Budget stays in Tokyo and Osaka
We all know hotels in Japan can be notoriously expensive and many of us turn to Airbnb for cheap options. However, with the recent case of Airbnb cancellations in Tokyo, it might not be the easiest option available. We’re here to show you some of the accommodation options that you won’t have to break the bank to stay at.
Here are some accommodation options located near the most popular districts in Tokyo and Osaka below USD 60/night.
Money saving hacks for booking hotels in Japan
- Book your hotels at least 3 months in advance if you are visiting between March to April and the last weeks of November. These are the super peak seasons due to the cherry blossom and Autumn seasons.
- Expect to pay 30% more if you are travelling on a Saturday or during the peak season. Even locals from other parts of Japan love to visit Tokyo and Osaka over the weekends, hence the surge in Saturday room prices.
- Taxi fares can cost an arm and a leg hence we strongly recommend staying near a train station where you can hop onto the subway or JR line easily.
Budget accommodation Tokyo
1. Nine Hours Shinjuku North
Shinjuku is probably what comes to mind when you think of Tokyo- bustling streets and bright neon lights and of course shopping galore! The Nine Hours Shinjuku North capsule hotel is a great option for those looking to stay in the middle of the action.
Conveniently located just a 2 minute walk from JR Shin-Okubo Station, you’ll be able to get around easily! It also offers complimentary WiFi for all your surfing needs.
Also located in Shinjuku is the Robot Restaurant! This is the best place to get introduced to the weird and wacky culture of Japan. Get ready for neon lights, dancing robots, a giant python and animatronics like never before.
Pre-book your visit to the Robot Restaurant on Klook to ensure that you get a seat in this popular restaurant. You’ll even get the opportunity to take photos with the cast!
2. Book and Bed Tokyo Shinjuku
The Book and Bed Tokyo is a delight to stay at for all book lovers. The wooden shelves stocked with books are located just beside your bed, making it easy to grab one as companion for the night after a long day out!
Located near the Shinjuku Train Station and Shin-Okubo Railway Station, you can easily travel to the places on your itinerary. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to add visiting an Onsen to your Tokyo bucket list.
The Oedo-Onsen Monogatari is a place where you can enjoy 13 different types of natural hot spring baths! We believe that the best way to relax is to soak your worries away in one of the hot baths while chatting with your loved ones. There are even rock salt saunas that help relieve stress and anxiety.
Pre-book your visit to Oedo-Onsen Monogatari on Klook and pick up your tickets from Shinjuku before heading down to skip the queues!
3. &And Hostel Asakusa Station
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The &And Hostel is a perfect no frills option for those looking to stay a night or two. With WiFi, laundromats and even luggage storage, there are all the amenities you need. There are also slippers and towels and even a kitchen for you to cook your own meals.
Located just a 5 minute walk away from the Asakusa Train Station, not only will you be able to visit the attractions near you, this hostel is extremely convenient for travelling around the city.
Take a stroll to the Tokyo Skytree and check out the unobstructed views of the city from the top! Klook your visit to the Tokyo Skytree and enjoy a discount on your tickets. All you’ll need to do is flash your e-voucher at the ticket counter to redeem your ticket and you can head on up.
4. Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel
Located in the city centre, the Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay hotel is the perfect place to stay for people who plan to travel out of Tokyo! With your Japan Rail Pass, you’ll easily be able to travel to nearby cities like Osaka and Hiroshima.
This is also great for people looking to take a day out of Tokyo and head up to Mount Fuji.
5. Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel
The Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel is perfect for travellers who wish to shop till they drop! Conveniently located near Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Tower and the Ginza Shopping district, you won’t have to worry about lugging your heavy shopping haul a long way. There are also plenty of convenience stores and supermarkets nearby for your hunger pangs.
Budget accommodation Osaka
1. Osaka Guesthouse Nest
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The Osaka Guesthouse Nest is conveniently located a minute’s walk from JR Teradacho Station on the Osaka Loop Line. This makes it the perfect spot for those looking to explore the Tennoji area. The rooms all come with free WiFi and a private bathroom, air-conditioning and a refrigerator.
Starting with the Harukas 300, visit Japan’s tallest skyscraper and enjoy unobstructed sweeping views of the city. Be sure to book your tickets on Klook to skip the lines and enjoy open dated e-tickets that allow you to enter the park directly. Check out our guide to find out what to expect while you’re there!
The Weekly Uehonmachi is located 5 minutes from Osaka Uehonmachi train station, making it very convenient to get around. Just a short walk from the Kuromon Ichiba Market, you can get ready to fill your bellies on some of the yummiest eats in Osaka.
In the evening, you can even take a stroll over to Dotonbori to hop onto a River cruise. This is one of the best ways to take in the sights along the Dotonbori River and catch the sunset.
Be sure to Klook your Osaka Amazing Pass to enjoy a free river cruise ride as well as entrance to other attractions and unlimited rides on the subway, tramway and bus.
3. Smile Hotel Namba
Located just 20 minutes away from Universal Studios Japan, the Smile Hotel is an essential part of your game plan to maximizing your day at the park. This hotel comes with breakfast, a television, slippers and even a bathtub – this is surely bang for your buck!
Fill your bellies and head off to Universal Studios Japan, an Osaka experience you can not miss. Check out our insider tips to conquering the park and maximize your day out! Be sure to book your tickets on Klook to enjoy open dated e-tickets that allow you to skip the lines and enter the park directly.
4. Osaka Guesthouse HIVE
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The Osaka Guesthouse HIVE is just a short walk away from Osaka station, making it ideal for those who wish to travel to nearby cities. You can easily head to Kyoto and Nara with your Kansai JR pass or your Kintetsu Rail pass!
The Umeda Sky Building is also a close walk away, and admission to the sky building is included in your Osaka Amazing Pass!
5. Drop Inn Osaka
The Drop Inn Osaka is set in central Osaka and is just a 10 minute walk to the Osaka station. With Midosuji, the Umeda Sky building as well as the Nishi-Umeda Subway just a short walk away, this is definitely an extremely convenient option to stay at. There is also complimentary WiFi and even a library for you to unwind at after a long day out.
Japan essentials for your trip!
Now that you’ve got your accommodation options settled, be sure to pre-book these trip essentials before heading to Japan!