Best Places for Backpackers in Tokyo, Japan.

Enjoy backpacking around Tokyo, Japan without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Tokyo, Japan.

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Top 50 hostels in Tokyo, Japan.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Tokyo, Japan.

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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo

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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo offers accommodations in Tokyo. The capsule hotel has an artificial hot spring bath and sauna, and guests can enjoy a meal at the rounge. All rooms come with a TV and headphones. You will find a 24-hour front desk,...
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Sukeroku-no-Yado Sadachiyo

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Sukeroku-no-Yado Sadachiyo

We are located on a side street a few minutes away from Senso-ji. All rooms are tatami-mat rooms with private bath and toilet. We also have two public bathes (cypresswood & black granite stone). Japanese Antiques are displayed throughout our Ryokan, so you feel as if you were in Edo era....
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Guest House Denchi

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Guest House Denchi

Guest house DENCHI is created and operated by our design office. We spent many hours for design and construction with love. Please enjoy hand-made wooden beds, original graphics and space!! Guest House DENCHI is nestled in the popular Asakusa area. Kappabashi street is 2 min walk from the propert...
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Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo

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Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo

Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo is the best place as a hub for your travel in Tokyo. *We are located in 1 min walk from Asakusa Station and facing Sumida River. *You can get direct train from both Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. *At this Family-run, Small & Cozy hostel, you can make new friends an...
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The Millennials Shibuya

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The Millennials Shibuya

Here at The Millennials Shibuya, we offer a totally new lodging experience. Different from your standard capsule hotel or hostel, our Smart Pods offer privacy, comfort, and convenience. PRIVACY - each room has a rolling screen which completely blocks you off from the corridor. Each Pod also has...
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Hisayo

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Hisayo's Inn

It's easy to get famous sight seeing spots like Asakusa and Yokohama without transfer by public transportation. We will also support your trip from local to famous sight seeing areas to experience Japanese culture! You can go to various places from here with this good access to transportation....
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Senju Tamuraya

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Senju Tamuraya

Situated in Tokyo, 2.6 km from Sensoji Temple, Senju Tamuraya offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. 3.3 km from Tokyo Skytree, the property is also 5 km away from Edo Tokyo Museum. Yasukuni Shrine is 7 km from the ryokan and Marunouchi Building is 7 km away. The units at the ryokan are fi...
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Guesthouse Sensu

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Guesthouse Sensu

Welcome to “SENSU”! We are a guest house right next to the Haneda airport. We proudly provide a good opportunity to enjoy the “tea ceremony”. Enjoy the Tokyo sightseeing with us, through the cultural experience of tea ceremony. It is a 5-minute walk from Keihin Electric Express Otorii Station....
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Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel

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Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel

We Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel is the best place for travelers who love chatting with people but quiet sleep, from babies to elders. Located east of city center, just 5 minutes walk from JR & subway Asakusabashi station. You can easily access to Narita & Haneda International airport, Akihabara...
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328 Hostel & Lounge

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328 Hostel & Lounge

328 HOSTEL&LOUNGE is very small hostel near to Haneda Airport. We opened 26th September 2014. There is a quiet residential area. Guests are relaxing at quiet atmosphere. It's located close to Haneda International airport. It is only 5 minutes ride on the Keihin Kyuko line from there. Guests can...
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Sakura Hotel Nippori

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Sakura Hotel Nippori

SAKURA HOTEL & HOSTEL’s 5th international hotel in the historic YANESEN neighborhood, the heart of Tokyo’s old SHITAMACHI (downtown). The world-famous YANAKA GINZA Shopping District and Nezu Shrine are nearby. Only 36 min by train from Narita International Airport to Nippori station, which is 8 m...
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Hostel bedgasm

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Hostel bedgasm

Welcome to the Hostel Bedgasm! We are backed multi national and around the world travel experienced staffs and made most fun and cozy Hostel in Tokyo, Japan in 2016. We are 5 stories building with roof-top and you are able to have a relax at very new wide and comfy semi-double size bedroom the...
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UNPLAN Kagurazaka

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UNPLAN Kagurazaka

- About Unplan Kagurazaka: Unplan means: Unplanned TravelTraveling by instinct Unplanned EncounterUnexpected encounters Unplanned LandscapeUnforeseen scenery Located in the heart of Kagurazaka, our hostel Unplan brings to you a space where anyone can sit back and relax, whether they are...
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Beagle Tokyo Hostel & Apartments

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Beagle Tokyo Hostel & Apartments

To Tokyo international airport (Haneda) international terminal - 8 mins To Tokyo domestic terminal - 10 mins We support the guest who uses early morning, departure at late night and transit. Our facility provides the bed called 'Cradle', it will help with your comfortable rest and pursuing sle...
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Kaisu Hostel

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Kaisu Hostel

Kaisu is a hidden treasure in Akasaka. Originally a ryotei or traditional Japanese restaurant with performing geishas, the former Shimazaki Restaurant has been converted into a hostel with a café and bar. A ryotel. Located right in the heart of Tokyo, Kaisu is a 15-minute train ride from anywhere...
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Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge

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Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge

Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge aims at Beyond all borders. Our cafe&bar lounge is one of the most socialized spot in Tokyo hostels to meet Japanese local people and make friends with travelers! If you like to be alone and chill out, you can go to common area on 6 floor and get relaxed there. 【Featur...
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Backpackers Hostel K

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Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo

'Your home away from home' We opened June 2006 based on this concept. K's House Tokyo is located in Kuramae, providing an at-home feeling in a town where traditional and modern cultures meet. Only a minute walk from Kuramae subway station on the Oedo line and 10 minutes from Kaminarimon Gate....
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Emblem Hostel Nishiarai

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Emblem Hostel Nishiarai

'Meet Local in Deep Tokyo' Emblem Hostel is a brand-new hostel designed for international travelers who seek fun, comfortable and unique accommodation options. Our hostel offers more than a simple stay - cultural and intellectual experiences through interactions with locals, other guests and our st...
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Good Diner Inn Copain

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Good Diner Inn Copain

We are a hostel which is located in the cafe on the 1st floor. Not only breakfast (which is included in your room rate)but you can enjoy our food and drink in the café. Our front entrance close at 20:00 but we have a side door which you can go in and out 24 hours using the password. We...
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Ikidane House Asakusa Hatago

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Ikidane House Asakusa Hatago

A fashionable guest house with a theme of “Iki” on popular tourist spots 'Asakusa'. The word 'Iki' has a meaning of good taste, refined, refined taste sharp, elegant, delicate, cool etc… The rooftop is a superb view overlooking the Tokyo Sky Tree. The entrance on the first floor has tatami sp...
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CITAN Hostel

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CITAN Hostel

CITAN is a seven-story hostel with its basement floor, located in Nihon-bashi area that has seen many journeys along the Five Routes “Gokaido” since Edo era. Even in these modern days, it still offers you a great access to the multiple lines, necessary to fully enjoy the metropolitan life as well...
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Focus Kuramae

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Focus Kuramae

Focus Kuramae is a new hostel in Kuramae area, Tokyo. We focus about journey, culture, food, and everything. Please stay and share what you experienced in Japan, also in your country and get new cultures! There is a lounge area with cafe and bar on the first floor. Let’s talk with our staff and...
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Toco Tokyo Heritage Hostel

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Toco Tokyo Heritage Hostel

Would you like to stay at a true traditional Japanese house? We can offer it to you!!! We have a fashionable bar lounge area. Locals come and drink at this bar lounge area. You can talk and make friends with Japanese local people and tourists. Your first drink is free on every night! (We wi...
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Khaosan Tokyo Origami

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Khaosan Tokyo Origami

Khaosan Tokyo Origami is newly opened as a 13th branch of Khaosan Tokyo Group on 24th October 2014. ・Good location (Central of Asakusa, Nearby Sensoji temple, 5mins walk from Asakusa Station) ・Amazing city lights and panorama (Wonderful view of Asakusa from lounge and Dining Kitchen) ・Cozy comm...
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hostel DEN

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hostel DEN

DEN is a warm and relaxing hostel. The building is a former office building, freshly renovated. We made our hostel modern, but also gave it a touch of traditional Japan, using Japanese color schemes and paintings, and also putting tatami (bamboo mats) into our 1st floor lounge area. DEN is al...
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Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki

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Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki

Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki is the best homelike guest house with the very best staff like no one ever was! Trust us, you'll be hooked here for sure!! .;D ========== Best Value for Stay in Tokyo !!! ========== * 1 min walk to Kaminarimon, Asakusa Temple and Asakusa Station (Ginza line) * Own show...
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Juyoh Hotel

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Juyoh Hotel

Welcome to Juyoh Hotel!! We are a friendly hotel for budget-minded travelers, located in Minami-Senju, in the North-East of Tokyo Metropolis. Combining hostel-like features, like reasonable rates and two common areas, with hotel-like features, like private rooms and all-night building entry, Juyoh...
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Hotel&Hostel On the Marks Tokyo Kawasaki

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Hotel&Hostel On the Marks Tokyo Kawasaki

ON THE MARKS is a stopping point where people come for different purposes such work, travel, and so on. Everyone wants to visit various places, meet interesting people, and be open to new and fascinating experiences. If you want to travel like a local, have an exciting time until you are exh...
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RYOKAN&HOSTEL WASABI Nippori

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RYOKAN&HOSTEL WASABI Nippori

Cozy Japanese style rooms starting at 2000yen per night! 25min. walk to Ueno, Easy to access from Narita airport via Nippori Station to Mikawashima Station, just 1 min walk to WASABI! (You’ll see our signboard from the track at Mikawashima Station.) You won’t get lost! Style, comfort, atmospher...
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Bunka Hostel Tokyo

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Bunka Hostel Tokyo

Sense of comfortableness we implicitly have between us, through our lives in Japan. This is what we want to deliver to guest as amenity. Feel and enjoy the invisible code we have as a base of “our culture” through following experience; Small but considerate bunk bed, Izakaya(Japanese-style bar)which...
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Hop Step Inn

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Hop Step Inn

Once you arrive, you can Hop Step Inn to a lot of major sightseeing sites and enjoy Tokyo! Your unforgettable journey starts right here! Hop Step Inn is a budget accommodation which is located a convenient area in Tokyo and offers comfortable stay with a cheap price but provides all necessary things...
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Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo

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Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo

Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo What you need is not a mediocre amount of sleep It should be a good, short sleep from an exhausting, enriched experience No time for sleep Experience Tokyo Whether night or day, heighten your sensibilities That is how a journey should be ***Policies and Conditio...
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Tokyo Hostel Fuji

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Tokyo Hostel Fuji

Tokyo Hostel Fuji Yes, it's close from Shinjuku (7 minutes), but not only that, located 10sec walk from Nakanoshinbashi station (((CHECK-IN TIME UNTIL 10PM))) ((we do not accept check-in after 10PM)) ((PLEASE CONTACT US IF LATE CHECK-IN)) LONG STAY: maximum 1 month We are perfectly located...
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Playsis East Tokyo

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Playsis East Tokyo

We opened a new hostel near Asakusa in August, 2018. It’s a few minutes’ walk from the nearest station, seven minutes’ walk from Asakusa station and ten minutes’ walk from Skytree. It’s conveniently located. We have a female dormitory (2nd fl.), a male dormitory (4th fl.) and a mix dormitory (3r...
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Grids Tokyo Asakusa-Bashi Hotel&Hostel

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Grids Tokyo Asakusa-Bashi Hotel&Hostel

Grids Tokyo Asakusa-Bashi Hotel&Hostel is located in Asakusabashi. In addition to our hotel and hostel facilities, we also have a café and bar available for guests. Our carefully designed, impeccably clean guest rooms are separated into dormitory type rooms for our hostel, and private type rooms for...
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Guest House Shinagawa-shuku Tokyo

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Guest House Shinagawa-shuku Tokyo

WELCOME to Guesthouse Shinagawa-shuku ! The Shinagawa-shuku guesthouse is positioned in a warm, friendly and evermore local area, and offers convenient access to the sightseeing spots in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kanagawa, and Chiba. If you take late flight, (ex.arrive at 22:30 at Haneda) you can come...
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Quality Hostel K

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Quality Hostel K's House Tokyo Oasis

We are fully renovated in modern Japanese style hostel for family, couple and group travelers which has a calm and relaxed atmosphere. == Our description == - 3 minutes from station. ( Asakusa station on Tsukuba express line ) - All private rooms have a private bath, toilet and towel. - 3 m...
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UNPLAN Shinjuku

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UNPLAN Shinjuku

- About Unplan Shinjuku: Unplan means: Unplanned Travel - Traveling by instinct Unplanned Encounter - Unexpected encounters Unplanned Landscape - Unforeseen scenery Opened March, 2019! After the success of UNPLAN in Kagurazaka, we are happy to announce the opening of our second location in Sh...
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Zabutton Hostel

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Zabutton Hostel

Hostel Zabutton is located in Azabu, central Tokyo, very close to tourist spots such as the Tokyo Tower and Roppongi. Haneda airport is quite close to hostel,takes 30mins,best way to come to visit us. *We are sorry that we can not wait for your arriving after 1100pm,if your arrival time is afte...
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Khaosan Tokyo Samurai

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Khaosan Tokyo Samurai

We are brand new hostel opened the 18th of July 2015!! Our new capsule bunk beds style provide you a relaxing personal space. You can have a calm and deep sleep in your own capsule!! We have a comfortable common area which has an original Japanese Tatami room. You can have a relaxing time to...
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Guesthouse Fete

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Guesthouse Fete

Guesthouse Fete is opened in 2017 in Tokyo, Japan The Ryogoku area, where Fete stands, is known for it's creative designs and being a manufacturing part of the city in downtown Tokyo. Fete has a lot of Japanese culture experiences programs and hold a several events on our lounge and bar space m...
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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara

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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara

Boasting a spacious public bath, sauna and on-site cafe, Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara offers capsule rooms for male guests. It is a 2-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station. Free WiFi is offered in all areas. All capsules are available for male only, and come with a flat-screen TV with vid...
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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinbashi Shiodome

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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinbashi Shiodome

Ideally located just steps away from JR Shinbashi Station, this male-only hotel, Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinbashi Shiodome, offers unique capsule rooms. The hotel features a spacious public bath, a sauna and an on-site cafe. Free WiFi is available throughout. Exclusively for male guests, each...
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Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya

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Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya

Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya - 2nd Wise Owl series! You should enjoy TOKYO all night long like an owl. This hostel is not just a place to lodge. It’s an entertainment hub in Aobadai. People from all over the world gather and communicate in here, at OWL. At front desk, Eurasian Eagle Owl “MEGU” al...
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Guesthouse Kagaribi

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Guesthouse Kagaribi

Situated in the Adachi Ward district in Tokyo. This area is easily accessible by train to go Nikkou city , Kinugawa city(hot spring area) ,flower park of Asikaga city as well . and this is real Tokyo . You can not see skyscraper , just see old sopping district , Sentou(traditional public bath), sm...
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Space Hostel Tokyo

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Space Hostel Tokyo

1. Best Location in Tokyo (3-minutes walk from Iriya Station) 2. Furniture Custom-made By Top Craftsmen in Japan 3. Free Fastest W-Fi every floors including the rooms. 4. Computers with Microsoft Office and Security Software 5. Comfortable Down Quilt Futon to All Beds 6. Attraction of 'Shitamac...
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Iza Tokyo Asakusa Guesthouse

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Iza Tokyo Asakusa Guesthouse

IZA Tokyo Asakusa Guesthouse gets beyond the borders of hostel. We are going to inherit “OMOTENASHI sprit” from IZA Kamakura guesthouse. “OMOTENASHI” means a lot of hospitality. Iza Tokyo Asakusa Guesthouse is just established at one of the best tourist spota of Tokyo, which is Asakusa. We promi...
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Homeikan

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Homeikan

Enjoy a real Japanese atmosphere and tradition. At Homeikan you'll experience the authentic Ryokan at a reasonable price. The furnishings and decoration in our traditional Japanese rooms reflect traditional Japanese craftsmanship. We are conveniently located near Tokyo University, in a qui...
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MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa-Kuramae

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MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa-Kuramae

If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Tokyo, look no further than MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destination...
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Almond hostel & cafe Shibuya

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Almond hostel & cafe Shibuya

Almond Hostel & Cafe is located in Shibuya, Tokyo. The location is where you can see Japanese’s ordinary lives very closely as it is in populated area and there are the Yoyogi park, which is one of the biggest and representative parks in Tokyo, and the Meiji-jingu Shrine, where you can absolutely fi...
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How to get to Nara Park?

  How to get to Nara Park? Nara is nearest the Osaka International Airport. If you are traveling from another country and plan to go to Nara, I would recommend landing here. Then either take the Airport Limousine to Osaka, then getting a train from Osaka to Nara.   As many people know, Japan is always famous for its elaborate train system. Travelers can get almost anywhere by just taking the right train. But it can get a bit confusing, and a bit expensive. In my case, I was coming from Tokyo. So I had to travel to Osaka in order to go to the neighboring Nara City. As many people know, Japan is always famous for its elaborate train system. Travelers can get almost anywhere by just taking the right train. But it can get a bit confusing, and a bit expensive. In my case, I was coming from Tokyo. So I had to travel to Osaka in order to go to the neighboring Nara City. Traveling between Tokyo and Osaka One of the options available to me was to take the famous Bullet Train, or the Shinkansen, to and from Tokyo and Osaka. This is the fastest and most comfortable means to travel between the two cities. In order to make use of the Bullet Train, I had to either buy a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) or a single-use ticket. There are two types of JR Pass: the Green and Ordinary Pass. Each Pass can be bought for either 7, 14, or 21 days validity. If you want to learn more about it, please see their website here. A Single-Use Bullet Train ticket is also available if you will not be traveling to too many places in Japan. I recommend buying this instead if you are not planning on going to too many regions or if you are on a budget. Another option was to use a Bus. Night buses and Day buses are available to go to and from Tokyo and Osaka. In my case, I took a night bus from Tokyo. I purchased my tickets here. Osaka to Nara Nara Park itself is a five-minutes away from the Kintetsu Nara Station. Th Yamatoji line connects Kintetsu Nara to three key stations in Osaka: Osaka Station, Namba Station, and Tennoji Station. But if you used the JR Line, it’s about 20 minutes from the JR Nara Station. Either way, you enter the park near the Kofukuji Temple. You’ll know you’re there when you see the deer hanging around the park entrance. Oh, and Entrance here is free! Though, you may have to pay a fee to enter some temples, museums, or gardens.   Traveling in Japan My personal tips for when you travel to and around Japan:

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Arriving at Haneda Airport

After work on Friday, I went straight to the airport in Taipei, Taiwan and flew the 8:40 pm flight to Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan where I landed on Saturday morning at 1 am on September 2nd.  My plan?  It was to crash on one of the airport seats/benches until 6 am since the bus I wanted to take departs at 6:30 am from that airport.  I thought I would be the only person lying out there, but ALL the seats were already occupied by other sleeping passengers!  I quickly gave up the bench idea anyway after lining up for over an hour at the LONG immigration line.  I asked for a cheap airport hotel but it was nowhere to be found in the international airport.

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Shizuoka: More Then Just Beaches

When people think of Japan they automatically think of sushi, Geisha, samurai, and anime. If asked to name a famous landmark in Japan most people would say Mt. Fuji right off the bat.  What most people don’t know about Mt. Fuji is that it’s located in Shizuoka Prefecture. Those who venture to Mt. Fuji either view it from it’s 5th station, or  climb it. After that, many people leave Shizuoka  to head back to Tokyo, thinking  that Fuji was the only thing there. I’m here to tell you that there are many more sights to see.

Kelly Johnston

Japan: Tokyo for the anime/manga fan

Though, I can’t say I was really expecting any of the drama that often happens in fiction to play out in real life, but have no fear! This little guide I’m writing here will give you a sneakpeak of the wonder that is Tokyo, as well as recommend some rather unconventional spots that will hopefully brighten up your trip and save those dying dreams of a real-life anime you might have had.

Rei

#1 TRAVEL: PUBLIC TRANSPORT + HOW TO SAVE WITH A JR PASS

Public transport is EXPENSIVE. I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard about this Japanese fact before, but if you’re a tourist looking to utilise public transport to get around, it can add up really quickly. Their local train and bus system is quite affordable. But if you’re looking to travel between different cities, including the main tourist destinations like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima, then you are looking at spending around ¥10,000 for a one way ticket on a fast bullet train (shinkansen). If a few of these tickets sound hefty to you, then you may want to consider the JR pass, only available for foreigners; to be purchased outside of Japan.

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For convenience

Vending machines: Being a tourist is tough, and you often get thirsty. Lucky for us tourists, Japan has solved this problem with a pretty simple concept – food & beverage vending machines. In large cities like Tokyo, expect to see a vending machine every 5 metres (not kidding). My first of many encounters with a vending machine was shortly after arriving at Narita airport. We had to follow this asphalt running track (yes Japan is… different, you get used to it) to the airport train, and after about 5 minutes of walking in humid weather, we got thirsty. And as if it were a miracle, a vending machine appeared, offering us about 20 different drink options – bottled green tea, Dr Pepper, milk tea (which is delicious), and cans of iced coffee were just some of our options. All for about 100 Yen each ($1.25 AUD). We continued walking to discover another 10 vending machines, and we soon realised this wasn’t a miracle, it was Japan. And don’t stress if you’re hungry or need toilet paper, these delightful machines literally sell everything. Sapporo beer, hot soup, hot dogs, and even freshly made butterscotch mocha.

Kate Bertram

Japanese Architecture: Preservation and Innovation

When I was there, I made a list of buildings I want to see which were made by these architectural geniuses. Tokyo alone is an architectural pilgrimage from century-old temples to contemporary hotels and shopping centers. They juxtapose traditional and modern buildings together and innovate construction techniques from the past to the present. Example is Asakusa Temple near Kengo Kuma’s Asakusa tourist center in Tokyo. In Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, design of the buildings there can be a bit different but each of these place is unique and can leave you in awe.

Reg Alvarez

Japanese Culture

Well, Tokyo is not only Cherry blossom. It is also diving into a complete different culture. Talking to people you really find out how different it is. Since space is very rare and expensive in Tokyo, some restaurants had the idea how people stay only the short time needed in the restaurant. They have the whole menu outside (this is nothing special), but you also buy a “ticket” with your desired food at a machine outside. You take this ticket and go inside and order directly. Isn’t it efficient? Talking about efficiency, we have to talk about Japanese Railways. Their trains are as punctual as Swiss watches. The two men working per subway train (two, because if one gets unable to work, there is instantly a second one available) have split their work. One drives, and one handles the doors. A typical Japanese thing is that you always show with your hand/arm what you see. So you always see the man standing next to the train and showing with his hand along the train (because he is checking if he can close the door) and also talking with himself (well, I did not understand what they talk). And on each Subway station you have an overview of all stations of this line, on which it mentions for each station the position of the car and where you have access to elevators, stairs etc.

Remo Gisler

A Whimsical Experience in Hamamatsu, Japan

Hamamatsu, a city known for musical instruments and motorbikes, is located in Shizuoka Prefecture and is located roughly 90 minutes away from Tokyo. During the Edo Period, it served as a communications center so it has quite a bit of history. It is not quite a tourist area but there are a lot of interesting places to visit. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Lev Leetian

The Capsule Hotel I stayed at

One such capsule hotel that admitted females was the Capsule Hotel Asakusa Riverside , Tokyo which I stayed for a night for a total of 3215 yen. It was not the cheapest accommodation but it was an experience I wanted and I have not explored Asakusa yet, so the capsule hotel it was!

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EASY HIKING ADVENTURES AROUND TOKYO

During my everyday life in Tokyo, I happened to meet a lot of travelers who, attracted by the worldwide fame of this buzzing metropolis, fly to Japan and venture to explore the city’s restless streets.

Alice

JAPAN: 10 DAYS IN TOKYO

JAPAN: 10 DAYS IN TOKYO

Damian Celiberti

What too see your first time in Tokyo

When I decided to visit Japan, I was afraid of getting lost and being overwhelmed by the masses of people. This was especially true concerning Tokyo, the capital city of Japan with a population of 13 million. I am coming from a small country, and the city where I live my whole life has only around half a million people, so it sounded kind of intimidating.

nora-butvinova

Karuizawa: Activities for every season

Karuizawa is one of Japan’s hidden natural treasures. Located in Japan’s Honshu island, in Nagano Prefecture, this little town is best known for winter sports, recreation activities, golf, whiskey, and hot springs. It is on the foot of Mount Asama and boasts scenic gorge with a feast of colors every season. Surrounded by forests and mountain peaks, Karuizawa offers tranquility and peace from the bustle of Tokyo (and other such big cities). Each of the four seasons of Karuizawa – whether Summer, Fall, Spring or Winter – promises activities that help you explore the best of Nagano Prefecture, and give a different lens into the country at large.

Abha Awasthi

Japan: 6-Day Guide to Tokyo City

Japan, is one of the world’s most interesting countries you can visit, embodying both its national tradition and the modernization of the world at large. Home to skyscrapers and temples, Tokyo, Japan’s busiest capital is the New York of Asia in my opinion. Tokyo is always bustling with energy and rigor, anytime anywhere. I have the opportunity to explore Japan recently, going on a 6-day trip, to just Tokyo, only to realize, 6DAYS IS WAY TO LITTLE to truly explore Tokyo and its hidden beauty. So here’s my 6-day guide to Tokyo –

Cynthia Voon

Why cycle in Tokyo?

The essentials: accommodation, bike, and parking it Why cycle in Tokyo? Not very long ago, I found myself in Tokyo for 3 months, living in Ota-ku and working in Minato-ku (two of Tokyo’s wards, or ku).

Antoaneta

3 Days in Tokyo, Japan: A Travel Blog

My boyfriend and I visited Tokyo, Japan last November 2017 for our 10th anniversary (yey!) It was a trip we’ve been wanting for a long time and then finally, we were able to make it and it was beyond wonderful!

Hazel Diez

Tokyo Food Guide

Tokyo Food Guide If you are a lover of sushi, consider yourself a foodie, or if you’re just looking to try something new, Tokyo is the perfect destination for you. With restaurants of every variety on nearly every corner, you never have to look too far.

Alyse Gibson

Tokyo: 10 Hidden Gems You Should Visit (Part 1)

It’s a common thing to found Asakusa, Akihabara’s shops of electronic goods or Hachiko statue in your Tokyo bucket list, as well as any tourism spots recommended by your trusted sources of traveling info. Well, not that those mainstream attractions are boring but let me tell you some hidden gems of the city that will bring the awe to you!

Cle

8 Must-See Spots in Kyoto

Since my travel to Tokyo last year, I never really let go of the idea that in a few months I will be back to Japan, particularly in Kyoto. On one hand, Tokyo was breath-taking. A huge metropolis that surprises you with traditional Japanese culture from time to time. On the other, Kyoto appeals more to my hunger for the traditional Japanese life; away from the hustle of the city and much closer to self and nature.

Dudz Buhisan

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