Tokyo is notoriously pricey, and those looking to travel to the city can often be put off by the high cost of hotels and accommodation. We’ve rounded up our favourite affordable boltholes, so you can splurge on the ramen and save on the sleeping arrangements.

Stay in Tokyo’s top budget hotels (without compromising on quality)

CLASKA

On a quiet side street renowned for second-hand furniture stores, this design hotel exudes Japanese charm and creativity. Spend days exploring the city on one of the hotel’s custom-made Tokyo Bikes before returning to delve into CLASKA’s cultural spoils. Start at CLASKA DO, the hotel’s lifestyle shop which sells everything from clothing to kitchenware, before exploring CLASKA’s furniture shop farther down the road. Ask at reception which exhibitions are currently showing in the hotel’s galleries or head straight to your room – each room is re-vamped annually by various contemporary designers and architects as part of an on-going creative project.

  • +81 3 3719 8121
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  • 1 Chome-3-18 Chuocho
    Meguro City
    Tokyo
    152-0001

BnA Hotel Koenji

In a city dominated by towering office blocks and hotels, BnA Hotel Koenji offers something a little different. Produced by the Bed & Art Project (BnA), the hotel centres around supporting the local arts community. Supporting up-and-coming Japanese artists, each room is designed by a local creative, who then receives a share of the hotel’s profits. Choose between one of only two rooms: the first depicting wolves running around the room’s walls, and second a zigzag of black and white stripes. Spend evenings at FrontDesk – no, not the lobby, but the hotel’s bar, a popular spot for local creative.

Muji Hotel Ginza

Sleek, minimalist design, faultless amenities and rotating art galleries – what else did you expect from Muji’s debut domestic hotel? Rooms are compact but elegant; natural hardwood floors, stone bathrooms and muted colours are perfectly complemented by streamlined Muji furniture and filled with all the Muji products you could imagine. Start your day with freshly baked bread and pastries at the bakery before heading to the hotel’s library to brush up on design and the arts – and don’t forget to stock up on Muji products at the flagship store.

  • +81 3 3538 6101
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  • 6F 3-3-5 Chome
    Ginza
    Chuo-ku
    Tokyo
    104-0061

Wired Hotel Asakusa

Parquet flooring and geometric patterns welcome you into this design-centric hotel. Whether you opt for Wired’s cheap and cheerful hostel-style rooms or the stylish penthouse with views across the Hanayashiki amusement park, all bedrooms are decked with furnishings made by local Asakusa craftsmen and indulgent Duxiana mattresses. Dine and drink at Zakbaran on the ground floor for seasonal meals paired with an extensive list of rare Japanese sake. Tokyo’s tourism scene can often be hard to crack – ask at reception for the hotel’s free tours of Asakusa.

  • +81 3 5830 7931
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  • 2-16-2 Asakusa
    Taito City
    Tokyo
    111-0032

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An entrance concealed behind an abstract wooden facade leads into [email protected], a contemporary hideaway in the city’s Oshiage district. Designed by cult architect Kengo Kuma, the hotel has an industrial style characterised by natural plywood, exposed concrete ceilings and metal showers. Each room has its own smartphone complete with free local and international calls, internet access and a digital Tokyo guide for guests to take out as they explore the city – a welcome addition as you weave your way around Tokyo Skytree and down towards Sensoji and the Sumida River.

  • +81 3 5630 1193
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  • 1 Chome-19-3 Oshiage
    Sumida City
    Tokyo
    131-0045

Hotel Koé

A hotel for lovers of industrial style, Hotel Koe is defined by its poured-concrete interiors. Start your day at the in-house bakery – with a menu designed by famed Ata chef Satoshi Kakegawa – on the ground floor before exploring Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Spend evenings admiring the sleek, monochrome design of the hotel’s minimalist rooms.

  • +81 3 6712 7251
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  • 3-7 Udagawacho
    Shibuya City
    Tokyo
    150-0042

OMO5 Tokyo

Otsuka isn’t a neighbourhood known for attracting tourists, which makes this pared-back contemporary hotel particularly appealing to travellers who want to get under the skin of the city. You’ll find OMO5 just a short walk from the last stop on the Yamanote tramline – a useful route which skirts the perimeter of Tokyo. The hotel itself is an exercise in Japanese minimalism. It’s not the type of place to find chocolate on your pillow, but everything from the tiling on the walls to the cube-like furniture is meticulously mapped out in grid formations, which will thrill tidy travellers.

  • +81 570 073 022
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  • 2 Chome-26-1 Kitaotsuka
    Toshima City
    170-0004
    Tokyo

Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

This unconventional ryokan is a haven of old-school Japanese hospitality located slap bang in the thrumming city centre. It has the bamboo floors, lingering incense, futon-style beds and carefully groomed gravel pathways you’d expect to find in one of these typically rural Japanese hideaways, but it’s outfitted with a bunch of mod cons for the 21st-century traveller too. Expect to find hot-spring onsen baths filled with mineral water on the rooftop and staff tripping over themselves to improve your stay.

  • +81 3 5361 8355
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  • 5 Chome-3-18 Shinjuku
    Shinjuku City
    160-0022
    Tokyo

Book And Bed Tokyo

We recommend (ahem) bookending a trip with nights at this zany concept hotel rather than setting up camp here for the duration. It revolves around that magical moment when, with heavy eyelids, you finally doze off with a book in hand. Rather than bedrooms, guests are allotted sleeping pods called “bookshelf beds”, which are all outfitted with plug sockets and reading lights and fronted by creaky-looking bookcases. It’s capsule accommodation – so be prepared for communal bathrooms and poor sound insulation – but done in the most indulgent way, with slippers and hairdryers provided.

  • +81 3 6914 2914
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  • 1 Chome−17−7
    Nishiikebukuro
    Toshima City
    171-0021
    Tokyo

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