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Tokyo House Inn

2.5 out of 5.0

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Tokyo House Inn is a backpackers hostel not a hotel. You can get a decent hotel in Tokyo for not much more and a fabulous Airbnb for less. The toilet and bathing facilities are all shared. There is no elevator only stairs. You have to leave ¥1000 deposit for your room key if you have a private room (no en-suite). You have small towels issued at check in and can swap them for clean ones. There are 2 buildings next to each other. The right hand one is dirty, cramped, very noisy. Our room had damp on the walls and was so close to the wash basins (just in the corridor) that all night we could hear people using them. Our party was split between the two buildings. The left hand building is a bit fancier and cleaner. I noticed some substandard wiring though e.g. no cover on a light switch, cabling going from the mirror lights down through the overflow on a sink (good water-electricity mix there guys!). Again very very noisy so impossible to get a full night’s sleep. The walls are paper thin. You can hear people talking in the room next door. Dorm rooms look very crowded. There is the Handy mobile Wi-Fi device in each room which will be great for back packers (although lots of free Wi-Fi all over Tokyo). For backpackers it is well located and has a noticeboard geared towards them. No good for couples or families. The complementary breakfast is 2 eggs, toast and coffee that you prepare yourself (not Japanese). As a hostel it is ok. But it claims to be a hotel on websites and it certainly is not. Good reviews will be comparing it to hostels, bad reviews to hotels. It is not a hotel. The staff are helpful and friendly.

I had a super lovely time at Tokyo House Inn. I stayed on the first floor which is designed to look like wooden huts and feels so much more elegant than it looks from the outside. I stayed in an 8 bed female dorm which was perfectly nice, big and roomy with plenty of space for luggage. The breakfast is crap, don't bother, it's just eggs to cook yourself and bread with jam and one toaster (go to the Family Mart at the end of the road.) Location is PERFECT. Even if you never look a map you can find your way back there easy, a 10 minute walk down to Shinjuku station and Memory Lane etc. But the best thing was that they offered complimentary portable wi-fi for the duration of the stay which was an absolute godsend during my time wandering in Tokyo. Only concern was that you don't need a pass to get into the main building, so would feel a bit safer if you needed a key or something to get into the dorms.

Pros: + £20ish a night, definitely one of the cheapest places to stay in Shinjuku + Shower is powerful with reliable temperatures + WiFi and plugs by your bed Cons: - Bit of a weird area, you'll be walking through the red light district of Shinjuku to get there - One toilet and shower per floor - No locks on doors and the lockers (that you pay for) are only big enough to fit a small backpack in. Literally anybody can just walk in and possibly take stuff. Overall I'd only recommend if you're looking for somewhere dirt cheap that isn't a capsule room. Wouldn't stay here again if I'm coming back to Tokyo. 2.5/5

First off, the staff working in the kitchen in the mornings are friendly, but make sure you abide by the time breakfast begins. They are very strict about that, even if you want to make toast for small children. The smell in the hostel is quite rancid and we had to plug our noses when walking through the halls. The hotel rooms smell a bit musty. We stayed on a private room for 4 and it's tight, but common for Japanese standards. It's expensive in terms of how much hostels usually cost but you can't beat the location. It's very close to food, train station and night life. The hostel is a bit rundown and if you can handle the smell, it's an ok place to stay.

This place is disgusting. Do not stay here. The walls are paper thin, you can hear everything going on in the rooms next to you AND outside the hostel very clearly. Very hard to get a decent nights rest. Such poor hygiene and maintenance of the hostel. Hand towels are never changed, covered in make up and very grotty. The showers are detaching from the walls and water temperature changes rapidly during your shower. Bath mats in the bathroom are never changed and covered in long black hair and there is a strong odor throughout the hostel (probably because the maintenance and cleaning is so poor). The towels are the size of a bath mat and extremely thin. Rooms are very tiny. I stayed in a double bunk bed room with 3 other girls. Not enough space to even open our suitcases. Struggling to say one good thing about this hostel other than it’s location in Shinjuku. It’s less than a 10min walk to get to the Golden gai area and 7min walk to the train station.

This place is a no-frills hostel. It was relatively clean, did have shampoo and body wash, and eggs and toast in the morning. There were 5 of us, so it was great because we got our own room - even had a fridge. I recommend this place if you want a place to stay that won't break the bank and is close to train stations and restaurants. I've read some negative reviews from people who seem to think they're reserving a 5 star hotel... which this place is not; if you want a 5 star hotel, then pay for a 5 star hotel.

I stayed here as part of a tour for 4 nights and it was great. I stayed in a girls only dorm, the beds were comfortable and each had a small shelf and reading light which was handy. The rooms are clean and modern with good air-con. There's no lifts but there's not many stairs to the rooms. Staff are helpful anf friendly. The shower rooms have shampoo/conditioner/body wash so you don't need to bring this with you. This is pretty standard in Japan for hostels which is fab. The location is also great, it's only a 10 min walk to Shinjuku station and there's some great Korean restaurants nearby. The robot restaurant is about a 15-20 min walk away. Only downside I would say is the small kitchen area but it's not a huge hostel so you shouldnt wait too long for equipment, theres also so many places to eat nearby you wont have any problems.

We arrived for our last night from kyoto there. We arrived and place doesnt looks like a what i saw on expedia site while booking. Dirty, messy, under bed we hade perping machine what suppose keep away mouses and insect and on the walls mold. I start cry because this was not what i paid for 87€ per night! Place nousy, guest dont respect silent in the night. We had a breakfast inc. Toast, peanut butter, jam and two egg max( show big sign in the kitchen). One guy what eat with us, went out and throw up right after food. Well we all know why. Area is popular but very noisy. For me no in every way

Staff were nice and friendly hostel includes free WiFi and cold drinking water for guests. Rooms all have AC much needs in Japanese summer. Location inTokyos Koreantown is good near nice bars, restaurants and shops. Also near the metro station shin Okubo and shinjuku which is very slightly further but still easily walkable. Near attractions like robot show, samurai museum and Godzilla street and the area of Shinjuku. Breakfast is included but basic. We stayed in private room with shared bathroom as it was a small hotel it was completely fine.

Check-in was easy and smooth. Front office staff provide detailed on dos and don'ts. Even make an effort to show us the way to our actual apartment block about 5 mins walk away. Rooms are well kept and spacious. However, one of the room came with a sky roof and you will be awake automatically since the sunlight will be shining directly on the bed. Overall this is an apartment to stay if you have a gang of 6 since it has 3 bedrooms.

1-12-27 Okubo Tokyo

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Golden Gai
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Shinjuku within a short walk of Golden Gai, Tokyo House Inn is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. This 24-room guesthouse welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and express check-in.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


Guests can enjoy a TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms are shared; limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

At Tokyo House Inn, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, express check-in, and express check-out. For transportation, you can make use of an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for JPY 15000 per vehicle one-way, as well as an area shuttle for a fee. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the area. Additional amenities include laundry facilities and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Bunk Bed for 4 Guests, Shared Bathroom

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Design Duplex, Terrace

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

2 Dormitory Beds in Male Only Shared 8 Bed Room (90cm Bunk Beds)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room (140cm Bed), Shared Bathroom

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

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