Translated by Lester Somera
Star Inn Tokyo - A Hostel Near Aoto Station With Great Airport Access
Written by 木月ハチ
If you want to comfortably travel around Tokyo, you'll need lodging with easy access to Narita Airport and major locations. How about staying at Star Inn Tokyo?
After your flight arrives at Narita Airport, you can expect to have some trouble lugging your bags around. In a giant metropolis like Tokyo, making train transfers is a real pain, as well. Since that’s the case, how about staying in a hotel that’s easy to get to?
Star Inn Tokyo, operated by an owner with their own backpacking experience, is accessible via a nonstop train ride from Narita Airport. All of the staff members speak English, so they can help you with your trip! You may also be able to get some deep info about the best sights in Tokyo!
Born from a Bad Train Transfer Experience
Star Inn Tokyo opened in 2015, and was built in a renovated soba shop. You can still feel the vestiges of the building’s time as a soba shop in the air of the hostel. The owner says that when he was going around Italy as a backpacker, he took the wrong train and got into serious trouble. Due to that experience, he decided to open a hostel near Aoto Station on the Keisei Line, easily accessible from the airport.
Arrive at Aoto Station from the Airport Without Making Any Transfers!
Aoto Station, Star Inn Tokyo’s closest station, is on the Keisei Line which links Narita Airport to Tokyo. Even limited express trains stop at Aoto Station. This limited express doesn’t require any additional fares to ride, so it’s much more reasonable compared to other limited express train fares at 920 yen. If you stay here, there’s no need to lug your heavy suitcase and bags onto the crowded Tokyo trains.
Aoto Station is a convenient base to use for sightseeing, as well. The popular tourist spot Tokyo Skytree is a mere five minutes from Aoto Station, ten minutes to Asakusa and 15 minutes from Nippori and Ueno. Tokyo Disney Resort can be directly accessed from the Kannana Shuttle Bus stop at the eastern crossing of Aoto Station, and the fare is 410 yen.
Also, you can get from Aoto Station to Shinagawa Station, a key Shinkansen stop, as well as to Haneda Airport, on one train. We also recommend staying near Aoto Station for people who plan on traveling to see cities in other regions.
A Handmade Sign Greets Visitors at the Entrance
Head through the busy street leading from Aoto Station and you will arrive at Star Inn Tokyo after five minutes. You’ll probably try to enter from the sliding door at the front, which was in use back when the building housed a soba shop, but the hostel’s front door is actually on the right side of the building. The word “welcome” written above the door is your landmark. Be careful upon opening the as the door slides.
The Blackboard Wall Is an Eyecatcher!
Enter the entrance-way and you might be surprised at how different the vibe is from the outside. The wall has the hostel rules and travelers’ messages from all over the world, scrawled on the blackboard. The stainless-steel ceiling is apparently a remnant of the room’s past life as the soba shop kitchen.
Take Off Your Shoes in the Entrance Hall
Shoes are lined up at the entrance. This hostel, like typical Japanese homes, doesn’t allow footwear indoors, so change into some slippers at the entrance.
Enjoy Making a Meal in the Kitchen
There is a kitchen area next to the front desk, so you can whip something up for yourself. Supplies and even fresh vegetables are available at the nearby supermarket, so vegan guests can have peace of mind. If you’re looking for a restaurant near the hostel, ask at the front desk and the staff will help you find what you’re looking for. They’ll also be able to assist you if you’re a vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions.
Enjoy Sake and Games in the Lounge Area
While the hostel doesn’t serve meals, you can order four small sake cups for 600 yen. Nintendo consoles and other games are set up in the lounge, so you won’t get bored.
Several Types of Rooms!
Star Inn Tokyo has several different types of rooms available for guests. The co-ed dormitory rooms, which have loft beds, are 1500 yen a night. There are double rooms, triple rooms, and Japanese-style rooms with tatami flooring, as you can see in the photo. Unfortunately, families with young children cannot use the rooms, so be careful when making a reservation.
One night’s stay in a private room is 2500 yen per person. Up to five people can stay in a Japanese-style room, so we recommend choosing this option if you want your group to stay together, and if you’d like to try sleeping on futons in a tatami room. Experience waking up to soft light filtering through the shoji screen door, surrounded by the pleasant fragrance of tatami.
* Information about travel time and costs is current as of February 2017. It may be subject to change.