Tokyo is a city of superlatives. It’s one of the biggest metropolitan areas on earth and indisputably one of the coolest places in the world. From Pokémon cafes to ancient temples, to Michelin star restaurants and convenience stores, there’s something here for every type of traveller. It’s impossible to be bored in the Japanese capital!

But where do you stay in such a huge city? Well, it is quite expensive, so if you don’t fancy a hotel, an Airbnb in Tokyo is a good option. There’s a whole lot of choice too. Get right in among the bright lights of Shinjuku and Shibuya, or stay in a private room in a traditional home with a Japanese family. All of these are possible when searching for rentals in Tokyo!

To help you out, we’ve looked through the best Airbnbs in Tokyo and come up with an extensive list. We’ve found things that suit different budgets, travel styles, and tastes. Hopefully, you’ll find something that is one of the highlights of your stay in Tokyo!

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Staying in a traditional style japanese home is a once in a lifetime experience!
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Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Tokyo

Shinjuku Simple Private Double, Tokyo

Shinjuku Simple Private Double

  • Price > $
  • Guest > 2
  • > Free Wifi
  • > Bright and welcoming
Private room close to Shinjuku station

Private room close to Shinjuku station

  • Price > $
  • Guest > 4 Guests
  • > Traditional futon beds
  • > Excellent location
Industrial Chic huge house

Industrial Chic huge house

  • Price > $$$$
  • Guest > 10 Guests
  • > Rooftop Garden
  • > Movie Room
Traditional room in Shinjuku

Traditional room in Shinjuku

  • Price > $
  • Guest > 2 Guests
  • > Great location
  • > Kitchen facilities
Akihabara Studio, Tokyo

Akihabara Studio

  • Price > $
  • Guest > 2 Guests
  • > Friendly and helpful host
  • > Laptop-friendly workspace

What to expect from Airbnbs in Tokyo

Travelling to Japan and Tokyo is a unique experience. Japan’s most popular city is calling backpackers, people on holiday and business people from all over the world. Since over 11% of Japan’s population lives in the capital city, it can be a bit of a struggle to find good rentals in Tokyo. Locals often live in tiny spaces, which requires a lot of creativity to make it into a home.

However, Airbnb provides you with great options that range from dorms in hostels to entire villas. To make sure you’re prepared for your trip to Tokyo, we’ve listed up the most commonly found Airbnb’s, and a little explanation so you know exactly what to expect.

Tokyo Plaza's kaleidoscopic mirrored escalator in Harajuku
Tokyo’s streets are packed full with tourists and locals alike.

Hostels! They exist everywhere around the world, no matter where you go, and Tokyo’s hostels are pretty much the best. They’re typically found a bit closer to the central area where lots of hot spots, nightlife and shopping options are located.

Tokyo’s private rooms are in the same price range as lots of hostels, but most of them don’t offer you as much.

Since Tokyo is a busy and highly populated city, big spaces are expensive and rare to find. Private rooms are usually cosy but very bright to make the room look a bit bigger. Japan’s standards of hygiene and cleanliness are very high. These standards are found in Airbnbs too.

This is probably the most commonly found Airbnb in Tokyo. Whether you’re far away from the city centre (prices are usually cheaper here too) or right in the middle of the busy streets, entire apartments are a perfect go-to for every traveller. But there are some things you have to keep in mind when you pick an entire rental unit.

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The Top 17 Airbnbs in Tokyo

Shinjuku Simple Private Double | Overall Best Value Airbnb in Tokyo

Shinjuku Simple Private Double
Cute little place that feels like a home!

Want a compact, modern, and inexpensive apartment in one of the hottest neighbourhoods in Tokyo? Look no further than this cool private double room. It is an entire rental unit, not part of somebody’s home, and there’s even a very small kitchen if you want to prepare simple dishes.

If you’d rather eat out, it’s right in Shinjuku, where there are plenty of options around you from super cheap to Michelin star. This is a great place to use as a base if you’re heading on day trips – as Shinjuku subway station is not only the busiest hub in Japan but the entire world!

It’s one of the most conveniently located rentals in Tokyo with easy access to things like convenience stores and public transport, you’ll love it!

Private room close to Shinjuku station | Best Budget Airbnb in Tokyo

Private room close to Shinjuku station
Simple, but clean and comfy!

If you’re looking for an even cheaper Airbnb in Tokyo, you’re unlikely to get an entire flat for that. However, if you’re happy with a private room then here’s another within walking distance of Shinjuku train station that provides great value and super fast free wifi.

The essentials are included too – so don’t think you have to head out and get towels, toilet paper, or soap! The room can comfortably fit 4 futon beds, so if you share this with three friends, you’ll be able to drive the price right down. It may not be flashy, but you don’t get much better value for money than this!

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Industrial Chic huge house | Over-the-Top Luxury Airbnb in Tokyo

Industrial Chic huge house
A luxury place for groups or families!

If money’s no object, check out this awesome Tokyo Airbnb. Explore all 4 bedrooms and the outdoor patio of this entire rental unit. Each room has a comfy bed and is filled with natural light. To make things even better you’re just a short walk from the nearest metro station and you’ve got easy access to heaps of amazing restaurants.

This has to be one of the most incredible rentals in Tokyo, especially for large groups like mates or families. You’ve got super fast free wifi, a kitchen and washing machine as well as a dedicated movie room!


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Traditional room in Shinjuku | Perfect Tokyo Airbnb for Solo Travellers

Traditional room in Shinjuku
Sleeping on futons or the floor is typical for Tokyo!

Sometimes, after a long period of travelling in hostels and hotels in Tokyo, you need a break and your own space. We’ve found this cool and traditional style room so you can get some peace, quiet, and relaxation for a couple of nights. This is one of the more affordable rooms in Tokyo so it shouldn’t impact too much on your budget! It’s also in one of the best districts for nightlife, eating out, and attractions – Shinjuku. So, if you do want some company you don’t have far to go to find it and you’ve got easy access to public transport too.

Akihabara Studio | Perfect Short Term Airbnb in Tokyo for Digital Nomads

Akihabara Studio
Cosy and clean!

Digital nomads may love working in cafes, but in a city as expensive as Tokyo, that’s not always possible. Luckily, this is one of the best Airbnbs in Tokyo for work, as it’s got fast free wifi and a space to work. There’s even a microwave so you can eat here late into the night!

Also, it’s in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in town. Akihabara is Tokyo’s technology hub. So, in the unlikely event of wifi cutting out in the flat, you won’t have far to go to find somewhere to work!

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More Epic Airbnbs in Tokyo

Here are a few more of my favorite Airbnbs in Tokyo!

Western Apartment | Solo – Traveller Airbnb Nr. 2

Western Apartment

This Airbnb might be a simple flat, but it’s absolutely perfect for solo travellers or couples. It’s the perfect place to relax when you get a little bit homesick or when you’ve had a busy day exploring and just want a little peace and quiet. There are all convenient amenities that you could ask for, as well as a little balcony. Previous guests absolutely loved their stay and pointed out how spotless this home is.

Cosy Roppongi apartment with balcony | Best Airbnb in Tokyo for Nightlife

Cosy Roppongi apartment with balcony
The bright colours will make you feel welcome and comfy!

Shinjuku is one of the best nightlife areas in the Japanese capital. However, Roppongi isn’t far behind it when it comes to cool nightspots. This is the best Tokyo Airbnb in that part of town. It’s not nice being hungover, but if you’re going to be – well, you may as well wake up in a softly lit apartment in a comfy double bed, right?

There’s a kitchen for lining your stomach the night before or whipping up something greasy the morning after.

Wagokorohostel Japanese style room | Best short term rental for couples

Wagokorohostel Japanese style room
Enough space for two!

Looking for a romantic and traditional Airbnb in Tokyo? This might be what you’re looking for. It’s based on the Japanese ryokans, which are a great way to immerse yourself in the country’s culture. Don’t worry, it’s still got free wifi!

This calming room is a lovely place to come back to at the end of a day of sightseeing. Wall paintings and ornaments conjure an image of old Japan with a contemporary twist. The queen bed is big enough for couples either to spread out or get close!

Japanese style house. | Best homestay in Tokyo

Japanese style house.
Cute and charming vibe!

This awesome Tokyo Airbnb gives you the opportunity to stay with a local family and learn more about Japanese culture. It’s a great experience and the perfect way to get more out of your trip.

This Tokyo homestay states that they don’t just want to welcome you as a guest, but as a friend. They’ve made a lot of friends in recent years! Booking this is your chance to have a true authentic Tokyo experience and find a place you might eventually come back to. If that wasn’t enough, you’re within walking distance of Shinjuku train station and heaps of convenience stores.

Luxury Apt w/Hot Tub & Skytree View | Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Tokyo

Luxury Apt w/Hot Tub & Skytree View
Stylish and modern – definitely a unique home!

If you’re looking for a state of the art entire rental unit in a fantastic location, this is it! You’ve got a washing machine, free wifi and kitchen facilities to make your own food. To top it off there’s a hot tub right on the terrace with a view over to the Tokyo Skytree! You can relax here after a day of sightseeing in the city!

You’ve also got easy access to public transport here and you’re within walking distance of the nearest subway station. This has to be one of the most incredible rentals in Tokyo!

Absolutely Stunning Penthouse | Another Luxury Apartment

Absolutely Stunning Penthouse

This studio is designed with an eye for detail and is elegance at its finest. The Airbnb has a luxurious vibe to it, with big balcony windows and warm lights shining from underneath the bed at night. It’s perfect for a group of friends and you can fit up to 7 people in this studio, however, it might get a bit cramped. While it’s definitely looking like a luxury home, it’s actually quite affordable, especially when you’re not travelling alone and you decide to split the bill at the end.

Modern house with tepee | Best Airbnb in Tokyo for Families

Modern house with tepee
Bring your kids along – they’ll love it!

Want a fun short-term rental in Tokyo for the whole family? Try this place. It’s geared towards families of all ages. As well as two comfy beds for mum and dad, there’s a bunk bed if you’re travelling with young children and even a tepee. Older kids will be pleased that they don’t have to share a bathroom with mum and dad. It’s right in Shinjuku too, so it’s not a long walk to find some of Tokyo’s coolest family-friendly activities!

Japanese style family rental | Another Great Airbnb for Small Families

Japanese style family rental

For small families, this Airbnb is a perfect choice. Accommodating up to 5 people and located within walking distance of public transport options and a few convenience stores. There are great bath amenities that are ideal when you’ve got kids, there’s also a washing machine and free wifi at this entire rental unit.

It’s one of the best rentals in Tokyo if you’ve got kids and is in a very safe neighbourhood of the city. You’ve also go easy assess to the Skytree, which the kids will love!

2 bedroom apartment by Korean Town | Best Airbnb in Tokyo for a Group of Friends

2 bedroom apartment by Korean Town
There’s enough space for everyone!

Have you ever wanted to wake up with a few mates and look down over Tokyo? Even if you haven’t, you probably do now. This 6th-floor flat overlooks Korean Town – a neighbourhood of Shinjuku where you can get, yep, you guessed it, great Korean food! There are 4 beds across 3 rooms, and although the apartment is compact, there’s ample space for everyone. There’s even a sofa bed you can roll out for a 5th guest!

Cozy Uplifting BoConcept Studio in Ginza | Most Charming Airbnb in Tokyo

Cozy Uplifting BoConcept Studio in Ginza

This Airbnb will make you feel like you’re back at home. We can assure you that this entire apartment is more than comfortable. All previous guests have praised the cleanliness and welcoming charm. The location couldn’t be better, with a subway station less than 3min walking distance away. If you’re looking for a place where you can relax in private, this is the right one!

Comfy Flat in Shinjuku | Best Airbnb in Shinjuku

Comfy Flat in Shinjuku
Enjoy the traditional Japanese design!

Yes, we know. Lots of the best Airbnbs in Tokyo are in Shinjuku. That’s because it’s the coolest area with the most going on. So, another apartment there can’t hurt, right?! Well, certainly not one like this.

This traditional style Japanese room comes with tatami mats and futon style beds. It’s a good option if you’re two couples travelling together. For friends – it’s probably better if there are just two of you. Either way, it’s one of the cutest and comfiest Tokyo apartments. You’re also right near the train station – great for day trips!

Flat near Shibuya Crossing | Top value Airbnb in Shibuya

Flat near Shibuya Crossing
Yup, that’s a chalkboard – leave a message!

You’ve seen Lost in Translation and that famous diagonal crosswalk? Even if you haven’t, it’s one of the most popular sights in Tokyo, and staying nearby means you can visit any time of the day. Top tip – it’s particularly cool at night.

The area of Shibuya is one of the best shopping districts, and this is one of the best Tokyo apartments in it! Leave a message for your host on the chalkboard wall and those who come to visit this awesome pad after you leave!

FAQ about Airbnbs in Tokyo

Here’s what people usually ask us when they look for vacation homes in Tokyo.

What To Pack For Tokyo

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from me, packing for an Airbnb stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art I have perfected over many years.

Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!
Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!

Ear Plugs

Snoring dorm-mates can ruin your nights rest and seriously damage the hostel experience. This is why I always travel with a pack of decent ear plugs.

Keep your laundry organized and stink free
Keep your laundry organized and stink free

Hanging Laundry Bag

Trust us, this is an absolute game changer. Super compact, a hanging mesh laundry bag stops your dirty clothes from stinking, you don’t know how much you need one of these… so just get it, thank us later.

Stay Dry With a Micro Towel
Stay Dry With a Micro Towel

Sea To Summit Micro Towel

Hostel towels are scummy and take forever to dry. Microfibre towels dry quickly, are compact, lightweight, and can be used as a blanket or yoga mat if need be.

Make Some New Buddies…
Make Some New Buddies…

Monopoly Deal

Forget about Poker! Monopoly Deal is the single best travel card game that we have ever played. Works with 2-5 players and guarantees happy days.

Reduce Plastic – Bring a Water Bottle!
Reduce Plastic – Bring a Water Bottle!

Grayl Geopress Water Bottle

Always travel with a water bottle! They save you money and reduce your plastic footprint on our planet. The Grayl Geopress acts as a purifier AND temperature regulator. Boom!

Don’t Forget Your Tokyo Travel Insurance

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing.

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

SafetyWing is cheap, easy, and admin-free: just sign up lickety-split so you can get back to it!

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Final Thoughts on Tokyo Airbnbs

So, that concludes our list of the best Tokyo Airbnbs. Did you find something that perfectly matches your travel needs? We certainly hope so. After all, there are places on our list suitable for all budgets, styles, and tastes!

Whether you want to make the most of the nightlife in districts like Roppongi, or be close to the awesome attractions in Shibuya, or even close to Shinjuku station so you can easily take a day trip, we’ve covered all the best neighbourhoods in central Tokyo.

And don’t forget our best Airbnb in Tokyo according to value – Shinjuku Simple Private Double. If you’re struggling to make a choice, you can’t go wrong there.

Want to know a bit more about the city and Japan? Keep updated with the news to be sure not to miss anything important!

Now that you’ve checked out our list, it’s time for us to wish you a fantastic vacation in Tokyo!

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