Cheap Accommodation in Japan – Hostel Experience

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One of the biggest difficulties of traveling to another country is finding the best accommodation. There are several accommodation options such as hotels, homestay, ryokan, capsule hotels and hostel. For many, the best will always be the cheapest, so many opt for a hostel. In this article I will tell you my experiences in a hostel and leave tips on how to choose a good accommodation.

Before choosing your accommodation or hostel, you need to decide in which neighborhood you are going to stay. Use websites to make your reservation, I used the booking.com, some prefer the AirBNB to find homestays. Pay close attention to all the hosting details so you don't make any wrong choices.

You can cancel the reservation up to a few days before the date, and you pay only on the spot. You can make changes to the booking dates, but this may change the nightly rate according to the change date and demand. It is possible to find 2 month hosting for less than 2,000 reais if you look hard.

Cheap accommodation in japan - my hostel experience

Take into account all possible information such as laundry, internet and distance from a train station. No matter the neighborhood, as long as it's close to a station and a comprehensive train line. The closer to the center and train stations, the more expensive the accommodation. Some usually bike companies to streamline your ride.

Hosting at Hostel Grids Akihabara

On my 2016 trip to Japan I stayed about 14 days in Tokyo in a Hostel called Grids Akihabara and I paid about 140 USD. The Hostel was 5 minutes from Akihabara station and it was less than 100 a day, a very affordable price for what it offers.

It is worth remembering that most hostels that are shared rooms do not provide breakfast included due to their low price. I really liked Grids, because the environment is totally organized, clean and it doesn't even feel like you're in shared rooms.

The toilets are high-tech, the lid even opens automatically when entering the bathroom. The lockers have a password, but they don't fit a giant backpack. It's no problem, I've left my luggage beside my bed all this time with no problem.

Cheap accommodation in japan - my hostel experience

The Hostel has laundromat that works with coins. If your clothes haven't dried completely, you can leave them on the balcony in the bedrooms. Each room usually has 48 beds, 3 toilets, 3 urinals, 3 sinks and 3 showers.

The attendants are very receptive and cheerful, there is a cafe on the ground floor that also provides snacks such as sandwiches, the prices are salty. The place also has a floor just for leisure and socializing. It was very comforting and fun to stay at Grids Hostel Akihabara.

You can see more tips and details about the hostel I stayed in in the video below:

Types of Cheap Accommodation in Japan

If you are looking for cheap accommodation in Japan, the options below are the most appropriate:

Hostel Hostels – There are some similar to capsule hotels with several beds on a single floor, but there are simple hostels with around 5 to 15 beds in a single room with plenty of space to socialize with roommates. You can find daily rates from 10 USD.

HomeStay – Host at home with native Japanese in a large exchange that usually costs around 90 reais a day or 600 reais a week. couchsurfing – On this site you can socialize and find people who can provide you with free hosting.

Capsulas Hotels – Despite the limited size and the shared location, the capsules are well reserved and modern and provide a comfortable experience. Some capsule hotels even have a public bath or hot spring and various forms of entertainment. Daily rates can be found above 10 USD.

Cheap accommodation in japan - my hostel experience

Volunteer work – Some companies like WWOOF Japan offer free accommodation and food for people who help with farm work. Companies that offer similar opportunities are helpx and workaway.

To camp – You can just pack a tent and camp in some forest or mountain, there are specific places to camp that are free or paid.

Others end up resorting to options like Karaoke, Manga Café, onsen and other options. For more details, we recommend reading our article on types of lodging and accommodation in Japan. 

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