Where to stay in Tokyo first time – the Best Places to stay in Tokyo
Where to stay in Tokyo for all budgets
The first time I flew to Tokyo I was overwhelmed by the city. Where should I stay? What should I do? Well after living in Japan I realized I’m not the only one who has these questions. That’s why I have put together this guide to places to stay in Tokyo – especially for your first time.
I’ve put together the best areas to stay in Tokyo and the best hotels to stay in Tokyo.
Now back to hotels – the best place to stay in Tokyo your first time is the Shinjuku area. Its the best places to stay in Tokyo on a budget. This area has the best places to stay in Tokyo Japan and you will find the best place to stay in Tokyo Japan for you!
Best place to stay in Tokyo your first time: Shinjuku
Best Area to stay in Tokyo for High-End Fashion and Dining: Ginza
Mitsui Garden Hotel is situated in Ginza Tokyo, just a short walk from Nippon Television, Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier provides 4-star accommodation and free wireless internet. It is a short walk from Tsukiji Outer Market, Tokyo Electric Power Company and Shiodome, and showcases views of Tokyo Bay.
Ginza is another great area in the city and has great hotels to stay in Tokyo.
Ginza is the area you go to for luxury goods and it is the perfect shopping destination. Hotels in this area are prime locations and close to the Tsukiji Fish Market and of course great sushi restaurants.
This area is popular for food and sightseeing as well. It also has great connections to other areas of Tokyo.
Best Tokyo Neighborhood for themed cafes and diverse shops: Ikebukuro
Kimi Ryokan in Ikebukuro district
by Laura from Travelers Universe
Kimi Ryokan in Ikebukuro district in Toshima, Tokyo, is ideally situated just a quick stroll away from the Ikebukuro station, one of the biggest transportation hubs in Tokyo. A ryokan is a Japanese style hotel Tokyo.
This area is incredibly colorful and has some of the biggest concentration of hole in the wall noodle shops. Plus if you’re into festivals and happen to visit Tokyo in autumn, the Ikebukuro festival is one of the most dazzling you can witness. The street where this traditional Japanese inn is located has a surprising village feeling.
It’s a small and quiet little street away from all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and this is great if you prioritize a good night’s sleep. Even the buildings around the inn are pretty low key, no more than 2-3 story high! Nevertheless, the nearby streets are lively, so the area really packs the best of both worlds.
While Kimi Ryokan is pretty new, the idea of ryokans originated hundreds of years ago, in the Edo period. At Kimi, you’ll be spending the night sleeping on a futon (way more comfortable than I had ever imagined!). The modern windows are covered in sliding paper, to give an old-world feel and only let a diffuse light get through.
The bathrooms are shared, but super clean and with a wonderful Japanese touch. There’s even a typical bath tube. But the part that amazed me the most was that they would provide their guests with extra plastic clippers to use in the bathroom.
Needless to say, you have to leave your street shoes in a special place next to the hotel entrance. No worries, they provide slippers to all their guests for use inside the hotel. As far as hostels go, Kimi Ryokan is one of the most unique ones I stayed in and at just under €50 a night, I find it to be a pretty good deal.
Best Tokyo Neighborhood for foreigners and expats: Akasaka
Super Hotel LOHAS Akasaka
by Katie Diederichs from Two Wandering Soles
With so many places to choose from, it can be overwhelming picking a place to stay in Tokyo. But if you’re on a tight budget, your options will be whittled down quite a bit in this notoriously expensive city. If you’re looking for a cheap, well-located place to rest your head, Super Hotel LOHAS in Akasaka might be just what you’re looking for.
The rooms at Super LOHAS are simple and small (most rooms in Tokyo are!), yet have everything you need. You’ll also have access to the free public spa, a rooftop terrace, and a garden level. While nothing fancy, this hotel is highly rated for being a good value place to base yourself while exploring this wild city! Check availability on Booking.com
Situated just 5-minutes walking to the nearest Metro stop, Akasaka is a good location for exploring the major sights of Tokyo, as it’s between Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Roppongi. Akasaka itself is a higher-end neighborhood and the area around the hotel is quiet at night. However, Roppongi Hills is famous for its clubbing and nightlife scene for anyone wanting to get their dance on!
Best Tokyo Neighborhood for central location and entertainment: Shibuya
By Paula Morgan from Expert Abroad
The Excel Shibuya Stream Hotel in Tokyo opened in August 2018 in the brand-new Shibuya Steam Complex just a few minutes’ walks from the famous Scramble Pedestrian crossing. It is connected to the Shibuya subway station making it super easy to get to.
The hotel sits on the upper floors of the complex with a reception on level 8. The lower levels include 3 floors of dining options along with a small supermarket, a bakery and a bar.
The modern design hits you as soon as you walk in with a very funky lounge-style foyer and self-service check-in. There is even a robot who doubles as the room service attendant!
We also really liked the communal amenities available by the lifts on several floors. There was a great kitchen area where you could heat food or make a simple breakfast. You could bring back takeaway and eat it here. Perfect chance to try all the department store delicacies. There were also laundry facilities.
We had a corner suite on the top floor and the views across Tokyo including Tokyo Tower were spectacular. The bathroom was enormous, and our two twin beds had great quality linens. There was also a dining table for two and a day bed to sit and take in the view from.
We loved the Excel Shibuya Stream for both the service and quality and to top it off, the location is one of the best for access transport, food and shops.
Best Tokyo Neighborhood for cultural sites and central location: Ueno
Best Tokyo Neighborhood close to Ginza and good transport: Shiodome
By Alexander of Destinavo
Park Hotel is an artsy hotel in Tokyo with spacious rooms that have been decorated and painted by local artists. Each room is unique and guests can request a certain room before booking if the hotel is contacted at the time to confirm availability. I stayed in the Sumo room, which was the first room to be finished at the Park Hotel in Tokyo.
The hotel is located in Shiodome, just a few steps away from the subway. It’s a great location to explore all of Tokyo, and the hotel caters to both international and local guests. The breakfast consists of a traditional Japanese breakfast as well as continental breakfast dishes and options.
The hotel also has an art gallery where they feature local artists. And there is also a club lounge where guests can enjoy complimentary beverages.
Shiodome is located near Tokyo Bay next to the areas of Shinbashi and Ginza. It’s one of the most modern areas of the city, and it features some impressive skyscrapers. It attracts a lot of business people, and you’ll find plenty of restaurants and shops nearby. Shiodome is connected to the JR Yamanote Line as well as the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and the Asakusa and Ginza Subway lines. You can also take the train to Odaiba.
Best Tokyo Neighborhood cheapest area to stay: Kamata
Conclusion -Best Places to stay in Tokyo Japan
The Best Places to stay in Tokyo Japan – for such a big city it can seem a bit overwhelming but this list is an overview of areas of Tokyo to stay in.
These places cover a bunch of different budgets and you can also check out the recommendations for hotels in that area as well.
Over to you. Where do you think is the best place to stay in Tokyo? Do you have any questions about these hotels? Ask me in the comments and I will reply.
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