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Cheap and Unique - Tokyo's Top 10 Guesthouses to Stay At

Cheap and Unique - Tokyo's Top 10 Guesthouses to Stay At

Update: 28 September 2017

Guesthouses; the fun, cheap version of hotels, preferred by all kinds of adventurers and travelers. Naturally, the hip metropolis of Tokyo does have its very own selection of creative, unique, artsy, and fancy guesthouses to offer. Among this extensive selection, we chose our top 10 spots that stood out for being particularly creative, a great choice for women traveling alone, and more! Let's take a look.

Hostel & Café East57 - Newly Opened in 2017 with a Women-Only Floor

Hostel & Café East57 - Newly Opened in 2017 with a Women-Only Floor

The first guesthouse on our list is Hostel & Café East57. It's within walking distance of both Asakusa and Akihabara and, with a main and an annex building, offers plenty of beds. One night starts at a mere 2,500 yen (tax included), with the special opening celebration price that is available until December 2017. Next to bunk beds and dormitories, East27 also offers single rooms intended for more privacy, and both group rooms and Japanese-style rooms are available, too!

As the guesthouse has just recently opened, expect everything to be shiny and new! Cleanliness goes without saying. The main building also features a women-only floor, making East57 a great choice for women traveling alone. Of course, the entire guesthouse features free Wi-Fi, and with a fully equipped laundry room, even long stays are no problem here!

Starting at: 2,500 yen (tax included) with the opening celebration price

  • Hostel & Café East57
    Hostel&Café East57
    • Address 1-15-5 Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0052

IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL Café & Bar - Lots of Events and New Friends Await!

IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL Café & Bar - Lots of Events and New Friends Await!

In Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, lies IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL Café & Bar. As it is nestled not directly in the main street but rather the next street over, you'll be surprised by how quiet the location is while still being right in the middle of the action.
Next to dorm beds starting at 3,500 yen per person, IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL also offers a family room for up to 5 people and Japanese-style tatami rooms for two. The entire guesthouse offers free Wi-Fi, and we especially love the half-buffet-style breakfast that is included in the price.

IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL's "Café & Bar" is a wonderfully relaxing space that offers freshly brewed coffee at noon while it transforms into a "kaku-uchi style" bar. Kaku-uchi means sampling different kinds of Japanese sake over casual chit-chat. Look forward to a wonderful evening and lots of new friends!
By the way: different kinds of events for guests are held irregularly as well, so make sure to check the guesthouse's event calendar.

Starting at: 3,500 yen (tax included)

  • IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL Café & Bar
    IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL Café&Bar
    • Address 5-12-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo-to 160-0022

UNPLAN Kagurazaka - Relax in Style and make Unplanned Encounters

UNPLAN Kagurazaka - Relax in Style and make Unplanned Encounters

According to comments and ratings on the internet, UNPLAN Kagurazaka is one of Tokyo's most popular guesthouses. Opened in April 2016, the location unites an extremely convenient location with an incredibly stylish and clean interior.

Next to the usual all-gender dormitory, available for 4,500 yen per night (tax included), this guesthouse also offers a women-only dormitory (4,500 yen per night, tax included), private rooms for up to three people, and a private family room for up to 4 people.
The amenities found in all rooms and bunks are the same brand that is often used in high-class hotels, giving you that little bit of extra luxury. Rentable pocket Wi-Fi is available for 400 yen per day.
A café-and-lounge on the first floor invites you to a leisurely breakfast with bread, boiled eggs, and drinks for free. During lunch and dinner, special menus are available that change on a weekly base, and make sue to try the coffee specialties as well!

Starting at: 4,500 yen (tax included)

Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE - Spacious, Stylish, and Great Coffee

Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE - Spacious, Stylish, and Great Coffee

Nui. is a large-scale guesthouse that can house up to 100 people at the same time and one of its biggest draws is its atmospheric bar and lounge. Next to mixed dormitories from 3,000 yen per night (tax included) and women-only dormitories from 3,200 yen per night (tax included), Nui. also offers twin rooms, double rooms, and even a riverview double room with the scenic Sumida River right outside. Next to the free Wi-Fi available throughout the entire guesthouse, the place also has a library space where books, magazines, and two computers can be used at your leisure. Indeed, Nui. offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere to spend time with yourself while also creating numerous places and opportunities to make new friends.
One of them is the shared kitchen, fully equipped with utensils, spices, and seasonings, so don't hesitate to cook a nice meal and share it with others!

The aforementioned bar and lounge will tickle your taste buds with a variety of specialty coffees, while craft beer, wines, and cocktails are served as well.

Starting at: 3,000 yen per night (tax included)

  • Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE
    Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE
    • Address 2-14-13, Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0051

IRORI Nihonbashi Hostel and Kitchen - Tasting Japan's Countryside in Tokyo

IRORI Nihonbashi Hostel and Kitchen - Tasting Japan's Countryside in Tokyo

IRORI Nihonbashi Hostel and Kitchen is a beautiful guesthouse that tries to bring a taste of the Japanese countryside to the big city of Tokyo. To this mission belong the fully equipped kitchen spaces, created to allow guests the chance to connect over local cuisine.
The guesthouse's lounge on the first floor also offers an authentic countryside experience: it is equipped with an irori, a traditional Japanese fireplace. Buy some dried fish and different kinds of local sake, beer, and more in the lounge and enjoy the delights over the unique fireplace! Another must-try is nabe, a Japanese hot pot dish that is prepared on the fire in front of everyone.

IRORI has a mixed dormitory from 3,000 yen per night (tax included), and a women-only dormitory from 3,300 yen per night (tax included). Big curtains around the bed grant additional privacy, and free Wi-Fi can be used everywhere in the guesthouse.

Starting at: 3,000 yen per night (tax included)

GRIDS AKIHABARA HOTEL + HOSTEL - Elegance Meets Functionality

GRIDS AKIHABARA HOTEL + HOSTEL - Elegance Meets Functionality

GRIDS has earned its place on the list for its wonderfully elegant and functional design. The access from both Haneda and Narita airport is also outstanding, making it a preferred stay for many a tourist.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout GRIDS, and next to the men-only dormitories (from 3,000 yen per night, tax included), the guesthouse also has private family rooms for up to four people (16,000 yen per room, tax included). The beds on the women-only floor are a great choice for women traveling alone or in a group of female friends.

For everyone who doesn't like bunk beds but still seeks the authentic hostel experience, we warmly recommend the single bed option. Partitioned by curtains, look forward to more privacy in your own little room.
A powder room can be accessed all around the clock and skin care sets and other helpful items for sale will ensure that little extra bit of luxury!

Starting at: 3,000 yen per night (tax included)

BUNKA HOSTEL TOKYO - Experiencing the Casual Daily Life of Tokyo

BUNKA HOSTEL TOKYO - Experiencing the Casual Daily Life of Tokyo
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As mentioned in the headline, Bunka Hostel Tokyo's main strength lies in the guesthouse's casual, modern philosophy and design, giving you an authentic glimpse of day to day life in Tokyo.

The bunk beds in the dormitories are surrounded by three sturdy walls and face away from each other, thus giving you as much privacy as possible. On top of men-only and women-only dormitories starting at 3,000 yen per night (tax included), Bunka Hostel Tokyo also offers a single dormitory and family rooms. Particularly the last option is interesting, as the family room grants a wonderful view of the Tokyo Skytree and Sensoji's five-story pagoda.
On the first floor of Bunka Hostel Tokyo, you'll find the Izakaya Bunka, a Japanese-style pub that isn't only frequented by guests. Next to daily dishes and hot pots, look forward to savoring a variety of local Japanese sake specialties. Find new friends and invite them over to Bunka Hostel Tokyo for a great time over food and drinks.

Starting at: 3,000 yen per night (tax included)

toco. - Image Staying at Your Japanese Grandma's House...

toco. - Image Staying at Your Japanese Grandma's House...

toco. is a very special guesthouse. It is located in a 90-year-old traditional Japanese house that has been renovated into a one-of-a-kind accommodation, providing modern amenities while transmitting the wonderful charm of a Japanese grandma's home.

The paper windows, the wooden beds and floors - everything feels pleasantly retro while free Wi-Fi is available throughout the guesthouse so that you don't lose touch with the modern world outside. Computers, the kitchen, and lockers are all free to use as well - it's really a bit like getting pampered by grandma.
The living room is colorful and comfortable, and toco.'s bar is frequented by all sorts of people, not only guests. From 7:00 p.m., drinks are being served, so look forward to a casual chat n a relaxed atmosphere.
On top of two mixed and one women-only dormitory (from 2,800 yen per night, tax included), there are also Japanese-style rooms available for up to three people. We highly recommend toco. for everyone who looks for a special kind of coziness!

Starting at: 2,800 yen per night (tax included)

  • toco.
    toco.
    • Address 2-13-21 Shitaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 110-0004

TOKYO HUTTE - Sleeping Under Tokyo Skytree

TOKYO HUTTE - Sleeping Under Tokyo Skytree

Sleep directly under the Tokyo Skytree at the guesthouse Tokyo Hutte! Being so close to Asakusa, this location is a prime pick for everyone with a focus on sightseeing and exploring.
Tokyo Hutte offers three types of rooms: the mixed dormitory for 3,200 yen per night (tax included), the women-only dormitory for 3,500 yen per night (tax included), and the private Japanese-style room for two, costing 7,500 yen for the entire room (tax included).

The ground floor of Tokyo Hutte also is home to a relaxing co-working space, filled with plants, tables, and power supply for laptops and more. Whether you want to work, chat, or just relax for a bit, feel free to hang out and make some new friends!

Starting at: 3,200 yen per night (tax included)

  • TOKYO HUTTE
    • Address 4-18-16, Narihira, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0002
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    • Nearest Station Oshiage Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Keisei Oshiage Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5637-7628

BOOK AND BED TOKYO - A Paradise for Bookworms

BOOK AND BED TOKYO - A Paradise for Bookworms
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"A bookstore to stay at" is the unique and wonderful concept of Book and Bed Tokyo, a guesthouse that has become rather famous recently. The magical moment of falling asleep over a good book is basically the standard experience here.
Around 3,500 different books of various genres can freely be enjoyed, including novels, magazines, and picture books. Bookworms will have the time of their life at Book and Bed Tokyo.

With the "Bookshelf" type bunk bed, you'll sleep directly behind the bookshelves from 3,800 yen per night (tax excluded), quite literally amidst thousands of stories. These bunk beds come in two sizes: compact and standard.
Grab a book and plop down on one of the large sofas and beds that can be found throughout the entire guesthouse, making the place seem like a little universe that is all about reading. Of course, free Wi-Fi is also available. If you ever wanted to detox with books, make sure to head over to Book and Bed Tokyo!

Starting at: 3,800 yen (tax excluded)

  • BOOK AND BED TOKYO
    • Address 1-17-7, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Lumi Yale Building 7F, 171-0021
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    • Nearest Station Ikebukuro Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line)
      1 minute on foot

Written by: Chiaki Ishibe

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