Why stay in Tokyo?
Tokyo is Japan's capital and it's a gigantic, compact and crowded city. It's technologically modern and yet parts of the city retain something of Japan's cultural history. Tokyo's various districts each has its own distinct personality, so whatever pictures you've seen of the city probably won't do it justice. Tokyo is not all enormous neon signs or concrete jungle, nor is it all Imperial Gardens or temples. The city really has something for everyone.
Regardless of your agenda in Tokyo, you'll probably want to visit the temples in the Asakusa district, the Imperial Gardens in the Chiyoda district and the Meiji Shrine in the Harajuku district. There are also lots of interesting and/or quirky (depending on your taste) museums around the city. After that, part of the Tokyo experience involves just getting out into the city's crowded streets and taking it all in. There are a few skyscrapers with commanding views of the city from which you might want to attempt to get your bearings, but don't be afraid of being overwhelmed in Tokyo - that's part of what a visit to Tokyo is about. And don't forget to save some energy for some serious nighttime karaoke action.
Certain districts of Tokyo will be more apt to have budget accommodations, such as the areas around Asakusa and Ueno, but getting around the city is easy enough that it shouldn't matter too much where your hostel is. Also keep in mind that "hostels" aren't just for the young anymore - they're ideal for budget-minded travelers who want to meet fellow travelers. A few notable Tokyo hostels are highlighted here.
Backpackers Hostel Ks House Tokyo was opened in June 2006 and is near a subway stop in the Asakusa area. Sakura Hostel Asakusa is in the heart of the Asakusa area, a short distance from the area's temples, shrines and pagoda.
>Asakusa Toukaisou is also in the Asakusa area close to Ueno, and has both private rooms for two-six people or mixed dorms available. Homeikan is in a quiet neighborhood near Tokyo University near a subway station.
And if none of these properties sounds like exactly what you're looking for, there's no need to worry - there are plenty more Tokyo hostels listed here. Keep reading descriptions until one of them strikes your fancy.
If you haven't already booked your flight, search for cheap airfare to Tokyo and get on your way. And don't forget to read more about the city before you go in the Tokyo Travel Guide.