Hostels are the best accommodations for reasonable prices. Here are 5 recommended hostels with great access and the chance to spend time with other lodgers.
1. Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE
This hostel has a cafe and bar-lounge on the first floor that has a ceiling of more than 4m. At the cafe and bar-lounge, you can have coffee during the day and liquor at night and interact with both lodgers and regular customers. The liveliness of the conversation and information is one of this establishment's charms. The hostel itself is a place where you can stay for a reasonable price, so it attracts not just backpackers but travelers from all over Japan and the world. There are dormitory rooms and private rooms, and prices start at 2,800 JPY for one person per night. There is a heater/cooling unit, outlets, and WiFi in every room. The shower, toilet, sink, and kitchen are shared but can be used 24 hours a day. You pay in cash when you check in. Please be aware that they do not take credit or debit cards.
2. K's House Tokyo Oasis
This modern Japanese-style, homey hostel is just 5 minutes away from Sensoji in Asakusa. They hold Japanese classes and events where lodgers can experience Japanese culture on an irregular basis. If they hold something while you're there, please join in. The experience of being with other lodgers and the staff is sure to become a fun memory of your trip. The dormitory room (with toilet and sink) is 2,950 JPY per person per night. The twin, triple, family, and 4 person rooms are 3,800 JPY per person per night, and those rooms may come with a bath, toilet, shower, and/or TV. Since there are so many types of rooms, this hostel is recommended for families. There are 7 other branches outside of Asakusa, and every year more than 150,000 foreign travelers stay there. It's complete with everything you need, including a Japanese-style lounge, kitchen, washing machines, WiFi, and more, so it's a hostel that combines convenience and comfort.
3. Sakura Hostel Asakusa
This is the biggest international hostel in Tokyo. The multilingual staff works the front desk 24 hours a day. There is a free lounge on the 1st floor where you can interact with other lodgers. They hold events like workshops and sumo tours on an irregular basis, so definitely check that out. They have cleaning staff, so the rooms are very clean. All of the rooms other than the twin-type have lockers, so that's another point in their favor. It's 3,000 JPY for one person a night. If you're staying for more than a week you can get a discount. They can also accommodate groups, and there are many kinds of rooms that they can offer you, so please discuss it with the staff. Also, there is a convenience store within a 30 second walk and a supermarket within a 2 minute walk, so it's great for people who want to cook their own meals using the shared kitchen. This hostel has such great service that it was chosen as the 3rd best hostel in Asia.
4. Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki Branch (Asakusa)
This guesthouse is right by Sensoji, and uses the three colors (black, brown, and green) of a kabuki curtain on their building façade to stand out. It's a great place for people who want to stay somewhere simple. The location is very convenient, with a train station, bank, supermarket, and restaurants within a 3 minute walk. Inside the hostel there is a kitchen, free coffee, tea, and simple seasonings available for lodgers to use freely. Of course, there's also WiFi. The rooms for 3 people are great for those who'd like to experience Japanese culture since the rooms offer futons spread over a tatami floor. Each room has a shower, toilet, sink, and air conditioning. The dormitory rooms have lockers. Rooms start at 3,600 JPY per person for one room. Please be aware that you can only make reservations online.
5. Anne Hotel Asakusabashi
The Japanese-style and twin private rooms in this hostel are popular. The dormitories are cheap (2,600 JPY per person per night), and they're easier to get reservations for than private rooms. If you stay there, you can have free coffee, tea, and eggs and toast for breakfast. Most of the lodgers are foreign backpackers, but many Japanese people who want to interact with foreign travelers also stay here. In the winter they put out a kotatsu (a heated table) and lodgers gather there. It's a hostel that has a fun, lively atmosphere where lodgers can eat breakfast together, like a class field trip. When you pay at the front, please be aware that they only accept Japanese yen in cash.
These hostels are great not just because of their prices but also because you can interact with other travelers! They're also perfect thanks to their easy access that makes it simple to go to Tokyo's famous sightseeing areas. Make the best memories of your trip not just sightseeing but also at your accommodations!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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