Good, cheap accommodation is fairly hard to come by, but if your prepared to make some concessions to comfort then you should be able to find somewhere that suits your needs. It is imperative that you book a room in advance, as good-value beds are snapped up quickly. Rooms are often tiny but clean, have shared bathrooms and are usually within distance of the public transport.
Cheap Places To Stay In Tokyo – Travel Guide
Ryokan’s are traditional Japanese Inn’s that are a haven for the weary traveller. Certain rituals have to be adhered to, but these are explained by the staff. If you’re feeling brave and only need shelter for a single night, then try a capsule hotel. Usually men-only and with their own set of rules and etiquette, they are not for the faint-hearted or claustrophobic. Beds are stacked on top of one of another and there is just enough room to plug your headphones in to drown out the drunken hoards.
Here is a list of the most popular budget hotels;
1. Tokyo International Youth Hostel
1-1 Kagurakashi, 18th Central Plaza, Shinjuku-ku. Telephone – 3235 1101.
With an amazing location and equally superb amenities you really do need to book in advance to reserve a room. If you are not a member of the International Youth Hostels Association then you will pay extra.
2. Ryokan Shigetsu
Nakamise Street, Shigetsu. Telephone – 3843 2345.
Clean, comfortable and a favourite with visitors to Tokyo, the inn is located close to Senso-ji and has free internet connection.
3. Taito Ryokan
2-1-4 Nishi-Asakusa. Telephone – 3843 2822.
A good value, but not particularly luxurious option with a good downtown location and English-speaking staff on hand to answer any queries you may have.
5. New Koyo
2-26-13 Nihonzutsumi, Taiko-ku. Telephone – 3873 0543
A jewel of a hotel glimmering among troves over-priced accommodation. Friendly staff, TV’s in every room, internet connection in the lobby and air conditioning/heating make for a very pleasant stay.
6. Sakura Hotel
2-21-4 Kanda-Jimbacho, Chiyoda-ku. Telephone – 3261 3939. Good, solid accommodation with a laundry and 24-hour internet café on site.
7. Kimi Ryokan
36-8 2chome, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku. Telephone – 3971 3766
In a good location with low rates and a delightful living room where you can exchange Tokyo tales with fellow travellers. Booking is essential.