Tokyo Accommodation: Where to stay in Tokyo for First Time Traveller

Last Updated on April 11, 2021 by queenie mak

Tourism is a major industry in Tokyo, and the capital city attracts millions of visitors each year. Even though Tokyo has a reputation for being really expensive, there are options for travellers to save a bit of money, especially on accommodations.

And not all Tokyo accommodations are expensive. There are plenty of affordable hostels, guesthouses, and hotels.

In this post, I’ll show you several Tokyo accommodations you should consider for your next trip to Tokyo. I’ve stayed at all of them and would recommend them to any solo travellers or anyone who is travelling on a budget.

So if you are wondering where to stay in Tokyo for first time travellers, keep reading, and I’ll show you all the best places to stay in Tokyo.

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Before you look for accommodation in Tokyo

Before you start your search for Tokyo accommodation, take a look at my post on everything you need to know before going to Japan. I included a lot of travel information including how to get around Japan and other travel tips.

Here are few additional tips for travelling to Tokyo:

  • Get a Pasmo or Suica for taking the train in Tokyo. They are both rechargeable smartcards where you can take public transportation in Tokyo. It is useful to have especially if you only have a few days in Tokyo and want to maximize your time in the city.
  • You can see all the best attractions in Tokyo in 5 days
  • Walking is the best way to see most attractions in Tokyo
  • Tokyo is a safe city for solo female travellers

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Tokyo accommodation culture: places to stay in Tokyo

The accommodation culture in Japan can be quite different from western culture. Here are some things I noticed when it comes to places to stay in Tokyo Japan:

  • It is common to find people of all ages at hostels in Japan
  • Hostels in Japan provide bed sheets, towels and basic toiletries
  • Some hostels might even include disposable slippers and a set of toothbrush and toothpaste
  • For hostels and guest houses, always take off your shoes at the entrance and wear slippers inside (which will be provided to you)
  • Some hostels and hotels in Tokyo have a traditional Japanese bathroom. It is a room with a sit-down shower area and a large hot tub. You always wash first before soaking in the hot tub. Then when you are done, you rinse off.
  • Some accommodations have tatami mats instead of a bed. Basically, you sleep on a thin mattress on the tatami mats instead of a traditional bedframe.

Where to stay in Tokyo for first time solo travellers

There are many excellent accommodations throughout Tokyo, And if you are travelling to Tokyo for the first time, it might be intimidating to find the right place to stay.

Below are some of my favourite budget hostels and hotels in Tokyo. I included a link to the location so you can find them easily on Google Maps.

1. Kaisu

Address: 6-13-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Akasaka, Tokyo 107-0052 (see map)

Rate: ¥2,250 for a bunk bed in a 10-bed female dormitory room

Kaisu: best boutique hostel in Tokyo

Kaisu is a local hostel in Akasaka, a business area in Tokyo. Even though it is not a touristy neighbourhood, there are good restaurants in the area and the hostel is within walking distance to Roppongi.

The small hostel has shared dormitory rooms and private rooms. When you book a dormitory bed, you get either a top or lower bunk bed with a small locker inside your unit, lights and some hooks and hangers for your clothes. The shared bathroom has a few shower stalls and toilets. And it is always clean.

Plus, the price of the bed includes a complimentary breakfast.

Best of all, there is a restaurant/coffee shop at Kaisu where you can enjoy a meal, have a coffee break or have a drink at night and mingle with other travellers.

Why you should book Kaisu

Kaisu is one of the best hostels in Tokyo for solo travellers, especially for those who have not experienced hostel living before. The boutique hostel is welcoming, and the staff is helpful and attentive. Plus, the boutique hostel is ideal for someone who likes to stay at a quieter and low-key hostel type.

2. Bunka Hostel Tokyo

Address: 1-13-5 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo 111-0032 (see map)

Rate: ¥1,800 for bunk bed in female dormitory

Bunka Hostel Tokyo: best centrally located hostel in Tokyo

Located in the centre of Asakusa, Bunka Hostel Tokyo is a popular hostel for young travellers. The hostel only has shared accommodation where there is a dedicated floor for female-only accommodation.

In the shared dorm room, there are many bunk beds with different configurations. Each bunk is cozy and has privacy curtains. There are small lockers on one side of the room for locking up all your valuables. And the shared bathroom is sparkling clean.

If you are a guest of the hostel, you can use the shared kitchen and sitting area on the upper floor or hang out at the restaurant on the ground floor.

Why you should book Bunka Hostel Tokyo

Bunka Hostel Tokyo is one of the best Tokyo hostels for solo travellers especially if you want to stay in a convenient location and want to meet other travellers. Stay at Bunka if you don’t mind staying in a big dorm room, i.e. more people means more noise.

3. Lyuro Tokyo Kiyosumi – the Share Hotels

Address: 1-1-7 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Koto, Tokyo 135-0024 (see map)

Rate: ¥1,899 for a dormitory bed in a female dorm room

Lyuro Tokyo Kiyosumi: cheapest hostel in Tokyo

Lyuro Tokyo Kiyosumi is a hotel and a hostel along the Sumida River on the east end of the city. The hotel has five floors of guest rooms, an expansive outdoor deck facing the river and an interior that is reminiscent of Scandinavian interiors.

The female dormitory is on the ground level. The dorm room has a small and casual sitting area, a shared bathroom and 14 bunk beds at the back. Each bunk has privacy curtains, and comfortable mattresses and bedding.

On the second level, enjoy a gourmet breakfast or dinner at the hotel restaurant. And they serve Kiyosubashi craft beer, a locally brewed beer. And it is best enjoyed on the Kawaterrace deck!

The Kawaterrace deck is one of the best areas at Lyuro to hang out and meet other travellers. The outdoor deck is the length of the building and it has many picnic tables where you can enjoy a beer and the view of the Sumida River.

Why you should book Lyuro Tokyo Kiyosumi

Lyuro is ideal for any solo traveller who wants a comfortable stay and at an affordable price. It is one of the cheapest and nicest shared accommodations I can find in Tokyo.

However, you will be living on the east end of Tokyo. The closest metro station, Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station, is a 10-minute walk.

4. First Cabin TKP Ichigaya

Address: 8 Hachiman-cho, Ichigaya, Shinjuku-Ku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0844 (see map)

Rate: ¥3,145 for business class cabin

First Cabin: best Japanese capsule hostel in Tokyo

First Cabin is a modern capsule hotel chain in Japan. There are many locations throughout the country and several of them are in Tokyo.

At First Cabin, there are several types of cabins.

The economy capsule is similar to the traditional capsule where you can get an upper or lower capsule with a 100cm wide single bed, storage unit and an LCD TV. It also includes a side counter that has a safety box and a shoebox.

For a business class cabin, there is a single bed, a side counter to put your valuable belongings and a mounted 26″ LCD TV above your bed. There are is plenty of vertical space and there is a rolling curtain for more privacy.

The first class cabin is very similar to the business class cabin but you get a bit more floor space and an extra table.

The price of an overnight stay includes towels, “cabin wear” or pyjamas, a body towel for washing, a toothbrush set, disposable slippers and earplugs.

First Cabin has traditional Japanese bathrooms where there is a sitting shower area, a hot tub area, a vanity area and toilets. The bathroom has the standard shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap. Moreover, it also has other items like facial cleanser, make-up remover, lotion, cotton swabs, etc.

Why you should book First Cabin

First Cabin is ideal for any solo traveller who wants to experience traditional accommodation culture but with a modern twist. I’ve always wanted to experience a traditional capsule hotel, but I feel the little pods might be too claustrophobic. The modern capsule at First Cabin is the perfect solution for an affordable stay and experiencing local culture.

Plus, First Cabin is tailored for Japanese business people where many of them travel for work and stay overnight at the modern capsule hotel. The cabin floor is quieter and not as rowdy as other hostels.

5. ibis Tokyo Shinjuku

Address: 7-10-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023 (see map)

Rate: ¥5,999 for standard single room

ibis Tokyo Shinjuku: affordable hotel in a central location

Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku is a 3-star hotel that is conveniently located at Shinjuku, the busiest train station in the world. The hotel is a 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. There are five trains that go through Shinjuku Station and an average of 3.5 million people pass through the station each day!

Renovated in 2016, Ibis Tokyo has clean and functional rooms for any solo traveller who wants to stay in the centre of everything. Get a single bed, an immaculate bathroom that includes a shower, washbasin and toilet for a reasonable price.

There is free wifi, laundromat facilities, luggage storage and 24-hour front desk.

Why you should book ibis Tokyo Shinjuku

I included Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku on the list of accommodations for first time travellers to Tokyo because not everyone likes the idea of staying in a hostel or shared accommodation. And Ibis hotel is one of the best budget hotels in Tokyo.

And if you simply want to do a shopping trip to Tokyo, staying in Shinjuku is the perfect spot as the area has the best shopping in Tokyo.

Which accommodations in Tokyo are you going to book?

Accommodation in Tokyo is not as expensive as everyone thinks. There are many excellent budget accommodations throughout the city, like the ones I mentioned already.

For your first time in Tokyo, select a place to stay where you will enjoy the most. Even though it is only a place where you sleep at night, you want to make sure it gives you all the comforts you need while being away from home.

I hope you enjoyed my post and will consider some of these accommodations. When I return to Tokyo, I hope to return to some of these places and discover new ones. And I’ll make sure to share them with you here.

And if you have any other questions, leave a comment below.

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

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