Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Tokyo, Japan. You can choose from 135 Tokyo hostels. In total, there are 222 cheap places to stay in Tokyo such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $12 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Tokyo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Tokyo hostels are located in
Taitō-ku, Chuo-ku, Sumida-ku
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Tokyo? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Tokyo alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Tokyo. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tokyo. To help you make friends with Tokyo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Tokyo is Japan's huge, busy and hectic capital city. It's a cool mix of traditional life and ultramodern ways, including neon-lit skyscrapers with historic temples hidden amongst them.
There are many, many things to see here. From incredible nightlife, to peaceful parks in the midst of the city. You can also explore the museums, and stuff yourself silly with delicious Japanese food.
Here are some things to be aware of before you begin your journey.
Did we forget something? Let us know in the Travel Tips section below.
Guess what? There are over 150 hostels in Tokyo...!! Yep, the Tokyo hostelworld is huge. From cheap hostels in Tokyo, to great backpackers Tokyo has to offer - there is something for everyone.
The mega-city of Tokyo is divided into several suburbs, which are almost cities themselves. You can find a wide range of Tokyo hostel options in every suburb and you may want to choose a hostel which is close to whatever you are interested in since traveling from one suburb to another can take some time.
What is the best area for a tourist to stay in Tokyo?
Hostels in the more central suburbs tend to be quite expensive compared to what you might to be used to, so if you plan to stay for a longer period of time or are on a budget, you might consider looking for a hostel in an adjacent but more outlying suburb.
For example, in Taitō-ku or Taito City is around 10 minutes outside Tokyo central, so not too far away. Hostels are cheaper here. A good choice in this area is Oak Hostel Zen.
Sumida City is another option, next to Taito. We recommend Khaosan World Ryogoku.
If time is an issue, you should stick with a more central city centre location.
Shinjuku City is where you'll find buzzing clubs and neon-lit KTV rooms, upscale accommodation and cool bars. Central Youth Hostel Tokyo is a popular Tokyo hostel Shinjuku.
With so many hostels to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming.
Here is a list of the 10 better known and popular hostels you might consider:
These are just a tiny proportion of the best hostels in Tokyo, remember.
Are there hostels in Tokyo suitable for digital nomads? Absolutely! Check out Nui Hostel Tokyo.
What about hostels Tokyo amenities?
You'll quickly notice that Tokyo hostels love pod beds - a huge percentage of hostels offer them!
Free Wifi is typically on offer, rating and reviews and are super strong and private rooms are rediculously homely. It's also usual to have access to laundry facilities and luggage storage at either end of your stay.
Just a quick shout out to this hostel group that offers many outstanding hostels across Tokyo. Honestly, if you want luxury, excellent staff and service, plus hotel cleanliness, we highly recommend staying in at least one of their hostels.
There are, in fact, 6 hostels in this city. Our favourites are:
Most likely you'll arrive at Haneda International Airport.
The easiest and cheapest way to reach the city from here is to take Keikyu Railway, which is around a 15 minute train ride. It's also possible to take a bus, taxi or monorail.
Getting around can be a little confusing to visitors. Get a map and ask for directions at a ticket booth. It is also a good idea to get a detailed street map since smaller streets do not have names and it can be difficult to orient yourself.
If you get lost trying to find your hostel in Tokyo, the Japanese are eager to help you find your way, but be aware that they might even be too friendly to tell you that they do not know where to go. So you might want to get a second or third opinion to make sure they didn't point you in the wrong direction.
Once you've sorted a place to stay and dropped your bags, it's time to explore the sights of Toyko. And with it being a humongous city; there is much to see!
When visiting this Japanese city, there are all of these awesome sights to visit:
This is no way an exhaustive list - Tokyo is huge, remember! In our FAQ section below you can discover the best way to spend 4 days in this city. We recommend 3-5 days to properly explore and get a feel for Tokyo.
Are hostels in Tokyo safe?
Overall, Tokyo is a very safe destination, including hostels. Here are some tips for hostel safety around the world.
What are some hostel recommendations for visiting Tokyo in April?
April is typically quite busy in Tokyo as it is cherry blossom season. So, we recommend staying in a hostel a little outside of the city. Also, make sure you book hostels in advance to avoid disappointment. Helpful article: When to book hostels?
What are some inexpensive places to stay in Toyko Japan?
This might be a little obvious, but... hostels! Scroll up and use the filter tool for discovering cheap hostels in Tokyo Japan.
What should I do with 4 days in or around Tokyo?
The Bamboo Traveler has put together a wonderful itinerary on how to spend 4 perfect days in Tokyo.
Where can I park my bike in Toyko?
There are 'parking lots' all around Tokyo city, especially by train stations. It's important to make sure you park your bike in an allocated place as Japan is quite strict about this. As long as you see other bikes parked, it's usually safe. Here's a useful step-by-step guide on how (not) to park your bike by Kimi.
What are some good hostels near Tokyo Station?
Written by local enthusiast for Tokyo hostels Mona
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Tokyo. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Tokyo. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Tokyo costs on average $25 for a dorm. A hostel in Tokyo with private rooms costs on average $116.
Hostelz.com shows all 135 Hostels in Tokyo. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Khaosan Tokyo Origami is the best hostel in Tokyo for couples.
Khaosan Tokyo Origami is the best hostel in Tokyo for families.
Emblem Hostel Nishiarai is the best hostel in Tokyo for groups.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Tokyo. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Tokyo. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
Visit Akihabara for your geek fix, Ueno is where you will find Ueno Park which is home to many Museums and Ueno Zoo. Don't miss Shinjuku which has reportably the busiest Pedestrian Crossing in the World and Shibuya is a great entertainment district. Harajuku, Imperial Palace Gardens, Tsukiji Fish Market and Ginza are also worth a look. If you are into Studio Ghibli you can visit the Ghibli Museum or if you love Disney then maybe a trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Either way you can spend days in Tokyo and not see it all.
It is an interesting and attractive place.
Tokyo is fantastic! And not as expensive as everyone says it is if you do it on a budget. You can get cheap food everywhere. It would help a lot if you familiarise yourself with as much Japaneese food as you can before you go there so you know what things are and you don't have to ask too much if you don't speak Japaneese.
T & B
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Tokyo and Japan.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.