Tokyo Youth Hostels
This option certainly isn’t for everyone. What you gain in savings you loose in privacy and in some cases freedom. For guests some Youth Hostels will have a curfew. For example, after midnight their doors are locked and if you get back too late you’re down and out.
Fortunately not all have a curfew, Sakura House, one of Tokyo’s most popular Youth Hostel has no curfews:
The fees will typically work out as follows:
Dormitory – 4 people in one room – 3,200 yen (it can be a male only, female only, or a mix room). Note that this is the same price you’ll pay for a capsule hotel. Which is better? You be the judge!
Some Hostels will also offer private rooms, like a normal hotel. These run for around 6,000 yen.
Unlike Ryokan where the staff is Japanese and they can't speak English, you’ll invariably find English speaking staff at Youth Hostels, as they cater to the international public.
Internet is going to vary from hostel to hostel, you will have to check ahead to be sure. But 99% there will be at least a computer with a modem where you can get a hard line (but bring your own cat-5 cable) Of course some will offer free wifi but never count on it.
Laundry services will typically be included however free breakfast may not. Some offer airport pickup, some don’t.
Your mileage may vary, it is recommended to pick a hostel that at least has a website with pictures so you can see what its like. You don’t want to end up in the ghetto, or maybe you’re a real adventurer and you don’t mind taking a walk on the wild side.
Youth Hostels in Tokyo:
Tokyo Central Youth Hostel
Tokyo Yoyogi Youth Hostel
Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel
2-21-4 Yanagibashi, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
3-17-4 Shinbashi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
ANNE Hostel Asakusabashi
2-21-14 Yanagibashi, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
Khaosan Tokyo Smile
2-2-5 Higashikomagata, Sumida, Tokyo, Japan