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Best Areas Where to Stay in Tokyo, Japan (2020)

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Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is an amazing travel destination that everyone has to visit at least once in their lifetime! This city is huge and very complex, so it’s actually better to look at it as a “collection” of smaller cities that form a metropolis. The city has 622 km² and more than 9.2 million people live in it, so you can imagine what I mean!

Tokyo is the perfect destination if you want to experience the super-modern, futuristic side of Japan, the amazing cuisine (definitely one of my favorites in the world), the fashion and the culture; it’s also a great starting place for day trips and for exploring other Japanese cities!

If you’re already planning a trip to Japan, deciding where to stay in Tokyo will be a challenge, trust me, especially if you’re a first time visitor. Luckily for you, I’ve already visited the city and I’ve already made all the mistakes and understood how the city is organized and which are the best areas to stay, and now I’ll share all my knowledge with you!

In this article I’m talking about the 8 best neighborhoods in Tokyo with hand-picked hotel recommendations in each of them. All you need to do is pick one!

Are you ready? Let’s go!

If you’re in a hurry…

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The best area to stay in Tokyo for first-time visitors is Shinjuku. It’s the ideal place where you can take a taste of Tokyo and there are TONS of awesome shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in the area, so it’s literally impossible to get bored. There’s something for everyone there and it’s totally the coolest and most convenient place to book a hotel!

Best hotels in Tokyo in a nutshell

Which area should you choose?

First of all, here’s a map of Tokyo with all the neighborhoods I’ll be talking about in this post:

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As I mentioned before, deciding on your Tokyo hotel requires a lot of research and attention. After all, Tokyo is HUGE, there are 47 neighborhoods in the entire city! 

Some pieces of advice: First of all, because Tokyo is so big and full of interesting attractions, you have to pick a place that’s close to your main points of interest. Second of all, make sure to choose something that’s close to a train station or metro, preferably near the JR Yamanote train line; this way it will be easy to move around the city (which you’ll have to do a lot, trust me!).

In order to make things easier for you, I picked the 8 best areas in the city for tourists. Now all you need to do is choose one that fits your personal preferences and itinerary! Below you’ll find my personalized recommendations for different types of travelers:

  • Best area for luxury: Ginza
  • Best area for budget travelers: Asakusa
  • Best area for a traditional atmosphere: Asakusa
  • Best area for foodies: Ginza
  • Best area for nightlife: Shibuya & Roppongi
  • Best area for families: Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

Now that everything is a bit more clear for you, let’s find out more details about the best neighborhoods in Tokyo:

1. Shinjuku – Where to stay in Tokyo for the first time

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As I mentioned already, Shinjuku is THE best recommendation for people going to Tokyo for the first time. It’s basically the heart and soul of Tokyo!

It’s also the area where I stayed during my trip and I really believe it was the best choice I could make! I was close to countless restaurants and bars and interesting attractions and the area was so lively, I just never wanted to return to my accommodation because I didn’t want to miss out on anything!

Shinjuku is a cumulation of everything Tokyo has to offer – lively streets, skyscrapers, unique shops, neon lights, bookshops, department stores, authentic restaurants, parks and literally everything else in-between.

Shinjuku area revolves around Shinjuku station, so if you choose to stay here you’ll know that you’ll also be close to public transport – I’m only seeing advantages here! Ah, and by the way, did I mention that this area never sleeps? Yep, it’s true! You’ll always find a place to have some drinks or to grab a bite, regardless of how late it is. And that’s a great advantage, trust me!

As you might expect, Shinjuku has plenty of amazing hotel options that you can choose from and below you’ll find my best recommendations:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

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  • Park Hyatt Tokyo – In case you’re on the search for Hyatt hotels in Tokyo, well, you must know that their property in this city is actually THE best hotel in Shinjuku, so you can expect an excellent service. Yep, it’s one of the most beautiful 5-star hotels in Tokyo and the reviews are just great!
  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo – If you would prefer some boutique hotels Tokyo instead, take a look at this one! It’s an amazing 5-star hotel located in the heart of this neighborhood, close to the Golden Gai and Shinjuku train station as well, so the location is just perfect!

Middle-priced (from US$70 – US$150)

  • Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan – Here is a great mid-range hotel that will offer a superb service while also helping you save some money. It’s close to the well-known Golden Gai and it’s actually a ryokan – a traditional Japanese accommodation where you’ll sleep on the tatami (Japanese floor beds).
  • La’gent Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho – Here’s another great middle-priced hotel in Tokyo that will make you feel just like in the famous movie by Sofia Coppola – Lost in Translation! The design is simple but charming and it has an on-site restaurant, private parking and 24-hour front desk, among others.

Budget (up to US$70)

  • Nine Hours Shinjuku-North – Now, if you’re searching for cheap places to stay in Tokyo in the famous neighborhood of Shinjuku, know that there are some very good options! For example this is a very good capsule hotel that has free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk – so convenient!
  • Moon inn Shinjuku – If you want to stay in Tokyo Shinjuku on a tight budget, here’s another excellent choice for you! This hotel is simple but cozy and it’s close to tons of food places, bars and a shopping street.

2. Shibuya

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Shibuya is pretty similar to Shinjuku in terms of atmosphere and convenience, so it’s also a very good choice for all types of travelers, especially for young people that want to discover Tokyo. If you choose to stay here, you’ll be surrounded by many food and drink places, as well as shops and countless interesting Japanese attractions.

Shibuya Station is the main transportation hub of this neighborhood, which is great to move around the city and you’ll also be well-connected to the airports.

By the way, the famous Harajuku area (the most “kawaii” part of Tokyo) is also located in the neighborhood of Shibuya, so you can go there if you want to shop for unique clothing and accessories (especially on Takeshita-dori street)!

Hachiko Square is another important spot in the area, where the coolest people meet! And you probably heard about Shibuya Crossing, right? Or at least you’ve seen pictures of it, I’m sure of that! It’s basically the busiest street crossing in the entire world and it’s located in this neighborhood, right in the center of it all. And did I mention that Shibuya is also a great place to go to experience the nightlife of Tokyo?

If you feel like Shibuya is your place to be, here are the best Tokyo hotels in the area:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

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  • Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel – If you’re looking for a perfect, spoiled stay in Tokyo so you can feel like a queen/king, look no further than this hotel! It provides a 5-star service and the rooms have an amazing view over the city. Plus, you’ll also have access to the sauna, hot tub and a beauty salon.
  • Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu – Here’s another perfect luxurious option with easy access to the train station and other public transportation options. This 4-star hotel has a restaurant, a fitness center and a bar – so great!

Middle-priced (from US$70 – US$150)

  • Act Hotel Shibuya – You’ll see that there are plenty of good hotels in the city part of the “Act” chain and this awesome mid-range one is the perfect example! It awaits with air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, and a perfect location.
  • COTO Tokyo Shibuya 6 – When you’ll read about the facilities offered at this property, you’ll understand why it’s such a great choice for this neighborhood! Book a room here if you want a pleasant Tokyo travel experience for some very good prices.

Budget (up to US$70)

  • Mustard Hotel Shibuya – This awesome hotel has some unbeatable prices, considering the popular location! If you’ll choose to stay here, you’ll be surrounded by tons of restaurants, bars, and clubs, you’ll have access to a subway station and their on-site restaurant that serves gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options as well!
  • Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya – This hostel is simply a great choice for Shibuya! It’s pretty new, as it first opened in 2017 and it offers a friendly atmosphere and cozy rooms. You can read more about it in the hotel description on Booking!

Should I stay in Shinjuku or Shibuya?

Since those are the 2 most popular areas in Tokyo for tourists, people ask me this question all the time. My opinion – 

  • Shibuya is great for shopping and nightlife, it has a lot happening at all times;
  • Shinjuku is great for nightlife as well (less than Shibuya, but plenty of choices nevertheless), budget travellers (simply because there are more options).

3. Ginza

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You may have already seen in my personalized list of recommendations above that Ginza is well recommended for people interested in luxury, both for shopping and for accommodation. Even though that’s true, this doesn’t mean that Ginza is unaffordable for other types of pockets as well!

Ginza is well connected to the rest of the city via JR Tarakucho station and Ginza metro station, so if you want to arrive in some other parts of the city, you’ll be able to do so in no time!

Ginza is also close to Tsukiji Fish Market, the best place to try some fresh sushi and an unmissable spot during your Tokyo itinerary! Some other sights in the area include the Imperial Palace, Chuo Dori – the main street of the neighborhood that becomes pedestrian-only during the weekends, and you’ll also be walking distance to Tokyo Station.

If you want to make Ginza your base during your stay in Tokyo, here are my recommended hotels that you can choose from:

Luxury (US$170 and up)

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  • The Peninsula Tokyo – Honestly, I think that this property is one of the most beautiful hotels in the entire Tokyo! It has an excellent location, very close to the Imperial Palace and the train station and it also has an on-site spa, swimming pool, fitness center, and superb rooms with a view!
  • Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo – If you want a luxurious hotel that’s close to countless ramen restaurants and other traditional Japanese food, as well as bars and other entertainment options, then this one’s for you! It’s basically a 4-star hotel with a super good service!

Middle-priced (from US$120 – US$170)

  • Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande – If you don’t want to spend all your money on accommodations, then I suggest you take a look at this property! It’s right in the heart of Ginza, close to many bars and boutique shops and the rooms have amazing views over the city!
  • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Shimbashi – If you’re the type of person that wants a luxurious service without spending too much money and if you want easy access to plenty of food and drink spots within walking distance, make sure to book a room here! This 3-star hotel has cozy rooms, perfect for a good night’s sleep!

Budget (up to US$120)

  • Hotel Monterey Ginza – If you’re on a tight budget but still want to be close to one of the most luxurious areas in one of the most expensive cities in the world, it’s possible if you book a room here! This 4-star hotel has some economy rooms that are just perfect for this and the location is pretty ideal, close to many bars and ramen places!
  • Hotel Gracery Ginza – Here’s another superb hotel that offers some budget rooms as well. It awaits with free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, and sparkling clean rooms.

4. Tokyo Station / Marunouchi Area

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As you might have guessed already, Tokyo Station is the main transportation hub of the city and one of the most convenient areas to stay, especially if you’re planning on doing some day trips or if you’re heading over to some other exciting cities in Japan! You’ll have a great connection to the airports, to Tokyo Bay area and to other Japanese cities such as Yokohama, Osaka or Kyoto via shinkansen, for example.

The area around Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Area) is pretty central, so an excellent choice as you’ll be close to the main attractions as well. Actually, Tokyo Station can be considered a kind of a mall, as it’s very big and full of shops and restaurants as well – in Japan it’s very common for train stations to be shopping complexes and great eating spots, even if you’re not expecting it!

The area around the station is full of great accommodation options. Check out the best ones I could find below:

Luxury (US$130 and up)

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  • Imperial Hotel Tokyo – If you want to stay in style near one of the most important transport hubs in the city, close to tons of ramen places and interesting sights, then you have to read more about this hotel! It’s one of the best luxury hotels in the entire city, you just won’t regret it!
  • The Tokyo Station Hotel – This area is also a well-known business district in the city, so there are plenty of luxurious properties that you can choose from. This one is super popular and it offers an excellent service. It also serves as the perfect gate for day trips, as there are many trains going to Kyoto or Osaka from the station!

Middle-priced (from US$60 – US$130)

  • Smile Hotel Tokyo Nihonbashi – This awesome mid-range hotel is my recommendation if you want a great value for the money! It’s close to many public transportation links, it has clean and comfy rooms and the staff is super helpful.
  • Nishitetsu Inn Nihonbashi – If you want to save some money for a day trip to Kyoto, Mount Fuji or Hakone, for example, then search no more and pick this awesome hotel! It’s close to both the station and no less than 4 subway lines – how great is that?

Budget (up to US$60)

  • APA Hotel Shintomicho-Ekikita – This budget hotel awaits with free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk, a flat-screen TV in each room and more. By the way, visiting Kyoto means you’re only a train ride away! And it’s also located close to plenty of galleries and museum choices!
  • APA Hotel Hatchobori Shintomicho – Here’s another great budget hotel close to the train lines, so it’s super convenient if you have a JR pass and want to travel around the country! You’ll also be walking distance to tons of food places, so you’ll never get bored in this area!

5. Asakusa – Where to stay in Tokyo on a budget

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If Ginza is a luxury heaven, Asakusa is THE place to be for all people traveling on a budget to Tokyo!

Asakusa has another special thing about it as well. Compared to the other flashy, modern, neon-lit areas of Tokyo, Asakusa hosts a more calm, traditional atmosphere – it’s like it’s been frozen in time, but in a good way! So if you love temples, small and authentic streets and traditional restaurants, I truly believe that Asakusa is your place to be!

It’s true, you won’t find huge malls or department stores in this area, as it’s an older part of the city, but you’ll be super close to them in case that’s what you want (you’ll be 10 minutes away by metro from Ginza, to be more precise).

Some important attractions located in the area include Sensoji Temple and the Tokyo Skytree, just to name a few. Plus, it’s the BEST place to buy your Japanese souvenirs from, as you’ll find plenty of traditional shops selling handmade objects such as chopsticks or ramen bowls.

Convinced? Here are the best options for Tokyo accommodation in this area:

Luxury (US$100 and up)

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  • Hotel Gracery – If you want to splurge and be spoiled in one of the most authentic neighborhoods of this city, then you should opt for this place! It offers a 4-star service and it has an on-site restaurant, plus the staff speaks very good English!
  • Onyado Nono Natural Hot Spring – If you want to be close to Sensoji Temple in one of the most beautiful areas in Tokyo, look no further than this hotel! You’ll have plenty of room choices to select from and one of the best advantages of staying here is that you’ll have access to the on-site hot spring bath and sauna!

Middle-priced (from US$50 – US$100)

  • Hiromas Hotel Kura – If one of your biggest wishes is to stay in a Tokyo neighborhood that resembles Kyoto, then Asakusa is a great choice and this hotel will satisfy all your needs! The clean and cozy air-conditioned rooms have free Wi-Fi and even a shared kitchen that you can use.
  • Red Planet Tokyo – Here’s another superb mid-range option in this beautiful district! This hotel awaits with some great city views from the rooms and an excellent location – 2 minutes from the train station!

Budget (up to US$50)

  • Plat Hostel Keikyu Asakusa Karin – Here’s one of the best budget Tokyo hotel that you can choose from! It’s super close to the Origami Museum and it also has a nice terrace perfect for some relaxation after a full day of exploration!
  • K’s House Tokyo – Backpackers Hostel – If you didn’t make up your mind yet, here I’m presenting you yet another nice choice if you want to save some pennies! This hostel is extremely close to the subway station and it awaits with a super cute common area where you can relax or make new friends!

6. Roppongi – Best area in Tokyo for nightlife

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Even though it’s not on the Yamanote train line, Roppongi is still an excellent choice for your stay in Tokyo because it’s scattered with endless great restaurants and an amazing nightlife! It’s actually a super cool, up-and-coming area full of parties all night long and yummy restaurants that await during the day.

If you’re a night owl looking for some exciting parties, clubs and pubs, then Roppongi is for you!

The fun spots here are frequented by both locals and tourists alike, so it’s a great place to make friends or to see how young Japanese people like to spend the night.

If my description above excites you, here are the best hotels in Roppongi that you can choose from:

Luxury (US$140 and up)

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  • Tokyo Prince Hotel – Here’s my first recommendation for this district! This super hotel was recently renovated and you’ll have an awesome view of Tokyo Tower from your room, which calls for some perfect photos! By the way, they even have an on-site shopping arcade!
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo – You may already know about the luxurious chain of hotels called Ritz-Carlton and you better be expecting an excellent service, as that’s exactly what you’ll receive! Their property in Roppongi has a sauna, a gym and even bike rentals.

Middle-priced (US$80 – US$140)

  • Act Hotel Roppongi – Here’s another good Act hotel in the city! This one awaits with a 4-star service, a super friendly and helpful staff and, of course, free Wi-Fi! By the way, the train station is only 200m away, which I think it’s a great advantage!
  • The B Tokyo Roppongi – This 3-star hotel is right in the heart of this lively neighborhood, close to tons of clubs and pubs, so you’ll always be close to the middle of the action! And the rooms are super cozy and clean – what more can you wish for?

Budget (up to US$80)

  • Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo Roppongi – And if you didn’t make up your mind just yet, I present to you another choice that offers a very good value for the money. This one has air conditioned rooms, free luggage storage, and even an on-site trouser press that you can use for free.
  • APA Hotel Roppongi Ekimae – And because I always like to offer you a choice, here’s another budget hotel that you can choose from. This one has many room types that you can choose from, depending on your budget and personal preference.

7. Ueno & Akihabara

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Ueno and Akihabara are two areas that are not that big and that are located right close to each other, which is why I chose to talk about both of them in the same section.

If you’re into anime, manga, cosplay, games and flashing lights, then Akihabara (also known as the “Electric Town”) is the perfect place for you! On the other hand, Ueno is an excellent place to see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, especially in Ueno Park. Ueno Station is also a great transportation hub that will take you anywhere you want in the city, such as Shinjuku.

Akihabara is a very vibrant area that never sleeps. It’s full of sound and music from all the arcades that are located here, so if you’re looking for a laid-back, calm atmosphere, you might be better off in another neighborhood, unfortunately – and I’m referring to Ueno!

If you feel like either of these two areas will make you fall in love with Tokyo, then check out my hand-picked hotels below:

Luxury (US$120 and up)

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  • Nohga Hotel Tokyo – This beautiful 4-star hotel has a modern design that I really like! It’s super close to Shitaya Shrine, a shopping mall, and plenty of temples. Some of the advantages of staying here include a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi, and even a concierge service.
  • Artist Hotel – BnA STUDIO Akihabara – Now here’s a recommendation for those of you who are looking for a truly unique place to stay! This one looks really amazing, trust me – just take a look at the pictures and you’ll understand what I mean!

Middle-priced (US$60 – US$120)

  • The Hideout Tokyo – This awesome mid-range hotel has a perfect location, super close to the train station, which means that you’ll be able to get to the city center and the rest of the city in no time! All rooms are clean and comfy and they all have private bathrooms.
  • Space Hostel Tokyo – If you want to stay in a hotel that has a true Japanese feeling and some very good prices, this one’s for you! The entire space is very clean and the staff is super friendly, always ready to help you out with everything you might need!

Budget (up to US$60)

  • Oak Hostel Zen – This cute hostel is my first recommendation for people who don’t want to spend all their money at the place they’ll be staying in! If you’ll stay here, you’ll be able to choose between dorm rooms and private rooms, depending on your preference!
  • APA Hotel Inaricho Ekikita – Here’s another choice that will help you save some pennies! This property is super cute and it offers everything you might need for a perfect stay in this area, close to tons of temples!

8. Odaiba & Tokyo Bay – Where to stay in Tokyo with a family

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Odaiba island and the area around Tokyo Bay are my recommendations for people traveling with kids to Tokyo. Why? Well, even though it’s a bit far away from central Tokyo (it ain’t no Shinjuku for sure!) and it’s very different from the rest of the city, it’s located super close to many children entertainment spots such as Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Joypolis, Legoland, Fuji TV Building and plenty of museums.

Odaiba and is well-known because the Statue of Liberty replica is located here (yep, the Japanese made their own Statue of Liberty, what about that?!) and the Rainbow Bridge, for example. As a bonus, this area is well-connected to airport limousines that will easily take you to either one of the two major Tokyo airports (by the way, scroll down to find my airport hotel recommendations!).

By the way, staying in Odaiba doesn’t mean that the city center is unreachable. You can get to the center in 20 minutes via metro, so it’s not that bad at all!

So if you’re traveling with your family and you want to spend most of your time doing exciting activities with your little ones, then this area is for you! In which case, I’m recommending one of the gorgeous hotels below:

Luxury (US$120 and up)

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  • Hilton Tokyo Bay – If you’re on the search for the best family hotels in Tokyo, you’re in luck! This 5-star property awaits with everything you might need to feel like a queen or king, together with your children as well! I’ll only add this: this hotel has 5 on-site restaurants and both indoor and outdoor pools!
  • Hyatt Place – But if you’d prefer a 4-star place instead, no worries, I have an option for you as well! This one awaits with delicious buffet breakfast food, free Wi-Fi, private parking, an on-site restaurant and more!

Middle-priced (US$70 – US$160)

  • Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba – You might be searching for a very good place in this district that offers an excellent service for the money – in which case I’m here to help! This place is actually a 5-star hotel that has some more affordable rooms that you can choose from. And the views from the rooms are incredible!
  • APA Hotel TKP Tokyo Nishi-Kasai – This property awaits with luggage storage, free Wi-Fi, a restaurant that serves breakfast food each morning, and beautiful rooms perfect for resting after a day of exploring the city!

Budget (up to US$70)

  • APA Hotel & Resort Makuhari – If you’re on a budget instead, then let me help you choose something that will fit your pocket but also offer a super good service! This hotel looks simply great, it’s super modern and it even has laundry machines, its own souvenir shops and more!
  • ibis Styles – And if you just can’t get enough of this district, here’s another super affordable option! Even if it’s in this distant area, the property is only 20 minutes away from Tokyo Station, which I think is pretty great if you ask me!

Best apartments in Tokyo, Japan

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In case you’re the type of person that prefers staying in a quiet, calm apartment during their travels, then we’re basically the same. Staying in an apartment is one of the wisest choices if you’re traveling in a larger group, with your family or if you want to save some money by cooking your own meals, for example.

Tokyo has a wide range of options on Airbnb for all types of budgets and preferences, but please keep in mind that the apartments you’ll find there are more similar to hostels that to traditional European apartments, for example. Regardless of that, they’re cozy and they offer a great service.

Below you’ll find the best apartments I could find in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, aka in my most recommended area in the city:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

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  • 1Fa New AP Tluxury /loft up to 1 Near Free WiFi – Yes, it’s possible to stay in an apartment and still enjoy some luxury and an upscale service! This is actually a duplex complex and the place is more like a hotel, but the location is simply perfect!
  • [K7] Beautiful japanese house in shinjuku/free Wifi – If you like bright, cozy and super clean rooms, then make sure to book this apartment! It’s right in Shinjuku, close to all the important attractions in the city center and it’s just great for up to 4 guests.

Middle-priced (US$80 – US$150)

  • #1-Shinjuku 3min JR station Private Room-A – If you want to enjoy a true Japanese experience and sleep on a tatami, then this one’s for you! It’s extremely close to the train station and the rooms are very clean and cozy.
  • #5-Shinjuku 3min JR station Private Room-E – This one’s super similar to the one above, as they’re in the same building. If you love a minimalist place, then I really recommend this one – you won’t regret it!

Budget (up to US$80)

  • Lucky Hostel in Shinjuku 7 – Of course it’s possible to book a budget apartment right in the heart of Shinjuku! This one’s the perfect example that will convince you. It’s small but very cozy and I definitely recommend it if you’re just looking for a clean space to sleep and regain your energy.
  • Lucky Hostel in Shinjuku 02 – Last but not least, here’s another great option for those traveling on a tight budget. This one is great for 2 guests and it has access to 3 shared baths. All in all, it has everything you might need for a pleasant trip in this area!

Best hotels near Tokyo Airports

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Because Tokyo is so big, it’s only natural that it doesn’t only have one airport. It has two international ones and you might land or depart from either of the two. It’s pretty common for big cities to have two airports – a big one and a smaller one, and the smaller one is usually dedicated to domestic flights.

Nope, for Tokyo it’s not like that! Both of these airports are big and they connect international flights, so I’ll be talking about each of them below.

1) Narita Airport

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Narita International Airport (NRT) is located in Narita and it’s a bit more far away from the city than Haneda, more specifically it’s 60 km away. In case you have a flight that arrives very late at night or one that departs super early in the morning, it makes a lot of sense to pick a hotel as close to the airport as possible. This way you’ll save some precious time and you’ll be less stressed out about your arrival/departure.

If you decided to do this, here are 3 awesome hotels close to Narita Airport (one for each type of budget):

  • Hotel Nikko Narita – Here’s my luxury recommendation for people who want to be close to this airport. This 4-star property has a seasonal outdoor pool, 4 on-site restaurants, and a free shuttle that you can use to and from the airport – how awesome is that?
  • Nine Hours Narita Airport – If you’d prefer a middle-priced hotel instead, then this one’s for you! It’s actually a capsule hotel located right IN the airport, so you can’t get closer than this!
  • Comfort Hotel Narita – For all those traveling on a tight budget, search no more as I found this great solution! This place is only 6 km from the airport and it offers a very good service for some very good prices!

2) Haneda Airport

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Haneda International Airport (HND), also known as Tokyo International Airport is the most convenient one, located only 30 km from the city center. Even if it’s not that far, it might still be a good idea to book a room in a hotel located close to it, so you won’t be stressed about a very early/late flight. Alternatively, you can stay close to Tokyo Station, so you can get an easy connection to the airport.

If you want a hotel as close to Haneda Airport as possible, here are my recommendations:

  • Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu – If you want to stay close to the airport in luxury, make sure to book a room here, you just won’t regret it! This 4-star hotel has free Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant and even a massage service that you’ll definitely love!
  • nine hours Kamata – For those looking for middle-priced hotels, I have a perfect option as well! This capsule hotel is perfect if you want to be close to the airport and also enjoy a great night’s sleep.
  • Japan Hostel Shinya Tokkyu – But if you’re on a budget, then you should take a look at this cute hostel! It simply has some unbeatable prices and some very nice rooms! Plus, it also has free Wi-Fi, of course!

BONUS: Where to stay in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics

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As you may already know, Tokyo is hosting the XXXII Olympic Summer Games that will take place from the 24th of July until the 9th of August 2020.

UPDATE: If you’re looking for more options to stay during the Olympics, take a look at our detailed article, with hotels divided by budget, neighborhoods, as well as tips on what hotels are closer to the main venues!

If you want to go there during this time, an important decision is where to stay in Tokyo during the Olympics. First of all, please know that lots of accommodation options are already starting to sell out super fast, so it’s best to reserve your room ASAP! Second of all, please note that the hotel prices are higher than usual during this period, so keep that in mind as well.

That being said, let’s get to the technical stuff. The Olympics venues are mostly close to two main zones:

  1. The Heritage Zone – consisting of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Roppongi. This is the area where the Opening and Closing Ceremony will take place as well
  2. Tokyo Bay Zone – Odaiba or Tatsumi – Most Olympic games will take place in venues around this area, but it’s a bit far away from the main landmarks and tourist attractions.
  3. Close to both of them – Tokyo Station Area and around it

I recommend some areas that are in-between these zones and that are convenient both for the Olympics and for sightseeing, eating and drinking: Tokyo Station Area and around: Roppongi, Asakusa, Shinjuku, Ginza, Shibuya, and Nihombashi.



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Conclusion

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Phew, this was quite a long post, but you reached the end of it! This was my complete guide on Tokyo hotels where I explained everything you need to know about choosing your hotel in this amazing, complex city in Japan!

I’m sure that you’re already an expert in Tokyo accommodation by now and I hope that maybe you also found the dream place for your trip, am I right?

In this post I explained about the 8 best neighborhoods in Tokyo where you can stay and for each of them I gave you my hand-picked hotels for all budgets, all of them with fabulous reviews, great location and facilities. I also recommended some amazing apartments and some very convenient airport hotels (for both Tokyo airports).

All in all, you have everything you might need in this post, trust me!

In case you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section below, I’m always happy to help!

I wish you a great time in Tokyo, it’s one of my favorite cities in the world! And one last thing – in case you need more travel inspiration about Japan, here you can find all our posts about this unique country!

Happy travels,

Romina

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By |2020-08-10T11:08:07+04:00February 7th, 2020|Tokyo, Asia, Japan|2 Comments
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2 Comments

  1. amal 15.02.2020 at 22:29 - Reply

    Hi could you help me know where should I stay in Tokyo for the first time?

    • Yulia 16.02.2020 at 21:33 - Reply

      For firs time travelers I would recommend Shinjuku, you can check out my favourite hotels from this area in the article!

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