Tokyo Airbnb Guide – The 12 Best Airbnbs Tokyo Has to Offer

Our Tokyo Airbnb Guide takes the effort out of choosing the perfect Tokyo Airbnb property. We've got 13 of the best options in the city and all the info you'll need to make your booking. Read on.

Covering an area of 13.5 square kilometers (5,240 sq miles) and home to almost 38 million people, Tokyo city is the perfect Airbnb location. In fact, Airbnb itself has identified Tokyo as one of – if not the – fastest growing markets for the young company. Though hotels grumble and Japan’s Prime Minister has even passed a law potentially outlawing the service, ways around the measures have and will be found and taken advantage of. It all shows that Airbnb Tokyo is already too popular to ignore – and for good reason.

When considering Airbnb places to stay, don’t just look at the center of the city, there are heaps of beautiful places throughout Tokyo and with the city’s world-class public transport, getting to the famous (and expensive!) parts of Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ginza, Harajuku/Omotesando, etc.) is a breeze. Locations such as Kichijoji, Shimokitazawa, Nakano, Naka-Meguro and Daikanyama come highly recommended from us.

Even though space is tight in this most populous of cities, we’ve found places where you can breathe easy, have a great time and enjoy Tokyo without compromising on your venue. Using location, interior, host and price as key factors, there’s sure to be something for everyone in our Tokyo Airbnb Guide:

Note: if you’d like to explore some non-Airbnb accommodation options for Tokyo, check out our guide to where to stay in Tokyo – packed with area guides and hotel recommendations. 

 

1. The relaxing, airy penthouse

 

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Rent includes: entire place

Number of guests: 2 people

All basic amenities available?  Yes.

Price category: upper moderate

This homey Daikanyama pad offers a great central location perfect for travel, with lots of shops and cafés close by as well as a beautiful and well-equipped interior great for couples or singles. The helpful host of the “Little Penthouse of Daikanyama” makes the experience all the more perfect (he has even been known to stock the fridge with beers for the guests). The price isn’t cheap but reasonable for what you get, as Daikanyama is generally an expensive area to rent in. Your vacation in Tokyo will definitely profit from a stay in this great listing.

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2. The Japanese-style guest house

 

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Rent includes: one room

Number of guests: 2 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: budget

This Japanese style guest house is perfect for travelers on a budget who still want to be as central as possible. A big advantage of this place is that you’ll have the host around to help you along with advice, information and recommendations – a good way to get the most out of your time in the city. The owner has gone to considerable lengths to ensure her Airbnb is a clean, warm and aesthetically pleasing place for her guests to stay. If you’d like to sleep on a traditional Japanese futon in a modern setting, this is the place to go!

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3. The modern wooden paradise

 

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Rent includes: entire place

Number of guests: 2 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: moderate

This is one for those who want to connect to nature during their stay in the metropolis. The beautiful interior, finished with warm wood and mood lighting is mirrored by Shinjuku Gyoen (Shinjuku Park) right outside, where you can enjoy the great outdoors in the middle of Tokyo. But don’t worry, Shinjuku is very central, so you won’t have any trouble traversing the rest of Tokyo with this as your basecamp. It’s equipped with everything you need to explore Tokyo, including portable WiFi, maps detailing the area and even bikes to get around on. 

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4. The cute river-view apartment

 

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Rent includes: entire place

Number of guests: 2 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: moderate

If you time it right, you’re in for a treat with this gem: blossoming cherry trees lining the river bank right outside the apartment will make you never want to leave. Again, very well thought out and with a great array of furnishings, this place provides a sense of cleanliness, safety and calm. Close to the bustling Shibuya, you’ll have no trouble at all getting around and will be able to enjoy the nightlife, shopping and more, all within walking distance.

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5. The couple’s hideout

 

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Rent includes: entire place

Number of guests: 3 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: moderate

This modernist, open plan apartment offers all you need and more. There’s a great flair about the place and the careful host has prepared everything you could ever need. It’s a great home base for your Tokyo stay and Ikebukuro itself is a lively part of the city with a lot to offer, including excellent transport links for when you’ve exhausted the options nearby. The fair price and great amenities will quickly demonstrate why we’ve included this place on our list. And hey, there’s a see-through glass bathroom. Seriously.

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6. The sophisticated rustic space

 

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Rent includes: entire place

Number of guests: 4 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: luxury

If you’d rather splash-out for the high-end, this may be the place for you. Luxuriously decorated with quality woods and fabric, it makes for a hard to beat Tokyo Airbnb experience, allowing you a taste of traditional and ultra-modern Japan all at once. In a part of the city where luxury boutiques are lined up at your convenience and just about every international brand is on hand, this place may tempt you to spend more than you expected. It’s most definitely worth it, however, as this designer flat even offers a roof terrace with a wooden deck, a full height glass front to enjoy the surroundings and a professionally equipped kitchen as part of the package.

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7. The Nordic flair open living house

 

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Rent includes: one room

Number of guests: 2 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: moderate

This house was specially designed to include lots of wood and plenty of room for people to hang out and enjoy the surroundings. It’s a gorgeous structure architecturally, challenging our understanding of space and how we use it. From top to bottom, this house will surprise with goodies including a roof top terrace, balcony hammock and thoughtfully designed window spaces, perfect for a spot of quiet contemplation. The hosts endeavour to help you with anything you might need and although the location is slightly off the beaten track, it’s corresponding tranquillity more than makes up for it. It’s a great getaway if your batteries need recharging.

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8. The compact modernist room

 

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Rent includes: entire place

Number of guests: 4 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: moderate

This Airbnb room is compact, but, stocked with everything a traveler in Tokyo might need. Perhaps coming with the maximum number of four people might be a bit of a stretch, but it’ll definitely make a great base for 2 people. This room is owned by the same Airbnb host as number 5 above who has received much praise for their attention to detail and the helpful advice offered. It’s also in the same location, close to Ikebukuro Station, so won’t disappoint in terms of shopping, restaurants and transport.

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9. The stylish bachelor’s pad

 

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Rent includes: one room + common facilities

Number of guests: 2-4 people/room

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: moderate

This building offers ten rooms with a maximum capacity of 26 people, so if you’re planning a trip with a ton of friends, this is definitely where to go. The host is very popular with the Tokyo Airbnb crowd and has several listings on top of this one. There are common rooms to hang out and eat meals in, all tastefully decorated in a homely patchwork style and hotel standard amenities abound. This Airbnb makes the list for being highly professional, great value for money and in a good location with good connections to the center of the city.

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10. The concrete luxury apartment

 

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Rent includes: entire place

Number of guests: 2 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: moderate

This luxury flat comes at a great price and offers a beautiful interior, plenty of equipment and a sunny balcony, perfect for couples to enjoy. The tasteful decoration and modern feel are just part of the experience; the host is very accommodating and well-organized, making visitors to his Tokyo apartment feel welcome and informed. The great price for this lovely place meant it had to make our list! We’re sure you’ll enjoy this one.

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11. The family home for wood lovers

 

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Rent includes: one room

Number of guests: 2 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: moderate

This place belongs to a family of three and is a great place to sample Japanese family life, although, this is probably not a typical family, choosing as they do to share their living space with an assortment of permanent residents and Airbnb guests. It’s a great listing if you want to interact with a lot of people and exchange experiences and knowledge. The house is close to Osaki Station, meaning you’ll have no problem getting to Tokyo’s bay area, but it might take you 10-15 minutes by train to reach the more central stations.

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12. The ultimate artist’s luxury flat

 

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Rent includes: entire place

Number of guests: 2 people

All basic amenities available? Yes.

Price category: luxury

This minimalist concrete flat is the definition of open plan living, complete with a bathtub slap-bang in the center with no screen whatsoever. This is a loft for art and architecture lovers wanting to bask in the apartments Brutalist charms. It comes at a price, but boy, is this a fascinating place. The kitchen is professional, every appliance a luxury brand; the toilet has floor lighting and the expansive wardrobes could themselves be rentals. Located in Omotesando, Tokyo’s shopping paradise, with great restaurants and bars offering a wide array of different food and drink options, it’s also connected to several train and metro lines, which can take you anywhere you want to go in Tokyo. What’s more, the loft is managed by a company who are responsible for the maintenance and care of the flat, who can answer any questions you may have during your stay. If you’re looking for that private, extra special place at the center of the action, this is definitely a great candidate.

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Samantha Khairallah

Samantha Khairallah

Originally from Switzerland, currently studying in Tokyo. With a wide array of interests, including travel, I'm passionate about what I write here at Compathy Magazine.



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