A visit to Tokyo is simply not complete without a trip to one of its striking temples, and there are few finer examples than the Sensō-ji – an ancient Buddhist site that is the oldest in the city. There’s also the neighbouring Asakusa Shrine, a beautiful five-storey Shinto pagoda. And, of course, the many frequent Shinto festivals in the Asakusa area also exert a strong pull on visitors. But, with Tokyo being among the most expensive cities in the world to visit, you may wish to consider a stay in one of these top local hostels to ensure you don’t break the bank while seeking a little spiritual enrichment.
The one-star Khaosan Tokyo Origami puts you right in the heart of the Asakusa area and within touching distance of top local attractions. The Kaminari-mon Gate and the Sensō-ji Temple to which it leads, are just a five minute walk away. Indeed, the temple can be easily seen from within the hostel, which boasts panoramic views of the city. And, what’s more, you don’t have to go outside for the culture, in some cases the culture comes to you. The hostel has a gallery space which hosts various cultural events, including craft workshops.
Facilities are as you would expect for a hostel, but the Khaosan Tokyo Origami does them well enough to have earned strong positive feedback from past guests, hundreds of whom have rated it superb. Rooms are soundproofed, ensuring that your group is not disturbed by noisy neighbours, and although no meals are served, the hostel does have a common kitchen where you can prepare your own food – or simply pop out and sample some of the local eateries.
Khaosan Tokyo Origami
Address: Taito-ku Asakusa 3-4-12
Smoke alarms Safety deposit box CCTV outside property Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Face masks for guests available Lockers Family rooms Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
The highly-rated Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki has excellent transport links for getting in and out of the area, located as it is just a couple of hundred yards away from Asakusa subway station. It is also well placed for local attractions, including the Kaminarimon Thunder Gate and the Sensoji Temple. The iconic Nakamise-Dori Street, which runs from the gate to the temple and is chock full of bustling shops, is also just 100 yards (91.4 m) away, meaning you are right in the thick of the action.
The hostel itself operates a mix of four-bed mixed dormitories and twin, triple, and quadruple rooms, and residents enjoy the use of several freebies – including the Wi-Fi, lockers, and tea/coffee. Those who wish to have their own bathroom will be pleased to note that some of the rooms offer this facility.
Another highly-rated hostel that past guests were impressed with, the Khaosan Tokyo Samurai has been praised for its top location, helpful staff, and cleanliness. And its location is indeed a good one – just a 10 minute walk from the Sensoji Temple and the subway station at Asakusa. The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is also less than half-a-mile away (0.8 km) – perfect for picking up essential travel tips.
The Japanese-style common lounge has won many fans among past guests, while a rooftop terrace also gives people the chance to mingle and socialise. There is free Wi-Fi throughout and the capsule beds come with a shelf, reading light, coat hook, and locker – perfect for storing your valuables.
The colourful Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hostel features a wide mix of accommodation options to suit many a traveler – from mixed and female-only dormitories to small double rooms and family rooms. Fans of traditional ryokan stays will also enjoy the Japanese-style rooms that are also offered.
The hostel itself is well-placed within Asakusa, just 10 minutes away from the Sensō-ji Temple and Kaminarimon, while the nearby Tawaramachi Station is only seven minutes off on foot. Asakusa Station is also not far off, and from there it’s only a three-minute train journey to the famous Tokyo Skytree. Inside the hostel there is free Wi-Fi, and an outdoor terrace and bar. Laundry facilities and luggage storage are also provided.
Those looking for a hostel with a homely atmosphere may wish to consider K’s House Tokyo - Backpackers Hostel. Its communal lounge has been praised by past guests for its cosy and pleasant appearance, and a rooftop terrace also provides a great area for some daytime socialising. The hostel also offers a range of accommodation from female and mixed dormitories to twin, double, and family rooms, ensuring that whatever your planned sleeping arrangement, there’ll be something to suit.
It is also well placed for attractions and transport links – the Kuramae subway station is just a minute away. Sensō-ji Temple is just 10 minutes by foot. A number of shops, including a 7/11 and coffee shops, are close by, as are a range of restaurants, for those who prefer to eat out rather than make something in the shared kitchen.
K's House Tokyo - Travelers Hostel
Address: Taito-ku, Kuramae 3-20-10
WiFi Available Free WiFi Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Fire extinguishers Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Security alarm Laundry Designated smoking area
Another site in a good location, the Sakura Hostel Asakusa is close to the Sensō-ji Temple and just five minutes away from Asakusa Station. The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is also close by, although guests at the hostel may have no need for it thanks to the Sakura Hostel Asakusa’s concierge, who can recommend and even book activities, taking the hassle out of organising things yourself.
The hostel also boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit whatever the make-up and size of your party – from mixed and female-only dormitory bunks to private twin and family rooms. Air conditioning comes as standard, ensuring a pleasant night’s sleep, and the fully-equipped kitchen and coin-fed laundry facilities will help you keep well fed and presentable during your stay. There is also free Wi-Fi and a PC lounge for tech lovers.
The one-star TOKYO-W-INN Asakusa is a new hostel offering a range of mixed and female-only dormitory accommodation, as well as double rooms, making it an option for both small and large groups. Some of the rooms even feature a terrace or balcony, enabling guests the chance to take in the sights and sounds of the neighbourhood from the comfort of the hostel. There is also a small rooftop terrace.
The Tawaramachi subway station is just a four-minute walk away – perfect for getting to other parts of the city – and nearby restaurants and bars have proven popular with past guests. Those who prefer sticking close to base may also wish to use the hostel’s on-site bar and coffee house.
The modern and stylish ENAKA Asakusa Central Hostel is a relatively new entrant on the Asakusa hostel scene – opening as recently as May 2016. But it has already earned itself a strong reputation among guests, thousands of whom have rated it as superb. It offers a range of mixed and female-only dormitories – perfect for women who don’t fancy sharing a room with male strangers.
It is also well-placed for the Sensoji Temple, Asakusa Station, and Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, all of which are within walking distance. As well as nearby supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes, the hostel also operates its own on-site bar for winding down in after a busy day of sightseeing. A rooftop terrace also offers views out across Asakusa.
Another two-star establishment, the Hotel 3000 Asakusa Honten (which is listed as a hostel on Booking.com) offers a range of male and female dormitory beds. Those who wish for a little extra privacy are also catered for through the site’s twin, quadruple, and family rooms, which means you can stay in a room that only includes your own group should you wish.
The hostel boasts a number of nice freebies – from its Wi-Fi for those social media fans, and toiletries, to computer access and even bike ‘rentals’ that come without charge. The latter will be a great way to get about for those hoping to cover more ground. There are a number of restaurants and shops within touching distance, perfect for essentials. And those who fancy staying in to eat will be able to make use of the hostel’s shared dining area, which includes a toaster oven and microwave.
The two-star Bunka Hostel Tokyo boasts a very stylish and modern interior and has been highly praised by past guests for its high levels of cleanliness and the friendliness of its staff. As well as kitchen facilities, the hostel also runs an in-house restaurant and bar on the ground floor offering a mix of Japanese dinners – perfect for those who don’t fancy cooking for themselves. There are also a number of restaurants and bars around about, offering all manner of food: from traditional Japanese cuisine to a British-themed pub. A 24-hour supermarket is also nearby.
The hostel is located close to a number of attractions, for those who wish to be at the heart of the action, including Asakusa Engei Hall and the Sensō-ji Temple. And it offers a selection of mixed and female-only dormitory rooms, as well as a family room on the top floor that boasts panoramic views across to the Tokyo Skytree Tower.
Hostels to suit all
Whatever your preferences, be it a hostel close to top transport links, fantastic restaurants, or a little culture, there’s an option to suit you in Asakusa, Japan.
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