While the size of the accommodation on offer may be a little more modest than what’s available in other less densely populated cities, the way homeowners make use of their space in Tokyo is pretty impressive. Sleek, stylish and well connected, here are some of the best budget Airbnbs you’ll find in Tokyo.
Contrary to popular belief, if you’re smart and prepared, Tokyo is a budget traveller’s dream, and there are some great affordable Airbnbs to choose from.
Step back in time with this two-bed flat in Tateishi
This flat is situated in the quaint and quiet neighbourhood of Tateishi | Courtesy of KandN / Airbnb
The quaint and quiet neighbourhood of Tateishi, northeast of central Tokyo and 20 minutes from Ueno by train, is where you’ll find this stylish two-bedroom apartment. Standing two stories high, this excellent family-friendly option features a cedar-panelled room and a classic Japanese-style bed area. The rental also comes with complimentary pocket Wi-Fi rental, meaning you can have access to free, high-speed internet no matter where you are – a necessity for navigating the Tokyo metro system, at least for your first few days in the city.
Another room located in the Tateishi area, this cedar-panelled one-room apartment is perfect for a couple or for a solo traveller looking for a little extra space. Situated in a renovated factory, this effortlessly sleek room also features free Wi-Fi rental and access to a large open-plan rooftop – a perfect spot for watching the sunset after a long day of exploring. The humble price tag gets you the entire apartment and access to the roof.
Situated in the popular tourist hangout of Asakusa, guest house Denchi is a stylish accommodation choice with options to suit a broad range of travellers. The trendy complex features handmade wooden beds, original graphics and plenty of breezy open space. You can book a bed in a capsule-style dorm room, or a private guest room with beds for two if you’re after something with a little privacy.
Founded specifically for female travellers, Grapehouse Hostel is a warm, welcoming home away from home right in the vibrant neighbourhood of Kōenji/Nakano. Complete with a modern Japanese-style living room and an open-plan kitchen, it has the perfect atmosphere for making new friends and relaxing after a long day of travelling. It’s the perfect place to set up a home base for a more extended stay in the city, too.
In the northeastern neighbourhood of Katsushika is where you’ll find this sleek, cosy two-bedroom apartment perfect for small groups or families. The rich wood panelling and stylish contemporary furniture make the apartment feel intimate but not at all claustrophobic, and the free pocket Wi-Fi rental is definitely a bonus.
Tokyo’s hostel game is probably one of the best in the world, thanks in large part to places like Obi Hostel. This style-focussed hostel features a communal first-floor bar, café and kitchen that guests are more than welcome to use. It’s situated in the bustling suburb of Chūō-ku, and a night here will get you designer style on a thrift-store budget.
A three-minute walk to Higashi-Shinjuku Station, this ultra-central apartment features conscientious interior design that is the perfect balance of cosiness and space. Ideal for a couple or close friends, there are two double beds, meaning it can accommodate groups of up to four people. You’re not going to find accommodation that is much more accessible and affordable than this.
In the quiet neighbourhood of Shiinamachi is where you’ll find this elegantly simple but fully equipped apartment that can accommodate up to four people. The room is also just five minutes away from the bustling neighbourhood of Ikebukuro and about 15–20 minutes from central Shibuya.
You’ll find this light-filled studio apartment just a five-minute walk to JR Shinjuku Station, and a three-minute stroll to Shinjuku 3-Chome Metro Station. It’s tucked in a quiet residential laneway right in the centre of one of the busiest hubs of Tokyo. With one double bed and an open-plan kitchen area, it’s perfect for a couple who are looking to make the most of their time in the city but still need a peaceful retreat at the end of the day.