Accommodations for Tokyo 2020

A guide to find the best accommodation for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

Accommodations

All the hotels are full?
The hotels near the venues are way over your budget?

hostels cost a fortune? If these are some of the issues you’re facing ahead of your trip to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, read on below for some tips to help you snag the perfect place to stay.

Running out of options?

Hotel rooms are filling up fast and prices are soaring ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. If you’ve bought your tickets for the games, find a place to stay asap. Can’t find a place you like that fits your budget? Here are 3 ideas:

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Search for accommodation over a wider area

Search for accommodation over a wider area

If you can’t find a place to stay in Tokyo, one option would be searching for accommodation outside Tokyo. People working in the city often commute from neighboring prefectures such as Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki by train. The areas are well-connected by regular trains as well as high-speed Shinkansen(bullet train) lines.
This means that even if you stay outside Tokyo, you can still easily access the Olympic and Paralympic venues. Another advantage of staying in the countryside is you’ll have the opportunity to get to know Japan even better. You can explore the lush natural landscapes, soak in some mineral-rich hot springs, or visit historic sites.

Search for accommodation over a wider area

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Consider alternative accommodation

Consider alternative accommodation

Accommodation Options

Japan offers a wide range of accommodation choices beyond your usual business hotels and Airbnb’s. You can go for a traditional ryokan inn for a unique cultural experience or a capsule hotel if you’re feeling adventurous.

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    Hotels

    Tokyo and its surrounding areas are packed with a variety of hotels, ranging from affordable business hotels to luxury establishments. Business hotels, with compact and economical rooms, can usually be found in convenient locations close to major stations.
    There are also a number of “city hotels” that come with extravagant lounges, restaurants and bars. It’s also worth noting that the airport limousine buses stop at many major hotel chains.

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  • Ryokan inns

    Ryokan inns

    These traditional Japanese-style inns tend to cluster around hot spring towns and major tourist areas. Most of them have rooms with tatami mats and futon beds, but some ryokans also provide modern western-style rooms. Meals, commonly traditional Japanese dishes and seasonal specialties, are also available and you can select from a range of packages with breakfast and dinner plans. Ryokan inns are the epitome of Japanese hospitality and offer a unique experience for international travelers.

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  • Private residences

    Private residences

    Airbnb and similar services give visitors a chance to rent out a room or an entire apartment. There are plenty of options and you can choose by area or the type of place you want to stay in. Choices range from high-rise condos to cozy rooms with futon-style beds. Many come equipped with kitchens and offer a unique chance to experience daily life in Japan. Grab some groceries at a nearby supermarket and cook up a storm so you can feel right at home.

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  • Hostels and guest houses

    Hostels and guest houses

    This kind of ultra-cheap accommodation usually entails sharing a room with strangers and is popular among backpackers. Many hostels in Tokyo are stylish and well-furnished, incorporating modern designs and Japanese elements. They offer a great opportunity to interact with fellow travelers. You can even find places that host regular events and parties for their guests.

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  • Capsule hotels

    Capsule hotels

    These tight sleeping spaces are unique to Japan. The pods usually consist of a bed, electric sockets to charge your devices, an alarm clock, and TV. Capsule hotels can be found near major stations such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Shinbashi. Bathrooms and changing are communal, and men and women are usually separated by room or floor.

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Stay barrier-free

In recent times, many hotels in Japan are becoming more barrier-free. In September 2019, the Tokyo government revised laws for standard hotel rooms, to make them more accessible for people with disabilities and senior citizens. The criteria include making doorways wider, elimination of steps, installation of handrails and priority parking spaces.

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Stay barrier-free
Stay barrier-free
Stay barrier-free

Unconventional places to spend the night: karaoke bars, manga cafes, public baths and spas

Tokyo’s nightlife is not just about bars and clubs. There are so many ways to spend a night in this exciting city: bust out tunes at a karaoke bar, binge on your favorite comics at a manga café, or relax at a late-night public bath and spa.

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    Karaoke

    Karaoke is an essential part of Japanese nightlife and most karaoke bars are open 24 hours. Take advantage of their affordable night packages to stay until the wee hours of the morning. The line-up of songs is packed with western hits and you can even add unlimited drinks to your package. If you’re feeling hungry have some food served straight to your karaoke room. Major karaoke chains like Shidax, Karaoke Kan, and Pasela line the streets of Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, and Ginza, and walk-ins are welcome.

  • Manga and internet cafes

    Manga and internet cafes

    Internet cafes in Japan let you rent out a small private space with a computer and internet. The communal spaces are usually packed with comics and magazines, so you’ll have no dearth of entertainment. They usually have hourly packages that come with unlimited soft drinks. Many of them are equipped with showers, flat-beds, and rooms for two. Internet and manga cafes tend to be conveniently located near major stations.

  • Public baths and spas

    Public baths and spas

    The “super sento” is a modern twist on the traditional Japanese public baths and spas. Many use natural hot spring water and come with a range of facilities and services, such as Jacuzzis, aroma baths, and saunas. You’ll also find restaurants and rest spaces. A number of these baths in Tokyo are open throughout the night. Popular super sentos include Oedo Onsen Monogatari, Spa LaQua, Thermae Yu, and Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima. They are perfect for an overnight stay and a great way to recharge after a day of sightseeing.

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Make a late-night getaway

Make a late-night getaway

If you’re planning to travel throughout your stay, take advantage of the wee hours of the night to get to your destination.

Night busses, trains, and ferries all depart from Tokyo and you can wake up the next day to faraway spots like the volcanic landscapes of Kyushu or the sacred mountains of Tohoku. Overnight ferries give you the option to visit Hokkaido or some of Japan’s remote islands.

Make a late-night getaway

Plan ahead Tokyo 2020