Traveling to Tokyo can be cheaper just by reducing the cost of staying so you can save money and visit more places.
Tokyo is a big city where many luxury hotels are located but there are also many “Guest Houses” which are way cheaper than a hotel.
Besides the foreign guests,many japanese likes to stay and exchange information with backpacker foreigners visiting Japan.
We would like to introduce the features of the guest house and the 7 recommended places to stay.
What is a guest house?
Guest houses are much cheaper than hotels and inns to stay.
Traditional guest houses had the image of a cheap accommodation for single travelers such as backpackers.
However, the number of guesthouses in recent years has been increasing in stylish buildings and unique guest houses designed in the style of old houses.
Guest houses cost as low as 2,000 yen to 3,500 yen per night and, most people who use such guest houses are foreign tourists and backpackers.
The living room, bath and bathroom sharing are suitable for those who are used to traveling cheaper and meet new people and enjoy their time together.
Usually the living room attracts guests and interacts with travelers from all over the world and create a friendly atmosphere.
In recent years, Japanese people have been staying in such places for a longer time.
Because they believe that they can easily get in touch with other cultures also improve their foreign language abilities
What is a backpacker?
A backpacker is a person who carry his/her belongings in a backpack and travels without a suitcase.
Backpackers usually travel on a low budget with cheaper accommodations and discounted airline tickets.
This is a way of travelling that allows you to travel freely and avoid spending a lots of money for extravagant trips and minimizing the food expenses and shopping.
Top7 guesthouses in Tokyo
Let’s introduce a guest house in Tokyo that is recommended for backpackers.
Guest house Wagokoro
Guest House Wagokoro which opened in August 2017 has a new and clean Japanese modern looks and atmosphere.
The location is great and, 8 minutes walk from JR Nippori Station with the access to Shinjuku Shibuya Station and Narita International Airport smoothly.
There is a private showers and bathrooms and there is a women-only dormitory rooms where women can use it with confidence and feel more secure and comfortable.
There is a Japanese-style garden on the premises so let’s go for a cycling using a bicycle rental.
IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL Café & Bar
“IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL” is a popular guest house with a clean family rooms located in Shinjuku area of Tokyo.
Historic Shinjuku Gyoen and Shinjuku Golden Gai Theaters are also within walking distance.
They have 24 hours information desk where you can reach easily.
Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hostel
The Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan&Hotel was renovated and changed from a love hotel to a hostel in 2013.
Its is located conveniently for sightseeing and within 10 minutes walk to Kaminarimon and Sensoji Temple and easy access to Ueno, Akihabara and Ginza areas.
They have a reasonable rates including breakfast and also a luggage storage services before or after check-in.
Japanize Guest House & Bar
“Japanize Guest House ” is conveniently located and only 1-minute walk from JR Bakurocho Station and in a short walking distance to Asakusa and Akihabara.
They have 24 hours showers with a substantial surrounding facilities.
The coin laundry is also available and there are convenience stores nearby.
Guest House TRACE
“Guest House TRACE” is a guest house located about 5 minutes on foot from Higashi-Nihonbashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line.
Located in a downtown area that has a long-established store that has been in business for more than 100 years.
From Nihonbashi, you can enjoy shopping and dining around Ginza while walking around the city visiting luxury boutiques and department stores.
Bond’s House Ryogoku
Bon’s House Ryogoku is located 600 meters from Edo Tokyo Museum.
Bonds House Ryogoku is conveniently located 9 minutes from Asakusa Station.
16 minutes from Akihabara Station and 23 minutes from Ueno Station.
The vegan vegetarian cafe on the ground floor serving traditional Japanese cuisine.
There is daily housekeeping service and walking tours of the surrounding area have a good reputation among guests.
World Travelers House Hikari
Located in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, “World Travelers House Hikari” is a guest house with a lovely garden.
Each room has a desk and a microwave making it a popular choice for long-term guests.
There are many shrines around like Shirahige Shrine, Shikoji Temple, Shinohara Inari Shrine, Horikiri Mizube Park and it is a quiet and calm facility.
Located in the Ueno and Asakusa districts Guest House Daya is an 8-minute walk to Sensoji Temple.
With handmade wooden beds and individual lockers the artworks and curtains are beautiful.
In the shared lounge where there are various plants according to the season, warm herbal tea, coffee and of course the tea is free of charge.
nestay inn tokyo senju
“Nestay inn tokyo senju” is a stylish guesthouse located a 5-minute walk from Kitasenju Station.
The two-story house has 10 very clean white-based rooms.
The room is a private room with a key and privacy, Recommended for single women and there are 24 resident staff on duty.
Nearby are Tokyo Art Center, Rainbow Plaza, Senju Shrine,It is a calm atmosphere.
Port House Shibuya
Opened in August 2018, Port House Shibuya is a 1-minute walk from Hatagaya Station.
Shinjuku Station is 4 minutes by train and Shibuya is 15 minutes by bus.
There is a shared living room, terrace, private bathroom and simmons mattress.
Recommended for those who want to interact with foreigners
In recent years, the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan has increased and the demand for guest houses in Tokyo has been increasing.
The biggest advantage is that the accommodation fee is real cheap and ,International exchange is also born as travelers come from all over the world.
Recommended not only for foreign backpackers but also for Japanese who want to study English and for the purpose of intercultural exchange.
While enjoying conversation with foreigners in the large living room you may want to exchange travel informations.
The benefits of Guesthouses (backpacker)
Now let’s take a look at the benefits of staying at a guest house rather than a hotel or ryokan in Tokyo.
The guest houses are cheaper while guests sharing living rooms ,bed ,showers and restrooms.
It’s ideal for those who want enjoy more travel to go and visit various places and enjoy food also avoid spending money on expensive accommodations.
If you are planing a guesthouse for long stay you can make it real cheap and feel happier.
Staying in Guest houses also are great benefit from active communication with other guests international and domestic.
Encountering various people such as free people traveling around the world with backpackers.
Another attraction of the guesthouse that it creates a community of travelers and makes travel much more colorful.
so much options
There are many types of guesthouses to choose from including stylish private homes and historic buildings.
Since the type of service varies depending on the guest house please choose the accommodation that suits you.
Disadvantages of guesthouse (backpacker)
So what are the disadvantages of staying at a guest house?
In some cases, less privacy of sharing the same bunk beds with other guests also share showers and restrooms
You need to be careful especially when you are staying in a room without a key because some people would not feel relaxed and sleep well.
Risk of theft
Some guesthouses do not have keys or safety boxes, so the risk of theft is a disadvantage.
You need to manage your valuables better than a private hotel room because you have a share room where you stay with others.
Some guests who are not tidy can mess up the room and stay up late and become loud.
It is another disadvantage that bad manners can cause stress to feel uncomfortable.
The most popular point is that guest houses are cheap and there is a fun community of backpackers and other travellers.
Recently, the number of beautiful modern and comfortable guest houses has been increasing.
So why not take advantage of it and enjoy your travel in Tokyo.