Tokyo for Less Than $30 a Night

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By now, you’ve probably heard of Airbnb. If you haven’t, check them out the next time you need to book travel accommodations. Airbnb connects you to local hosts who rent out their bed/room/home, often providing a more authentic travel experience and giving you the opportunity to live like a local.

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Thanks to Airbnb, we managed to find and book a quaint 3-story townhouse that doubled as a soba (そば, Japanese noodles made of buckwheat) restaurant on the weekends for our Tokyo trip. Pretty cool, right? And the best part? It only cost $28* a night. Oh, and we also had the whole place to ourselves.

Let us repeat that in case you didn’t catch it the first time…

a 3-story townhouse for $28/night in Tokyo.

We also checked out hotel and hostel prices but ultimately Airbnb was the best choice, by far. You know how everyone says Tokyo is expensive? It doesn’t have to be. 

Onto the Airbnb itself… the first floor doubles as a noodle shop on the weekends but unfortunately we stayed there during the week and didn’t get a chance to see it in action.

The toilet was also located on first floor, which was the only inconvenience. But everything else about this Airbnb was A+. 

The second floor was the main living area with a dining table, mini fridge, and sectioned off shower and sink. No beds, but plenty of mats to lay out and sleep on. It was a very minimal and traditional setting and we absolutely loved it.

The third floor was completely empty, meant for additional sleeping space (this place can accommodate up to 4 people!). 

Some things we like to take into consideration when booking an Airbnb are cost, location, amenities, and if it’s a shared room/private room/entire home. Luckily this place was very budget friendly, only a 2 minute walk to the closest subway station, and had all the essentials we needed. 

We aren’t going to dive deeper into the details of the Airbnb, because if you’re really interested, you can find out more on the listing and even book it yourself! We highly recommend it and would definitely stay here again if we have the chance. This Airbnb was one of the reasons our trip was so memorable. 

Feeling like a Tokyo local was a dream come true.

Views from the 2nd floor window! *heart eyes*

Views from the 2nd floor window! *heart eyes*


Have you ever used Airbnb?
What was your experience like? 

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*YMMV. When we booked this Airbnb it was $28/night, but according to the listing it varies from $27-$33 depending on when you book. Keep in mind this is before any additional taxes and fees. 

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  1. This does seem like an amazing value option! Was tempted to say "cheap", but it doesn’t look cheap at all! And I like the special touch with the welcome basket! I hope to visit Tokyo some day and I will definitely look into airbnb then!

  2. What a cool Airbnb! I think Airbnb is by far the best way (and cheapest) to travel. I personally don’t like hostels so I try to avoid them and Airbnb is much nicer, often for the same price if not cheaper. Glad you enjoyed your experience 🙂

  3. I love Airbnb. I haven’t done it that much. But I like it more than hostels. This one sounds cool and it is quite cheap, especially to be Tokyo 😀 I will definitely keep this one in mind when I go to Tokyo 🙂

  4. What a lovely accommodation. Would like to visit Tokyo, but I’m debating between trying to find an accommodation like this, or a capsule hotel. I would really like to try the experience of a capsule hotel!!

  5. I’ve been dying to get to Japan! I think my honey and I are going to save it for our honeymoon as it is super high on both of our bucket lists!! I’ll definitely have to book this one when the time comes! 🙂

  6. Thanks a lot for sharing your Airbnb experience here with us. I have never tried it yet and didn’t know anything about Airbnb in Japan, so it was really useful to read this 🙂

  7. Wow I had no idea you could stay in Tokyo for this cheap! I’ve never been but my impression has always been that it is super expensive. This place looks great too – I love the low table with the floor mats. I love Airbnb and now I know where to stay when I finally make it to Tokyo!

  8. That air bnb is amazing and so cheap! It’s in such a good location too, you really are able to be one with the locals!

  9. This is a bargain! We always struggle getting nice mid range hotels in Tokyo. They always stink of cigarettes or are filthy. Unfortunately the area we stay in has very limited Air BNB options but hopefully next time we go there’ll be more.

  10. I am actually heading at the end of this month to Cyprus and we have booked our first Airbnb, cool to read about your very nice experience in Tokyo through the site. It sure looks like living like a local!

    1. Thanks for the post Kim* – autocorrect got a little too excited about the cheap accommodation too lol

  11. Great post We stayed in an Airbnb on our trip to the UK last fall and LOVED it! Swore we would never stay in a hotel again if we could help it.

  12. What a great story. I haven’t used airbnb yet but it sounds like I need to. Such amazing prices for what I have heard is a very expensive city. How else could you stay in a restaurant and truly get a local experience.

    1. It was an experience like no other! I definitely recommend checking out Airbnb options the next time you’re booking accommodations.

  13. This place looks awesome. Nothing better than being in the thick of it and feeling like a local in the city you are visiting. It looks so homely. I would love to try airbnb in Japan to get those kind of comfort and meeting people who actually live there

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