With Japan coming down on Airbnb, I get asked the question of what hotel to stay in Tokyo, but also saving the most money and a room that’s not too small with good privacy.
There are many places to stay throughout Tokyo but the cheapest would be Sakura Hotel and Hostel.
There are four locations: Ikebukuro (which several of my friends have stayed at and enjoy), Hatagaya (close to Shinjuku and Harajuku), Jinbocho (where I stayed at) and for backpackers, there is Asakusa.
With Ikebukuro and Hatagaya being the popular go to areas, one thing that’s a plus with Ikebukuro is that you are near the station and you can ride the Yamanote Line. Also, the Sakura Hotel and Hostel in Ikebukuro gives you a much bigger room with a bathroom. Also, it’s bigger, so you have more access to laundry machines.
Whereas I stayed at Jimbocho because it’s closer to Tokyo Dome (for me to enjoy the baseball games) and in a more professional, business location.
Yes, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. But two Family Mart, Lawson and 7-11 are nearby. As with many restaurants.
The room can fit your bed, your cases and there is a television and free wi-fi
The Sakura Hotel and Hostel in Jinbocho features a shared bathroom on each floor, only two laundry machines and instead of the Yamanote Line, you have to take the subway. Personally, I thought it would be a hassle but instead, I enjoyed my stay at Jimbocho. And the price I received for two weeks, I definitely saved a lot of money and it really helped as it allowed me to have much more money to use on shopping and more money for my Suica Card.
Here is a quick tour through the Sakura Hotel and Hostel in Jimbocho: