Nice accommodations for your stay in Tokyo need not be expensive. If you don’t mind letting go of some luxuries, you actually have a wide range of options to serve as your home base for your trip. The past few years have seen a significant rise in the number of hostels, guesthouses, and budget hotels in the city, and as Tokyo welcomes more and more travelers from all over the world, these budget friendly alternatives are becoming mainstream.

These lodgings may not be comparable to the best in class service of a starred hotel, but they sure do a satisfying job of providing a comfortable place to crash after a full day of sightseeing. On top of that, recent trends saw the incorporation of various design ideas and cool amenities to the traditional hostel concept, which makes for a more unique experience.

Haven’t made any bookings yet? You might want to check out this list of the 15 Hostels in Tokyo for the Budget Savvy Traveler:

Hostels and Guest Houses in Asakusa

1. Bunka Hostel

Bunka Hostel in Asakusa.

Bunka Hostel in Asakusa. From Flickr

Asakusa area is a hot spot for budget friendly accommodations and among its latest additions is Bunka Hostel. Opened in December 2015, the once worn commercial building is now a stylish hostel that houses 128 dormitory beds, one exclusive family room, and an Izakaya bar that serves some popular local dishes and of course, sake.

Address:
1-13-5, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 3,000/night
Private room from ¥ 16,800/night

Website: http://bunkahostel.jp

2. Retrometro Backpackers

Retrometro Backpackers in Asakusa.

Retrometro Backpackers in Asakusa. From Instagram

Quaint and intimate, Retrometro Backpackers is for travelers who are looking for a home away from home. The space is actually an old family house converted into a hostel with (as advertised) a retro vibe. It has limited occupancy with only two dorm rooms, but the service is always personal and comfort uncompromised. The owner is a backpacker herself who values serendipitous connections with fellow travelers. Hence, the hostel’s small lounge area is designed for a relaxing hang out spot for guests to meet each other and maybe engage in friendly conversations.

Address:
2-19-1, Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 2,600/night

Website: http://retrometrobackpackers.com/index-en.html

3. Khaosan Tokyo Original

Khaosan Tokyo Original in Asakusa.

Khaosan Tokyo Original in Asakusa. From Pinterest

The first ever guesthouse of the now chain of Khaosan Hostels, Khaosan Tokyo Original is one of the cheapest accommodations you can book in Tokyo. It may be just a typical inn with bunk beds and a shared bath, but it’s strategically located – only a few meters walk from the subway station, and it has a roof deck that overlooks the Sumida River to boot.

Address:
2-1-5 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 2,200/night

Website: http://khaosan-tokyo.com/en/

4. Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge

Nui Hostel & Bar Lounge in Asakusa.

Nui Hostel & Bar Lounge in Asakusa. From Instagram

Apart from being a nice and comfy space to sleep in, Nui is also a place to get your dose of local flavor. Its ground floor lounge bar and café are a popular hangout spot among locals, made famous by its artisanal-inspired interiors, specialty coffee, a wide assortment of cocktails, and a lively schedule of events hosted once or twice a month.

Address:
2-14-13, Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 3,000/night
Private rooms from ¥ 7,400/night

Website: https://backpackersjapan.co.jp/nuihostel/english.html

Hostels and Guest Houses in Ueno

5. Toco. Tokyo Heritage Hostel

Toco Tokyo Heritage Hostel in Ueno.

Toco Tokyo Heritage Hostel in Ueno. From Instagram

Operated by the same owners as Nui, Toco is a concept hostel with leanings on the traditional. It’s a hostel renovated from a 1920’s townhouse boasting a nice garden view, equipped with its own bar and lounge, and a strong local following like Nui. Due to the unique experience, it’s always fully booked. If you’re interested in staying here, reservations can only be made within 3 months before your desired check-in date.

Address:
2-13-21, Shitaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 2,800/night
Private rooms from ¥ 6,800/night

Website: http://backpackersjapan.co.jp/english/

6. ¥1980 Hostel

¥1980 Hostel in Ueno.

¥1980 Hostel in Ueno. From Instagram

No-frills accommodation for as low as ¥1980 a night. It offers compact sleeping capsules and shared toilet and bath. It has a 24-hour desk and other amenities like coin laundry and vending machines. Other than value for money, there’s nothing else to expect from this very straightforward budget hotel.

Address:
3-10-10 Shitaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 1,980/night
(Tax not yet included. Expect a price surge during holiday season)

Website: http://www.1980stay.com/en_introduce.html

Hostels and Guest Houses in Shinjuku

7. Imano Tokyo Hostel

Imano Tokyo Hostel in Shinjuku.

Imano Tokyo Hostel in Shinjuku. From Instagram

If Tokyo’s urban jungle appeals to you more than its historic streets, then you should turn your sights to the city’s western districts when considering where to set up camp. Imano Tokyo Hostel is conveniently located within 10-15 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station, and considering how rare budget accommodations are on this side of the metro, this brand new player, which opened last November 2015, is a welcome addition to Tokyo’s growing list of hip hostels.

Address:
12-2, Shinjuku 5-Chome. Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 3,500/night
Private rooms from ¥ 10,000/night

Website: http://imano-tokyo.jp

8. Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel

Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel in Shinjuku. From Instagram

Is a night’s sleep in a capsule hotel part of your Tokyo hit list?

Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel is one of Tokyo’s highest rated capsule hotels. It is clean, cheap, and offers generously sized pods. It is one of those few capsule hotels that has a female-only floor, and its other amenities include a restaurant, massage rooms, and bathing areas.

Do take note that it is located in Kabukicho, Shinjuku’s entertainment and red-light district.

Address:
1 Chome-2-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Capsule pods from ¥ 2,000/night

Website: http://capsuleinn.com/shinjuku/en/

9. HI Tokyo Central Youth Hostel

HI Tokyo Central Youth Hostel in Shinjuku.

HI Tokyo Central Youth Hostel in Shinjuku. From Instagram

The greatest draw of HI Tokyo Central Youth Hostel is its central location. It’s located near Iidabashi Station, a major interchange railway station where Tokyo’s popular eastern and western districts are both short train commutes away. Occupying the 18th and 19th floors of its building, this hostel also comes with a beautiful view of the city skyline and on clear days, even Mt. Fuji.

However, please take note that this hostel is not near Shinjuku station, but is in another part of the Shinjuku ward that is already close to Chiyoda area. To reach Shinjuku Station, ride the JR Sobu Line at Iidibashi Station. It is 6 stops and approximately 13 minutes away.

Address:
18F CENTRAL PLAZA 1-1 Kaguragashi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-0823

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 3,450/night (for members)

Website: http://www.jyh.gr.jp/tcyh/e/top.html

10. Sakura Hotel

Sakura Hotel Hatagaya in Shinjuku.

Sakura Hotel Hatagaya in Shinjuku. From Instagram

Sakura is a small but popular chain of hostels in Tokyo with other branches in Ikebukuro, Jimbocho, and Asakusa. This branch in Hatagaya is the only one that doesn’t provide dorm accommodations. It is also known as a Muslim-friendly facility with prayer rooms and a Halal food menu in its 24-hour café. By train, this hotel is just 2 stops and 4 minutes away from Shinjuku Station via Keio Shinjuku Line.

Address:
1-32-3 Hatagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Private rooms from ¥ 4,800/night (min. of 3 nights) or ¥ 7,150 (standard rate)

Website: http://www.sakura-hotel-hatagaya.com

Hostels and Guest Houses in Other Areas of Tokyo

11. Capsule & Sauna Century Shibuya

Capsule & Sauna Century Shibuya.

Capsule & Sauna Century Shibuya. From Instagram

Like most capsule hotels, Capsule & Sauna Century Shibuya is a male-only establishment. For a relatively cheap rate, you get a good night’s sleep in one of its pods and access to a bathing area with sauna and massage chairs.

Address:
1-19-14 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Capsule pods from ¥ 3,990/night

Website: http://www.century-grp.com/other-languages/centuryshibuya

12. Guest House Tokyo Hütte

Guest House Tokyo Hütte in Oshiage.

Guest House Tokyo Hütte in Oshiage. From Instagram

Guest House Tokyo Hütte in Oshiage is the perfect place for digital nomads. While the comfy bunk beds and other hostel amenities are a given, its ground floor is a café and co-working space to help remote workers boost their productivity even during their travels. Only a short walk from Tokyo Skytree, it’s also a good base for sightseeing around historic Asakusa.

Address:
4-18-16 Narihira, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 3,200/night
Private rooms from ¥ 7,500/night

Website: http://www.tokyohutte.co.jp/en/

13. Good Hostel Zabutton

Good Hostel Zabutton in Azabu.

Good Hostel Zabutton in Azabu. From Instagram

On the day of your arrival at Zabutton, you will be welcomed by a chalkboard with your country written on it and the strong aroma of brewed coffee. This hostel is located in Azabu area in central Tokyo, which is close to popular tourist areas like the Tokyo Tower and Roppongi.

Address:
1-29-20, Higashiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 3,500/night
Private rooms from ¥ 8,000/night
(Tax not yet included)

Website: http://www.zabutton.jp

14. Grids Hostel + Lounge

Grids Hostel + Lounge in Akihabara.

Grids Hostel + Lounge in Akihabara. From Instagram

Grids’ philosophy revolves around welcoming the intersection of travelers from all over the world. They offer their guests a rather wide range of bed and room choices. Beds are either pod-type or dormitory-style. There are private rooms for single, double, and quadruple occupancy. And lastly, additional options include premium and Japanese-style rooms.

Grids is only a few minutes walk from Akihabara Station. If you’re coming to Tokyo to explore Otaku, this is the hostel you should book. They also have a second branch in Nihombashi area, which has direct access to Haneda and Narita airports, as well as popular tourist areas like Roppongi, Ginza, Asakusa, and Akihabara.

Address:
2-8-16 Higashi Kanda,Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 3,300/night
Private rooms from ¥ 3,600/night

Website: https://grids-hostel.com/hostels/akihabara/

15. Book and Bed Tokyo

Book and Bed Tokyo in Ikebukuro.

Book and Bed Tokyo in Ikebukuro. From Instagram

Bunking up in a bookshelf is such a novel idea. Book and Bed takes the hostel experience a notch higher with its bookstore/library theme that is sure to attract any bookworm traveler. You can’t buy the books but you can borrow them. With more than a thousand titles to choose from, be careful not to be too engrossed with what you’re reading that you skip a day of sightseeing just to curl up with a good book!

Book and Bed’s bookshelves are also open to day trippers. Thus, take note that some privacy will be compromised if you’re staying in during the day.

Address:
Lumiere Building 7th floor 1-17-7 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku Tokyo

Price:
Dorm beds from ¥ 3,500/night
(Tax not yet included)

Website: http://bookandbedtokyo.com/en/

Thumbnail image is from Flickr.