10 Affordable Airbnbs & Vacation Rentals in Tokyo for Budget Travellers

They are strategically located and highly rated, too!

With Japan slowly reopening its borders, we can't help but imagine (and even plan!) our next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. If Tokyo is part of your itinerary, we've already done the research to narrow down the Airbnb homes and vacation rentals in Tokyo that will give you the best bang for your buck. These properties are budget-friendly, strategically located, and highly rated. So, take your pick from the homes below!

Also read: 10 Best Airbnb Rentals in Japan for the Trip of a Lifetime

Affordable vacation rentals in Tokyo, from Vrbo to Airbnb

1. The newly decorated home with a star host

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vacation rental in tokyo Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: new decorated spacious house/Oji kamiya
Listing type: Entire house
Neighbourhood: Oji
Max. number of guests: 15

This newly decorated house is run by a star host, an experienced host who has met and exceeded Vrbo’s hosting criteria. When you stay in Michi M’s house, you can occupy all three floors and enjoy the entire house, which can fit up to 15 guests. The first floor has a living room, a kitchen, a toilet and a bath, while the second and third floors have Japanese-style rooms, Western-style rooms, and toilets. You’ll also find a number of supermarkets, pharmacies, and restaurants in this quiet neighbourhood.

Location-wise, it’s seven to eight minutes away from Oji-kamiya Station, which will get you to other parts of Tokyo easily. If you’d like to experience Japanese hospitality at its best, this Vrbo stay is unlikely to disappoint.

2. The cool apartment with a loft bedroom

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Listing name: "SHIBUYA NOREN", Room wi-fi, New popular area / NEW OPEN
Listing type: Entire apartment
Neighbourhood: Higashi, Shibuya
Max. number of guests: 5

This newly built apartment called “Shibuya Noren” has an inviting loft bedroom, a sofa bed in the living room, an additional futon set, and free WiFi. Guests have given this modern Japanese home five-star ratings for its relaxing ambience, owner’s hospitality, and of course, its accessibility. The apartment is located in a popular area south of the Shibuya Station. It's just a 10-minute walk to Shibuya, Daikanyama, and Ebisu, and it's also near the historic Hikawa Shrine. You can find several restaurants, a contemporary store, and a supermarket within the area. Everything is basically within your reach if you stay here.

3. The stylish abode with travel vibes

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vrbo tokyo Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: 1FNippori Yanaka Ueno AsakusaMax for 3 WiFi / Arakawa-ku Tokyo
Listing type: Entire apartment
Neighbourhood: Arakawa
Max. number of guests: 3

Just by looking at this modern apartment’s aesthetics, you’ll immediately be inspired to explore the world even more! Aside from the comfy beds and sofa, the apartment is equipped with a TV, a refrigerator, a washing machine, and free WiFi. And, you’ll be excited to know that it is located near the areas of Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi, which are known for their old-world charm and local delights. So if you want to experience traditional Japan without being too far from the city, stay in this charming home.

4. The cosy flat near Shibuya

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Listing name: Today's Comfort Olympic Park Near Shibuya
Listing type: Entire apartment
Neighbourhood: Setagaya-ku
Max. number of guests: 2

This cosy apartment has everything you need for a memorable stay in Tokyo: a comfy bed, small desk, TV, and internet. What makes up for the small space is its strategic location with easy access to the subway and buses. Guests have given it good reviews for its great location, allowing them to explore Tokyo day and night. The apartment is less than 15 minutes from Shibuya and its famous crossing, so you can just imagine how close this is to Tokyo’s bustling city life.

5. The apartment with a tatami room

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airbnbs in tokyo Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: 201.NewOpen! Ikebukuro 18min, Shinjuku, Max3, WiFi
Listing type: Entire house
Neighbourhood: Adachi-ku
Max. number of guests: 3

A 10-minute walk to the Arakawa Riverside, this Airbnb apartment in a residential area has a traditional feel. Guests will sleep Japanese-style on a futon in a tatami room. The homeowner provides freebies such as portable wifi, tea and coffee, and cooking essentials like oil and soy sauce. The nearest subway stop is Oji-kamiya Station, a good 15-minute walk away, but there are buses nearby to speed up the journey. In the vicinity, you’ll find a Family Mart and Lawson outlet as well as a huge UNIQLO store.

6. The private dorm-style room for a group of eight

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Listing name: Private house for your group only (Max 8 guests)
Listing type: Private house
Neighbourhood: Bunkyō-ku
Max. number of guests: 8

This private house is an economical choice for a big group of friends staying in Tokyo. Its location is definitely a winning factor; Akihabara is within walking distance, while convenience stores, restaurants (even 24-hour ones), karaoke joints and both the JR and subway stations can also be found nearby. The amenities provided in this space are very basic, but it still makes an excellent base for budget travellers who have shopping or partying in mind.

7. The cute little studio apartment

cute little studio apartment in tokyo Image credit: Airbnb

cute little studio apartment in tokyo Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name:【REASONABLE PRICE】Best location in Ikebukuro!
Listing type: Entire apartment
Neighbourhood: Toshima-ku
Max. number of guests: 2

If what you need is a centrally located apartment during your stay, this could be what you have been looking for. This Airbnb is situated near Sunshine City, a shopping mecca in Ikebukuro. This district is also known to be a paradise for the otaku fandom, with loads of manga and anime-related products on offer. While the size of the apartment, especially the bathroom, will cause a bit of a squeeze, it’s certainly clean and comfortable. And don’t forget – the fantastic location might just mean that you’ll be out roaming most of the day!

8. The traditional-style flat near Disneyland

Image credit: Airbnb

Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: 3 # [Pickup] Disney Maihama Station 6 min by Bus/
Listing type: Entire apartment
Neighbourhood: Urayasu
Max. number of guests: 3

This Japanese-style Airbnb is perfectly suited for those who are planning to visit Tokyo Disneyland, which is a short bus ride away. It’s a tad small, especially if three guests are staying here, but it comes with great touches like snacks, a coffee machine, and Japanese tea. Previous guests also raved about the bread offered for breakfast, which is reportedly very soft and delicious. The apartment is across the road from a 24-hour supermarket, so do stock up on drinks and tidbits before heading off for a day in Disneyland.

9. The little room in a guesthouse

Image credit: Airbnb

Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: New Folk Guest House (Mt. FUJI)
Listing type: Private room in guesthouse
Neighbourhood: Bunkyō-ku
Max. number of guests: 2

Near Tokyo Dome and Suidobashi Station, this Airbnb room in a guesthouse is just big enough for two travellers. While the private room that guests will bunk in for the night is small, they can take advantage of the shared spaces, including a kitchen with an electric kettle, water dispenser, stove, and microwave. Full-sized towels from MUJI as well as an ion hair dryer are provided as well. The convenience stores you’ll find nearby include Lawson and 7-Eleven, but if you need just a drink, there’s a New Minka Bar which is run by the host on the first floor.

10. The all-in-one room in a local’s home

Image credit: Airbnb

Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: calm room-D Shinjuku.3min train
Listing type: Private room in house
Neighbourhood: Nakano-ku
Max. number of guests: 2

If you’d like to stay in an affordable Airbnb home in Tokyo, consider this listing. You'll sleep on a separate floor from the host and his family, but should you need anything, the host, Kazu, is always ready to help. The room is clean and tidy and comes with a conducive workspace, tons of manga, a mini-refrigerator, an electric kettle, a coffee maker, bath amenities, and even some welcome snacks. In short, this place offers great value for money. The nearest subway station is Nakano-sakaue Station, which is a short ride to Shinjuku from where the rest of Tokyo is easily accessible.

Also read: 10 Family-Friendly Airbnb Apartments in Tokyo

With this list, you’re one step down in planning your budget-friendly Tokyo trip! Next up, you can check out some of the best tips for travelling around Japan on a budget. With all that dollars saved, you can even visit these shopping spots for bargain hunters!


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