As most travelers to Tokyo, Japan will tell you getting a hotel room under $50 a night is difficult. With average room rates of $250-$400 a night, Tokyo is one of the world’s most expensive cities. For budget travelers though, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, if you know where to look and where to book it’s not only possible to get a hotel room in Tokyo under $50 a night, you might be surprised how good the accommodation actually is.
Hotel New Koyo – Heralded as just about the cheapest hotel in Tokyo if not in the whole of Japan, Hotel New Koyo has been promoted to the Tokyo hotel to stay in if you want a room for under $50 a night. While staying at the Hotel New Koyo means you’ll have to share a bathroom, everything else this hotel offers is so amazing, you really won’t care.
Classified as a cheap budget hotel or hostel, depending on who you talk to, the Hotel New Koyo offers small guest rooms to travelers to Tokyo who need something under $50 a night if they’re going to afford any fun at all. Rooms are basic, with either just a tatami mat on the floor or a small Western-style bed, and there’s nothing much in them except for a television. But they’re exceptionally clean, quiet and the hotel is in a fabulous neighborhood close to the subway and cool local restaurants and shops, there’s little to complain about here.
The hotel New Koyo has a small kitchen, a lounge area and free internet and also offers bikes for rent if you want to see Tokyo on the cheap. Room rates begin at $31 a night for a single room (tatami mat or Western-style bed, you’re choice) but with budget travelers booking several months in advance, make sure you grab something as soon as you know when you’ll be arriving in Tokyo. You’ll be sorry if you don’t.
Tama Ryokan – This cool budget hotel near downtown Shinjuku, Tokyo, just squeaks in under $50 a night at $49.85, but is it worth it. Its design is based on a traditional Japanese hotel, with accommodation for budget travelers, and located in an area packed with restaurants, cafes, bookstores and pubs.
At Tama Ryokan, there are only six guest rooms all traditional Japanese style with sleeping arrangements on a futon on the floor, which is kind of cool if you like something new. Some rooms even have the Japanese paper sliding doors. Rooms have a television with cable, and a small closet where you can store clothing and luggage. Again, rooms do not have bathrooms (impossible to get for under $50 a night in Tokyo), but there are two bathrooms that are clean and well-taken care of which you’ll share with other rooms.
The hotel has a small refrigerator for storage of guest food and, if you’re desperately needing laundry, they can make arrangements to help you.
First Inn Kyobashi – Now, you can’t really say you’ve been to Japan if you haven’t stayed in a capsule hotel. You know, those hotels that offer a small plastic ‘capsule’ to sleep in, complete with bed and TV. Well, if you’re looking for a hotel under $50 a night, staying in a capsule hotel is a good option and First Inn Kyobashi is a nice one.
Unlike some capsule hotels, First Inn Kyobashi allows both men and women guests, but they’re separated into different areas of the hotel. The hotel offers a small capsule for sleeping (and reading and TV watching), as well as shared showers and toilets. There’s also vending machines available if you’re looking for a snack or dinner.
Room (capsule) rates are cheap – only $49.80 a night, and First Inn Kyobashi is located just a three minute walk from the Ginza Line subway, meaning it’s easy to get around Tokyo from here. They’ll also store your luggage for you for the day.
New Koyo Hotel
First Inn Kyobashi