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Where to stay in Tokyo

Tokyo skyline with Tokyo Tower at twilight in Japan

Tokyo is one of the best places to visit in the Asia Pacific. Being Japan’s capital city and one of the most populous cities in Asia, there are several places you can stay in Tokyo and more than enough things to keep you occupied. The great thing about Tokyo is that city is interconnected with great infrastructure and an easy-to-use transport system so mobility is not an issue when staying in Tokyo.

Tokyo is massive, so we have put together a great guide on different areas in Tokyo to stay as well as where to stay in Tokyo on a budget, the best hotels in Tokyo, the best places to stay in Tokyo Japan, the best areas to stay in Tokyo for nightlife lovers and of course the best family hotels in Tokyo.

This guide will cover all types of Tokyo accommodation options from hostels to luxury Tokyo hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Tokyo Japan, the best Tokyo hotels, the best places in Tokyo to visit, the best places to stay in Tokyo, and hotels near Tokyo attractions, in this Tokyo neighbourhood guide.

Below are 16 of the best neighbourhoods in Tokyo to help you make the right decision when trying to work out best area to stay in Tokyo for you. We have tried to make the guide as easy to follow as possible. We have also included some things to do or places to visit within the areas in Tokyo so you can use this as a go to guide.

Quick note: Prices will obviously vary from high season to low season, in some cases by almost 60%! Times to avoid are Golden Week (end April-early May) Obon (mid August), cherry blossom season and Christmas/New year’s.

Recommended times to go are, Late March/early April (however book as early as possible), when you can see cherry blossom trees come to life.

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Shinjuku- Best Area To Stay in Tokyo for Foodies

Shinjuku is basically in the heart of Tokyo and is home to the largest railway station (Shinjuku train station) in all of Tokyo. Shinjuku is divided into two regions the Eastern region and the western region.

On the eastern side of Shinjuku, you’ll find an active nightlife scene within Tokyo’s infamous red light district featuring Robot Cabarets as well as thousands of bars, cafés and restaurants, Shinjuku eateries prepare the best Tokyo dishes.

The vibrant nightclubs and karaoke rooms in neon-lit East Shinjuku and posh hotel bars and restaurants in the Skyscraper District are all included in Shinjuku City. A popular observation deck is located on the Tokyo Metropolitan Building, and Mount Hakone rises over a peaceful urban parkland.

One of the favourite cafés is the Owl Cafe in Akihabara, where you can get up close and personal with an owl. Shinjuku is also very well known as a large shopping district, with the majority of hotels in Shinjuku Tokyo. Shinjuku is considered the best area to stay in Tokyo.

The Shinjuku neighbourhood, which features a variety of pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs, is renowned for being especially inclusive and LGBT friendly. The area is renowned for its excellent food, beverages, and atmosphere. There are thought to be 300 LGBT bars and nightclubs in the neighbourhood.

On the western side, there are several high-rise buildings and government offices found in this area. There are also a number of modern hotels where you can stay in Shinjuku. In both regions, you’ll enjoy several things to do including sightseeing in town

Where to stay in Shinjuku Tokyo

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Shinjuku
Book And Bed Tokyo Shinjuku
Tokyo House INN S&G
Imano Tokyo Hostel
UNPLAN Shinjuku

Budget accommodation in Shinjuku
Toyoko Inn Tokyo Shinjuku Kabukicho
Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel
City Hotel Dolphin
Sophiearth Apartment

Mid Range accommodation in Shinjuku
HOTEL AMANEK Shinjuku Kabukicho
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Chuo
Premier Hotel Cabin Shinjuku

Family Friendly accommodation in Shinjuku
Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho
Tokyu Stay Shinjuku Eastside
Hotel Empire in Shinjuku
Blue Empire Hotel

Luxury accommodation in Shinjuku
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Grand
Hilton Tokyo Hotel
Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, an IHG Hotel
Park Hyatt Tokyo

Shinjuku Tokyo, Japan - Godzilla junction Famous place in Shinjuku Tokyo Japan , very most entertainment , bar and restaurant zone, now Tokyo preparing for Japan 2020 olympic game

Roppongi – Where To Stay for Tokyo Nightlife

Roppongi is a district of Minato, Tokyo, which is well known for being a “party town”. The nightlife is considered the best in Tokyo, offering a large number of foreigner-friendly bars, restaurants and of course night clubs, as well as high-end bars and restaurants.

Roppongi also caters for the expat community in Toyko. Ironically Roppongi is also home to a lot of foreign embassies, so keep this in mind if you plan to party too hard and get in trouble with the police.

The vibrant entertainment district of Roppongi attracts both locals and visitors to its buzzing late-night bars and clubs. The huge Roppongi Hills skyscraper complex attracts people on foot during the day for its observation deck, designer clothing stores, and the Mori Art Museum, which features changing exhibitions of modern art from across the world. The expansive gallery of the the National Art Center, which is also close by.

This area isn’t all about partying, it also offers a lot to all those art lovers out there. The National Art Centre is Japan’s largest art museum, together with Roppongi Hills’ Mori Art Museum and Suntory Museum of Art, which forms the “Art Triangle”.

Something else to keep in mind is that Roppongi is not on the Yamanote Line (loop line) so it can make getting around Tokyo a little more difficult, however not impossible, just a little inconvenient at times.

As for sights in Roppongi, I would recommend checking out the Tokyo City View Observation Deck to take in the views of the massive city as well as the above museums and art galleries.

Where to stay in Roppongi Tokyo

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Roppongi
Hotel Adonis Tokyo – Male only Dormitory & Private room for Group
54Journey 東京赤坂ホステル

Budget accommodation in Roppongi
Roppongi Plaza Hotel
Comfort Inn Tokyo Roppongi
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo Roppongi
Maison Roppongi

Mid Range accommodation in Roppongi
APA Hotel Roppongi Ekimae
APA Hotel & Resort Roppongi-Eki-Higashi
remm Roppongi
Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo-Roppongi

Family Friendly accommodation in Roppongi
Act Hotel Roppongi
The Lively Tokyo Azabujuban
Roppongi Cat House601
Azabu Modern House

Luxury accommodation in Roppongi
Mitsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Tokyo Premier
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Azabu Ten Tokyo

Tokyo, japn - Tourist walk around maman spider that located at mori art museum, roppongi hill, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Area) – Where To Stay in Tokyo for Train Travel

Marunouchi Area is located in Tokyo’s prestigious business district and is home to the most important train station (Tokyo Station), including the terminal station of the Tokaido shinkansen line (for easy access to Kyoto), where you are able to catch the Shinkansen bullet train.

The pre-war prominent red brick building, Tokyo station not only offers travel via train, but it also offers hotels, restaurants and an art gallery.

Marunouchi is a great area for shopping with one of the city’s main department stores and is considered the best area to stay in Tokyo.

Marunouchi is also home to Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, which is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Sadly visitors are not allowed on the grounds of the palace however its still a sight to see from the outside from the deep moat and imposing stone walls of the perimeter.

A modern business neighbourhood called Marunouchi surrounds the magnificent Imperial Palace East Gardens. The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum showcases 19th-century European paintings in a structure from the Meiji era, while the Tokyo Station Gallery exhibits modern art and architecture amid a bustling transit hub.

Noodle bars and trendy fusion restaurants are among the dining choices, and high-end designers and national chain stores are among the shopping options.

On the western side of Tokyo Station, Marunouchi is accessible via a number of shinkansen lines, the JR Yamanote Line, as well as numerous additional urban, suburban, and underground lines. Five metro lines stop at Otemachi Station, which is close by. Below we will check out the hotels near Tokyo Station.

Where to stay in Marunouchi/ Tokyo Station

Budget accommodation in Marunouchi
Hotel Intergate Tokyo Kyobashi
Belken Hotel Tokyo
Super Hotel Premier Tokyo Station Yaesu-Chuoguchi
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Kyobashi

Mid Range accommodation in Marunouchi
Marunouchi Hotel
Hotel Monte Hermana Tokyo
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyobashi
Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station

Family Friendly accommodation in Marunouchi
karaksa hotel TOKYO STATION
karaksa hotel colors Tokyo Yaesu
Mimaru Tokyo Hatchobori
Mimaru Tokyo Station East

Luxury accommodation in Marunouchi
Oakwood Premier Tokyo
The Tokyo Station Hotel
Shangri-La Tokyo
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

View of Tokyo station building at twilight time. Marunouchi business district, Tokyo, Japan.

Shibuya – Where To Stay in Tokyo With Kids

Shibuya is another huge shopping and transport hub on the west side of the Yamanote Train Line. It’s perfect for families as it offers convenient transport connections, heaps of shops, restaurants, bars and lots of sightseeing attractions – everything is within easy walking distance.

It is however a little less busy than Shinjuku and a bit more targeted to the younger crowd, being one of the best area to stay in Tokyo for tourists. Shibuya prides itself on being the centre of youth and fashion culture, you may catch an eyeful or a funky new fashion trend!

A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large road intersection in front of the station’s Hachiko Exit. The intersection has a lot of neon advertisements and giant video screens on large billboards on the surrounding buildings, which gets flooded by pedestrian traffic each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo spot.

Shibuya is a hub for youth fashion and culture, and many of Japan’s entertainment and fashion trends originated on its streets. Throughout the neighbourhood, there are a huge amount of department stores and shopping centres that appeal to all types of shoppers.

One of Tokyo’s most well-known neighbourhoods, Shibuya is a destination for dining, shopping, and entertainment (both local and international). Also, it is the location of the well-known Scramble Crossing.

The well known scramble crossing can be found in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. It is also referred to as Shibuya Crossing. It blocks traffic in all directions in front of the Shibuya Station Hachik exit so that people on foot can swarm the entire area.

Where to stay in Shibuya Tokyo

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Shibuya
Turn Table
Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya

Budget accommodation in Shibuya
commun SHIBUYA (Male Only)
Sakura Fleur Aoyama
Mustard Hotel Shibuya

Mid Range accommodation in Shibuya
Shibuya Granbell Hotel
Shibuya Hotel En
JR-East Hotel Mets Shibuya

Family Friendly accommodation in Shibuya
Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
3Bed Near Shibuya Station & Omotesando & Roppongi
all day place shibuya
Shibuya Tobu Hotel

Luxury accommodation in Shibuya
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan - Top view of crowd people pedestrians walking cross zebra crosswalk in Shibuya district at night in Tokyo, Japan. Lights from commercial billboards.

Ginza – Where To Stay in Tokyo for Shopping 

The most well-known entertainment and shopping area in Tokyo is Ginza. You’ll discover Ginza’s lively streets and why it’s a favourite amongst tourists in Tokyo.

Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes. Ginza also has a lot of mid-range to cheap shopping areas as well.

There are also plenty of reasonably priced to cheap restaurants around the area. Ginza is closed off during the weekend and no vehicle traffic is allowed.

Ginza, one of the best shopping areas in the city, is overflowing with upscale boutiques and posh cocktail and sushi bars. 

The 1930s Wako Honkan department store sells fine jewels, while the ultra-modern Ginza Place focuses on cutting-edge electronics.

Chuo Dori, the main street, transforms into a chic pedestrian promenade on the weekends. The historic Kabuki-za theatre hosts performances of traditional Japanese dance and theatre.

Best places to stay in Ginza Tokyo

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Ginza:
Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel

Budget accommodation in Ginza:
Ginza Grand Hotel
Muji Hotel Ginza
Hotel SUI Ginza Kyobashi by ABEST
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza Sanchome

Mid range accommodation in Ginza:
Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel
Mercure Tokyo Ginza
Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo

Family Friendly accommodation in Ginza:
Hotel Musse Ginza Meitetsu
Hotel GrandBach Tokyo Ginza
LANG Hotel Ginza
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Ginza:
Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo
AC Hotel Tokyo Ginza
The Gate Hotel Tokyo by Hulic
Imperial Hotel Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN - Cityscape of Tokyo, the Ginza District. The city of Department store high end retail shopping.

Chiyoda – Best Area to Stay in Tokyo for First Time Visitors

Chiyoda is a special area located in central Tokyo. It was formed in 1947 as a merger of the Kanda and Kōjimachi suburbs following Tokyo City’s transformation into the Tokyo Metropolis.

Chiyoda contains Toyko’s most important (and popular) building, the Imperial Palace! It is also home to art galleries, museums, and sakura and Showa-era sightseeing spots. Chiyoda is a more relaxed area, not taken over by crazy nightlife.

The moats, gates, and pathways of the Imperial Palace East Gardens and the neighbouring Kokyo Gaien National Garden are the main focus of Chiyoda City. The National Theatre presents kabuki plays and bunraku puppetry, while Nippon Budokan organises rock concerts and competitions in martial arts. 

Tokyo International Forum is an extensive centre for art and culture. The bustling commercial area surrounding Tokyo Station is full of upscale boutiques and bistros.

The Imperial Palace, parks, shrines, and museums may all be found in this neighbourhood, which is frequently referred to as “Chiyoda City” in English. The Prime Minister’s Mansion and the site where parliament convenes are located here, and it serves as the hub of the current government.

Best places to stay in Chiyoda Tokyo

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Chiyoda:
Sakura Hotel Jimbocho
Backpacker’s Mini House
Manga Art Hotel Tokyo
bnb+ Kanda Terrace Ogawamachi

Budget accommodation in Chiyoda:
nine hours Otemachi-Imperial Palace
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kanda-Otemachi
Belken Hotel Kanda
HOTEL MYSTAYS Ochanomizu Conference Center

Mid range accommodation in Chiyoda:
APA Hotel Kanda Jimbocho Ekihigashi
Nest Hotel Tokyo Hanzomon
Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Kudanshita
Tokyo Green Palace

Family Friendly accommodation in Chiyoda:
Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ochanomizu Jimbocho
Hotel Metropolitan Edmont Tokyo
Toshi Center Hotel

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Chiyoda:
Hotel New Otani Tokyo The Main
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho
Hotel New Otani Tokyo Garden Tower
The Kitano Hotel Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan at the Imperial Palace moat and bridge at night.

Asakusa – Best Area to Stay in Tokyo Japan on a Budget

Asakusa is a neighbourhood in Tokyo which is famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple. There are several other temples in Asakusa, as well as various festivals, such as the Sanja Matsuri. It is surprisingly Tokyo’s largest pleasure district filled with geisha, writers, artists, actors and beggars.

It’s the best neighbourhood to stay in Tokyo on a Budget. There aren’t many malls around this area however there are lots of small shops and eateries in this area.

Simply put, Asakusa is one of Tokyo’s most energetic neighbourhoods. This well-known location, which is teeming with eateries, traditional shops, historic retail alleys, and old temples, is a popular tourist destination.

Asakusa maintains the feel of an earlier Tokyo thanks to the street vendors selling food and traditional crafts on Nakamise Street, which is close to the historic Sens-ji temple.

While the riverside Kuritsu Sumida Park offers regular festivals and fireworks displays, the mid-19th century Hanayashiki amusement park features rides and eateries. By the shoreline, a chic upmarket dining scene is emerging, and izakaya pubs may be seen lining side streets.

Best places to stay in Asakusa Tokyo

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Asakusa:
Sakura Hostel Asakusa
K’s House Tokyo Oasis – Asakusa Downtown
Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo

Budget accommodation in Asakusa:
Hotel Wing International Select Asakusa Komagata
Hotel Sting
Smile Hotel Asakusa
Hotel Trend Tobu Asakusa-Eki Kita

Mid range accommodation in Asakusa:
Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu
Dormy Inn Global Cabin Asakusa
The Kanzashi Tokyo Asakusa
Asakusa Kaede 浅草楓

Family Friendly accommodation in Asakusa:
Super Hotel Asakusa
Mimaru Suites Tokyo Asakusa
YADOYA Asakusa-Honkan
Asakusa Tobu Hotel

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Asakusa:
Prostyle Ryokan Tokyo Asakusa
The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic
Asakusa View Hotel
The Kanzashi Tokyo Asakusa

TOKYO, JAPAN - Spring cherry blossoms at Sensoji Temple's Hozomon Gate in the Asakusa District. Senso-ji was founded in 628 AD and is one of the most well known temples in the country.

Shiodome (Tokyo Bay) – Where To Stay in Tokyo With Family

Shiodome is a recently redeveloped neighbourhood just east of Minato right on the banks of Tokyo Bay. Dotted around the entire district are skyscrapers with offices and hotels as well as restaurants and bars lining the streets.

Some of the top attractions in this neighbourhood are the Hamarikyu Gardens and the Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu Garden.

Due to the lack of nightclubs, the many green open spaces in this part of Tokyo, and the central location, it’s a great place for families with young kids to base themselves in the city.

There are plenty of hotels to stay in Tokyo, especially in this district, that either offer large suites or full apartments so everyone can sleep in their own room.

Shiodome, a newly constructed business and entertainment district next to Tokyo Bay, is distinguished by modern office buildings, shopping malls, and high-rise hotels with posh bars and eateries.

Shiki Theatre Jiyu presents popular Broadway musicals. A tranquil green area from the Edo era, the Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden has pine trees, flowers, and wooden bridges leading to islands in a central pond.

Best places to stay in Shiodome

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in 
bnb+ Shinbashi

Budget accommodation in
Henn na Hotel Tokyo Hamamatsucho (quirky hotel in Tokyo with robot reception!)
Meitetsu Inn Hamamatsucho

Mid range accommodation in
Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia-gai
Richmond Hotel Tokyo Shiba
Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo-Shiodome
Super Hotel Tokyo Hamamatsucho

Family Friendly accommodation in
Shiba Park Hotel Tokyo
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hamamatsucho-Daimon
Hotel Mystays Premier Hamamatsucho
Bay Hotel Tokyo Hamamatsucho

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Shiodome
Conrad Tokyo
mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection
InterContinental Tokyo Bay, an IHG Hotel

Tokyo, Japan cityscape in Shiodome district at sunset.

Ebisu and Meguro – Best Neighbourhoods for Cherry Blossoms

Visiting Japan during the cherry blossom season is on many people’s bucket lists! While many choose to see the pretty pink blooms in Kansai or Kyoto, there are some fantastic places to see them in Tokyo.

If you’re looking for accommodations in Tokyo near some beautiful parks and streets with lots of cherry blossom trees, stay in Ebisu or Meguro.

Yebisu Garden Place, a chic centre for upscale dining and shopping, is a prominent feature of the trendy neighbourhood of Ebisu. The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, which is located in the mall, features worldwide art, and the Museum of Yebisu Beer gives tours and tastings.

Ramen and grilled beef are being devoured nearby in the busy Ebisu Yokocho food alley by commuters. A trendy neighbourhood with restaurants and designer shops located nearby Daikanyama.

The Meguro River is well known for its stunning cherry blossom displays in the spring. The riverside path dotted with cherry trees gives off an air of openness, and locals enjoy jogging and walking along it.

These two next-door neighbourhoods have rivers and canals lined with trees so it’s not difficult to spot them. The best hotel to stay in Tokyo for you would be one that is located on one of these streets!

Best places to stay in Ebisu and Meguro

Budget accommodation in Ebisu and Meguro
do-c Ebisu
COCO Nakameguro302
Saison Daikanyama

Mid range accommodation in
 Ebisu and Meguro
Prince Smart Inn Ebisu
Ebisuholic Hotel
Tokyu Stay Meguro Yutenji
Meguroholic Hotel

Family Friendly accommodation in
 Ebisu and Meguro
Mustard Hotel Shibuya
H2O Stay Shibuya Anon #A102
NIYS apartments 09 type
Dormy Inn Express Meguro Aobadai Hot Spring

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Ebisu and Meguro
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
The Westin Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan - Yebisu Garden Place built on the former site of Yebisu beer brewery which is the developing town and Ebisu train station

Shinagawa – Where To Stay in Tokyo for Couples

Shinagawa is a Tokyo neighbourhood just east of Meguro and south of Minato on the banks of Tokyo Bay. If you want to know the best places to stay in Tokyo for couples, Shinagawa is definitely one of those places.

There are lots of cool craft beer bars in this part of the city as well as shops, restaurants and pretty bridges crossing the canals.

If you’re looking for the best location hotel in Tokyo, there are lots of luxury and boutique hotels perfect for couples right on the train line.

Tennozu Isle, a high-rise complex with a promenade, brewpub, shops, and restaurants, is located in Bayside Shinagawa. 47 famous samurai are interred at the elegant Sengaku-ji Temple.

Shinagawa Park offers picnic areas and an aquarium while the Meguro River is bordered by trees and is crossed by colourful bridges. Bike lanes, beach volleyball courts, and climbing walls are just a few of the cutting-edge sporting venues constructed for the 2020 Olympics.

Shinagawa is well-known in this part of Tokyo for its ramen, and it is highly recommended. Visit the cluster of branch restaurants on Shinatatsu Ramen Street for some of the best ramen in Japan.

This is at a prime location for you hungry travellers because it is situated just next to the train tracks of the Shinagawa Station.

Best places to stay in Shinagawa

Budget accommodation in Shinagawa
Toyoko Inn Tokyo Shinagawa Hatanodai eki Minami guchi
Via Inn Tokyo Oimachi
Toyoko Inn Tokyo Shinagawa Oimachi
Apartment Sun Bright – Vacation STAY 89246v

Mid range accommodation in Shinagawa
Tokyo Inn
THREE – Vacation STAY 38692v
APA Hotel Shinagawa Togoshi Ekimae
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Tokyo Osaki

Family Friendly accommodation in Shinagawa
Ours Inn Hankyu
Super Hotel Shinagawa Shinbanba
Toyoko Inn Tokyo Shinagawa Konan-guchi Tennozu Isle

Tokyo, Japan - People walking inside the busy JR Shinagawa Station

Minato – Best Area To Stay in Tokyo to Live Like a Local

Not to be confused with Minato City, you can find the neighbourhood of Minato in the Chuo City ward in Tokyo on the banks of the Sumida River.

This is a small, fairly quiet neighbourhood (by Tokyo standards!) with some grocery stores, city parks and beautiful views over the water. If you’re looking for accommodations in Tokyo in a less-touristed place, Minato is the best place to stay in Tokyo for you.

Best places to stay in Minato

Mid range accommodation in Minato
Tokyo Sakurako Hatchobori
Ginza Creston
Guest House One More Heart at TSUKIJI 1

Family Friendly accommodation in Minato
Section L Hatchobori
GATE STAY Premium Ginza Shintomicho

Tokyo aerial view with office buildings and parks.

Yokohama – Where To Stay in Tokyo Near the Airport

Very few people visit Japan and only visit Tokyo. Chances are, you have a few other cities on your itinerary like Osaka or Kyoto! If you do and you arrive on a late flight or need to depart Tokyo on an early flight, you might want to stay in accommodation in Tokyo closer to the airport. 

Yokohama is the perfect neighbourhood if that’s the case. Though Tokyo’s public transport system is excellent, staying close to the airport will give you some peace of mind. Plus, Yokohama is a great neighbourhood with a thriving Chinatown and beautiful gardens.

One of the first Japanese ports to open to international trade was Yokohama, a city in Japan south of Tokyo, in 1859. It has a sizable Chinatown with countless Chinese restaurants and stores.

Sankei-en Garden, a botanical park with restored Japanese homes from various centuries, and the seashore Minato Mirai neighbourhood, home to the 296m Landmark Tower, are other attractions.

When its port first opened in 1859, the small settlement of Yokohama, which had a population of only 600, began to gain widespread recognition both inside its own nation and throughout the world. 

At that time, Yokohama has assumed its role as a modern commerce hub for the export of Japanese silk and tea.

Best places to stay in Yokohama

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Yokohama
Tabist Hiromas Hostel Yokohama Chinatown
bnb+ Yokohama Motomachi
Hostel Zen
Yokohama Hostel Village Hayashi-Kaikan

Budget accommodation in Yokohama
Hotel JAL City Kannai Yokohama
HOTEL LiVEMAX Yokohama Motomachi Ekimae
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Yokohama Sakuragi-cho
Chisun Hotel Yokohama Isezakicho

Mid range accommodation in Yokohama
APA Hotel & Resort Yokohama Bay Tower
the square hotel Yokohama Minatomirai
Hotel Resol Yokohama Sakuragicho
Far East Village Hotel, Yokohama

Family Friendly accommodation in Yokohama
Navios Yokohama
Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai
Pasela-no-Mori Yokohama Kannai
Hotel Mielparque Yokohama

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Yokohama
InterContinental Yokohama Grand
Hyatt Regency Yokohama
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
The Westin Yokohama

night scene of yokohama port near tokyo, japan

Odaiba – Most Unique Place to Stay in Tokyo

Visiting Tokyo can be quite a culture shock for those who haven’t spent much time in eastern cultures and actively try and avoid it by staying in westerner-friendly neighbourhoods. If that is the opposite of what you want your experience to be like in Tokyo, stay in Odaiba!

On a man-made island in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba is a high-tech entertainment destination that may be reached by the Rainbow Bridge or the futuristic Yurikamome railway.

Tourists visit Seaside Park’s beach, ride the Daikanransha Ferris wheel to see Mt. Fuji, and play with robots at the Miraikan Science Museum

There are sushi restaurants with waterfront views around the waterfront, as well as malls like Aqua City and VenusFort with a Venetian motif.

The man-made island is renowned for its magnificent Digital Art Museum, its panoramic views of the Tokyo skyline, and its collection of futuristic and quirky attractions. The shopping and leisure hub of Odaiba is a must-see in Tokyo.

This neighbourhood is on an artificial island in the middle of Tokyo Bay and is known as a high-tech, fun-filled destination. There are malls, fairgrounds, sushi bars, and lots of general craziness that you want when you visit Tokyo.

Best places to stay in Odaiba

Budget accommodation in Odaiba
Far East Village Hotel Tokyo Ariake
Tokyo Ariake Bay Hotel

Mid range accommodation in Odaiba
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Tokyo Ariake
Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside
Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo Ariake
hotel MONday Premium TOYOSU

Family Friendly accommodation in Odaiba
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Tokyo-Bay Ariake
Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel
La Vista Tokyo Bay

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Odaiba
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
Hotel JAL City Tokyo Toyosu

Tokyo, Japan - Life size Unicorn Gundam in front of Diver City Mall in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara – One of the Top Cool Places To Stay in Tokyo

Nestled in the Tokyo ward of Taito City, Akihabara is a relatively small neighbourhood with the Tokyo metro system cutting right through it. It’s small but mighty as there are lots of super cool things to do here and it’s ideal if you’re looking for where to stay in Tokyo that’s cool and different.

Known for its electronics retailers, Akihabara is a bustling shopping district with everything from little kiosks to enormous department stores like Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba.

Akihabara has lots of shopping malls and attractions like the Tokyo Anime Center which sells anime and manga merchandise and souvenirs like video games, toys, and trading cards. This is also where you’ll find the maid cafes and the most dazzling billboards you’ve ever seen.

Tokyo Anime Center, which hosts exhibits and souvenirs, and Radio Kaikan, which has 10 floors of toys, trading cards, and collectibles, are two locations that specialise in manga, anime, and video games. At nearby maid cafes, staff members dressed as butlers or maids offer tea and pastries.

The central Tokyo neighbourhood of Akihabara, also known as Akiba after a previous local temple, is well known for its abundance of electronics stores and has come to be known as the hub of the otaku (die-hard fan) culture in Japan.

Best places to stay in Akihabara

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Akihabara
2023 NEW OPEN Island Japan Hotel & Cafe

Budget accommodation in Akihabara
HOTEL LiVEMAX Asakusabashi-Ekimae
HOTEL MYSTAYS Asakusabashi
Web Hotel Tokyo Asakusabashi
Tabist Hotel Mercury Asakusabashi

Mid range accommodation in Akihabara
Henn na Hotel Tokyo Asakusabashi
ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi (Dog friendly hotel in Tokyo)
Hotel Route-Inn Grand Tokyo Asakusabashi
APA Hotel Asakusabashi-Ekikita

Family Friendly accommodation in Akihabara
Hotel Brillio Asakusabashi
Tsubame Hotel Asakusabashi

TOKYO, JAPAN - Crowds pass below colorful signs in Akihabara. The historic district electronics has evolved into the shopping area for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods.

Ueno – Where To Stay in Tokyo for Temples

Are shopping malls and merchandise not really your thing and not the reason why you want to visit Tokyo? Do you prefer historic and ancient culture? If so, you should stay in the Ueno neighbourhood which is just north of Akihabara in the Taito City ward of Tokyo.

The 17th-century Benzaiten temple, located on an island in Ueno Park, is one of the magnificent Shinto and Zen sites that define traditional Ueno.

Nowadays, Ueno Park is known for the numerous museums situated on its grounds, particularly the National Science Museum, the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

The first zoological garden in Japan, Ueno Zoo, is also located there. Ueno Zoo, the present home of the loved giant panda Xiang Xiang, is also located in the park. Ameya-Yokoch is a sizable outdoor market for food and crafts.

Best places to stay in Ueno

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Ueno
Grids Tokyo Ueno Hotel&Hostel
bnb+ Ueno Okachimachi
Tokyo Ueno Youth Hostel

Budget accommodation in Ueno
Hotel Graphy Nezu
Hotel Resol Ueno
Hotel New Ueno
APA Hotel Ueno Ekiminami

Mid range accommodation in Ueno
Sutton Place Hotel Ueno
Super Hotel Ueno-Okachimachi
APA Hotel Ueno Ekiminami
Centurion Hotel&Spa Ueno Station

Family Friendly accommodation in Ueno
Mimaru Tokyo Ueno North
Centurion Hotel Ueno
Tosei Hotel Cocone Ueno Okachimachi
Ueno First City Hotel

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Ueno
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno

ueno, japan - Japanese pine band with burlap binding it into a circle that evokes the moon in the Kiyomizu Kannon hall of Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan.

Harajuku – Best Tourist Area of Tokyo for Street Art and Sweet Treats

Harajuku has street after street of colourful shops, delectable and instagrammable dessert shops and eclectic clothing shops full of the most outrageous vintage and cosplay costumes. If this sounds like heaven to you then you should stay in Harajuku!

With quirky vintage clothing stores and cosplay shops along Takeshita Street and traditional, upscale boutiques on green Omotesando Avenue, bustling Harajuku is known for its vibrant street art and youthful fashion.

The nearby lanes are filled with small, hip pubs, and there are dessert carts and stores that specialise in sweet doughnuts, bubble tea, and crêpes. Modern temporary exhibitions are held in the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art.

Its sidewalks serve as fashion runways for extravagant clothing. Harajuku is an area of fashion that is well known throughout the world. It is known for its fiercely bold styles and outrageous cuisine trends.

It’s a very small neighbourhood near Shinjuku and Sibuya so it’s perfect if it’s also your first time visiting Tokyo. You will also be able to find accommodations in Tokyo that match the quirky vibe on the streets.

Best places to stay in Harajuku

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Harajuku
Hotel Adonis Tokyo – Male only Dormitory & Private room for Group

Mid range accommodation in Harajuku
Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae
Tokyu Stay Aoyama Premier
Nihon Seinenkan Hotel

Family Friendly accommodation in Harajuku
Mitsui Garden Hotel Jingugaien Tokyo Premier

Affordable Luxury accommodation in Harajuku
Moshi Moshi Rooms (one of the coolest and quirkiest hotels in Tokyo)
The Aoyama Grand Hotel
Hotel Allamanda Aoyama Tokyo

TOKYO JAPAN - :Omotesando Tokyo Plaza building in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan. Tokyu Plaza Omohara is a fashion theme park shopping mall for the trendiest fashion.

Added extra: Coolest places to stay in Tokyo

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Tokyo disney resort

Ryokan in Japan

Ryokans are traditional Japanese inns, however, most of Japan was destroyed in WWII and has since been rebuilt as a modern city, with only a few Ryokans left.

Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou
Kakigara Ryokan
Andon Ryokan
Sakura Ryokan Asakusa Iriya

*If you’re planning to go to Kyoto then I would recommend waiting til you get there and trying a traditional Japanese Ryokan experience in Kyoto, Kyoto still has plenty of traditional buildings compared to Tokyo.

night view of chidori ga fuchi, tokyo, japan with cherry blossom

Added Extra: Areas to Avoid in Tokyo

Despite its sprawling size, Tokyo is generally regarded as a very safe city. Overall crime is low and many travellers, including female ones, find Tokyo to be welcoming.

However, there are sketchier parts of Tokyo where you should avoid booking accommodation. Kabukicho in Shinjuku City is Tokyo’s red light district so it’s possibly not the best neighbourhood to book a romantic or family holiday.

You should also avoid the areas close to the border of Taito City and Arakawa City. This is one of the poorest parts of Tokyo so not a great place to stay while you’re in the city.

TOKYO, JAPAN - Cityscape of Tokyo with famous Tokyo Tower. It is the capital city of Japan. 37.8 million people live in its metro area.

FAQs for Where To Stay in Tokyo

What is the best part of Tokyo to stay in?

There are so many wonderful neighbourhoods and districts in Tokyo! Choosing Tokyo best neighbourhoods depends on your travel style and what you are most interested in visiting in Tokyo.

If you are visiting Tokyo for the first time then Shinjuku and Chiyoda are very central and close to lots of attractions that people want to see during their first trip to Japan.

If you are travelling on a budget, Roppongi and Asakusa are the best neighbourhoods to travel to Tokyo on the cheap and they also have excellent nightlife scenes. Shibuya is a fantastic neighbourhood for those wanting to know where is the best place to stay in Tokyo for families with young kids. 

Those looking for the best parts of Tokyo with instagrammable desserts and cool cafes to hang out in should stay in Harajuku or Akihabara.

Is it better to stay in Shinjuku or Shibuya?

Tokyo’s neighbourhoods of Shinjuku and Shibuya are the best areas to stay in Tokyo, Japan for first-time visitors. They’re both central districts and close to the train station. It can be difficult to choose between them.

You should choose to stay in Shinjuku over Shibuya when planning a trip to Tokyo if you like nightlife.

There are more restaurants, bars and clubs in Shinjuku than in Shibuya. You should choose to stay in Shibuya over Shinjuku when booking your Tokyo trip if you like shopping and want to visit lots of malls and cafes.

Tokyo city skyline at railway station surround by modern highrise building at twilight time. Tokyo city, Japan.

Where should I stay in Japan for the first time?

If you have never visited Japan’s capital city before, two of the best places to stay in Tokyo are Shinjuku and Shibuya. They are both central neighbourhoods and close to Tokyo’s main train station.

Both of these districts offer many of Tokyo’s most famous and popular attractions and landmarks. If you prefer nightlife and restaurants, stay in Shinjuku. For those who prefer shopping and cafes, stay in Shibuya.

Is it better to stay in Shinjuku or Ginza?

Shinjuku and Ginza are both great places to stay in Tokyo. However, they both offer totally different vibes. It is better to stay in Shinjuku over Ginza if you want to go to the clubs and karaoke rooms at night as well as enjoy the bars and restaurants that line the streets of the skyscraper district. 

It is better to stay in Ginza over Shinjuku if you have a little more cash to splash on a boutique hotel. It’s one of the city’s top shopping districts where you’ll find lots of antique stores and upmarket cocktail and sushi bars. It’s also one of the best places for traditional Japanese dance and theatre.

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