Airbnb Is Available Not Only In Shibuya And Shinjuku...Find One Suits You The Best!

Are you having a hard time to find a room in Shibuya or Shinjuku via Airbnb? There are other areas available on Airbnb which has great access to central Tokyo. It could be cheaper as well!

Hello everyone, I’m Nekko and I love taking trips just like you do!

Let me introduce available areas other than Shibuya and Shijuku on Airbnb which is cheaper and easily accessible to popular sightseeing areas .

Japan has hotels in every class, but there are few hostels and Airbnb hosts… However, Airbnb business has been rapidly growing in Tokyo!

Many Airbnb hosts’ locations are in residential areas, but you are not sure where is the most convenient for you to move around, right? In this article, I will introduce some areas that I can recommend. Please use the article as a reference to find one suits you the best!

I personally choose a room (or a house) in Airbnb by how accessible the room is from/to the airport and sights where I want to visit and to the shops and restaurants, how quiet the area is at night, and of course its cost. I sometimes check neighborhood for own safety depending on the country I go, but safety issue is not a thing you need to concern too much in Japan.

The Most Popular Area? Shibuya And Shinjuku, Of Course!

Around Shibuya and Shinjuku stations are the most popular areas on Airbnb.

It is very convenient to the tourists who visits Japan but it costs a lot more than the other areas...budget should be 10,000 yen and above for sure. Let’s see what’s good and not-so good about the areas?

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Access from the airport ★★★★★
Easy! Taking either a limousine bus or a NEX (Narita Express Train) to both Shibuya and Shinjuku
Access to tourist spot ★★★★★
Many train lines are available at Shibuya and Shinjuku stations. JR Ginza Line takes you to Ginza and Asakusa from Shibuya Sta without transfer.
Shops and restaurants ★★★★★
You can find shops and restaurants in every class! You do not have hard time to find restaurants open all night.
Hustle & bustle at night? ★★★☆☆
Of course it depends on where the location is, but if your Airbnb room faces the busy street or down town, it can be loud all night… so you need to be careful when you book the room in the area.
Cost effectiveness ★★★★☆
Cheaper rooms are booked quickly! If you couldn’t book in advance, your cost staying in Shibuya and Shinjuku gets expensive, or far from the station...

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1) Recommended Area: Shinjuku Gyoen Mae Sta.

This is my first recommendation to stay other than Shibuya and Shinjuku station areas!

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest parks in Tokyo and its station is in front of the park. This peaceful and quiet area contains many restaurants with high reputations! It isn’t that far from sights where tourists usually go. Let’s see the details...

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Access from the airport ★★★★☆
Taking a limousine bus or a NEX to Shinjuku Sta, then either walking about 20 minutes or transfering to subway Marunouchi Line to Shinjuku Gyoen Sta. Of course taking a taxi is an another option.
Access to tourist spot ★★★★★
Shinjuku Gyoen Sta. is in subway Marunouchi Line that goes to Tokyo and Shinjuku Sta., so it is convenient staying this area.

Also, Shinjuku Sanchome Sta. of subway Fuku Toshin Line is 10 minutes away by walking. The line goes to Shibuya, Harajuku, Ikebukuro, ane other major stations.

Walking in Shinjuku Gyoen in the morning is very refreshing too!
Shops and restaurants ★★★★★
Shinjuku Gyoen Mae area is known as a business district. Many restaurants and cafes have good reputations from business people around. To central Shinjuku, it takes only 10 minutes walk if you want to find shops/restaurants there.
Hustle & bustle at night? ★★★★★
As it is mentioned above, the area is a business district with small numbers of people live in. It follows that the area is very quiet and peaceful at night.
Cost effectiveness ★★★★☆
It is still in Shinjuku, so Airbnb room(s) is not surprisingly cheaper than downtown, but there’s slightly cheaper rooms are available than downtown area in general.

2) Recommended Area: Yoyogi Koen Mae Sta.

Next recommendation is Yoyogi Koen Mae Sta. area.

Yoyogi Koen is an another large park in Tokyo and it is located between Shibuya and Shinjuku stations. The park is popular to runners/joggers.

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Subway Chiyoda Line stops at Yoyogi Koen Mae Sta. An another train station called Yoyogi Hachiman Sta. of Odakyu Line is right next to Yoyogi Koen Mar Sta. which takes 5 minutes to Shinjuku Sta.

Access from the airport ★★★★☆
From the airport, let’s take a limousine bus or a NEX to Shinjuku or Shibuya. Another 5 minutes train ride on Odakyu Line, or it’s within a base fare from Shibuya Station by a taxi.
Access to tourist spot ★★★★★
Subway Chiyoda Line can take you to Meiji Jingu Mae Sta. (aka Harajuku Sta.), Omotesando Sta., both are popular touristy spots, Nezu and Sendagi, both are known as Japanese old and traditional towns, and Hibiya Sta. (aka Ginza Sta.) which is popular shopping area. Yes, it is convenient!
Shops and restaurants ★★★★☆
Not so many, but you can find quality food in the restaurants, bars, and cafes in this area. You can find your favourite food in the area, probably reviewing website helps you. Please remember that many shops/restaurants are closed on Sundays.
Hustle & bustle at night? ★★★★★
This is luxury neighborhood. You will not hear loud noise in this area. Very quiet and safe.
Cost effectiveness ★★★★☆
There is variety of price range in this area on Airbnb. Cheaper than Shibuya and Shinjuku Sta. areas, you may find the room under 10.000 yen per night.

3) Recommended Area: Shimokitazawa Sta.

Shimokitazawa Sta. area is getting popular to not only locals but tourists! The area is known as where edgy and artistic people love to hang out. There are cheap and good bars/restaurants around!

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You may see Shimokitazawa Sta. is far from the central Tokyo, but it is actually only 10-15 minutes train ride on Odakyu Line from Shinjuku Sta. or on Keio Inokashira Line from Shibuya Sta.

The neighborhood is very local, so you see ordinary Japanese people’s life in the area.

Access from the airport ★★★★☆
Either from Shibuya or Shinjuku Sta., you need to transfer to Odakyu or Keio Line, they are both private railway companies. You might have hard time to transfer, but both stations are not big, so it is less chance to get lost once you are in the station yard and probably easier to find your Airbnb room from the station. It can be better choice than getting a room in central Shibuya or Shinjuku.
Access to tourist spot ★★★★☆
Easily going to the central Shibuya and Shinjuku by a train without transfering! Also Kichijoji area, the area attracts fashion-concious people, is 13 minutes away by a train from Shimokitazawa Sta.
Shops and restaurants ★★★★★
Shimokitazawa area has so many good restaurants and shops! Many restaurants and bars have unique menus such as local craft beers, soup curry (curry flavoured stew), etc. Their unique food option attracts not only locals but tourists! They open til late, so enjoy your night life in this area!
Hustle & bustle at night? ★★★★★
Shimokitazawa is often called a miniature town because the area is long and thin on a map, and this small residential area has quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
Cost effectiveness ★★★★★
It is the best in my all recommendations. You can find much cheaper rooms (5,000-8,000 yen) in the area. If you plan long-term stay in Tokyo, Shimokitazawa Sta. area is the best for you!

These recommended areas are also popular to live as well. I have lived in Tokyo nearly 10 years, and I see each area has different atmosphere that makes Tokyo very unique and original.

Please use this article as a reference to find the place to stay while you are in Tokyo. Find the room suits you the best and enjoy your stay in Tokyo!!

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Written by Nekko

I recently got married and I’m currently living in Tokyo. I will write about cheap shopping, and tips about fashion and lifestyle.