October 2022: Please note First Cabin Tsukiji has now permanently closed. See our Tokyo Hotels page for hand-picked recommendations of Tokyo hotels to suit all budgets and tastes. For a quick overview of the best areas to stay in Tokyo, see our Where To Stay In Tokyo page.
Modeled on the private rooms of an airline lounge, First Cabin Tsukiji is a decent choice for those on a tight budget. It’s near the fish market.
First Cabin is located in Tsukiji, which is not the most convenient location in Tokyo (after you’ve seen Tsukiji Fish Market, you’ve pretty much exhausted the neighborhood sights). But, it’s close to a subway station, so you aren’t that far from the rest of Tokyo.
The concept for the First Cabin chain is a first-class seat in an airliner or those sleeping rooms you find in some good airport lounges. What this means is a very small room with just a curtain to close it off from the hall. So, it’s really more like a guesthouse. The rooms are pretty comfortable – a step up from a capsule hotel, which is the main competition in this price range. Bathroom facilities are shared and they’re pretty nice.
In summary, this is a good choice for those on a really tight budget. But, if you’re willing to spend a few thousand yen more, you can get a proper room with an en suite bathroom at a simple business hotel in Tokyo. See our Best Tokyo Budget Hotels page for some recommendations.
First Cabin Tsukiji
2-11-10 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0045
Subway: 1-minute walk from exit 4 of Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line.
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