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Best Places to Stay in Tokyo – 13 Hotels Recommended.

Are you ready to book your hotel for your Japan trip? Your answer is yes but now you are wondering where do you start.

Especially if you are first time travel to Japan or travel with your family, you might want to find a location that is easier to access anywhere, at least to some of the most popular attractions.

As you might hear about Tokyo is one of the busiest city in the world, there is an obviously different range of accommodations for you to choose. There are 23 districts to form this huge city, it would be hard for visitors to know where is the right location to choose the accommodation to stay.

Don’t be surprised if you spend hours and hours or days just to figure out where are the best places to stay in Tokyo.

What is the price range for Tokyo’s accommodations?

Tokyo is not a cheap city, but our experience tells us that Tokyo is not that expensive when it comes to hotels as it has different ranges for you to choose, from budget to luxury. Just bear in mind that usually the room rate will change according to the seasons, the super peak season is spring ( From late March to early May and this is including their golden week which is from 29th of Apr to 3-6 of May ) and usually with the highest rate, then autumn is also very busy, if you are planning to go during these two seasons, make sure you book your hotels very early as the rooms always out very fast.

Price Range

Budget: Under ¥12,000 / Per room ( About $115 USD )

Middle Range: Between ¥12,000- ¥25,000 / Per room ( About $115-$235 USD )

Luxury: Over ¥25,000 / Per room ( About $235 USD )

From the price range above you can easily find what is your need, if you are a backpacker with a super low budget, there are many options under ¥6000 / Per room ( Just about under $60 USD ) which gives you a really good deal.


What should I know before I book accommodations in Tokyo?

As you probably hear about the lands in Tokyo are very expensive, any restaurants, shops, houses will all use the best of their real estate even it is not a big property. So it is very common that the accommodations that you stay in are small even tiny, but their service would never disappoint you and based on my experiences it is always good value.

The other important thing is you should do some homework on where you wish to visit in Tokyo as this might affect your choice of where to stay. Especially if you are the first time to Tokyo, the complexity of their transportation will most likely confuse you a lot, therefore, get some ideas on where you want to go and start to look for the best area for you to stay.

City Central: Yamanote Line

As we know Tokyo is huge and it depends on how many days you are going to stay you might choose a couple of different locations to stay as well. If you are planning to visit most of the places, looking for many restaurants, shopping malls in the central city, stay near Yamanote Line ( 山手線 ) wouldn’t be wrong, many shops in the city central area will open till very late so you are going to experience Japanese nightlife if that is what you wish to see.

I have listed some famous attractions near these busy stations.

  • Ueno ( 上野 ) : Ueno Zoo, Ueno Onshi Park, Ameyoko
  • Akihabara ( 秋葉原 ) : Akihabara Electric Town
  • Shibuya ( 渋谷 ) : Meiji Jingu, Ometo-Sando, Takeshita Street
  • Asakusa ( 浅草 ) : Senso-ji, Tokyo Skytree
  • Shinjuku ( 新宿 ) : Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building observation room
  • Chuo ( 中央区 ) : Tsukiji Market
  • Hamamatsujou ( 浜松町 ) : Tokyo Tower

Going to further suburb?

You might want to plan your trip a little further, maybe just outside the central area, then the best choice might be to choose a location where you can transfer easily, such as Shinjuku, Tokyo Station, Asakusa or Shinagawa.

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  • Tokyo Station ( 東京駅 ) : Karuizawa ( 軽井沢 ), Kamakura ( 鎌倉 )
  • Shinjuku ( 新宿駅 ) : Lake Kawaguchi ( 河口湖 ), Hakone ( 箱根 ), Tokyo Disneyland
  • Shinagawa ( 品川駅 ) : Nagano ( 長野 )
  • Asakusa ( 浅草 ) : Nikko ( 日光 )

The stations above are great for easy for you to transfer from central to a lot of close-by suburb, only Shinagawa maybe not as excited as others but it is also a major transport hub that would be something that you want to consider.





Which area is the best for a budget?

There are lots of budget hostels and hotels out there for you to choose, also the capsule hotels are very popular for solo traveler and backpackers or even for someone who just wants to experience it.

Asakusa ( 浅草 ), Ikebukuro ( 池袋 ), Ueno ( 上野 ), Oshiage ( 押上 ), Kuramae ( 蔵前 ) are places that you can easily find the budget hostels and hotels.

Recommendation Hotels

6 areas in Tokyo, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Asakusa, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza

Now you have some ideas about where to stay, let’s have a look at my recommendation hotels.

Personally, there are 6 areas I recommend as shown on the map that I have circled.


1. Shinjuku

Kabuki-jo Shinjuku, Tokyo

Reasons:

  • Transportation is very convenient, you can easily access to any attractions.
  • On JR train Yamanote Line which is great for city sightseeing.
  • Great shopping area.
  • Local atmosphere.
  • Uncountable restaurants and shops for you to choose.
  • No hassle and bustle access to the airport.

Note:

Shinjuku is probably the busiest area for tourist, there are hundreds of hotels here, do expect hotel rooms in Shinjuku are typically quite small, the room rate usually starts from middle range in peak seasons, so if you are on a budget then you can try the areas mentioned above.

Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho

Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $100USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • About 10 minutes walking distance from JR Shinjuku station.
  • Good variety of breakfast and delicious.
  • Choose your own pillow.
  • 5 different gift for ladies who stay in.
  • Hot spring bath and Public bath are available.

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $205USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • Great location. About 3 minutes walking distance from JR Shinjuku station and bus terminal.
  • Kyushu style and good variety of breakfast.
  • 24hours front desk.
  • Many restaurants, shops and shopping mall around.
  • Rooms are bigger compared to other hotels.

Nishitetsu Inn Shinjuku

Nishitetsu Inn Shinjuku in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $200USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • Only 750m from Shinjuku Central Park and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.
  • Near Shinjuku Station and Nishi-shinijuku station.
  • Rooms are very modern.
  • Japanese style breakfast and very delicious.
  • About 15 minutes walking distance to the Isetan department store.

2.Shibuya

World Famous Scramble Crossing in Shibuya, Tokyo

Reasons:

  • Great location for experiencing the Japanese young generation.
  • Tons of department stores and famous restaurants at an affordable price.
  • Perfect area to immerse your self into Japanese nightlife.
  • Easy access to the airport.
  • Famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing.

Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae

Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $170USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • Located between Harajuku station and Shibuya station.
  • 5 minutes walking distance to Meiji Jingu.
  • 10 minutes walking distance to Yoyogi park and Takeshita street.
  • Good variety of breakfast and very delicious.
  • Western breakfast is also available.

Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel

Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $130USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • Great located in central Shibuya.
  • 3 minutes walking distance to the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing.
  • Only about 100m from Shibuya station.
  • 5 minutes walking distance to the famous Shibuya 109 Building.
  • 80 minutes to Narita international airport.
  • Close to other famous attractions and shopping malls such as Moyai Statue, Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Hikarie.





3.Ginza

Night Time in Ginza, Tokyo

Reasons:

  • Easy airport transport.
  • Only one stop to Tokyo station so it is great for region travel.
  • More luxury atmosphere makes you relax more as it is not so crowded.
  • Great location to do sightseeing in central Tokyo.
  • The wide price range for restaurants and shops.

Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande

Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $110USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • only one stop away from Ginza.
  • Easy to access to central Tokyo for sightseeing.
  • About 6 minutes walk to Tsukiji market.
  • Convenient to do city sightseeing.

Hotel Monterey Ginza

Hotel Monterey Ginza in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $120USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • Located in the heart of Ginza.
  • 1 minute walking distance to Ginza station.
  • 6 minutes walking distance to Yurakucho station.
  • European style decoration.
  • Only 6km to Asakusa and Senso-ji.
  • French and Italian cuisine are available.
  • Great value for its price.

4.Ueno

Famous Shopping Street, Ameyoko in Ueno, Tokyo

Reasons:

  • Super easy access to Narita international airport.
  • Great area for shopping and the local atmosphere.
  • Usually great value for the hotel price in this area.
  • Ueno Onshi Park is a famous spot for its cheery blossoms if you come in spring.
  • Famous and popular Ueno Zoo in the area.

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ueno-Okachimachi

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ueno-Okachimachi in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from $95USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • 6 minutes walking distance to Ueno Okachimachi station.
  • 5 minutes walking distance to Ameyoko.
  • Easy access to popular landmarks such as Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower and Japan Imperial Palace.
  • Only 3km to Tokyo station.
  • Modern hotel rooms.
  • Even the rooms are small but very good value.

Hotel Sardonyx Ueno

Hotel Sardonyx Ueno in TokyoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from $110USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • 3 minutes of walking distance to Ueno Okachimachi station.
  • 3 minutes of walking distance to Ameyoko.
  • Easy access to popular landmarks such as Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower and Japan Imperial Palace.
  • Rooms are fairly new and very cozy design.

5.Asakusa

Sensoji in Asakusa, Tokyo

Reasons:

  • Great location to immerse yourself into the Japanese atmosphere and traditional culture.
  • You can experience dressing up traditional Yukata here.
  • Famous landmarks in the area such as senso-ji, Tokyo Skytree, Nakemise shopping street.
  • Easy transfer to Narita and Haneda airport.
  • Many restaurants, shops, and izakaya at affordable price.

The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic

The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by HulicPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from $170USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • 2 minutes walking distance to Asakusa station and Senso-ji.
  • The lobby is on the 13th floor where you can see the Tokyo Skytree from the hotel.
  • Awesome scenery from the top floor.
  • French cuisine is available for 24 hours.
  • Dine in the open-air terrace space is available.

Richmond Hotel Asakusa

Richmond Hotel Asakusa in JapanPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $125USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • 3 minutes walking distance to Senso-ji and from Tsukuba Express Line’s Asakusa Station.
  • 10 minutes walking distance to Asakusa Subway Station.
  • Japanese and western-style breakfast both available.
  • 2 minutes walking distance to Asakusa ROX Shopping Cente
  • Italian café is available.





6.Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro station in Tokyo

Reasons:

  • Even Ikebukuro is not in the heart of Tokyo but the hotel price is great value.
  • Tons of restaurants and shops.
  • Direct access to the Narita airport by Narita Express ( N’EX ).
  • Easy access to any city attractions by Yamanote Line.

Super Hotel Lohas Ikebukuro-Eki Kitaguchi

Super Hotel Lohas Ikebukuro-Eki KitaguchiPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Price range from about $90USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • 5 minutes walking distance to JR Ikebukuro station.
  • 5 different gifts for ladies.
  • Choose the pillow that you like.
  • Public Onsen bath is available.
  • Room is small but great value.

The b Tokyo Ikebukuro

Price range from about $80USD~/room in low season.

Features:

  • 3 minutes walking distance to JR Ikebukuro station.
  • Affordable restaurants and shops nearby.
  • Great light in the room.
  • Rooms are small but cozy.
  • Free coffee available in the lobby.
  • Great value for its price.

Let us know your great ideas!

The recommendations above are a great value and a good location for you to go anywhere in central Tokyo, lots of restaurants and shops around so that you can enjoy a very Japanese atmosphere.

If you would like to look for more accommodations in Tokyo, you can use Booking.com here or the search box below to check all the hotels in Tokyo.



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Feel free to leave the comments and tell us which hotel is your favorite or provide us your hotel list if you would like to share. 🙂

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Oh by the way, please don’t be hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

4 Comments

  • Max

    This post contains so much great information on where you can stay in Japan. I live in China right now but I have always wanted to Live in Japan.

    I have heard thought that it is much better to visit a place first before you choose to live there. I moved my entire life to Thailand before I ever visited there, and while I don’t regret the decision at all, it might have been better to visit first.

    I plan to move to Japan next year but I will visit when I have my winter vacation in January. I like how you provided attractions around the areas that you can stay in. You provided a lot more information than was necessary so it is nice to see that you took the time to do your research.

    I will definitely be back to read more about Japan the closer my trip approaches.

    Cheers,

    Max

    • Jamie

      Hi Max!

      Wow sounds like you experienced lots of places too!
      I’m glad that you find this article helps!
      Japan is a really nice place to visit, living in Japan will be a very unique experience too!

      I agree with what you say about visit before you move since it is better to have a rough idea about the place you are going to stay for a while!

      Feel free to visit back this site as I bring up information and recommendations regularly and I love to share and help!

      Cheers.

      Jamie

  • Joo

    Thank you for these great recommendations! Will definitely be checking them out for my upcoming trip. I have been to Tokyo only once, but that was so many years back, I can’t even remember where I stayed.

    With your comprehensive list and clear explanation, I think I will zoom in on Asakusa and Ikebukuro.

    • Jamie

      Hi Joo,

      Thank you for your message!
      Asakusa and Ikebukuro both would be nice to stay, as Ikebukuro is more outside the Tokyo central, Asakusa is a great option if you wish to get closer to the center.
      You can find lots of good value accommodations here!

      Feel free to visit back this site as I will bring more information regularly!

      Cheers

      Jamie

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