Where to Stay in Tokyo | The Best Hotels and Neighborhoods For Every Type of Traveler

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Whether it is your first time or you’ve been here once before, an important question before traveling to Tokyo is: where should I stay? Known as the world's most populous metropolis, there are many neighborhoods in the city offering different kinds of accommodation options that will appeal to all kinds of travelers. Tokyo is well connected and there is not a single place in the city that cannot be reached with a train or subway. This means, almost all neighborhood in Tokyo is the best neighborhood to stay in. This guide presents the best hotels and neighborhoods in Tokyo for your trip. 
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Ginza - Best Tokyo Neighborhood for High-end Shopping and Luxury Dining
If you’re traveling in Japan and are looking for the most fashionable spot in Tokyo, there aren’t many that can rival Ginza. According to Japan Guide, one square meter of land in this neighborhood costs over 10 million yen ($91,290 or 4,800,000 pesos), which makes it the most expensive real estate in Japan. As a tourist, just a simple window shopping or actually shopping, if your budget allows, at Ginza Mitsukoshi (the oldest surviving department store in Japan since the 17th century), will certainly bring out your inner fashionista!

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Ginza Mitsukoshi
  • Ginza Chuo-dori
  • Kabuki-za (Kabuki Theater)
  • Tsukiji Market
  • Japan National Tourism Organization Information Center
  • Laox
  • Hamarikyu Garden
  • Tsukiji Hongan-ji
  • Yurakucho Restaurant District
  • Sukiyabashi Jiro (a famous sushi bar)
  • Lupin (a historic bar)
WISE OWL HOSTELS TOKYO
WISE OWL HOSTELS TOKYO
3-22-9 Hatchobori, Chuo 104-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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Tokyo Ekimae Bay Hotel
Tokyo Ekimae Bay Hotel
3-8-13 Nihombashi, Chuo 103-0027, Tokyo Prefecture
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Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo
Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo
1-3-22 Yaesu, Chuo 103-0028, Tokyo Prefecture
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Roppongi – Best Tokyo Neighborhood for Nightlife, Shopping and Art
Perhaps no longer a tasteful address in Tokyo, Roppongi is one the most hated and loved neighborhoods in the city. Gaining an unpleasant reputation over the years because of the abundance of nightclubs, hostess bars, and strip clubs, it has an unexpected artsy flair. Its highlight is the Roppongi Art Triangle, which consists of three major museums that will surely introduce you into a world of innovative art. It is also home to hundreds of dining and shopping options, making it one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Tokyo.

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • National Art Center Tokyo
  • Suntory Museum at Tokyo Midtown
  • Mori Art Museum at Roppongi Hills
  • Tokyo Snoopy Museum
  • Sakurazaka Park
  • Tokyo Midtown
  • Nogi Shrine
  • Zojoji Temple
  • Aoyama Cemetery
Super Hotel Lohas Akasaka
Super Hotel Lohas Akasaka
3-16-7 Akasaka, Minato 107-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
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Hotel Grand Arc Hanzomon
Hotel Grand Arc Hanzomon
1-1 Hayabusacho, Chiyoda 102-0092, Tokyo Prefecture
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Nippon Seinenkan Hotel
Nippon Seinenkan Hotel
4-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku 160-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
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Shibuya – Best Tokyo Neighborhood for Shopping, Nightlife and Being in the Center of Almost Everything
You’ve seen photos of Tokyo in social media before; there’s a good chance you’ll stumble into the busiest intersection in the world, known as the ‘Shibuya Scramble.’ The heart of Shibuya is where you will find shopping malls, trendy cafes, Izakaya (Japanese-style pub), restaurants, among others. This neighborhood is one of the most touristy in the entire metropolis so you will have plenty of accommodation options. And for the record, my personal favorite neighborhood in Tokyo is Shibuya!

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Shibuya Scramble
  • Hachiko Statue
  • Shibuya Center Gai Street
  • Shibuya Koen Dori
  • Shibuya 109
  • Shibuya Hikarie
  • Spain Slope
  • Nonbei Yokocho (an Izakaya alleyway)
  • Shibuya Mega Donki (Don Quijote’s largest branch)
The Millennials Shibuya
The Millennials Shibuya
1-20-13 Jinnan, Shibuya 150-0041, Tokyo Prefecture
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Sakura Hotel Hatagaya
Sakura Hotel Hatagaya
1-32-3 Hatagaya, Shibuya 151-0072, Tokyo Prefecture
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Tokyu Stay Shibuya
Tokyu Stay Shibuya
8-14 Shinsencho, Shibuya 150-0045, Tokyo Prefecture

Shinjuku – Best Tokyo Neighborhood for Nightlife, Nature, Food, and Shopping
This lively and vibrant neighborhood is my next favorite, second to Shibuya. Shinjuku is filled with shopping malls, restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs. Despite being referred to as an entertainment and business district, there are plenty of parks and green spaces to escape to. Known primarily because of the   Shinjuku Gyoen Park, one of the best spots for cherry blossom and autumn foliage viewing, Shinjuku is a very walkable neighborhood and an ideal home base for exploring Tokyo.

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Shinjuku Gyoen Park
  • Omoide Yokocho
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Harajuku
  • Robot Restaurant
  • Golden Gai Street
  • Kabukicho
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo
1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
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Tokyu Stay Shinjuku
Tokyu Stay Shinjuku
3-7-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
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Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku
Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku
7-27-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
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Asakusa – Best Tokyo Neighborhood for History, Food and Culture
Nowhere is the city’s old Tokyo vibe more on display than in the historic streets of Asakusa. What was once the city’s largest pleasure district filled with geisha, is now one of the city’s top tourist destinations. Aside from its historic charm, this neighborhood offers a great variety of restaurants that will certainly appeal to foodies, specially vegetarians and vegan. Despite the mass of tourists flocking to see Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple, Asakusa is definitely one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Tokyo.

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Sensō-ji Temple
  • Nakamise Shopping Street
  • Asakusa Underground Street
  • Kappabashi Shopping Street
  • Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
  • Asakusa Shrine
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Sumida River
  • Sumida Park
  • Asahi Beer Tower
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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Hotel Gracery Asakusa
Hotel Gracery Asakusa
2-10-2 Kaminarimon, Taito 111-0034, Tokyo Prefecture
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HOTEL WING INTERNATIONAL Select Asakusa Komagata
HOTEL WING INTERNATIONAL Select Asakusa Komagata
2-7-5 Komagata, Taito 111-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
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Ueno – Best Tokyo Neighborhood for Culture and Recreation
In Ueno, you’ll be far enough away from the hordes of tourists in Shibuya and Shinjuku, but central enough to visit all of Tokyo easily. This neighborhood also has the best airport connection to Narita International Airport. Therefore, if you had lots of shopping bags and luggage, this is the best home base for you!

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Tokyo National Science Museum 
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • National Museum for Western Art
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
  • Ueno Zoo
  • Ueno Park
  • Shinobazu Pond
  • Ueno Toshogu
  • Ueno Koreatown
  • Ameya-Yokocho
Family Inn Saiko
Family Inn Saiko
2-34-16 Nagasaki, Toshima 171-0051, Tokyo Prefecture
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The Edo Sakura
The Edo Sakura
3-2-13 Shitaya, Taito 110-0004, Tokyo Prefecture
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Residential Hotel B: CONTE Asakusa
Residential Hotel B: CONTE Asakusa
2-4-2 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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Akihabara – Best Tokyo Neighborhood for Electronics, Gaming, Anime, and Manga
Long before it became the Center of Japan’s Otaku Culture, Akihabara is known as the electronic capital of Tokyo. After World War II, this is where the Japanese engineers and radio technicians from all over the world gathered to help rebuild the country. Today, Akihabara is famous for electronics, manga, anime, maid cafes, and quirky local restaurants.

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Kanda Myojin Shrine
  • Yodobashi Camera
  • Tokyo Anime Center
  • Laox
  • Pinaforte and Maidreamin
  • Hirose Entertainment Yard
Akihabara Washington Hotel
Akihabara Washington Hotel
1-8-3 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda 101-0025, Tokyo Prefecture
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Hotel Remm Akihabara
Hotel Remm Akihabara
1-6-5 Kanda Sakumacho | TX Akihabara Hankyu Bldg, Chiyoda 101-0025, Tokyo Prefecture
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The B Ochanomizu
The B Ochanomizu
1-7-5 Kandaawajicho, Chiyoda 101-0063, Tokyo Prefecture
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Now you’re done with my recommendations for the top hotels and best neighborhoods to stay in Tokyo. I hope this guide will prove useful when you plan your own Tokyo trip! If you have any questions, suggestions, and comments, let’s chat down below!

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