As my girlfriend and I discovered when moving to Tokyo a few years ago, it offers so many attractions, great shopping and dining places, and it’s also quite expensive. A nights’ stay at many of the hotels can run a pretty penny, so when we invite family or friends from overseas, we usually recommend a guesthouse as it saves quite a bit of money.
Here are the top guesthouses in Tokyo based on our experience, either by ourselves or with friends and family who have visited the city. We rate these as the best because of their combination of accommodations, amenities and location.
Guesthouses in Tokyo – Easy on Your Budget
Of the many low-cost guesthouses, the Kangaroo Hotel makes the most of its convenient location that is a few minutes from Akihabara. It’s located in a cozy neighborhood and the hotel itself is clean and suprisingly modern.
Another plus is it’s a 10 minute walk to Minami-senju Station with supermarkets and convenient stores all around.
My girlfriend really loves the marvelous exterior and comfortable rooms that are both Japanese and Western in tradition. The rooms come with small TVs, a mini-fridge, and wired internet service, so carry along your Ethernet cable.
K’s House Tokyo Oasis
This guesthouse offers one of the best locations in the city thanks to being just a few minutes from the famed Asakusa, one of the most famous tourist locations in the city. Plus, the accommodations are perfect for those visiting from other countries as the rooms are quite clean and air conditioned.
My favorite part about K’s House Tokyo Oasis is the extremely helpful staff that spoke English well and directed us with recommendations to restaurants and sightseeing. Staying in a place that makes you feel warm and welcome in a foreign land is priceless. The rates are low and there is free Wi-Fi as well.
Another great feature is that you can join in on the fun activities that take place in the communal area on the ground floor, if you like interacting with other guests. Can’t say enough nice things about K’s, as my girlfriend and I met some great travelers here and heard of their interesting journeys.
Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge
This hostel includes a mixed and female dormitory which is great for women travelers who want some privacy. Plus, the location is terrific as it is near many great shopping locations and the subway, so you can visit different parts of the city quickly.
However, what makes this one of my girlfriend’s favorite guesthouses is the nifty café bar that has been remodeled and looks spectacular. After sightseeing all day it’s nice to have a drink and lounge out in the bar as it provides a great atmosphere.
Nui Hostel Bar & Lounge is about a 10 minute walk to the famous Senso-ji Temple and the Asakusa district. I recommend you stay in the private riverside room, if available but there are also shared rooms for a reasonable price. This is certainly one of the best guesthouses to spend some time with friends in the region.
A kind of throwback to the days when backpacking around the world was so trendy, this guesthouse has all the appearance of a fashionable café complete will well-stocked bathrooms and kitchen so you can create your own meals from the food you can purchase at nearby grocery stores. The staff at Retrometro Backpackers are dead set on their rules and have strict standards, so as long you don’t cause too much of a commotion, it’ll be ok.
Room beds are comfy with privacy curtains and electrical sockets for you to charge your phone. If you are looking to save money, this is the place to go as it provides everything you need all in a comfortable atmosphere.
Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Also located in Asakusa, this friendly place offers good accommodations and a shared kitchen that is open 24/7. They provide 6 desktop PCs in the lounge for free Wi-Fi and the beds are comfortable, if a bit plain.
Dorms will set you back 3000 yen per person and twin rooms for 4250 yen per person, based on double occupancy. We generally travel as a couple, so a private room is definitely best. Private rooms for 4,6 and 8 can be booked if you’re with family or friends and that reflects in the lower prices per head.
Khaosan Tokyo Original
The bonus of staying at Khaosan Original is that it’s located by the riverside of the Sumida River and just a minute walk away from Asakusa Subway Station. You can visit Sensoji Temple and Kaminarimon Thunder Gate which are approx 10 mins away from the guesthouse.
The staff speak English quite well and are very friendly. Guests come from all over the world to stay here, so if you like to make new friends and acquaintances, this is the place to be. This place is nice for couples if you can book a private room, overlooking the Sumida River.
Enjoy a romantic evening after dinner, on the rooftop which gives superb views of Tokyo Skytree and the Asakusa area. You can’t ask for anything cheaper than this as it offers a pleasant stay at a reasonable price.
These are the top guesthouses in Tokyo that my girlfriend and I highly recommend. If you are visiting Tokyo and want to see the sights while saving on your accommodations, you cannot go wrong with the guesthouses listed here.