6 Budget Love Hotels in Tokyo
By Riccardo on 6 Mar 2017
There are people that choose love hotels because they’re fun, others choose them because they’re looking for a quick getaway, and of course there are others that just want to find a cheap accommodation. In this article I’m going to introduce you 6 budget love hotels in Tokyo that might be what you are looking for.
Before I start with my list of hotels, I feel the urge to explain a couple of things that most people don’t know about love hotels.
Budget Hotels in Tokyo: What Are the Options?
Capsule hotels, business hotels, cheap ryokan, there’s seems to be plenty of semi-cheap alternatives to love hotels. The thing is, you get what you pay for, and in most cases the quality of amenities is not even comparable to love hotel rooms that are priced the same.
At your average business hotel in Tokyo, a room will cost around 13,000 yen on average, but it’s bare and bones equipped with basically just a double bed, a desk, and a unit bath, without any space to move. At love hotels, for that price you can get a pretty nice room, not very spacious but still acceptable, with Jacuzzi, jet massage, and bath TV.
How Can Some Love Hotel Be This Cheap?
Tokyo is a super expensive town and prices for accommodations are widely different based on the area you intend to stay. If you pick a love hotel in Shibuya or Shinjuku, chances are they are going to be more expensive compared with love hotels in less attractive areas such as Kinshicho for example. If your budget is tight, be smart and try to avoid the main hubs.
Another reason why love hotels can be reasonably priced is their late check-in system. At most business or city hotels you will check in around early afternoon, whereas at love hotels this usually happens at night. The later the check-in, the cheaper the price, which means there are hotels offering super cheap rates if you check in at insanely late hours (i.e. 4am). Also, room rates are more expensive on Fridays and Saturdays, as this is the busiest time for couples.
Things to Keep in Mind
Most love hotels are basically for couples, but some of them are starting to accept single guests well. Same sex couples are almost never accepted though, especially male couples, and you will literally be refused to check in.
Almost nobody speaks English so it can happen that you’ll be turned down at the check-in if you can’t communicate with the front staff. Things are going to change though, as we, at loveinnjapan.com, are releasing a new reservation system and will provide interpreting services to all the hotels that will be bookable through our website.
And this brings me to my last point: most love hotels can’t be reserved and are “walk-in” only. On weekdays it’s pretty easy to find a vacant room, but weekends are a total different story!
And now with the list…
6 Budget Love Hotels in Tokyo:
Our writer Andrew wrote an article about this budget hotel a while back, so you can start from there. Basically it’s one of the cheapest hotels you will find in Tokyo and it’s an all-right choice considering that Ikebukuro is a pretty convenient location and being on the Yamanote train line you can get anywhere in Tokyo in no time.
Sun-Thu check-in/check-out 00:00/12:00 5,000~6,000 Yen
check-in/check-out 03:00/12:00 4,000~5,000 Yen
Fri-Sat check-in/check-out 00:00/12:00 6,000~7,000 Yen
check-in/check-out 03:00/12:00 6,000~ 7,000 Yen
As you can see, if you check in at midnight, you’ll pay just 5,000 yen per night (2,500 per person), which is extremely reasonable. Rooms are very simple, but still acceptable if you need a quick place to sleep without paying too much attention to the details. This hotel is often used by cosplayers and people attending events in the area. This hotel is “walk-in” only and doesn’t accept reservations.
Hotel Peace is another reasonably priced budget love hotel in Tokyo. Hotel Peace is located in a very convenient spot from where you can reach popular locations such as Shibuya or Shinagawa in less than 15 minutes.
Sun-Thu check-in/check-out 22:00/10:00 7,000~ Yen
check-in/check-out 00:00/12:00 4,900~ Yen
Fri-Sat check-in/check-out 00:00/10:00 8,000~ Yen
check-in/check-out 04:00/12:00 8,000~ Yen
Same sex couples are not accepted at this hotel, and 3 or more guests can not be accommodated. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi and video-on-demands systems, but don’t expect much more than that. Still, very good value for the price.
This hotel can only be reserved by phone, which requires knowing Japanese language.
The location is not as good as the other two hotels I listed above, but it’s still pretty convenient since it is on the Yamanote line as well. Hotel TAGAWA is a little more expensive but it offers better rooms and amenities, such as Jacuzzis with jet massage.
Sun-Thu check-in/check-out 20:00/11:00 7,800~ Yen
check-in/check-out 00:00/12:00 5,900~ Yen
Fri-Sat check-in/check-out 22:00/11:00 7,800~ 9,500 Yen
Each room has a unique antique design and according to the manager, this hotel is very popular amongst guests from overseas.
Single guests and couples (including female couples) are accepted at this hotel, whereas male couples are not. This hotel is mainly walk-in, but it accepts reservations by phone which, as I wrote before, requires being able to speak in Japanese.
Hotel Colore is an amazing hotel and you can read one of our articles about it at this link.
As the name suggests, it is a very colorful hotel and even though it is reasonably priced it still offers really good facilities such as Jacuzzis, stone saunas, tatami rooms and so on. I’ve been to many love hotels and this is definitely one of my favorites. The location might not be ideal if you’re planning to do a lot of sightseeing, but that is the main reason why the room rates are so affordable.
Sun-Thu check-in/check-out 20:00/11:00 6,800~ 9,700 Yen
check-in/check-out 00:00/13:00 6,800~ 9,700 Yen
Fridays check-in/check-out 21:00/10:00 8,300~ 11,200 Yen
check-in/check-out 01:00/13:00 8,300~ 11,200 Yen
Saturdays check-in/check-out 23:00/10:00 8,800~ 11,700 Yen
check-in/check-out 01:00/12:00 8,800~ 11,700 Yen
As you can see, rooms are pretty decently priced, but keep in mind that same sex couples are not accepted at this hotel. Also, this hotel accepts online reservations but, again, this would require knowledge of Japanese language.
Te Moana Otsuka, as the name suggests, is located in Otsuka which is a very convenient location close to Ikebukuro, from which you can easily navigate Tokyo. This hotel is definitely more expensive than the others I listed, but its rooms are a bit more spacious and it offers the usual plethora of pretty cool amenities. Interestingly this hotel offers an early check-in (at 15:00) so that can almost be used as a regular business or city hotel.
Sun-Fri check-in/check-out 15:00/12:00 7,800~ 15,800 Yen
check-in/check-out 19:00/12:00 6,300~ 11,800 Yen
check-in/check-out 00:00/15:00 6,300~ 11,800 Yen
Saturdays check-in/check-out 15:00/11:00 14,300~ 24,800 Yen
check-in/check-out 19:00/11:00 7,800~ 12,800 Yen
check-in/check-out 00:00/15:00 7,800~ 12,800 Yen
If you’re on a budget, checking in as late as possible and choosing the most basic room will save you quite a lot of money. This hotel is only for couples but male couples are not accepted.
Hotel TWO-WAY is a reasonably priced hotel, especially if you consider that it’s located in Shibuya, one of the most popular spots in Tokyo and the mecca for those of you who want to party hard all night. Room rates are generally cheaper on weekdays for basic rooms, but they rise up quite a lot during the weekends, so pay attention to that.
Sun-Thu check-in/check-out 18:00/15:00 6,100~ 20,000 Yen
Fridays check-in/check-out 18:00/11:00 10,390~ 20,000 Yen
Saturdays check-in/check-out 12:00/10:00 12,490~ 20,000 Yen
This hotel also features a “Party Room” which is a room way bigger than usual, used for small parties of 4+ people.
This hotel also accepts everyone, male couples included!
I hope the list above will be helpful to those of you who are looking for a budget love hotel in Tokyo. Of course if you are brave enough to venture to the suburbs such as Chiba or Saitama, you will likely find there the best rooms at very low rates, but you will need to commute to Tokyo for at least 30-40 minutes by train or subway. Generally speaking it is very hard to find a cheap hotel with quality rooms, but the 6 ones I listed here are a good place for you to start!
Riccardo is an Italian weirdo who has been living in Asia for the past 10 years. He speaks several languages and sometimes he doesn’t even remember where he came from. He likes ice cream, pizza, and Quentin Tarantino. Say "Hi" if you meet him around Tokyo, though he probably won't say hello back to you.