Japan is often mistaken as an expensive country, but there are plenty of cheap accommodations in Tokyo. In my Tokyo hostel guide, I’ll not only share with you the cheap hostels in Tokyo, but also the best hostels in Tokyo. Regardless of how much you want to spend or your preference in location, one of these budget accommodations in Tokyo will meet your needs.
If you’re starting your trip planning be sure to check out my guides on 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.
The best hostels in Tokyo are:
- Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE
- Book and Bed Tokyo, Ikebukuro
- Wise Owl Hostels, Shibuya
- Retrometro Backpackers
- Bunka Hostel Tokyo
- Tokyo Central Youth Hostel
- CITAN Hostel
- Oak Hostel Zen
- Sakura Hostel Asakusa
The Best hostels in Tokyo
Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE
When you walk into the Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE, you’ll quickly see why it’s one of the best hostels in Tokyo. The interior design will make you feel like your’re at home, in an art gallery, and lounge all at the same. The spacious lobby has a cafe, bar, and piano which attracts many locals. Don’t worry, the main area closes at midnight, so you’ll still get a great nights sleep. Dormitory rooms come in mixed or female only and have 8 beds at max. Twin and double rooms are also available, but if you want to splurge, you can book a riverview double room which has a view of the Sumida river. All guests share bathrooms which are open 24 hours.
Book and Bed Tokyo, Ikebukuro
Leave it to the Japanese to come up with a hostel that resembles a library. At the Book and Bed Tokyo, Ikebukuro, guests have the option to choose “bookshelf” beds where you’ll be surrounded by books or in a “bunk” which is more like a capsule room. As far as bed size is concerned, you get two options, standard or compact. Both are relatively small, but they’ll do the job for the night. Honestly, the reason this hostel makes the list of best hostels in Tokyo is because of the quirkiness. Just think of all those awesome Instagram pictures you’ll take while staying here.
Wise Owl Hostels, Shibuya
If you’re looking for a Shibuya hostel, then the Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya is your best bet. The hostel is about a 15-minute walk from Shibuya JR station, but it’s also within a 10-minute walk of two metro stations (Ikejiri-ōhashi & Shinsen). The first-floor restaurant, Farmer’s Table Mother serves alcohol and organic dishes and has quickly become a gathering spot for both locals and travellers which is why it’s one of the best hostels in Tokyo. There are 97 beds total with a variety of room configurations that will suit families, friends, couples, business travellers, and solo travellers.
If you’re looking for cheap hostels in Tokyo, then the Retrometro Backpackers will likely appeal to you get a bed in a mixed dormitory for 2,600 yer per night. Dormitories are the only type of room available at this hostel, but there is a female only dormitory available for 2,8000 yen per night. Location wise, you can’t complain about being in Asakusa since this is where many budget accommodations in Tokyo are locted. Access to computers and Wi-Fi are free, but note that there are strict check-in times and that they only accept cash as payment.
If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, you’ll want to check out Kaisu which is still one of the best budget friendly hostels in Tokyo. The bunk beds are a touch bigger than normal, so you won’t get the capsule hotel feel, and the washrooms are spotless. The hostel is a short walk from Akasaka station which is on the Chiyoda Line and a 20-minute walk from Roppongi if you’re looking for night life. Shared bunk rooms fit 6, 10, and 14 people (female only room available), but there’s also the option to book a private tatami room that will give you an authentic Japanese experience. Wi-Fi is free and the lounge area is super chill where many guests share their experiences.
Bunka Hostel Tokyo
If you’re wondering why this Tokyo Hostel Guide is full of hostels in the Asakusa area, it’s because its one of the “cheaper” areas for real estate which means you’ll find many budget accommodations in Tokyo in this area. The good thing is, the Bunka Hostel Tokyo is arguably one of the best places to stay. The hostel is relatively new and the modern design with exposed ceilings really shows how great a hostel can look. Mixed and female only dormitories with bunk beds are available starting at 3,000 yen, but you can also splurge and get a mixed singles room (no bunk beds) for 5,00 yen a night. The private room will cost you 16,800 yet but fits 4 people and comes with a sitting area (shared washroom).
Tokyo Central Youth Hostel
The Tokyo Central Youth Hostel has argaubly the best location since it’s literally in the middle of Tokyo in a building directly above Iidabashi Station. It’ll take you about 15-20 minutes at max by train to get to all the major attractions in the city. It’s also worth nothing the hostel is right by Kagurazaka which one of the lesser known areas of Tokyo, but is famous for the French bakeries and international restaurants (there’s a French university nearby). Since the hostel is located on the 18th and 19th floors of a building, you’ll get awesome views of the city which is a huge bonus since it’s one of the cheapest hostels in Tokyo. Dormitory style rooms fit 4-10 people, but there are also Japanese style tatami rooms availab.e
My Tokyo hostel guide has a few lovely designed hostels, but the CITAN hostel might be my favourite. As soon as you walk into the hostel, you feel like you’re at home in the neighbourhood. The coffee stand is where many people come to chill out and work remotely while the bar and restaurant have live music at night to keep you entertained. Dormitory rooms max out at 8 people, so you’ll never be crowded, but there are also twin, queen, and king size bed private rooms available. Organic local brand OSAJI provides the shampoo, conditioner, body soap and hand soap, so you’ll even feel like you’re at the spa.
Oak Hostel Zen
With some of the best rooms in the city, the Oak Hostel Zen easily ranks as one of the best hostels in Tokyo. The family room comes with 4 separate beds and a private washroom which is why some people often refer to the hostel as one of the cheap hotels in Tokyo. Alternatively, the semi-double room also comes with a private bath and will only cost you 5,800 yen per night. The single dormitory room at 2,800 yen per night is quite spacious while the mixed dormitory will only set you back 2,3000 yen a night. Free WiFI and checked luggage service are available. Access to the hostel is also easy since it’s a short walk Uguisudani station which is on the Yamanote line
Sakura Hostel Asakusa
A Tokyo hostel guide wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the Sakura Hostel Asakusa. Known as the largest hostel in Tokyo, the Sakura Hostel Asakusa has a great location since it’s located just a few minutes from Sensoji Temple. English speaking staff is on duty 24 hours a day, there’s an early check-in of 1PM and a late check-out of 11AM. The huge open lobby is a great place to meet other travellers. As for the rooms, you can book a dormitory, group, or private room. Wi-Fi is and luggage storage is free, there’s also coin operated laundry.