Backpacking in Japan: hostels near Tokyo Station and the Shinkansen trains

Shinkansen trains Tokyo Station Japan

The Shinkansen high-speed train network (also called bullet train) is the most efficient and fast means of transportation for those wanting to explore Japan. Travellers visiting Tokyo are lucky enough to be able to access most lines of the network that either depart from or stop at this point, while using the Japan Rail Pass to save money. The known as Tokyo Station is one of the main and busiest railway stations in the country, home to Shinkansen services such as the Tokaido line towards Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tohoku one to Aomori and several others transporting commuters to the north.

Staying in a hotel near this railway station in central Tokyo comes with additional advantages like being within short walking distance of the Narita Express train services -linking the downtown with Narita International Airport all throughout the day-, the Marunouchi subway line, the Imperial Palace and Ginza district. Thus, if you wish to explore Tokyo and, at the same time, commute to different parts of Japan by riding the Shinkansen, we recommend you find budget accommodation near Tokyo Station.

Nihonbashi Bay hotel in Tokyo city centre

This 1-star hostel near Tokyo Station and the Nihonbashi underground line is conveniently situated in an area surrounded by restaurants and supermarkets that is well-connected to the Shinjuku and Shibuya districts by public transport. There is a communal kitchen where you can cook your own meals and you may leave your bags at the front desk at no extra charge any time of the day.

The rooms have capsule format and are classified into female and male categories, featuring free WiFi, TV, complimentary towel, toothbrush, shampoo and slippers. Each capsule comes with a personal locker to store your belongings as well.

Ladies-only hostel in the Tokyo Prefecture

This female-only accommodation in Japan receives the name Ginza hotel because it is located 450 metres from Ginza train station, and about 1 kilometre from Tokyo railway station. The facilities have shared bathrooms with toilet and shower for guests, WiFi internet access all throughout and amenities like slippers, toiletries and hairdryers.

The rooms are cleaned daily, and travellers may enjoy extra perks like using bikes to get around Tokyo at no extra cost. The personnel speak both Japanese and English, and will gladly provide directions for the trendiest shops and the Ginza Luxury Department Store.

Affordable hotel in Ginza, Japan

The Prime Pod Ginza was built over the Higashi-Ginza station and so offers beautiful views of the city. Shibuya station can be easily reached from this point by riding the Tokyo subway, and guests can commute to the Imperial Palace and the Tokyo Tower (2 kilometres away) or walk to Tokyo Station (1,3 kilometres away).

The pods or rooms in this establishment are also divided by gender (male only/female only), yet they present a striking variety: standard, superior, connecting, single or twin. Bathrooms are shared and laundry service may be ordered for a fee. Visitors may enjoy free Wifi, personal lockers and a hot breakfast every morning. The undeniable allure of this place, however, lies in the neighbourhood where it is nestled and its street market.

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