3 Best Hostels in Tokyo - Traditional Japanese Interiors, Café and Concept Design

3 Best Hostels in Tokyo, Japan – From Luxury Cafés to Backpacker Nightlife

It is time to unbox the best hostels in Tokyo. The Japanese capital is big in the hostel game. You can expect unique and quality Japan hostels – no boredom allowed!

We did the legwork for you, so you do not have to compare all the hundreds of Tokyo hostels out there. Before our first stay, this was really overwhelming…

We condensed to exactly 3 best and coolest hostels in Tokyo for you.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Kaisu Hostel – top choice for female solo-travelers and backpackers
  2. UNPLAN Shinjuku – great for solo travellers and couples
  3. CITAN Hostel – top pick for solo-travelers

Money-saving tip: Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. It helps to save money by using this hostel price comparison website Hostelz.com. You can easily save 10% per night.

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This is your answer to where to stay in Tokyo on a budget AND in style. We also extended this guide to another one: best hostels in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Only handpicked and the best design-led hostels for you; social, fun, easy-going, and in style.

Read: the absolutely best hostels in Japan

These budget accommodations come with a clean and cool design, relaxing areas, and even with an in-house bar or Café where you will love to spend your time.

In this guide we cover:

If you are traveling more around Japan and Asia, we have handwritten more guides that will help you. Find them at the end of this article.

Quick Introduction to Tokyo Hostels

Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can cost 18€ – 30€ per night. Hostels in Tokyo can be quite “cheap” when choosing dorms – for Japan standards. It is the cheapest Tokyo accommodation you will find!

A hostel in Tokyo with private room starts from 60€ to 120€ per night.

This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.

Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Overall Hostel Quality: The overall hostel quality in Tokyo and Japan is high. You will find beautiful high-end places like Boutique Hostels and Design Hostels. You also find low-budget hostels, great hostels for partying, and backpacker and youth hostel Tokyo choices.

Types of Hostels: As you can imagine, many hostels in Japan and Tokyo are not exactly party or backpacker hostels. Same as in Taiwan, they are very laid-back and good quality. Yet, sometimes they can lack the social part of meeting other travelers. Therefore, we list here the most social hostels. In general, we recommend to pay attention to this aspect if this is what you are looking for.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend reading:

The 3 Best Hostels in Tokyo

We have shortlisted 3 of the best hostels in Tokyo for you to stay with your friends or family.

  1. Kaisu hostel
  2. UNPLAN Shinjuku
  3. CITAN Hostel

At the end of the article, we put all three accommodations on the map.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Book and Bed Asakusa
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Kaisu Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: CITAN Hostel Tokyo
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: UNPLAN Shinjuku
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Kaisu Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Kaisu Hostel

1. Kaisu Hostel – Japanese Style

Kaisu Hostel was formerly the Shimazaki restaurant with performing Geishas. It’s the absolute best hostel Tokyo has to offer!

Later, the restaurant converted and opened its doors for travellers from all over the world.

Kaisu hostel is just 5 minutes away from Akasaka railway station. The hostel is known for its traditional Japanese style rooms.

Book Kaisu Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Rela at Kaisu Hostel garden

Many travellers rated the hostel for its clean dorms and friendly staff. That’s not all my travel friends. When it comes to the stay, you are likely to experience the best of comfort.

Each pod in the dorm offers privacy and comes with outlets, reading lamp and even a locker for your personal belongings.

Kaisu has a variety of options for travellers. The hostel offers:

  • 6-bed mixed dorm
  • 14-bed mixed dorm
  • 10-bed female only dorm
  • Japanese style twin room

Read: Understanding the different hostel room types

All dorms and the private room have shared facilities (toilet and showers).

As it is quite a small hostel, it is a great way to meet people from around the world.

If you are keen on socializing, then you can blindly choose the 14- bed mixed dorm as it is the best way to meet a lot of new people under one roof, quite literally.

For women who are not comfortable with the idea of a mixed dorm (or are willing to avoid snores), the option of a 10-bed female only dorm comes in handy.

Read: pros and cons of female dorms.

There are shared showers for all dorms and specific female only showers for the female only dorm.

The cleanliness is beyond perfection, promising guests a comfortable stay in the hostel.

Kaisu hostel also offers a private room with high ceilings and windows that allow natural light to enter into the room. These private rooms retain as much of the traditional Japanese interiors as possible.

Book Kaisu Hostel here

Check price and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

common area at Kaisu Hostel, one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan


Kaisu hostel is located 5 minutes away from the Akasaka railway station, making it a convenient staying option for travellers who want to visit the city often.

The best part about the location of Kaisu is that it is surrounded by a lot of serenity. The neighbourhood, called Minato, is more of a clean and pretty location than the busy city center.

Minato is an excellent choice if you want to experience local cuisine and culture. Besides, the people of Minato are super friendly towards travellers.

Do you love the city but hate the chaos?

Then this is your best quiet hostel to be while in Tokyo. Easy to meet people and enjoy a cosy hostel vibe.

Who stays at Kaisu Hostel?

The hostel is frequented by young travellers, solo-travellers and backpackers!

Kaisu is a great place to stay in if you are backpacking through the Japanese capital.

Because of its cleanliness, safety and other standards, Kaisu also sees a lot of solo female travellers through the year.

With people pouring in from all over the world, this place is one of the happening hostels to network and socialize with other like-minded individuals. Remember, we mentioned many Tokyo hostels are not as social. This one is, good to meet people.

What to expect when staying here?

You need not worry about internet connectivity as Kaisu offers high-speed WiFi as a compliment to all guests checking in. You can plan your day ahead by browsing for things to do at Tokyo or even use it as per your convenience to call friends and family back home.

Actually, the speed of WiFi is no issue in Japan at all.

Thinking about lack of privacy? Worry not.

Kaisu hostel offers privacy with blinds for each pod and also provides the option of safe storage.

All you need to do is chill and experience the magic of Tokyo.

Remember to leave your footwear outside the room if you opt for one of the traditional Japanese designed interiors of a private room.

Apart from that, Kaisu provides everything you could possibly need.

This is the best Tokyo hostel for:

  • female solo-travellers
  • backpackers
Book Kaisu Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Kaisu hostel started as a restaurant

Kaisu Hostel, one of the best hostels in Tokyo

2. UNPLAN Shinjuku (New Comer we love!)

One of the best hostels in Shinjuku area, welcome to UNPLAN Shinjuku!

UNPLAN stands for:

  • Unplanned travel: travelling by instinct
  • Unplanned encounter – unexpected encounters
  • Unplanned landscape – unforeseen scenery

Yet whilst you can unplan during your stay, it’s worthwhile knowing what to expect before planning your stay…

The common areas are just perfect for hanging out and meeting new souls. Its interior design is clean and so refreshing. The cool rooftop is also something that you should visit when staying here. Heck, you might spend a lot of time there!

How does an in-house bar and restaurant sound? You’re in luck! If you prefer to cook your own meal, their kitchen is well-equipped.

Oohh, don’t forget the beds. Beds are comfy and the pods have curtains for your privacy. You can choose between mixed or female dorms. Private rooms are also an option.

Perks at UNPLAN Shinjuku:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Laundry
  • Lift
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Staying mid-week and worried you might miss out on the fun? Not here: every Wednesday the staff organise a Shinjuku night out!

Book UNPLAN Shinjuku here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

UNPLAN Shinjuku is one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan

Location of UNPLAN Shinjuku

Located in Tokyo and with Taiso-ji Temple reachable within 500 metres.

The property is close to several well-known attractions, 700 m from Full Gospel Tokyo Church, 700 m from Shinjuku Eastside Square and 800 m from Genkyoji Temple.

Who stays at UNPLAN Shinjuku?

With such a good room choice, female solo travellers, couples and older travellers frequently visit this hostel.

The pod-beds offer a chance for some alone & peaceful time, whilst the shared spaces create a really good atmosphere for meeting people if you want to.

It’s really the best of both worlds merged into one!

What to expect at UNPLAN Shinjuku?

Unfortunately, there aren’t any lockers in the rooms here. Instead what you can do is put your things inside your pod bed and draw the curtain.

There’s actually a space dedicated for this by the bed, plus a little safe where you can keep your highly valuable items.

Read about safety in hostels here.

If you have some laundry to do, you can use the laundry service at UNPLAN which is a real lifesaver. Laundry service at a hostel is always a big plus for us.

BONUS: These guys provide a free phone with data service to help you get settled before buying your own local SIM card.

All you need to be prepared for is a great time because the hospitality of the staff at UNPLAN will handle the rest for you.

Good to know: towel is not included in the price. Make sure you travel with a light towel to avoid extra fees.

UNPLAN Shinjuku is recommended for:

  • female solo travellers
  • older travellers
  • couples
Book UNPLAN Shinjuku here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

UNPLAN Shinjuku is one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan UNPLAN Shinjuku is one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan

3. CITAN Hostel (awesome atmosphere)

As if this list did not already offer enough fantastic hostels in Tokyo, here comes the next one: CITAN Hostel.

It has a hipster-ish style, a fun bar and cafe with great food spread over a whopping 7-storey building.

“On the first floor is BERTH Coffee, where you can enjoy our famed artisanal coffee and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the neighbourhood.”

CITAN Hostel was born out of the café in the ground floor, starting as the coffee shop only but then quickly grew into a fun backpackers hostel.

It is a great hostel for travellers between 25 and 40 and especially for solo travellers that love to socialise.

Couples will especially love it here – check out the private rooms!

Some of the double rooms have very large windows with plenty of light and a nice view; that would be our best recommendation for the travelling couples on a budget out there.

Perks at CITAN Hostel Tokyo:

  • Free WiFi
  • Weekly DJ & live music events
  • Bar-lounge-dining (food, cocktails)

There are actually 130 beds here spread over 6 room types, including mixed and female dorms, single rooms and king/queen privates that are not to miss.

Most of which come with specially made beds!

CITAN is certainly the kind of hostel that is buzzing at all times of day. Stay here if you want to meet people, enjoy awesome events and sleep well in a superb location in Tokyo.

Location: Located in Tokyo, 600 metres from Suginomori Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 28 km from the hostel. There are 4 stations nearby that offer great access to all corners of Tokyo.

CITAN Hostel is recommended for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Digital nomads
Book CITAN Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

CITAN Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan

CITAN Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan
CITAN Hostel

CITAN Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan CITAN Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan CITAN Hostel is one of the best hostels in Tokyo, Japan

What’s the best party hostel in Tokyo?

Most hostels in Tokyo aren’t really in nightlife heavy areas. The best idea is to get a place which is well connected, as the 3 hostels mentioned above.

If you are looking for a definite answer on what is the best party hostel in Tokyo?

Here you go, Mr. party traveler:

  1. Kaisu Hostel
  2. Nui Lounge and Bar
  3. Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya

1. Kaisu Hostel

It is the most social, chill place to have a beer on their in-house bar and mingle. A great place to hang, have a drink and chat. It is not hard-core party drinking.

After connecting, you want to head to Shinjuku or Roppongi area for a unique, odd and interesting nightlife.

During the evening, go to Yasukuni-Shrine. It is a hot spot for people watching.

Book Kaisu Hostel here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

2. Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge

This hostel chain is also a bar and café.

The nightlife is fun, chill, and they even have live music once in a while. If you are a bar-type of person and love to mingle, Nui. Hostel is our top place.

This would be the coolest place to have a few drinks and meet travelers and locals alike. It is also a super stylish bar, more a hipster Tokyo type- but the super COOL one!

Bring your hat and grow a moustache!

Here is a video of the nightlife at Tokyo Party Hostel Nui.

Book Nui Hostel here

Compare prices at: Hostelworld

Tokyo at night

3. Wise Owl Hostel Shibuya

#3 on the list for partying hostels in Wise Owl Hostel Shibuya.

Wise Owl is a fun backpackers Hostel in Tokyo with an inhouse bar. They have even happy hours, so make sure you keep an eye on the black board – and be back on time.

This is surely one of the best hostels in Shibuya Tokyo.

The motto of Wise Owl Hostel is something we had to share.

It sums up what to expect:

What you need is not a mediocre amount of sleep
It should be a good, short sleep from an exhausting, enriched experience
No time for sleep
Experience Tokyo
Whether night or day, heighten your sensibilities
That is how a journey should be

Good to know: There are two Wise Owl Hostels. The party hostel we recommend is Wise Owl Shibuya. The other hostel is simply called “Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo

Book Wise Owl Hostel Shibuya here

Compare prices at: Hostelworld | Booking.com

Best party Hostels in Tokyo, Japan: Wise Owl Hostel Shibuya

Best Hostels in Tokyo for Couples

Travelling as a couple? For sure you are looking for a cheap accommodation to stay in Tokyo as a couple with private room and maybe en suite bathroom.

The best hostel in Tokyo for couples is CITAN Hostel Tokyo.

It is a quality hostel, spotlessly clean and cosy private rooms.

Remember, as a couple you most likely want a double bed; not two separate single beds, right?!

Normally, you must make sure you check the room type and the bed in it you are about to book.

Many hostels and even hotels list two single beds as double room. Or they simple push together two single beds. That can be super annoying!

Worry not, at CITAN Hostel all beds are extra large in the private rooms.

More cool hostels in Tokyo for couples with private rooms are:

Best Hostels in Tokyo for Couples with Private room: CITAN hostel
CITAN Hostel, top hostel for couples in Tokyo

More Tokyo Hostels worth to mention

By no means is this a complete list of all Tokyo hostels.

Why? We always try to bring you only the 3 absolute coolest hostels in Tokyo, Japan and all over the world.

We do all the leg work for you, so you do not have to go through hours of research.

We hope that you don’t mind if we keep going a little further. There are so many nice Japanese hostels in Tokyo to experience, after all.

That being said, here is more good Tokyo hostels we think are worth it to know:

  • Sakura Hostel Asakusa (weekly activities & all-you-can-eat free breakfast)
  • Little Japan Hostel Tokyo (offers mixed-gender and female-only dorms)
  • Zen Hostel Japan Tokyo (good for families and group travellers)
  • Imano Tokyo Hostel (in house coffee shop)

Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Weekly activities & all-you-can-eat free breakfast are some of the things that you would want to experience here at Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

They have common areas that you will surely love. If you want recommendations on what to do and where to go while in Japan, staff are just one call away. They are friendly and accommodating.

Perks at Sakura Hostel Asakusa:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Private parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Good breakfast

Location: Sakura Hostel Asakusa is just a 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station and famous Senso-ji Temple. Asakusa’s famous Nakamise Street is a pleasant 7 minute stroll from the hostel.

Book Sakura Hostel Asakusa here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

 Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Little Japan Hostel Tokyo

Little Japan offers mixed-gender and female-only dorms.

This hostel is cute and small. It is smaller compared to other hostels but they have standard accommodation like the others.

Comfortable dorms and very clean bathrooms. The in-house cafe is also great.

Perks at Little Japan Hostel Tokyo:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Bar

Location: Situated a 7 minute stroll from Asakusabashi Station on the Chuo-Sobu Line and Toei Asakusa Line. Tokyo Station is also only a 10 minute train ride away. Akihabara, Asakusa and Ryogoku train stations are all within a 2 minute train ride. Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi train stations are all within a 30 minute train ride.

Book Little Japan Hostel Tokyo here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Little Japan Hostel Tokyo

Imano Tokyo Hostel

Imano Tokyo Hostel is spotless and well-maintained. The staff here are awesome and helpful! It’s a good quiet hostel for travellers looking for a more low-key environment.

There is an in house coffee shop which is perfect for meeting new people. It is very convenient.

There are other common areas but they are located near the sleeping quarters which is kinda awkward hanging around because you might disturb other guests.

Perks at Imano Tokyo Hostel:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • WiFi available in all areas
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Very good breakfast

Location: Located in the lively Shinjuku area. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is 1 km from Imano Tokyo Hostel, while Meiji Shrine is 2.3 km from the property. Haneda International Airport is a 50-minute train ride away.

Book Imano Tokyo Hostel here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Imano Tokyo Hostel

What about the cheapest hostels in Tokyo?

Of course there is cheap hostels in Tokyo. But,

here’s the thing: In our opinion, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

The lowest prices usually come with a big drop in value.  That can be anything, for instance staying in a dorm only instead of an actual social hostel to meet people with events and such.

It could mean settling for a hostel that’s as fun as cheap hotels in Tokyo. We don’t specialise in the best hotels in Tokyo!

Also, cheap hostels are normally far away from the city centre. Meaning, you will spend more money in transport.

Transport is usually a big cost factor in Tokyo and all around Japan.

However, if you really want the cheapest hostels in Tokyo, we explain you how to get them:

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Tokyo
  2. Order the listing by price

That. Simple.

However, please pay attention and do not go with the dirt-cheapest places out there. It is really not worth it, and may ruin your holidays and trip.

Read: 15 hacks to book hostels like a pro

What to Know before you go

If this is your first time travelling to Tokyo there are a few useful and important things to know and consider before you arrive.

Here is a list of what we think will be helpful for your planning.

Best areas to Stay in Tokyo

It is always difficult to know what is the best area for a tourist to stay in Tokyo (or any other city in the world) when you have no insight information.

We receive many messages with the question:

What neighbourhood should I stay in when visiting Tokyo?

The answer will depend on your interest in visiting the city, of course.

Each person has different priorities: nightlife, visit tourist places, enjoy the local life…

Therefore, here we collect the best areas to stay in Tokyo depending on your preferences:

  • Bustling nightlife: Shibuya

This area is also well linked to the rest of the city

  • Shopping and central location: Ginza
  • Great place to experience Japanese culture: Asakusa
  • Food lover: Akihabara
  • History and cultural area: Ueno
  • Nightlife, crowds and Neon lights: Shinkjuku
  • Touristy neighborhood: Roppongi
  • Central location: Tokyo Station

Don’t get too crazy about different neigbourhoods and the perfect place.

This is a rough idea for you but all 3 hostels mentioned have a convenient location.

The top 3 hostels in Tokyo are located near a public transport stop, which you will use anyways to get from one point to the other.

Getting around Tokyo

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love exploring big cities on foot. It’s a fantastic way to immerse, especially in such a place as Tokyo which stands out from many other cities around the world!

So yes; Tokyo is a walkable city with many interesting things to see.

Otherwise, you may consider buying a pre-paid Suica or Pasmo card for public transport.

Buy a Suica card online at GoVoyagin.com for pickup at the airport.

To sum up, if you don’t fancy walking:

  • Subways and trains are the best ways to get around Tokyo
  • Taxis are reliable, but super expensive
  • We don’t recommend buses for short-term visitors (they’re complicated!)

How long to spend in Tokyo?

Quite honestly, it’s impossible to get bored of Tokyo and run out of things to do. So, even spending 7 days here is not too long!

Many people spend 2-3 weeks to explore the entirity of Japan, with 3-4 days set aside for Tokyo.

You will just have to take into consideration what kind of traveller you are.

For example, young and enthusiastic solo travellers can easily see all of the main sights in 3-4 days.

Adults and couples that enjoy a slower pace might prefer 5-7 days to take their time.

Have a look at our map and discover what there is to see. This will help with deciding how long to stay.

When is the best time to visit Tokyo?

The most important thing to be aware of here is the typhoon season between July and October.

As expected, flights and accommodation are cheaper during this period. But is it worth it if you’re going to spend your entire time soaking wet?! Maybe not.

So instead, we recommend visiting in the months of March, April and November. Late october can also be a good time when the rains start to slow down and before the tourist crowds arrive.

Things to know before you go to Tokyo, Japan

Any discounts for Hostels in Tokyo?

At the moment, we do not have any special hostel discounts in Tokyo.

You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

Find all our hostel discounts worldwide here. Also, you can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

How to book the hostels?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld!

These are booking platforms to reserve your bed or room in hotels, hostels, guesthouses, resorts and everything you can basically sleep in.

With Hostelz.com you can easily compare hostel prices before reserving. This is super handy to save money.

It is the safest spot to leave your credit card details, make an account and have a secure booking.

Read: How to book hostels with Hostelworld – a guide

If there is any issue with your booking, both platform will take care of you.

For more details, read: 15 smart tips for booking hostels worldwide.

Here’s again a summary of the coolest hostels in Tokyo:

Sum it Up: These are Tokyo’s Best Hostels

All 3 cool hostels in Tokyo (+ sights) put on a map

Let us have a look at the hostels put on a map.

We also included the main tourist attractions that many people want to visit during their holidays. This makes it easier for planning your backpacking Tokyo trip.

The main hot spots to see are:

  • Sensoji Temple
  • Hachiko Memorial Statue
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Ueno Onshi park
  • Imperial Palace
  • Dempoi Temple
  • Asakusa Shrine
  • Skytree
  • National Museum of Nature and Science
  • Tsukiji Fish Market
  • National Museum of Western Art
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Kabukiza Theatre
  • Shibuya crossing
  • Tokyo Disneyland

Read our article fun things to do in Tokyo to know what to do in Tokyo.

All recommended hostels are located near a metro stop and well connected.

You can get to every single sight with public transport.

Here you have also a link for buying Metro pass in advance.

Flights to Tokyo?

Haven’t got your flights to Tokyo yet? We LOVE this flight booking website Kiwi. This is how we always find the sweetest flight deals.

Check out Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights to Tokyo.

Here is our full review of Kiwi (including how to book and how to find the cheapest flights)

It is the best flight meta engine we found until now for getting the cheapest flights worldwide.

This new website has super cool features:

  • radius search
  • search by time window
  • instant booking service
  • flight connection guarantee

We also recommend flying with Qatar Airways. If you’d like more information about this company, including pros, cons and first-hand experience, read our full review of Qatar Airways.

Cheap Flights in Asia


Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

We want to throw our hat into the ring: Hostelgeeks.com!

Our website is focused on bringing you a handpicked selection of cool hostels all around the world. Here you can find all our handmade best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

Other than our website, Hostelworld is always a great resource and booking platform too.

What is the best hostel in Tokyo?

You mean you haven't yet seen the #1 in this guide, Kaisu Hostel? Go go go, there's no time to lose! Kaisu Hostel is the best hostel Tokyo Japan has to offer.

Where should I stay 4 days in Tokyo?

Book a 4 night stay at Kaisu Hostel Tokyo to really soak up the atmosphere, enjoy Japanese style rooms and experience nice pod beds.

It's also 5-minutes from the city so exploring further afield is easy.

What is the cheapest way to stay and travel in Toyko Japan?

Staying in a hostel rather than a Tokyo hotel will surely save you money. Especially if you choose a central location!

Ask the hostel staff for tips and tricks on local travel. They may have discounts and knowledge to help you save coins.

What are some hostel recommendations for visiting Tokyo in April?

Visiting Tokyo between March and May is ideal as there is less rain and temperatures are mild.

With that in mind, all hostels are great to visit in April - have a read of this guide and get booking!

Is there a free city tour in Tokyo?

Yes, there is! You can visit Tokyolocalized.com to book a free walking tour and who knows they might also give you free city maps.

More Hostels in Japan and Asia

For those on a longer voyage: check out our huge guide on best hostels in Japan with itinerary, fun things to do in Tokyo and all 5 Star Hostels in Asia.

We also created more best hostels guides to help you. Check out:

Other counties and cities outside of Japan include:

Also, watch out for the latest guide that we are working out about best hostels in Tokyo Shinjuku.

Over to you

Well there you have it, you’ve now discovered the best hostels Tokyo has to offer. Heck, we reckon Kaisu Hostel is the best hostel Japan has to offer.

Which hostel in Japan Tokyo stands out to you?

Do you have any questions? Any doubts?

Please please please let me know in the comments below.

We would love to make this article for the best Tokyo hostels as informative and useful as possible.

Therefore, with your question you help us to understand what we have missed and other travelers will appreciate this powerful and complete guide.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! Here you find ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. As always, we only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.

Safe travels,
The Hostelgeeks team

3 Best Hostels in Tokyo, Japan - From Luxury Cafés to Backpacker Nightlife

CLOSED: Book and Bed Asakusa (Library in style)

Update: Our former #2 hostel has permanantly closed.

One of the most unique hostels in Tokyo for sure. This is where every book lover’s dream come true.

If you are one of those people who would love to carry a horde of books with you every time you step out to travel, then Book and Bed Asakusa must be on your bucket list.

The unique and amazing concept of housing a hostel amidst a collection of books by Book and Bed in Asakusa draws many travellers from across the globe.

Choose from a wide variety of bunk beds in each mixed dorm.

The hostel offers a single bed in a mixed dorm as well as an extra comfortable double bed pods.

You can choose from the options as per your convenience.

Travellers who have stayed at Book and Bed Asakusa have found the staff to be very friendly and helpful in times of need.The hostel also has a bar on site if you want to grab a drink without leaving your book or your hostel!

Clean and pristine showers are available for all occupants and there are specific female only showers too. The hostel offers free WiFi facility for all occupants.

The best part about each pod in the dorm is that it is neatly tucked away behind a book shelf.

The pods are spacious and cosy at the same time.

Offering luxury and comfort for a very reasonable amount, this one of a kind hostel is a must visit.

Even if you want to visit only for a couple of days.

Apart from the books and the bed, Book and Bed Asakusa is a great place to meet like-minded book enthusiasts.

All the books in the hostel are of an eclectic nature, thus catering to the literary and intellectual needs of a wide variety of minds.

Many travellers meet other travellers over a book or a brew at the Book and Bed Asakusa.

Location of Book and Bed Asakusa:

Book and Bed Asakusa is just 300 meters away from the Asakusa station which connects to all major parts of Tokyo.

A train ride of 30 minutes will take you to many major attractions in the city.

This neighbourhood is an excellent option for travellers who love visiting temple towns and witnessing history in an archaic nature.

The Dempoin temple, Sensoji Temple and the Asakusa shrine are merely 10-15 minutes of walking time to reach. The location of the hostel also conveniently puts it closer to Tokyo Skytree (known as the Tokyo tower), parks and gardens as well as the Japan Imperial Palace.

Who stays at Book And Bed?

Travellers and book enthusiasts from all walks of life head to the Book and Bed in Asakusa.

Of late, many travellers from the United States, United Kingdom and countries such as Australia and New Zealand have been flocking in to check out the concept of this book-themed hostel while visiting Tokyo.

Many Japanese Travelers also love to stay here.

Besides, if you are travelling with a book enthusiast to Tokyo, you can definitely consider Book and Bed Asakusa for its high-end amenities and its proximity to several tourist sites.

What to expect at Book and Bed?

The staff here speaks English, which makes it all the more convenient for travellers.

The one thing you need to know beforehand is that there is no hard and fast rule as to the number of books you can sneak into your bed.

Just pick what you like and tuck away in a corner.

Keep a tab on the clock if you want to avoid missing out on exploring the city, because in a hostel as comfy as this, you are bound to have a good time.

Be aware there is no kitchen at Book and Bed.

CLOSED: Grids Tokyo Akihabara (Great for couples)

Update: Unfortauntely, Grids Akihabara permanently closed in August 2020.

Love a good old backpacker hostel with clean facilities?

Head right to Grids Hostel in Akihabara. Grids serve as a hotel and a hostel for travellers visiting Tokyo.

There are no mixed dorms available, just female dorms or male dorms.

Grids is perfect to host groups of guests. They dorms are big, they cater 20 people. That is why we strongly recommend this hostel to couples and groups of friends willing to stay in private rooms/ dorms.

One can stay in a private room with a shared bathroom or choose a quadruple room with 4 Pods and a shared bathroom if visiting as a group.

If you want complete privacy, then Grids offers a Quadruple room with a private bathroom too.

The hostel literally offers every combination of rooms making it a convenient place of stay for both families and individuals alike.

The ambience of the hostel is stark and neat with sturdy pods designed for maximum comfort.

The front desk is open 24 hours to assist with your needs and the staff communicates in English to serve travellers better.

You can approach the front desk for any queries or even take their help to plan your day out in Tokyo.

Besides, the hostel offers free WiFi to all guests.

CLOSED: Bunka Hostel Tokyo

Update: This hostel is closed and we leave this content for your information.

A very clean, modern, and comfortable hostel right in the middle of Asakusa. Bunka Hostel Tokyo is in the middle of all the shopping areas, with easy access to Sensoji and the rest of the area.

The minimalist style of the hostel makes it really beautiful and refreshing. The facilities are always clean.

They offer dormitory rooms and private rooms. Beds are comfortable so a good sleep is possible!

Perks at Bunka Hostel Tokyo:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Lift
  • Bar

Location: 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express and Tobu lines. The famous Sensoji Temple is a 5 minute walk from Bunka Hostel Tokyo, while Tokyo Sky Tree Tower is a 3 minute ride away from Asakusa Station on the Tobu Line. The nearest airport is Haneda Airport, 17 km from the property.

CLOSED: Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki

Update: This hostel is closed and we leave this content for your information.

Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki is a home away from home guesthouse. It is amazing that they won a lot of hostel and booking awards.

It is not a party hostel but the social vibe is great. This is perfect for people who is on a budget and good backpackers travelling together.

Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The hosts are really cool.

Perks at Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Lift

Location: Just 200 m from Asakusa Subway Station. Kaminarimon Thunder Gate and Nakamise-Dori Street are 100 m from the hostel, and Sensoji Temple is a 5 minute walk away.

CLOSED: Khaosan Tokyo Origami

Update: This hostel is closed and we leave this content for your information.

You must try their stunning pod beds. Khaosan Tokyo Origami is in central Asakusa.

The common area is spacious enough to cater travellers who just want to unwind, play board games and chill with other backpackers.

Facilities are spotless and well-maintained.

Perks at Khaosan Tokyo Origami:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Very good breakfast

Location: Located in central Asakusa, Khaosan Tokyo Origami is a 5 minute walk from iconic Kaminari-mon Gate and Senso-ji Temple. Tokyo Origami Khaosan is a 5-minute walk from Asakusa’s Nakamise shopping street.

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