When visiting Tokyo, travellers always have the option to choose what kind of accommodations they want to stay at. Again, it all depends on the type of traveller you are, and if you are travelling with a family and children, you may want something a little more comfortable.
With today’s travel lifestyle, there have been many different types of accommodations found all over Tokyo, and they range from Ryokan, which is one of the most popular choices, and to your standard hotel rooms. But hostels in Tokyo have also been a very popular choice among the single or group travellers, which has caught on among the millennial and also younger travellers.
There are so many hostels found all over Tokyo, sometimes it can be difficult finding one that will suit your lifestyle or budget. But not to fear as I will provide you with a simple list of hostels in Tokyo which narrows down your choices. Most of them will be located in the main city areas, and also near subway stations for convenience.
If you have been researching online, you may have come across numerous websites and online travel agents (OTAs) who have articles on the best hostels in Tokyo and so on. Well, truth be told, those are created to promote their business, and when you make your decision, you will most likely book through their websites.
Guests checking in at the cafe-reception of a hostel in Tokyo.
How To Find The Best Hostels In Tokyo?
Below, I will share with you some of the important factors in finding a decent and good hostel, and they are very general tips.
Location of Hostel – This is the utmost important factor to consider as the location will make your stay so much easier. My tip is to find a hostel that is just a few minutes walking distance from any subway station around Tokyo. Of course, the price may be a little more, but rest assured you will save a lot of time and money by staying near a station.
Amenities near Hostel – This is also another important thing to look out for as most budget travellers would want easy and quick convenience when it comes to food, drinks and even a laundry service. Therefore, it is wise to look around the hotel and see what is available within walking distance. Often, there are 24-hour convenient stores located very nearby, so those are a bonus when you book a hostel in Tokyo.
Amenities offered by Hostel – This is one of the growing trends from hostel owners, where they are now deviating from the old-style basic and straightforward hostel. Nowadays you can find hostel operators providing speciality services like free Wi-Fi, comfortable workspace, breakfast and other meals, bar, mini gym, laptop usage and even bicycle rentals. Some even go to the extend of providing cultural shows in the hostel on selected days and others providing special personalised tours for guests.
Type of Guests Staying There – This is something which is often overlooked and highlighted here. When you book a hostel, you may want to know what kind of hostel it is and often the reviews will give you an idea. If you are the quiet type of traveller, you will want somewhere peaceful and quiet, and if you are the party type, you may want a hostel that is hip and happening.
One of the unique hostels found in Tokyo. Photo by Awol Junkie.
Hostels in Tokyo – Random Recommendations
Below are a number of random hostels found all over Tokyo, and in no order. They may be of interest or even fascinate you and at the end of the day, it is always great to know what is being offered for your trip to Tokyo, Japan. Just take note that the prices of hostels also vary, and may slightly on the higher side compared to other cities around the world.
The rooms at the Wired Hotel in Asakusa. Photo Wired Hotel Website.
Wired Hotel Asakusa
If you plan to stay in the Asakusa area, the Wired Hotel Asakusa is one of the recommended choices, though it carries the term hotel, this property is more of a modern concept hostel with fancy dorms and even private rooms. Some even call this a luxury hostel in Tokyo that comes with a bar, restaurant and the location of this hostel is just next door to the famous Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa.
Wired Hotel Asakusa
Address: 2-16-2 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5830-7931
The entrance to K’s House in Tokyo. Photo from K’s House website.
K’s House Tokyo (Backpackers Hostel)
This is one of the highly recommended hostels in Taito City, Tokyo and is one of the cheaper alternatives. This means that the place is always full and needs to be booked much in advance. The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, lockers, and an open kitchen for guests to cook. The hostel brands itself as a home away from home.
However, the other special facilities offered will definitely interest you as every Wednesday, the hostel offers a free snacks and drinks session to guests called Sake Night, and they also offer a special Japanese cooking class to their guests. One of the bonuses here is that the hostel is located just next to the Toei-Oedo Line station which makes travelling around Tokyo a breeze.
K’s House Tokyo
Address: 3 Chome-20-10 Kuramae, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0051, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5833-0555
The common area of Retro Metro Tokyo.
Retro Metro Backpacker Hostel Tokyo
One of the more authentic hostels and backpackers hangouts is a place called Retro Metro, which was refurbished from an old Tokyo-style house. The concept of this hostel reverts back to the good old days of backpacking where travellers would stay, meet and chat.
This is not your modern concept party hostel like many other places. Location-wise, it has quite a number of amenities like bus stops, convenience stores and even a supermarket. Retro Metro Hostel is also noted to be one of the cheapest hostels around Tokyo.
Retro Metro Hostel Tokyo
Address: 2 Chome-19-1 Nishiasakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan
The reception area of Emblem Hostel in Tokyo. Photo by Emblem Hotel.
Emblem Hostel Nishiarai
This hostel looks more like a 3-star hotel and is known as one of the best hostels in all of Tokyo. Well, what makes them different is that the hostel actually organises multiple activities for their guests. You can expect sushi-making classes, karate workshops, walking tours and even Japanese tea-making classes. On certain nights, the hostel offers a movie night for guests.
Packages include breakfast, on-site gym and free Wi-Fi while there is a bicycle rental service. The location is a little from the core city area and way out in Adachi, but the bonus is that it is a 6-minute walk to the Nishiarai Subway Station that connects to all over Tokyo. They also have a 24-hour proper reception area which is simply awesome for a hostel experience.
Emblem Hostel Nishiarai
Address: 3 Chome-33-6 Umejima, Adachi City, Tokyo 121-0816, Japan
Phone: +81 3 5845 3490 (They prefer you to contact using the website contact form
Juyoh Hotel common area. Photo by Juyoh Hotel Website.
Juyoh Hotel (Suitable for Couples)
This is a concept hotel that is created specially for budget travellers who want a hotel experience. Juyoh is also well-known for budget couple travellers due to the cheap private rooms offered. Ratings have claimed that they are extremely clean, staffs are polite and well-mannered. There are free Wi-Fi and an open kitchen for guests to cook.
With a total of 70 rooms, this hotel is perfect for those wanting to be away from the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo. The views are pretty spectacular where you can see the Tokyo Skytree Tower, which is also nearby. The only setback is that the Minami-Senju Subway Station is an 11-minute walk away.
Address: 2 Chome-15-3 Kiyokawa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0022, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3875-5362
The outside of Kaisu Hostel. Photo by Kaisu Hostel Website.
Kaisu Hostel (Asakusa)
This is one of the more lively hostels found in the Asakusa area of Tokyo. Many term this property as a party hostel because it comes with a bar that serves cocktails. Kaisu hostel was converted from an old Japanese restaurant to what it is today and caters to those party budget travellers visiting Tokyo. Because there is a bar in the hostel, there is also a café.
The location is also close to the party district of Roppongi and amenities are abundance. It takes you only 15 minutes to walk to the famous Roppongi Hills shopping areas and a 3-minute walk to the Akasaka Subway Station. Guests staying here are entitled to free simple breakfast and Wi-Fi.
Address: 6 Chome-13-5 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5797-7711
Luxury room for a hostel in Tokyo. Photo from Backpackers Japan.
Citan Hostel (Digital Nomad Hostel)
One of the more modern concept hostels which cater to digital nomads and influencers is the Citan Hostel that is located in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Priced slightly above the general hostels, this property offers seven floors of rooms, restaurant and bar, a coffee shop with a lounge area and a laundry area.
Digital nomads love this hostel due to the extremely clean rooms, super-fast Internet and the weekend in-house DJ at the bar. Yes, you can consider this another party hostel, and also due to the close proximity to the main Nihonbashi area. The closest station is also the Bakuroyokoyama Station where the Toei-Shinjuku Subway Line runs and is only a 2-minute walk from Citan Hostel.
Address: 15-2 Nihonbashiodenmacho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0011, Japan
Phone: +81 3-6661-7559
The common area of Guesthouse Fete in Tokyo. Photo by Guesthouse Fete Website.
One of the more specialized hostels is Guesthouse Fete, which offers guests an experience you will not forget. Here you can expect home-made food, pet-friendly people, a bar and even a rooftop chill-out area and not forgetting a hot tub! Yes, all of this in a hostel!
The guesthouse is strategically located in the Sumida area of Tokyo and is only minutes walk to the Ryogoku Subway Station where the Toei Oedo subway line runs through. Guesthouse Fete also offers free Wi-Fi apart from the short-term or even long-term stays. At the cafe, they offer an affordable ¥500 lunch, which is a bargain in Tokyo.
Address: 1 Chome-39-1 Ishiwara, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0011, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5637-8504
The entrance to the Almond Hostel. Photo from Almond Hostel Facebook.
Almond Hostel and Cafe (Harajuku, Shibuya Area)
Over in the swanky Shibuya area, you can find the Almond Hostel and Cafe which is located opposite the world-famous Takeshita Street and on the other side of the Yoyogi Park. The hostel is also only a 3-minute walk to the Yoyogi-Hachiman Subway Station. Facilities at this hostel include free Wi-Fi, clean dorms, coffee and laundry facilities. Towels are available for hire as well.
If you are the type that loves outdoors, parks, temples and a less busy side of Tokyo, this could be one of the recommended hostels to stay at. But the location also provides easy access to highly popular areas like Harajuku and the main Shibuya district of Tokyo.
Almond Hostel and Cafe Shibuya
Address: 1-7 Motoyoyogicho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0062, Japan
Phone: +81 3-6407-9739
Interesting furniture at the Almond Hostel in Tokyo. Photo Almond Hostel Facebook.
The above are just some of the recommended hostels to check out if you are planning to do budget travel to Tokyo. Just so you know, there are over a hundred hostel and guesthouses found all over Tokyo, with many of them located further away from the main city areas, and those are suitable for anyone who seeks a more quiet trip.
But then again, if you are visiting Tokyo on a budget, you will surely want to stay within the main areas as travelling can be troublesome if you stay too far away, hence the list above highlights the many unique hostels in the main districts of Tokyo.
Also to add in, there are some guesthouses or homestays that offer Muslim-friendly facilities, but those are much smaller and private. You can always check Google for them if you are a Muslim traveller, and if you are a vegan, there are also speciality hostels that cater to you.