Last Updated: 03/03/2020 | March 3rd, 2020
Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
But there are still amazing and affordable hostels in Tokyo where you can stay and lower your costs!
Like Tokyo itself, the hostels here are clean, arty, and have lots of charm. A lot of them are super trendy with beautiful décor. Wi-Fi is standard, and many will have cooking facilities too. Beds generally cost between 2,000 and 5,000 JPY ($18-45 USD) per night. They host events, serve a ton of tea, and have little cubbies you can sleep in.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay or to party the night away, the city has something for everyone!
Tokyo does hostels right.
I’ve been visiting Tokyo for years now and have stayed in dozens upon dozens of places. There are a lot of things to consider when selecting a hostel. The top four when picking the best hostel in Tokyo are:
- Location – Tokyo is huge and, while the metro does go everywhere, it can take some time to get around. Pick a place that is central to the sites and nightlife you want to see. All the hostels listed here are in central locations.
- Price – In Tokyo, you really get what you pay for, so if you go with a really cheap one, you’re probably going to get a hostel that is small, cramped, and doesn’t offer great service.
- Amenities – Every hostel in the city offers free Wi-Fi, and most have a free breakfast, but if you want more than that, be sure to do your research to find the hostel that best meets your needs!
- Staff – All the hostels listed here have amazing staff! They are super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you don’t end up staying at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews to ensure you end up somewhere where the staff is helpful and friendly! They can make or break a hostel!
To help you plan your trip, here is my list of the hostels in Tokyo that I like the most. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following hostels are the best in each category:
Best Hostel for Budget Travelers: Hostel & Café East57
Best Hostel for Families: Unplan Kagurazaka
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: Hostel K’s House Tokyo
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo
Best Hostel for Partying: Hostel Bedgasm
Best Overall Hostel: Khaosan Tokyo Origami
Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my comprehensive list of the best hostels in Tokyo:
Price Legend (per night)
- $ = Under $30 USD
- $$ = $30-40 USD
- $$$ = Over $40 USD
1. Khaosan Tokyo Origami
This hostel is in Asakusa and only a five-minute walk to Senso-ji Temple and the Asakusa station. The hostel is clean and there’s air-conditioning. The rooms are pretty spacious, which is uncommon in most Tokyo hostels. The beds are comfy and cozy, and there are privacy curtains.
There’s also a nice common lounge with free coffee and tea, and you can use the kitchen 24/7. You’ll also enjoy some extra comforts, such as the slippers they provide, and the free, simple breakfast of toast and coffee/tea. The lounge on the eighth floor is a great place to hang out, play video games, and take in the views over Tokyo!
Khaosan Tokyo Origami at a glance:
- Laid-back lounge for hanging out and meeting people
- Free breakfast (and free coffee/tea during the day)
- Privacy curtains for dorm beds
Beds from JP¥ 3,200/$29 USD, privates from JP¥ 8,800/$80 USD.
2. Sheena and Ippei
Sheena and Ippei is a small hostel located in downtown Tokyo, near the Ikebukuro station. The décor here is quite unique, as the owners have used beautiful Japanese fabrics to line the walls. The place is very homey, and the staff are really helpful when it comes to suggesting things to do around the area. There is no kitchen, but you can use the microwave and refrigerator.
The first floor is actually home to a café equipped with sewing machines that customers can use (local people make handicrafts and hold events here every week). It turns into a hostel lounge in the evenings, and you can have appetizers and sake on the weekends.
Sheena and Ippei at a glance:
- Café/Lounge for meeting people
- Awesome staff that can help you plan your visit
- Traditional Japanese decor gives it a very homey atmosphere
Beds from JP¥ 4,104/$37 USD, privates from JP¥ 15,120/$138 USD.
3. Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo
Chapter Two is a small, family-run hostel not far from Skytree Station in Asakusa. I really like the shared kitchen and common room, as there’s a real social feel to it. The dorms are modern, immaculate, and nicely equipped. You can book a deluxe pod, which gives you a partitioned-off bed with a privacy curtain, which is a nice change from the open-concept dorm.
There’s also a great view of the Sumida River — try to get a bed facing it! The rooftop patio comes with a co-working area, and it’s a terrific option for relaxing and hanging out. The owner is super friendly!
Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo at a glance:
- Great place to meet people
- Co-working space for digital nomads
- Rooftop patio for relaxing and mingling
Beds from JP¥ 3,900/$36 USD, privates from JP¥ 9,200/$84 USD.
4. Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki
This hostel’s location in Asakusa is stellar: just a one-minute walk to Kaminarimon (the gates to Senso-ji), Asakusa Temple, and the Asakusa station. The rooms are a little dull, but they are comfy and clean, and all have en suite bathrooms. Try to get a room upstairs so you’re not right next to the common room (which can get rowdy at night). If you can get a view of the Skytree Tower, you’re in luck!
The common kitchen offers free coffee and tea, plus you get free shampoo and conditioner. The staff is really nice, and they have takoyaki (snack) parties where you can learn all about Japanese culture and nightlife.
Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki at a glance:
- Lots of free perks (free coffee/tea, free shampoo/conditioner)
- Social common room makes it easy to meet people
- Convenient location near the subway
Beds from JP¥ 2,700/$25 USD, privates from JP¥ 1,2750/$116 USD.
5. Hostel Bedgasm
Located in East Tokyo, Hostel Bedgasm has a lively bar, and guests get a free drink every night. It’s a small gesture, but it’s a great way to meet other travelers and to socialize. The bathrooms are clean, and there’s a common kitchen and a quiet rooftop patio area. There’s plenty of storage for your items, and the staff is very helpful!
The neighborhood is not too noisy and has great food options — especially the nearby ramen place and bakery (the staff will point you in the right direction). You can get to Ueno, Ginza, Roppongi, and the Tsukiji fish market direct by metro from here.
Hostel Bedgasm at a glance:
- Lively bar (with free drinks) makes it easy to meet people
- Chill rooftop patio for hanging out
- Party hostel vibe
Beds from JP¥ 3,500/$32 USD, privates from JP¥ 8,500/$77 USD.
6. Kaisu Hostel
Kaisu used to be a ryotei, a traditional Japanese restaurant with performing geishas. The building has kept a lot of its original architecture, like tatami-style private rooms with large windows and a high ceiling; the dorms have bunk beds with curtains for more privacy. This hostel is a bit more expensive, but it feels more like a hotel than a hostel and is spotless. It’s not a party place, but you can meet a lot of fellow travelers at the café.
Plus, guests get two free shots of sake on Tuesdays, and free breakfast every morning! Roppongi, Aoyama, and the National Art Center are within walking distance.
Kaisu Hostel at a glance:
- Traditional architecture gives it more of a hotel feel
- Free sake on Tuesdays
- Dorm beds have privacy curtains so you can get a good sleep
Beds from JP¥ 4,300/$39 USD.
7. Backpackers Hostel K’s House Tokyo
This hostel chain has several branches across Japan. The Tokyo location in Kuramae (next to the Kuramae station on the Oedo line) has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. There’s a sunny, comfortable common area near the entrance, and a regularly scheduled sushi-making class, where you can make some new friends.
Breakfast isn’t included, but there’s a full kitchen with free coffee and tea. It’s not exactly in the center of Tokyo, so plan on spending at least 30 minutes to get to and from the hostel. Still, it’s a nice neighborhood and a good place to stay if you’re feeling overwhelmed by Tokyo’s craziness.
Backpackers Hostel K’s House Tokyo at a glance:
- Huge common room makes it easy to meet people
- Female-only dorms for extra privacy and security
- Discounts for staying at other K’s House hostels
Beds from JP¥ 2,900/$26 USD, privates from JP¥ 4,600/$42 USD.
8. Unplan Kagurazaka
This hostel is only a few years old, so it’s still very clean and stylish, with wood floors and minimalist décor. Unplan has a variety of room styles, ranging from dorms to private rooms with four beds, making it a good fit for everyone from solo travelers to families. There’s a public café on the first floor that serves excellent coffee and turns into a bar at night, with plenty of sake and local beers to choose from.
Breakfast is free and hearty. You have to pay extra for the rentable pocket Wi-Fi (JP¥ 400/$4 USD), though. Unplan is a pricier hostel than most, but its location at the center of the city and its quality rooms make it worth it.
Unplan Kagurazaka at a glance:
- Large private rooms great for groups/families
- Hearty free breakfast included
- Café/Bar on-site for relaxing and meeting people
Beds from JP¥ 4,200/$38 USD, privates from JP¥ 18,500/$168 USD.
9. CITAN Hostel
CITAN is a hipster paradise in the Nihonbashi area, and what I would call a “boutique” hostel. The building is seven stories, with 130 beds, everything is kept clean, and the showers have strong water pressure. The common area on the first floor is a relaxed hangout, and there’s a good kitchen for cooking.
There’s also an amazing coffee shop (Berth Coffee) on the first floor, and a bar and restaurant in the basement. This bar is packed on weekends, and not just with hostel guests; there is also usually a DJ on Saturday nights.
Because of this, it doesn’t have that much of a hostel vibe. But the neighborhood is peaceful, so you’ll get a good night’s sleep.
CITAN Hostel at a glance:
- Quiet neighborhood so you’ll get a good sleep
- Bar, restaurant, and cafe all on-site so it’s easy to meet people
- Great showers (awesome water pressure)
Beds from JP¥ 3,000/$27 USD, privates from JP¥ 9,000/$82 USD.
10. Book and Bed Tokyo
If you’re a book lover, you have to check this place out! This hostel is also a bookstore, where you sleep among the shelves. You can also read the books, magazines, and manga, many of which are in English. You can choose from a compact or standard bunk bed; each room has a shared en suite bathroom, and you’ll get free slippers.
As you can imagine, it’s a low-key place but a really unique experience! It’s also just a three-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, which will take you just about anywhere you need to go.
Book and Bed Tokyo at a glance:
- Quiet and laid-back atmosphere
- Bookstore on-site gives the hostel a chill vibe
- En suite bathrooms in each room
Beds from JP¥ 3,800/$35 USD.
11. Hostel & Café East57
This little guesthouse is located in Asakusabashi, next to Asakusabashi Station and is a great value. There are lots of beds, so you can usually find a spot. There are several different types of rooms, including dorms, capsule spaces, family rooms, and private Japanese-style rooms. The biggest room has 21 beds, but privacy curtains separate each one.
This is also a newer hostel, so everything is in great condition and very clean. The Wi-Fi is strong, and there’s a fully equipped laundry room. Hang out at the café/bar area (with local beer on tap); it’s sociable and you will end up having great conversations with the staff.
Hostel & Café East57 at a glance:
- Very affordable
- Great for meeting people
- Reliable Wi-Fi so you can easily plan your trip
Beds from JP¥ 2,200/$20 USD.
While Tokyo isn’t the most budget-friendly destination in the world, you can definitely save a lot of money by staying in these amazing hostels in Tokyo when you visit.
Book Your Trip to Japan: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Use Skyscanner or Momondo to find a cheap flight. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned. Start with Skyscanner first though because they have the biggest reach!
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (for everyone below 70)
- Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
- Medjet (for additional repatriation coverage)
Looking for the Best Companies to Save Money With?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use to save money when I’m on the road. They will save you money when you travel too.
Want More Information on Japan?
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Photo credit: 2 – Khaosan Tokyo Origami, 3 – Sheena and Ippei, 4 – Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo, 5 – Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki, 6 – Hostel Bedgasm, 7 – Kaisu Hostel, 8 – Backpackers Hostel K’s House Tokyo, 9 – Unplan Kagurazaka, 10 – CITAN Hostel, 11 – Book and Bed Tokyo, 12 – Hostel & Café East57