Tokyo is a futuristic metropolis unlike anywhere else on earth. Charming narrow streets, modern skyscrapers, and one of the world’s best food scenes – Tokyo is intoxicating.
But unfortunately Tokyo is also notoriously expensive. There are luxury hotels here, well established department stores and expensive areas of the city that can make it feel like it’s not for backpackers.
But Tokyo is totally for backpackers! Which is exactly why we made this article of the best hostels in Tokyo.
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The Best Hostels in Tokyo: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Tokyo – Hostel Bedgasm
Best Party Hostel in Tokyo – Nui. Hostel Bar & Lounge
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Tokyo – Unplan Kagurazaka
Best Hostel near Sensō-ji Temple – ENAKA Asakusa Central Hostel
Best Hostel near Meiji Jingu – Almond Hostel and Cafe Shibuya
Best Hostel near Tokyo Skytree – Tokyo Hutte
Best Hostel near Haneda Airport – Hisayo’s Inn
Best Hostel near Narita Airport – YAWP! backpackers
Best Hostel near Tokyo Station – Capsule Value Kanda
Best High-end Hostel in Tokyo – Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel
Best Budget Hostel in Tokyo – Guesthouse Fete
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Tokyo – CITAN Hostel
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25 Best Hostels in Tokyo
#1 – Hostel Bedgasm
• Best Overall Hostel in Tokyo •
Why we like Hostel Bedgasm…
For the best overall hostel in Tokyo we could think of nothing better than the amazing Hostel Bedgasm. True to its name, this Tokyo backpackers hostel is ultra comfortable and we love everything about it: the rooftop bar, the friendly staff, the incredible cleanliness. Just about everything makes this the best hostel in Tokyo.
Hostel Bedgasm is perfect for…
Fans of getting value for money and staying in a place where you can meet people, be private, have a drink, get a good night’s sleep, all whilst being able to walk – and get the metro – to some very cool central areas of Tokyo. This top hostel in Tokyo is just a dream come true.
• Best Party Hostel in Tokyo •
Why we like Time Travelers Party Hostel…
Aside from being effortlessly cool, we love the onsite bar that features at this hostel. We really, really love it. Not just the decor, which is, as you’d expect, stunning – a mix of natural wood and concrete and modern furniture – but the very lively, open-till-late atmosphere of it.
Time Travelers Party Hostel is perfect for…
Bar-lovers! Travellers who are maybe somewhat daunted about checking out what the Tokyo nightlife is around them, and who are happy to sit in the hostel’s own bar having fun and making friends, will love staying at Nui. It’s the best party hostel in Tokyo – sure, it can get a little noisy, but party-people won’t mind that.
#3 – Unplan Kagurazaka
• Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Tokyo •
Why we like Unplan Kagurazaka…
Being the best hostel for solo travellers in Tokyo – or anywhere in the world for that matter – doesn’t necessarily mean bunching people together and forcing them to do group activities. Some people don’t work like that. For us, sometimes, it’s all about the staff – and the team here are all smiles, super helpful, engaging and friendly.
Unplan Kagurazaka is perfect for…
If you’re on your own, especially in a big city like Tokyo, it can feel alienating if the staff aren’t great. So, yes, this is definitely a recommended hostel in Tokyo for those travelling by themselves. The staff are just amazing. The residential area of Shinjuku is also a refreshing place compared to the relative madness of central districts. And if that’s not enough: it’s also very, very cool.
• Best Hostel near Sensō-ji Temple •
Why we like ENAKA Asakusa Central Hostel…
The thing we dig most about this youth hostel in Tokyo is its mix of modern, boutique-style minimalism and traditional Japanese touches – like the irori (traditional hearth), for example, used as a social point of the hostel. But then just around the corner on the same floor are a bank of vending machines. So Japan.
ENAKA Asakusa Central Hostel is perfect for…
Those wanting to be in the relatively chilled area of Asakusa should stay at this place, the best hostel near Sensō-ji – a magnificent Buddhist temple featuring a huge lantern. This area is one to be wandered around; you could even pick up a second-hand kimono here!
• Best Hostel near Meiji Jingu •
Why we like Almond Hostel and Cafe Shibuya…
Well, as well as possibly being the coolest hostel in Tokyo this awesome spot also happens to be the best hostel near Meiji Jingu – a famous Shinto shrine set in the wooded Yoyogi Park. But yes: our main attraction to this place is its utterly impeccable taste in decor and cleanliness.
Almond Hostel and Cafe Shibuya is perfect for…
Want to stay in a wholly Instagram-able environment, featuring wooden floors, minimalist chic, houseplants, airy atmosphere and friendly staff? How about being right next to a metro station as well as being a mere walk away from the infamous Shibuya crossing and all of its storied streets? This one’s for you.
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#6 – Tokyo Hutte
• Best Hostel near Tokyo Skytree •
Why we like Tokyo Hutte…
Our favourite spot in this Tokyo backpackers hostel is the downstairs cafe/hang-out area. Simple tables and chairs are surrounded by shelves decked out with books and a charming collection of indoor plants. If there were ever a more chilled out place to plan your day or chat to other travellers, we’d like to see it.
Tokyo Hutte is perfect for…
Those with a short time in Tokyo will be suited to this place; it’s the best hostel near Tokyo Skytree and the views of Tokyo’s incomprehensible urban sprawl from the tallest tower in the world are spectacular. The added bonus of this cute little spot is the metro stop nearby, too.
#7 – Hisayo’s Inn
• Best Hostel near Haneda Airport •
Why we like Hisayo’s Inn…
We are utterly in love with the minshuku (traditional Japanese bed-and-breakfast) style of this incredible recommended hostel in Tokyo. Instead of bunks you sleep on futons on a tatami floor. It also helps that the owner – Hisayo – is super nice and friendly. Without doubt the best hostel near Haneda Airport.
Hisayo’s Inn is perfect for…
Naturally if you need somewhere to sleep the night before your flight that’s near Haneda Airport rather than navigating various trains and buses, this is the place for you. But you’ll want to stay longer: the traditional Japanese surroundings are just dreamy and staying up drinking sake in the kitchen with other guests is a wonderful past-time.
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#8 – YAWP! backpackers
• Best Hostel near Narita Airport •
Why we like YAWP! backpackers…
Sometimes being near to an out-of-town airport like Narita means not-so-good lodgings, but with YAWP! backpackers it’s a whole different story. These guys are committed to being an awesome budget hostel in Tokyo, as their friendliness, comfort, dedicated no-price-raising plus free-food-and-drink-all-day policy, will attest. Easily the best hostel near Narita Airport.
YAWP! backpackers is perfect for…
Explorers. Yep, those who want to explore an area seldom trod by tourists and travellers will do well to stay at this top hostel in Tokyo. The city stretches far beyond its central areas and discovering the ‘suburban’ areas feels like uncovering a fresh side to Japan. At the same time, Keisei-Takasago Station can take you into central easily.
#9 – Capsule Value Kanda
• Best Hostel near Tokyo Station •
Why we like Capsule Value Kanda…
It’s a dream-come-true: an affordable old-school capsule hotel right near to Tokyo Station. We absolutely adore the retro fittings and fixtures in the actual capsule area; the Japanese-style bathroom, vending machines downstairs and little area to sit and eat in just add to the lonely-city-romance of it all and we can’t get enough of it.
Capsule Value Kanda is perfect for…
So this is your chance to stay in a capsule hotel! It’s one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) capsule hotel in Tokyo, so those who want to experience something that is uniquely Japanese should stay here. Other than that, the proximity to the station gets a thumbs-up from us as the best hostel near Tokyo Station. And for an added bonus: it’s also near the Imperial Palace.
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#10 – Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel
• Best High-end Hostel in Tokyo •
Why we like Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel…
We’re in heaven. This hostel is Stylish with a capital S. Set in the trend-leading area of Ginza, Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel is just like something from the pages of a design magazine, but it’s not unattainable: the affordability of this super stylish place makes it the best high-end hostel in Tokyo for us.
Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel is perfect for…
Shopaholics! If what you want is to stay in an incredibly cool Tokyo hostel in an area, where you can really go to town and shop ’till you actually drop in the various famed malls of Ginza, then this Tokyo backpackers hostel is the one for you. Plus Tokyo Station is in walking distance.
#11 – Guesthouse Fete
• Best Budget Hostel in Tokyo •
Why we like Guesthouse Fete…
The extremely competitive prices of the rooms at Guesthouse Fete, coupled with the cutesy decor of the place and the warm, welcoming atmosphere – plus the affordable cafe they have here – is what make us love this Tokyo backpackers hostel. In fact, we’d say it was the best budget hostel in Tokyo.
Guesthouse Fete is perfect for…
If an atmosphere, a friendly vibe, is what you’re looking for in a Tokyo hostel then you should take a look at Guesthouse Fete. Sociable and welcoming, the place is worth every penny you spend to stay here. And if you like hanging out in a cafe, theirs is truly a cute place to chill out in.
#12 – CITAN Hostel
• Best Hostel with a Private Room in Tokyo •
Why we like CITAN Hostel…
Just when we thought Tokyo hostels couldn’t get any cooler, in walks CITAN. One of the coolest hostels in Tokyo, CITAN provides incredible decor, cleanliness and quality of service with impeccable private rooms to match. Without a doubt this is the best hostel with a private room in Tokyo. Easily.
CITAN Hostel is perfect for…
Those looking to stay in a hostel that is less like a Tokyo backpackers hostel and more like a luxury boutique hotel should look no further than CITAN. The onsite bar (with live music at the weekends), a nearby 7-11, plus connectivity to other areas, obviously takes things up a notch.
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#13 – Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Why we like Sakura Hostel Asakusa…
The vibe of this Tokyo backpackers hostel is one that is very hostel-y to say the least. It’s a vibrant, sociable sort of place that offers a load of activities every week, like going to visit a sumo stable, a geisha show, having calligraphy lessons or even walking tours of the area. It’s a definite plus for us.
Sakura Hostel Asakusa is perfect for…
Sakura Hostel Asakusa is definitely for fans of experiencing the culture of a place. The staff here really do go all out to show you both a) the culture of Tokyo and b) a good time! It’s something of a party hostel in Tokyo, but as long as you know (and want) that you’ll love it.
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#14 – Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya
Why we like Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya…
There’s nothing quite like a good bar area at the ground floor of a top hostel in Tokyo to help ease you into city life. Trust us: Tokyo can be pretty crazy and a lot to take in, so taking it easy and soaking up ambience at the bar here is a good way to go.
Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya is perfect for…
If you like the sound of a buzzy bar, a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, then this branch of Wise Owl Hostels will be a good fit for you. In addition, it’s a very social hostel and a great place to meet people, if that’s what you’re looking for.
#15 – Anne Hostel Yokozuna
Why we like Anne Hostel Yokozuna…
This award-winning Tokyo backpackers hostel prizes itself on its ‘yokozuna-sized’ beds – a yokozuna is the highest rank of a sumo wrestler, which makes sense given that this hostel is located in Ryogoku – Sumo Town. We love the beds, sure, but this is an all-rounder with a great atmosphere and that’s what counts.
Anne Hostel Yokozuna is perfect for…
Those looking to stay in a cool hostel in Tokyo that features a welcoming, chilled environment that’s simultaneously a good place to meet you whilst being supremely well located should take a closer a look at this one. As with many places, the staff are the ones who really make it.
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Why we like Book And Bed Tokyo Asakusa…
You may have heard of Book And Bed before – we certainly have. This Tokyo backpackers hostel is more like a library crossed with a capsule hotel… and then crossed with a cool cafe to become a unique space to chill, sleep, socialise (if you want) and most importantly: read.
Book And Bed Tokyo Asakusa is perfect for…
Bookworms. Obviously if you’re into books (and reading them) you’ll want to check this place out. And, of course, if you’ve heard about this famous recommended hostel in Tokyo before, maybe you want to stay at Book And Bed just to see what all the fuss is about. Hint: it’s worth it.
Why we like IRORI Nihonbashi Hostel and Kitchen…
As with another hostel on this list, this cool hostel in Tokyo features a traditional Japanese fireplace – irori. That’s cool in itself, but what we really love is being able to use this to grill everything from fish to marshmallows. It’s such a cool concept. Plus they offer a traditional Japanese breakfast for only 500 yen!
IRORI Nihonbashi Hostel and Kitchen is perfect for…
It’s something of a food-lovers dream to be able to cook on an irori, so that’s something we really think you’ll like. A lot. The traditional breakfast is a mega bonus, too. But mainly the irori is great: it can make tasty things and it brings people together.
#18 – hostel DEN
Why we like hostel DEN…
There’s just something about the traditional Japanese colour-scheme at work in hostel DEN that just makes us melt inside. The black and white monochrome with pale wood and tatami matting just make this place an utter joy to stay in. It’s a peaceful place that reflects traditional Japanese aesthetics and we love it.
hostel DEN is perfect for…
Interested in Japanese culture? Then you should stay here. Chatting to the staff here you can learn a lot about the culture as well as the language of Japan. If that’s not enough for you, then staying in this chilled, traditional-esque environment will probably melt your heart like it did ours.
Why we like Backpackers Hostel K’s House Tokyo…
This may not be the most stylish or the most cutting-edge in interior design when it comes to top hostels in Tokyo, but what Backpackers Hostel K’s House Tokyo does do well is provide a solid all-rounder of a hostel for a very affordable price. And for Tokyo, that’s something.
Backpackers Hostel K’s House Tokyo is perfect for…
If you want to stay somewhere that doesn’t take itself too seriously, that’s casual and chilled, where the staff are friendly and helpful and you can perhaps meet some people in a sociable atmosphere, then this branch of international hostel chain K’s House is a very good option. Great price, too.
#20 – Akihabara Hostel 3000
Why we like Akihabara Hostel 3000…
A former hotel housed in a large building, our main attraction to this Tokyo backpackers hostel is not only the name (which is fun) but mainly the location. Akihabara is an incredible area of Tokyo famed for its cosplay, electronics stores, manga cafes and for being the centre for otaku – geeks.
Akihabara Hostel 3000 is perfect for…
Geeks! Of course, those who are into Japanese pop culture – especially J-pop and anime – will love the Akihabara area. Complete with malls and maid cafes, this district reflects the typical mad and fun side of Japan that many people know of in the West – and it’s in walking distance of this top hostel in Tokyo.
#21 – Turn Table Hostel
Why we like Turn Table Hostel…
The dorms at Turn Table Hostel are great – the bunks are spacious, stylish and come with privacy curtains. Oh, and they’re comfortable too. Other than that, what can we say that we love about this top hostel in Tokyo other than its delicious, delicious food and its ace location? Not much (but the staff are lovely too, of course).
Turn Table Hostel is perfect for…
Anyone looking for a free quality buffet breakfast at a Tokyo hostel that’s in the realm of boutique hotel when it comes to quality should check this place out. In addition people will love the location: right in the heart of Shibuya, there are a plethora of interesting, restaurant-filled streets to wander down.
#22 – Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo
Why we like Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo…
This is the other branch of Wise Owl Hostels and, as with the first, it comes complete with a bar – well, actually, it’s something of a club. DJs DJ here and people come to drink and dance. Makes for an easy way to experience a Tokyo club, which we love the idea of.
Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo is perfect for…
Aside from the club credentials of this Tokyo backpackers hostel, there’s something here that we think digital nomads will love. And that’s a big, open space with stools and tables (and good wifi) for you to get a bit of remote work done. It’s the perfect spot to work without alienating yourself in a private room.
#23 – Kaisu Hostel
Why we like Kaisu Hostel…
Yet another cool hostel in Tokyo, Kaisu Hostel is not only decorated and ddesigned beautifully and with incomprehensible taste inside, it also looks the part outside. In fact, this place is something of a heritage building: it’s a former ryotei, a traditional sort of Japanese restaurant where geisha would perform
Kaisu Hostel is perfect for…
Located in Akasaka, another bewildering centre in Tokyo complete with its own collection of skyscrapers, this hostel is for those wanting to stay in an impeccably designed lodging with tasty food available, too. There’s even a traditional Japanese garden to look out on as you eat or sip a coffee.
#24 – Anne Hostel Asakusabashi
Why we like Anne Hostel Asakusabashi…
We love the fact that Anne Hostel Asakusabashi has a claim to fame of being the first hostel in Tokyo to offer a free breakfast. And a free breakfast is definitely a plus for us, but mainly we’re about the traditional Japanese-style rooms on offer here – it’s a great chance to try it out!
Anne Hostel Asakusabashi is perfect for…
Those interested in a more traditional side to Japan will love staying at this youth hostel in Tokyo. It’s very close to Asakusa, which still retains a slice of Edo-period romance about it, with many izakaya and places to eat dotting the charmingly winding labyrinthine streets. Other famous districts are but a metro ride away.
#25 – Bunka Hostel Tokyo
Why we like Bunka Hostel Tokyo…
Wow. That’s about all we can say about this place. Bunka is easily the coolest hostel in Tokyo – it just drips with an effortless sense of cool, from its functional but minimal kitchen area to the bright and spacious dorms. So yes: when it comes to cool hostels in Tokyo, this one tops that list.
Bunka Hostel Tokyo is perfect for…
Foodies. Yes, foodies. We imagine that anybody willing to try some new food will love it here. Why? Downstairs they serve what are basically bar snacks Japanese-style – or sakana – that would be served in an izakaya traditional Japanese bar. Of course, this is all very delicious.
Conclusion to the top hostels in Tokyo
We told you that these hostels were almost impossibly highly rated – and we weren’t lying. The only problem you’ll have is trying to choose which one of Tokyo’s stylish hostels you’ll stay at!
Now you’ll be able explore this incredible city without having to go through too much of your travelling budget.
The hosts at Japanese hostels are often unfathomably welcoming and hospitable, and the general aesthetic is one that’ll have you feeling like you’re in the pages of a design magazine. It’s just too cool!
But if you can’t choose between all the cool hostels in Tokyo, don’t panic – there’s always Hostel Bedgasm, the best overall hostel in Tokyo, if you can’t decide. For now, though, we’re just jealous of all the ramen you get to sample!
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