Where to stay in Tokyo for under 5,000 Yen a night
If you’re looking for a bed and a place to make some friends, a hostel might be a great cheap option for you. They’re found quite frequently around Japan and most travelers who stay in them speak English. The cheap options tend to be dorm style rooms, but they do offer private rooms for a higher price. Emblem Hostel Nishiarai has some very spacious dorms for travelers and a great common area for meeting other guests. Depending on the room, a night could be as low as 2,500 yen a night!
If you’re looking for a longer stay in Japan but don’t want to bust your wallet, a sharehouse or guest house might be ideal for you. Sharehouses can rent a room at a monthly rate and some even have a weekly rate as well. These are convenient because you get all the conveniences of living in a house while meeting some great people in the process. If you want a place to settle and spread out some of your things, consider a sharehouse for their extremely affordable prices. For my two weeks in Tokyo, I stayed at Bamboo sharehouse and met people I still consider friends today. Depending on the room you take, their prices start as low as 1,900 yen for a night for a week.
While capsule hotels might seem stuffy and uncomfortable, they are the complete opposite. You can find them just about anywhere in Tokyo and most of them for under 5,000 yen a night. You’ll have some showers and toiletries at your disposal if you packed light and some capsule hotels even have TV’s within. TamachiBay Hotel is a prime example of all the great things a capsule hotel can offer you. Spacious, clean, and quiet all describe this capsule hotel, and while a room might hit really close to the 5,000 yen a night budget, it is definitely worth a trip for a night.
If you’re willing to give up a little bit of comfort, a manga café might be right up your alley. They don’t exactly have beds, but their flat sheet private rooms are comfortable enough to get a good rest. Coupled with showers, if needed, some food delivered right to your door, and access to wifi, what more could you ask for? They’re located all over Tokyo and are usually a few minutes from a station; you won’t find one that will cost you above 5,000 for a night. On a recent trip I stayed at the Grand Cyber Café Bagus Shinjuku Store, they offer a 12 hour stay for 2,390 (shower time included!). We were able to fit two people and 2 very large suitcases inside their pair full flat sheet.
The name might be a little deceiving as they are much better suited for travelers who plan on staying in Tokyo for a while. Weekly mansions are high up on the budget range, most actually just below 5,000 yen a night. They offer you the ability to live in Tokyo and never give up the luxuries of living in an actual home, meaning you need to pay for those utilities too. http://www.weekly-mansion.com/ actually has a whole slew of mansion you can peruse at your leisure, just make sure you keep your eye on the cost!
Hopefully we’ve given you a few key places that won’t bust your budget. Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to stay in Tokyo, all you need is a comfy bed.
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