The hipster crew behind northeastern Tokyo guesthouses Toco. and Nui. are at it again. This time they've struck down in Bakurocho with Citan, a hostel inside a renovated 90-year-old house. The exterior is more restaurant than hostel, and when you step inside you'll be greeted at a coffee stand accessible for guests and non-guests alike. The basement houses a large restaurant and bar, which opens from 6pm and serves light meals that go well with select picks off the extensive wine list.
As Tokyo gears up for the 2020 Olympics, the desperate need for rooms has seen a host of buildings being converted into an exciting new breed of boarding houses. We've rounded up the hottest hostels and budget hotels around, from one housed in a remodelled 90-year-old house to a spot where you can pretend you're on a sleeper train. And if you'd like some more options, check out our full list of the best budget hotels and hostels in Tokyo or our favourite old-school ryokan.