Here is a list of the very best Airbnb’s in Tokyo for families.
We created this list as it can be particularly difficult to find affordable accommodation for families traveling together.
Standard hotel rooms are small and very often can only accommodate 2 persons. Some hotels do squeeze 2 double or 4 single beds into a small room leaving you almost no space to move, let alone to store your luggage.
I should add that outside the major cities the rooms are larger, as is the case in hotels situated near amusement parks.
But to find a comfortably-sized room In Tokyo you should look at hotels of major western chains, whose prices tend to be more expensive, suites, connecting rooms, or Airbnb. The latter is almost always the best option, not only in terms of price but also in terms of comfort.
You will be able to have breakfast together in the shared kitchen or dining area and you can end the day together, exchanging stories and sharing drinks in the living area.
Here are a number of family-sized apartments in Tokyo that we selected based on strict criteria that we outline below.
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Is Airbnb safe in Tokyo
Japan is a very safe country and its capital boasts a very low crime rate.
In general, you should be safe when staying in an Airbnb in Tokyo, but to be sure, we listed a common scam and some other things to look out for in this article.
Is Airbnb legal in Tokyo
Yes, Airbnb is totally legal in Tokyo. Hosts need to register their properties though.
Since Japan has introduced this regulation Airbnb did a major cleanup, removing all those who did not provide their registration number to the platform.
Appartments that are showing on the website today should be in line with the regulation.
What to look for when choosing an Airbnb in Tokyo
Tokyo counts numerous Airbnb’s.
The list is enormous even if you limit your selection to apartments large enough to accommodate at least 4 people.
These are the criteria we used to find the very best family Airbnb’s in Tokyo:
Good locations in popular tourist areas
Tokyo is a very extended city and worth discovering after dark.
Even though there is a well-functioning system of metros and trains it’s still better to put yourself where all the action is if you want to experience the city both at day and at night.
We limited our selection to Superhosts.
These are experienced hosts that respond to guests quickly, have at least 80% 5-star reviews, and most importantly, cancel rarely.
There’re cases of hosts canceling reservations of guests on very short notice (like just a few weeks out) Nothing is more frustrating than having to search for a place to stay on the very last minute, knowing that you will be homeless if you don’t find anything.
This can be a huge problem if you’re traveling with a large party.
In areas where we didn’t find a super host this is clearly mentioned in the review.
We managed to select apartments with at least 2 bedrooms in all parts of the city with the exception of Tokyo Station. In that district, we could only find properties with 1 bedroom.
It’s important to pay attention to the number of bedrooms.
You will find plenty of apartments that sleep 12 or 16 guests in 2 or 3 bedrooms.
Although technically possible it takes away a lot of the comfort if you need to remodel your living room daily to create room for a bed.
Pay close attention to the sleeping arrangements when you choose a property and know that, due to the tiny size of Japanese apartments, the use of a floor mattress, air mattress or sofa bed will probably mean you need to rearrange a part of the apartment.
English speaking host
We only selected Airbnb’s where the property owner spoke English.
We limited our selection to properties managed by hosts that indicated they spoke English and we checked the English reviews to see if they contained more information about how well (or bad) he mastered the language.
We take it for granted that a host speaks well English if a property has a large number of English reviews and none of them speak badly about his English.
Best area to stay in Tokyo with family or kids-Quick guide
This quick guide is for those who don’t have time or want to read the complete post.
Where to stay in Tokyo with family
We have provided a selection of large Airbnb properties in all major touristy districts in Tokyo. Where you want to stay is largely depending on what you want to see and do in Tokyo.
Shinjuku is a good all-round area with exciting nightlife and good connections to other parts of the city. This makes it a good choice for first-timers.
If you prefer to retreat to a more laid-down area after a busy day of exploring you should look into staying in neighboring Harajuku.
Well-connected with the Yamanote line but not as lively as many other parts of the city.
Where to stay in Tokyo with kids
It’s best to stay near the Yamanote line with small children because it can be a whole expedition to take the trains or the metro with strollers.
Most stations have elevators although some are rather small and will require foldable strollers.
If you need to change trains at bigger stations you may sometimes also need to walk to the other side of the station to get to the elevator.
This is less of a problem if you don’t mind carrying your stroller up and down the stairs but it’s just easier if you position yourself strategically in the center of the city with easy access to most of the sights.
The Yamanote line will do just that. It’s the best JR line for tourists with stops close to many of the major sights.
This brings it down to Shinjuku, Shibuya or Harajuku.
In Shinjuku we would advise staying as close to Shinjuku station as your budget allows it.
A hotel close to Shibuya station is a viable alternative. Thirdly, Harajuku located between the two other districts is ideal if you prefer a quieter area.
The JR Keiyo line takes 30 minutes to reach Shinjuku station and you would need to change to reach most of the sights.
Now let’s have a detailed look at each of the districts.
Best area in Tokyo for families
Best location to stay in Airbnb Tokyo: Central
Shinjuku (Central West)
Shinjuku is probably the most vibrant district which makes it the best place to stay in Tokyo to feel the heartbeat of the city.
Shinjuku station, the district’s busy transportation hub, splits the area in half.
To the east of the station is the nightlife district, west of it is a business district with government buildings and hotels.
Both parts are as juxtaposed as neighboring areas could possibly be, one with bright lights and 24/7 entertainment, and the other more regal, with towering vistas such as from the Metropolitan Government Building.
The eastern side of the district is where most of the tourist attractions appear, but we’d encourage you to explore both sides—you wouldn’t want to miss Shinjuku Gyoen, a large park and a perfect spot to see the cherry blossoms, on the quieter side of Shinjuku, for example.
Staying in Shinjuku is a great choice for side-trips as well as you’ve many direct connections from Shinjuku station.
Right next to the station is the famous restaurant alley, Omoide Yokocho, also commonly referred to as Piss Alley.
Pros and cons
- Lots of shops, restaurants, and nightlife making it the most vibrant district in Tokyo.
- Excellent transportation options: Close to Shinjuku station and the JR Yamanote loop line.
- Convenient for day trips.
- Convenient to get to the airport.
- Very busy day and night.
- Because it’s so popular accommodation tends to be more expensive than in other areas.
This is the best place to stay in Tokyo for tourists as there are many shops and restaurants. You will also have convenient access to Shinjuku station and the JR Yamanote line. It is also a good area to stay if you plan on doing day trips from Tokyo.
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Best Airbnb in Shinjuku for families
Entire apartment hosted by Midori
- 6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1,5 baths
Clean, modern apartment located in a quiet street and a short walk from Shinjuku station.
The apartment is huge by Japanese standards. You have 2 bedrooms and the sofa in the living room can be used as a sofabed.
The good thing about the room layout of this apartment is that the living room is separate from the dining area.
Even when the sofa is converted into a bed you still have place to sit and eat.
The host, Midori, is very helpful and responsive.
There is a convenience store and several restaurants nearby.
- Pocket Wifi
- Apple TV
- Complimentary bicycles
Entire apartment hosted by Asawa family
- 8 guests, 3 bedrooms, 5 beds, 1 bath
This property counts three bedrooms and has space for eight guests. It makes the Asawa apartment a no-contest winner in the area.
It may feel a little cramped for 8 adults but its room layout is great for two couples traveling with kids.
It’s in a good and relatively quiet location, only a minute from Okubo station.
The property has a kitchen but no large table to seat all guests.
With loads of restaurants within walking distance, this may not be that big of a problem.
The hosts are friendly and responsive and give great advice for visiting families on how to enjoy the region.
Tall guests may need to duck in places, but the cleanliness factor is sure to impress.
- Pocket Wifi
- Air conditioning
Entire house hosted by Toki
- Up to 20 guests, 5 bedrooms, 11 beds, and 2 baths
This is a huge apartment by Japanese standards and ideal if you are traveling with a large group.
The rooms are spread out across 3 floors.
If you share the apartment with 20 people it may feel a little like sardines in a can but groups of 13 and 14 people can comfortably sit together in the shared living room.
Although the apartment lies in a quiet neighborhood it is within walkable distance to central Shinjuku.
The neighborhood has several restaurants and there are convenience stores within walking distance as well.
The host is very helpful and responsive.
- Air conditioning
- Separate entrance
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Tokyo Station (Central Tokyo)
Shinjuku might be overwhelming with its busy streets and neon lights. Tokyo Station is quite the opposite, it’s a very corporate area with wide boulevards, high-rise office towers, and brand new shopping malls.
The district has less of the charm of Shinjuku but the station is a key-asset.
At least 16 different trains call at the station, including the Shinkansen that quickly transport you to other major cities such as Osaka and Kyoto.
The area north of the station is called Marunouchi which means “inside the enclosures”. It is where you find the Imperial Palace.
At the time that the palace was still an Edo castle the grounds used to be even bigger and included the whole of the Marunouchi.
South of the station is a district called Yaesu. It houses several hotels, restaurants, and bars as well as a shopping arcade with direct access to the train station.
Ginza, the premium shopping district of Japan and an area with a wide selection of fancy restaurants is just one stop on the Marunouchi line.
All other tourist attractions can be conveniently reached by train or metro from Tokyo station.
Pros and cons
- Quieter neighborhood.
- Great base for day trips especially for the Tokyo Bay area and for traveling between cities.
- Less nightlife.
This is the best place to stay in Tokyo if you prefer to be in a quieter neighborhood with lots of restaurants and bars.
Best Airbnb near Tokyo station
Room in aparthotel hosted by Mikoto
- 5 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, and 1 bath
This property is located in Akihabara, the fascinating electronics and anime district of Tokyo, just 4 minutes by train from Tokyo station.
Mikoto’s place is a very spacious apartment with lots of place to store your luggage available for a very fair price.
It has only one bedroom which means that other guests will need to sleep on the sofa bed in the living room.
We’ve added this option since there aren’t any Airbnb options with two or more bedrooms in the neighborhood.
The apartment is very conveniently located, only a few minutes away from bustling Tokyo Station by JR.
The amenities provided are very complete, there are even charging cables for your phone.
One thing missing is a can opener so don’t rush to the convenience store to buy all sorts of canned food unless you also buy a can opener…
- Apple TV
- Washing machine and dryer
Ginza (Central Tokyo)
Ginza is the upscale shopping and entertainment district located South of Tokyo station.
You will find stores of all upscale brands along with fancy restaurants, all catering to a high-heeled clientele.
The shops are open 7 days a week.
During the weekends the main shopping boulevard, Chuo Dori, is closed to traffic from noon till 5 PM. ( 6 PM April through September)
The Tsukiji Fish Market is also popular among tourists. It is located at the east-south border of Ginza. You can no longer witness the tuna auction, this is now held at a brand new building in the harbor, but the outer market is still a great place to eat delicious fresh seafood.
The Imperial Palace is about a 15-20 minute walk from Ginza.
Other tourist attractions can be reached with the JR Yamanote line from Shimbashi station or Yurakucho station.
Pros and cons
- Perfect for shopping addicts that like high fashion and luxury goods.
- Less crowded than Shinjuku or Shibuya.
- Convenient location with several subway stations around.
- Ginza houses some of the best restaurants in Tokyo.
- During the weekend Central Chuo Dori street is closed to automobile traffic and becomes a large pedestrian zone.
- It can lack a bit of charm and history.
Ginza is the best place to stay in Tokyo if you want to shop till you drop. It has plenty of restaurants but it gets quieter by late evening.
Airbnb in Ginza
Entire apartment hosted by Itoe
- 6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bath
This apartment is in a great central location, 10-15 minutes walk to Ginza. There are several shops, metro stations, and places to eat nearby.
The two bedrooms each sleep two people, one with a double, the other twins. Two more people can sleep on the convertible bed in the living area.
The large windows make the apartment very light and they can also be opened to bring fresh air in.
The apartment also has a powerful AC for the hot summer months.
The host is very responsive and helpful and the self-check-in makes it a lot easier because you don’t need to set an appointment with him for your arrival time.
- Air conditioning
- Little balcony
Harajuku – Shibuya (Central West)
No other district in Tokyo knows nightlife like Shinjuku but Shibuya is a close second. The clubs and bars in Shibuya draw a younger crowd.
Shibuya got its popularity from Shibuya crossing which is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. This is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan.
It’s easy to miss it in the crowds but the crossing also features a statue of Hachiko, Tokyo’s most famous dog which even has his own movie “Hachiko, a dog’s tale.”
You will also find plenty of restaurants and shops.
One popular shopping avenue is Omotesando-Dori which was originally designed as a grand approach to the Meiji shrine located in Yoyogi park in neighboring Harajuku.
Omotesando Avenue is sometimes compared to the Champs – Elysées.
It’s a prime location for shops and showcases some interesting architecture but it still pales in comparison to its French counterpart.
Harajuku is a more laid-back district but it is very well located strategically as it is perched in between the two main nightlife districts, Shinjuku and Shibuya.
Shibuya station is located next to the namesake intersection and is serviced by 11 train and metro lines, one of them is the important JR Yamanote loop line.
Pros and cons
- Convenient transport connections to the airport as well as other places.
- Lots of restaurants and shops around.
- Alive day and night.
- Lots of nightlife.
- Very busy especially during the weekends.
- This area attracts a younger audience.
- Fewer hotel choices compared with other areas.
Shibuya is another great place to stay with lots of restaurants and bars. The only drawback compared to Shinjuku is that it lacks a great transportation hub like Shinjuku station. Shibuya station is excellent to get around the capital but side trips will often require changing trains.
Best Airbnb in Shibuya
Entire apartment hosted by Taiyo team
- 7 guests, 2 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bath
This stylish apartment lies in Harajuku, one of the best areas in Tokyo.
It lies in the middle of cat street, full of designer and vintage shops, perfect if you love to shop.
It’s a short walk to Shibuya where you find even more entertainment.
This Airbnb is perfect to sleep, 4 people. It has 2 bedrooms each with a double bed. An extra bed can be added to the second bedroom and the sofa can serve as a sofa bed.
Although the apartment can accommodate up to 7 people, it may feel a bit tight if it’s used at full capacity.
Guests loved the expansive balcony from where you can enjoy the neighborhood and all said that the place was spotlessly clean.
The self-check-in is a convenient option for when you would arrive late.
The host is very responsive and helpful before, during, and after your stay.
- Air conditioning
Origami apartment hosted by Moshi Moshi rooms
- 6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bath
This originally-themed room is an ode to classic Japanese papercraft. It is a two-bedroom apartment in Harajuku and a true work of art.
The Japanese theme is extended to the beds which means that you will sleep on futons on the floor.
Each bedroom sleeps, 3 people.
It’s a great location for some original photoshoots. You can wear the complimentary kimono’s to make some stylish shots.
The apartment is located on the fourth floor and can only be accessed with a narrow staircase.
If you have heavy luggage the hosts can help you settle and they will be there again when you leave.
The property is located a little further from the train station, certainly with heavy luggage in tow, but the decorations, cleanliness, and location make up for this.
- Kimono’s provided
- Air conditioning
Best area to stay in Tokyo: outside Central
Asakusa is located north-east of central Tokyo. For centuries up until world war 2, it used to be the prime entertainment district of Tokyo.
At that time it was even located outside the city’s borders.
The Asakusa district is a good district to stay in Tokyo if you plan on visiting the Sensoji temple together with the nearby Kaminari gate, Nakamise street and Asakusa Shrine
It was severely bombed during the war and completely reconstructed afterward. Tokyo has continued growing and nowadays Asakusa is within the city’s boundaries but it still has the atmosphere of back then.
There’s better entertainment to be found in other parts of the city but a visit to this part of the city is well worth it to feel the appeal the streets used to have during their glory days.
You can’t stay in Asakusa and not visit the Sensoji temple, this place of worship draws many disciples and tourists daily.
Another landmark of the district is the Tokyo Skytree which opened in 2012.
Pros and cons
- Quiet and laid back area.
- Much more budget accommodations.
- Overall a cheaper area to stay.
- Slightly less well located.
Asakusa lacks major transportation hubs which makes it not as good connected to other parts of the city and less attractive for first-time visitors.
The district does have some interesting sights of its own though such as the Sensoji temple and the Tokyo Skytree.
Best Airbnb in Asakusa
Entire apartment hosted by Kino
- 7 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, and 2 baths
This apartment is located very well within effortless reach of everything you might need in the area.
It has 2 bedrooms and offers excellent value for money on the whole.
The first bedroom has 2 double beds, you can spread out floor mattresses in the other bedroom to sleep 3 more people.
Although Kino doesn’t have the Superhost label, she’s very friendly and always helpful when you need something.
We could not find any properties in Asakusa that were managed by a Superhost and accommodated more than 3 guests.
It is too small to handle large luggage adequately, but the amenities and comfort of the rooms make up for the typical poky Japanese layout.
Be prepared for a steep staircase entryway.
- Private entrance
- Air conditioning
- Washer but no dryer
If this is your first visit to Tokyo I would definitely advise staying in Shinjuku or the Tokyo station area. Staying in these areas will grant you more time to explore the city’s many interesting sights, time you will otherwise spend traveling on the trains, or the metro system.
Shinjuku has our preference as this vibrant neighborhood has more restaurants, better nightlife, and much more charm than the business-like district around Tokyo station which becomes rather dead once all the offices are closed.
The Tokyo Station area is great if you prefer to retreat to a more relaxed area because you still have direct access to many other parts of the city.
It also works great for your first night or last night in the city because all Shinkansen stop at this station and it is directly linked with Narita airport.
Shibuya and Ginza are other areas you might consider. The many train and metro lines that service Shibuya station makes Shibuya the favorite of these two.
I would not consider any of the areas outside Central Tokyo on a first-time visit, even though staying in Asakusa might save you a few bucks it also means you will end up having less time to see the city’s impressive sights.
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