A great location in central Tokyo, a Japanese restaurant popular with area office workers for its ¥1,500 lunch (including a salad bar and choice of main entree), and reasonable rates for Western-style rooms have made this a favorite domicile for everyone from business travelers and educators to youth groups for decades. Established in 1957 and recently renovated, it has the atmosphere of a college dorm, with tiny, mostly single rooms equipped with the basics: a double-size bed (all beds are extra long), wall-mounted TV, and desk. These are great for one person, but they’re also sold for two people at the same price, making for inexpensive (if cramped) quarters. There are only 47 twin rooms (including twins with a sofa that can be turned into an extra bed). Probably my favorite feature of the hotel is that it's in a quiet residential area but only a 15-minute walk to Roppongi or Akasaka, or one station away by subway. Aoyama Dori, lined with shops and restaurants on its way to Omotesando, is just a 5-minute walk away.