Tokyo is relatively well known as one of the worlds most expensive cities to stay in but with a little bit of research and planning, you’ll have a wonderful time here without breaking the bank. Remember that these are budget hotels and you cannot expect to stay in a 5 star room in Tokyo City Center. However, with that being said, there are plenty of charming places to stay, if you know where to look and that’s why we’re here to help you.
How to Find Cheap Accommodations in Tokyo?
My girlfriend and I have stayed in numerous hotels, guest houses and even hostels. Slept on traditional style tatami mats and western style beds. No matter what your budget is, Tokyo offers immaculately clean and classy hotels which are guaranteed to give you a good nights rest. We’ll skip the capsule hotels for now as they’re generally reserved for singles. This article will focus on cheap hotels that accommodate couples and families.
Top 5 Budget Hotels in Tokyo
There are literally thousands of different hotels options and here we’ve compiled a list of the best cheap hotels in Tokyo.
1. Keiunso Hotel Shinjuku
A Japanese style hotel, close by JR Shinjuku Station South Gate. The staff speak moderate english and are very nice and pleasant. These are traditional ryokan tatami rooms located in a quieter part of the city. They have a few strict rules as you have to leave your room at 10am for daily cleaning and there’s a curfew at midnight. If you love to party after hours, then another hotel would be more suitable. We found the rooms to be very clean and extremely affordable for travelers on a budget.
2. Sawanoya Ryokan
This is a nice family-run ryokan that caters mainly to foreigners. It’s a great place to explore Tokyo’s Old Town and located just a 15 minute walk from Ueno Park. English speaking staff were very pleasant and friendly, as we were given a short tour of the establishment upon our arrival. This hotel has tatami style rooms and free coffee, Wi-Fi and guidebooks are provided in the lounge area. My girlfriend loved the fact that there were Japanese baths here with beautiful views of the garden. Instead of walking, we decided to rent a bicyle for a few hours and rode around town.
3. Tokyo Green Hotel Korakuen
This hotel is in a great location, nearby Tokyo Dome, and provides excellent value for your money. JR Suidobashi Station is just a couple minutes away, with Yasukuni Shrine and Imperial Palace all within walking distance. There is a Narita Airport Limousine bus across the street, making it super convenient for tourists. We noticed that the Western-style furnished rooms were on the smaller side, but you can say that about most hotels in Japan. Tokyo Green is a step above a traditional ryokan, offering a flat-screen TV, movies, a cafe and massage services.
4. Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro
This budget hotel has bilingual staff and is a favourite among tourists. Another plus is that it’s a short walking distance from Sakura Hotel to Ikebukuro Station. There’s a shared kitchen but if you don’t want to cook, then head to Sakura Cafe, open 24 hrs a day. Travelers may choose from a one night stay or even a long term stay. We stayed for one night and for breakfast, had a delicious bento box nearby. Couples will really love it here as there’s a front terrace where you could relax, unwind and sample beers after a wonderful day of sightseeing.
5. Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Toyocho
This family-friendly hotel offers superb service, excellent location and numerous attractions. The services and amenities are top notch and include 24 hour front desk, security around-the-clock, laundromat and free Wi-Fi. My girlfriend and I stayed for 2 days and were pleasantly surprised when they gave us a free bottle of water for not needing housekeeping the following day. Every effort is made to keep guests happy and comfortable, as it reflects in how busy this hotel was.
Each of these Ryokan (Japanese Inn) and hotels have their unique characteristics which keep travelers coming back. We definitely think that it’s worth the price, considering the location and room sizes of some of these places. This is Tokyo, so don’t expect the rooms to be nearly as spacious as back home. We always kept that in the back of our minds and were never disappointed with these accommodations.