Tokyo for Less Than $30 a Night
Accommodation | Travel | Tokyo | Japan
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.
Thanks to Airbnb, I 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 my #99hoursintokyo trip. Pretty cool, right? And the best part? It only cost $28* a night. Oh, and I also had the whole place to myself.
Let me repeat that in case you didn't catch it the first time...
a 3-story townhouse for $28/night in Tokyo.
I also checked out hotels and hostels but ultimately Airbnb was the best choice, by far. You know how everyone says Tokyo is expensive? It doesn't have to be. I personally don't think Tokyo was expensive at all, but tbh I haven't traveled much outside the US.
Onto the Airbnb itself... the first floor doubles as a noodle shop on the weekends but unfortunately I 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 I absolutely loved it.
The third floor was completely empty, meant for additional sleeping space (this place can accommodate up to 4 people!).
Some things I 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 I needed.
I'm not going to dive much 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! I highly recommend it and would definitely stay here again if I had the chance. This Airbnb was one of the reasons my trip was so memorable.
It felt like I was a Tokyo local,
dreams do come true.
Have you ever used Airbnb?
What was your experience like?
*YMMV. When I 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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