Just like every other destination Japan has a variety of accommodation choices to fit any budget. From super cheap to super plush, find what fits your travel style! Cheaper options may take a little more searching to find one that suits your needs; this is mostly because they don't have large advertising budgets like more expensive places.
Budget Range $15 to $40 USD
*Youth Hostels: Shared dorm style rooms or single rooms with shared bathrooms & kitchens.
Examples: Timeout Tokyo List; Hosteling International; Hostel World
Budget Range $30 to $80 USD
*Backpacker Hotels: Small single rooms with shared facilities usually including kitchen space.
Timeout Tokyo List
*Minshuku/Pension: Single or double rooms with shared facilities, sometimes in a house or converted house.
(Note: Local area Minshuku lists can usually be found on the local tourism authority's websites.)
*Capsule Hotels: Small slot type rooms with shared facilities, usually near busy train stations.
Budget Range $0 to $200 USD
Airbnb: Varies widely but can be a room or whole apartment rented to travelers by the owner.
CouchSurfing: Grab a spot on a friendly local's couch! Results may vary.
Budget Range $50 to $120 USD
Business Hotels: Full rooms with private bathroom, rooms are generally a bit smaller than Americans are used to. Usually includes free Wi-Fi/Internet, full amenities and breakfast.
Examples: Toyoko Inn; Dormy Inn; Route Inn
*Budget Ryokan: Fully inclusive rooms, but sometimes shared bathrooms, between a Minshuku and higher range Ryokan in quality.
Examples: Japanese Inn Group
Budget Range $130 and up USD
Standard Hotels: Varies by price and amenities.
JNTO Hotel and Ryokan Search
*Ryokan: Nicely appointed traditional Japanese Inns, amenities vary by price.
(Remember Ryokan may seem a little pricy but most prices will also include meals.)
Other - Long Term Stays
Dorm & Apartment Rentals or Share Houses
Examples: Sakura House; Japan Experience
(Many hotels and other accommodations will have discount weekly or monthly rates, you just have to contact them!)
*This type of accommodation usually charges per-person, be sure to double check before you book.
**In Japan many accommodations will not take bookings more than 3 months in advance. If you attempt to book online and cannot do so outside of the 3 month window, double-check the lodging's booking policies.
***Average prices listed can vary by season or exchange rate.