It’s very confusing to search homes or places in Airbnb when the target is Japan. One of my client, mosts of the time travel all over the world, for long stay he always prefers an Airbnb place instead of staying in a regular hotel. Personally, I think this is a good idea.
Why Airbnb is better than Hotel for a long stay?
01. Cost: Hotel cost always sky-high if we compare it with Airbnb places. For example, staying 7 days in Japan regular hotel cost you: 3 star=600~900$, 4 star=1200~1800$ and 5 star=+2000$. A very good Airbnb house (entire, single person) for 7 days will cost you 400 (Tokyo Shinjuku ) to Max 600$ (Tokyo Shinjuku). It’s lots better than hotel cost. One important note, for some cities, Hotel is cheaper than Airbnb but it’s not applicable for Japan.
02. Regular Life: It’s like living in your own home, you’ll get everything you need. Most hosts are very friendly, they will help you a lot. And the best thing is, you are able to understand a new culture. Hotel is always a regulated environment.
03. Rules: Living in a hotel always required to follow some restricted rules, we still have rules in Airbnb but it’s just for good living. You have to follow same rules what you did in your house, so obviously, this is better than hotel system.
And one concern: Safety
For current world nothing is safe but as I’m writing this article for Tokyo, Japan, they have very low crime rate record. From several sources, I’ve learned, in Japanese society doing a crime and for that going to prison is the worst thing, all the sudden criminal see a different society. To avoid this type of ‘social stigma’ most people don’t want to involve in any crimes. Besides, most Japanese people strictly follow the law and a routine life; they are mad for work!. Based on above circumstances I don’t think you’ll feel uncomfortable to stay in an Airbnb places. But I have to say, Airbnb is a place of trust, you are going to trust a stranger, who can be a really nice person or an unfriendly person. So the TIP is, don’t rent a house who have bad reviews or no review. Reviews are an important point because before you a lot of folks stayed there, if they found your host friendly, it’s very much possible, you’ll find that too. But for this point, the hotel has very good reputation. Every quality hotel maintains good security system.
Some TIPS to rent a Best Airbnb House in Tokyo
- As I found, a lot of Japanese house look similar, they follow some traditional rules. If you are a western citizen this will look like to you very different and confusing too. Look for modern houses if you like it.
- Location is super important, always rent a home near the rail station (in Japan train is fabulously popular and most people used here public transportation system) or bus station. Also look for grocery and restaurants facilities. A good Airbnb host always put this type of information in his/her description, some even provide a complete manual.
- Look for the light!. For me the instruction was, find a house who has a balcony and sunshine. I prefer quite house rather inside city central.
- If you visit alone then renting an entire house always the best option. Privacy is very important for all of us.
- Use Airbnb filters to make sure you only receive homes (in search page) you are looking for. Most common filters: Type of House/Room Type, obviously Price Range, have any kitchen or laptop-friendly workspace (More Filter>Amenities) and more.
- Reviews are super important, read them carefully. Never rent a home without any review (I am not telling they are bad but you just don’t know if they are good or bad!; why choose uncertainty?) or bad reviews.
- One last piece of advice, try to book your desired home at least 4-6 months before your travel date.
Based on my opinion, these are best Budget friendly Airbnb homes for Tokyo, Japan
- Customize the date based on your travel time and make sure if it’s available for you
- I used a certain filter to make sure it’s best suitable for us, you may need different requirements, so Please read house facilities carefully.
- Everyone choice is different, Please don’t blame me if you don’t like these places 🙂
- I have no affiliation with Airbnb.