation 3 game console, and 50-inch screen TV with Apple TV and Netflix making this apartment in Tokyo perfect for families with children. Akihabara station is a 10-minute walk away, but Kanda station is closer and takes just 5-minutes to get there.
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
This modern apart-hotel in Toyko was ranked as one of the top 25 Tokyo properties in 2014 by TripAdvisor’s Traveler Awards. Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo is only a five minute walk from Shinjuku Gyoenmae subway station, with Shinjuku-sanchome subway station only seven minutes away. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast in the lounge. The apartments all include a fully equipped kitchenette and a private bathroom stocked with free toiletries. Guests love the cleanliness, friendly staff, and central location of this Tokyo apartment. Bonus: Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo is rated for the best value in Tokyo, making one of the best cheap apartments in Tokyo.
Hundred Stay Tokyo Shinjuku
Recently renovated in 2015, Hundred Stay Tokyo Shinjuku is a modern serviced apartment in Tokyo offering great city views. There are one or two bedroom apartments to choose from, all of which include free Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, and a washing machine. This Tokyo apartment also has a small café with a small complimentary breakfast, a business room with library, and a fitness room. It’s only a three-minute walk from Okubo Station on the Chuo Main Line which is just one stop away from Shinjuku station. This hotel is a great pick for travellers looking to stay in an apartment in Shinjuku.
Located in the Shibuya, Natural Ellipse is a bright and modern choice for an apartment in Tokyo. It’s fairly basic; free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette, and air conditioning. But guests enjoy the friendliness of the staff, and the neighbourhood which has plenty of restaurant choices. The unique architecture also makes it a favourite among travelers looking for something different and special. Though a few past guests warn that the stairs are quite narrow and may be difficult for older individuals.
Asakusa Shinobi House
Travellers looking to truly experience Japan will love this apartment in Tokyo. Asakusa Shinobi House is a traditional Japanese-style house that was converted into a rental accommodation. Not only is the building traditional Japanese style, but the décor inside is as well, allowing travellers to really immerse themselves into the culture. This is a cheap Tokyo apartment- one of the most affordable options on the market, especially considering the location. Asakusa Shinobi House includes a kitchenette with microwave and the nearest metro station (Asakusa) is only a couple of minutes’ walk away.
Apartment Sun Bright Shinagawa
Clean, convenient, and affordable, Apartment Sun Bright Shinagawa is a great option for travellers looking for cheap apartments in Tokyo. This homey apartment is less than a five-minute walk from Shinagawa station as well as from several restaurants and dining options, including delicious ramen spots. Each apartment includes a kitchen with fridge and microwave and a private bathroom stock with free toiletries. It’s a great location for sight-seeing and guests love the local neighbourhood.
MIMARU Tokyo Ueno North
MIMARU Tokyo Ueno North is a relatively new apartment in Tokyo, but it’s already a favourite among travellers. This Tokyo apartment-hotel includes a kitchenette, free WI-FI, private bathroom with free toiletries, coin operated laundry facilities, and a hot tub- perfect for relaxing after a busy day exploring the city. Guests love the location since it’s walking distance to Ueno park and station, as well as the cleanliness of this property. The large rooms, that can fit up to six people, also makes this Tokyo apartment a hit with families and groups.
For travellers looking for cheap apartments in Tokyo, Tokyo Residential is a great pick. It’s smaller than many on the list so it’s better suited for one of two guests rather than a group. However, it’s in a top-rated location near Roppongi Hills and has some great amenities, making it a good base to use for exploring Tokyo’s sights and attractions. The apartment includes free Wi-Fi (and pocket Wi-Fi), a hot tub, kitchenette, and private bathrooms. Guests love that this apartment is peaceful and quiet, but still in a central location.
Hotel Axas Nihonbashi
If you are looking for a quiet place to you as your base while you explore Tokyo, then look no further than Hotel Axas Nihonbashi. This Tokyo apartment hotel is located in the Chuo Ward of the city; still central to the main sights and attractions, but not as busy and loud as, say, Shinjuku. Apartments can fit two to four people (depending on apartment size) and offer kitchenette facilities including fridge, microwave, and stovetop along with a private bathroom. Travellers love the spacious rooms and cleanliness of these Tokyo apartments. The nearest metro station is Suitengumae and only takes two minutes to get there. Don’t worry, there are plenty of dining options in the vicinity.
Haneda Lex Apartment
Located in a relatively new building (2001), the Haneda Lex Apartment offers stylish and spacious accommodations. The apartment includes three bedrooms, a living space, and a kitchen which makes this an ideal spot for groups or familes. Free WI-FI is available throughout the building so you’ll always be connected. Considering the size, it’s actually quite a cheap apartment in Tokyo if you are travelling with a large group, though it is a little further away from the main attractions than other Tokyo apartments on this list. Guests love the friendly staff, cleanliness, and facilities. You can walk to Rokugodote Station which is located on the Keikyu Main line in less than 2 minutes.