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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Staying mid-week and worried you might miss out on the fun? Not here: every Wednesday the staff organise a Shinjuku night out!
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:
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.
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
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 ”
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)
Bunka Hostel Tokyo
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
WiFi available in all areas
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.
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.
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