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.
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.
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