Accommodations around Tokyo

A guide to find the perfect accommodation for your trip to Tokyo.

Accommodations

Can’t find a hotel room that fits your budget or meets your needs? Read on below for some tips to help you snag the perfect place to stay.

Running out of options?

During peak seasons, it can be difficult to find a hotel room in Tokyo. If you can’t find a place you like that fits your budget, here are three 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.
The 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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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