Where to Stay in Tokyo (2024): 8 Epic Areas & Hotels

Bustling night scene at Shinjuku, Tokyo, with brightly lit billboards, and crowds on a pedestrian crossing

Are you on a quest to find the ultimate place where to stay in Tokyo? Then jump right in!

I visited Tokyo a while ago and loved my time there! Plus I came back with so many tips that I wished I knew before traveling there!

Tokyo is huge, there are 14 million people in the city and 41(!!) million in the metropolitan area! And on top of that it also gets millions of tourists every year! That is why each area is pretty much its own city and has its own vibe (no wonder the areas are called Shibuya city, Shinjuku city etc.) 

Read the post to learn everything about the 8 best areas that are perfect for tourists! I will explain why you would want (or not) stay in each of these areas and I have a list of hotels for each price category in all the areas I am recommending. You can rest assured that those are some good ones because I manually hand-picked them from hundreds of others in the same area. 

In short, Shinjuku is the best area to stay in Tokyo, as it has lots of major attractions and fabulous hotels!

Good hotels sell out fast, so make sure you book your hotels in advance, otherwise you’ll miss your favorite!

If you’re in a hurry…

Dusk skyline of Tokyo featuring the Tokyo Skytree amid city buildings with lights starting to illuminate the evening

If you don’t have time to read all the valuable information in this post but are already ready to book, let’s not waste more time. These are the best of the best options in Tokyo:


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Which area should you choose?

Deciding which hotel to pick requires a lot of research and attention. After all, Tokyo is HUGE! There are 47 neighborhoods(!!) in the entire city!

PRO TIP: First, because Tokyo is so big and full of exciting attractions, you should pick a place close to your main points of interest. Second, make sure to choose something close to a train station or metro, preferably near the JR Yamanote train line (because it is a loop line, so very convenient for changes). 

To help you visualize all the areas, I made this map of Tokyo with all the neighborhoods I’ll be talking about in this post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Tokyo, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation

Below you’ll find the top 8 areas in the city and my personalized recommendations for different types of travelers:

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

A vibrant Tokyo street at night crowded with pedestrians and adorned with neon signs and colorful billboards

Welcome to the heart and soul of Tokyo! Shinjuku is what you probably imagine Tokyo is because this is what you usually see in movies about Tokyo. 

This lively area has countless restaurants, bars, and exciting attractions that will make it hard for you to go back to your hotel room and relax!

Shinjuku is the major transportation hub of Tokyo’s West side and its station, named the same, has around 30 platforms and over 200 different exits, crazy, right?! This is not so scary as it sounds, everything is pretty clear once you read the signs, no worries! Staying around Shinjuku means you are super well-connected to the rest of the city, it is a great transportation hub for day trips as well. 

NOTE: If you’re planning on using the bullet trains, I recommend getting the JR pass, with which you can travel as much as you want during the days that you have it. 

Shinjuku is a cumulation of everything Tokyo offers: busy streets, skyscrapers, unique shops, neon lights, bookshops, department stores, authentic restaurants, parks, and everything else. It is a major hub for major attractions too. 

While here make sure you visit the Omoide Yokocho alley (map), which is filled with food stalls and the Golden Gai area which is the ultimate nightlife hotspot!

That’s right, this area is big on nightlife and it has so many bars and places to grab a bite, regardless of how late it is. You can definitely start the night in the Golden Gai area and then head to Kabukicho, an entertainment district that never sleeps! 

PRO TIP: I recommend staying in an area that’s on the Yamanote (a circular metro line that stops in some of Tokyo’s major spots including Shinjuku) as it’s super convenient and make sure your hotel is close to the metro station (check google maps to be sure – sometimes the name of the hotel/apartment may contain the metro stop but still be 20 min walk to it – deceiving)!

You’ll find a wide range of hotels here from super luxurious ones, to the famous Love hotels! There are not many budget options here, but I found some that you should book quickly, as the list is short!

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Shinjuku, Tokyo: A cozy bedroom with plush seating and a green wall feature, a sleek building facade with modern design, and an indoor pool with a view of the sky through a glass ceiling

Luxury (US$250 and up)

  • Park Hyatt Tokyo – if you want to stay in the hotel where Sofia Coppola’s famous movie Lost in Translation was filmed, then check out this hotel! Their rooms boast incredible city views and while here you can unwind in their fabulous spa center or do some yoga!
  • JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom – a fantastic 5-star hotel with rooms that have large windows located in the heart of the neighborhood, close to the Golden Gai, JR Shinjuku train station, and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building!

Mid-range (from US$150 – US$250)

  • Tokyu Stay – this simple yet modern hotel provides a delicious breakfast and pretty big rooms. It’s close to the well-known Golden Gai and within walking distance from Inari Kio Shrine and Shinjuku train station.
  • La’gent Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho – here’s another excellent mid-range hotel in Tokyo! The design is simple but charming, and it has an on-site restaurant, private parking, and a 24-hour front desk.

Budget (up to US$150)

  • Onsen Ryokan Yuen – ever wanted to stay in a traditional Japanese inn (also known as ryokan)? Then check out this one which has a hot spring bath, a restaurant and some rooms with city views. 
  • Sotetsu Grand Fresa – if you want to stay in Tokyo Shinjuku on a tight budget but still have great facilities, here’s another excellent choice! This hotel is simple but cozy, close to many food places, bars, and a shopping street, and has an on-site restaurant!

2. Shibuya – best place to stay in Tokyo for the young vibe

Daytime scene of a crowded Shibuya Crossing with pedestrians and vibrant advertising billboards under a clear blue sky

Shibuya is pretty similar to Shinjuku in terms of atmosphere and location, so it’s also a very convenient place for all types of travelers, especially young people who want to discover Tokyo. 

The area is set on the city’s West Side which is more modern while the East Side is a bit more tranquil and traditional. 

This is where you’ll find lots of Tokyo’s love hotels, especially in the Maruyamacho area also known as “geisha district” (check for the Love Hotel Hill there).

If you choose to stay here, you’ll be surrounded by many food and drink places, shopping malls, and countless interesting Japanese attractions that you should visit like the Meiji Jingu and its garden, Yoyogi Park! 

You should also go shopping at Studio Konbini or Omotesando Crossing Park, check out the brewpubs in Daikanyama and explore the nearby Shinagawa City area.

Make sure you stop by Hachiko Square, where you’ll find the Hachikō Memorial Statue (map),  made in honor of the famous dog that inspired the famous movie with Richard Gere, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale!

Shibuya Station is the main transportation hub of this neighborhood, which is great for moving 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 – great for people watching, I just sat there for hours staring at people)!

Aerial view of Shibuya Crossing at night, showcasing dense crowds of pedestrians and surrounded by illuminated skyscrapers

And you probably heard about Shibuya Crossing, right? 

Or at least you’ve seen pictures of it! I’m sure of that! It’s the busiest street crossing in the world, and it’s located in this neighborhood, right in the center. 

Apparently it’s estimated that an average 2,500 people cross it on an average single change, according to this website.

Once the sun sets, go hit the bars in this area! Shibuya is known for its exciting nightlife!

P.S. If hotels in Shibuya are a bit too pricey for you but you really want to stay in this area I recommend checking out the nearby areas Meguro and Ebisu. 

PRO TIP: Before booking, double check the hotel on both booking.com and Agoda.com – many times the prices are cheaper there, than on the other websites. When I did my research I compared the hotels on both sites and gave you the cheaper version, but the prices are dynamic, it can change, so it makes sense to double check.

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Shibuya, Tokyo: A serene outdoor pool area with loungers, a sophisticated bedroom with elegant brown accents, and a stylish hotel lounge with bookshelves and comfortable seating.

Luxury (US$200 and up)

  • 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 hotel rooms have an amazing view over the city. You’ll also have access to the sauna, hot tub, and beauty salon.
  • Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu – here’s another perfect luxurious option with easy access to the Shibuya station and other public transportation options. This 4-star hotel has a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar – so great!

Mid-range (from US$130 – US$200)

  • The Millennials Shibuya – this capsule hostel has Smart Pods as rooms that offer privacy, comfort, and convenience. It has common areas such as a workspace, kitchen, and lounge and is close to popular attractions and good restaurants. 
  • Shibuya Creston Hotel – offering a convenient location this hotel boasts cozy rooms, a continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Budget (up to US$130)

  • Shibuya Tobu Hotel – set a short walk away from the metro, this hotel offers rooms with a flat-screen Tv, free Wi-Fi and laundry services. 
  • Himalaya Cloud Hotel – here’s an affordable place that comes with rooms that have city views, a garden where you can relax and a kitchen.

3. Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Area) – top area for shopping

Tokyo Station and its surrounding modern skyscrapers at twilight, with the glow of the setting sun in the background

As you might have guessed already, Tokyo Station is the main transportation hub of the city with many bullet trains and is one of the most convenient areas to stay, especially if you’re planning on doing some day trips to some other exciting cities in Japan!

From the Tokyo Station area you’ll have a great connection to the airports in the Tokyo Bay area, and other Japanese cities such as Yokohama, which is much cheaper than Tokyo and has the world’s biggest Chinatown (here’s a post with the best hotels there, if you want to spend the night)! 

The area around JR Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Area) has a central location, so it’s 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 enormous and full of shopping malls and restaurants as well! In Japan, it’s usual for train stations to be shopping complexes and great eating spots!

But definitely head out of this major transport hub and see what’s around! Some really cool things to see here are the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, the Tokyo Ramen Street, where you eat the yummiest ramen, Chuo City and also the Nihombashi commercial quarter. 

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

P.S. As Tokyo is a super busy city, you can expect your hotel rooms to be rather small, so make sure you check properly before booking your room – booking com actually shows you m2/ft2 in the room description!

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in the Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Area): The angular architecture of a tall hotel building, a luxurious suite with classic furnishings, and a bedroom with a simple, neat setting

Luxury (US$300 and up)

  • Imperial Hotel Tokyo – this is one of the best luxury hotels in the Tokyo Station area. The property offers an indoor swimming pool, an on-site hair salon, a beauty massage salon, and many more services!
  • The Tokyo Station Hotel – one of the best business hotels that offers excellent service, 9 restaurants, a spa center and gorgeous rooms. It also is the perfect gate for day trips, as many trains go to Kyoto or Osaka from the station!

Mid-range (from US$100 – US$300)

  • Hotel Intergate Tokyo Kyobashi – sleep like a baby in the comfortable rooms of this hotel that offers a yummy buffet breakfast!
  • Nishitetsu Inn Nihonbashi – this hotel is close to the station, and near 4 subway stations/lines, including Tokyo Station – how great is that? You’ll also find rooms with tea makers and laundry facilities.

Budget (up to US$100)

  • APA Hotel Shintomicho-Ekikita – this is one the best budget hotels! It has free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk, a flat-screen TV in each room, and more. If you want to visit Kyoto, you’re just a train ride away, plus it’s also located close to plenty of galleries and museum choices!
  • Belken Hotel Tokyo – simple yet well-equipped double rooms that have a Tv! This hotel also offers a hot tub and breakfast.

4. Roppongi & Akasaka – best for socializing 

The iconic "Maman" spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, with people walking around the plaza

These 2 neighboring areas are great for people who want to explore, socialize and grab a drink after a day out! They are conveniently located in between the East and West part of the city, so it is a short ride to any of the areas I mentioned above. Akasaka is actually part of the Minato City area (basically Downtown Tokyo) along with Azabu and Shiba. 

Although you’re more likely to find bars and nightclubs in Roppongi rather than Akasaka, which is a business-oriented area where a lot of places are closed during the weeknd. 

But leave it to Roppongi to show tourists a good time! 

The fun spots here are frequented by 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. Burlesque Tokyo is a great spot to start the night!

You’ll have plenty of things to do during the day too! Like visiting the Mori Art Museum, exploring the exciting (and nearby) areas of Hamamatsucho and Shiodome and admiring the views of the Tokyo Tower from this Observation Deck (map). Pro tip – request your room to face the tower for some amazing pics!

If you visit Tokyo during the cooler winter months (November to February) you can actually spot Mt Fuji!

A minor inconvenience is that these 2 areas are not on the famous Yamanote line (Tokyo loop line) nor do they have a direct line to the airport (so you’ll have to change trains when heading there). However they’re still pretty close to the main attractions and located between the East and West side of the city. 

Please note that it is a business area for locals so many of the places may be closed during the weekend. 

NOTE: If you’re planning to visit the more central side of Tokyo you might consider getting a Suica card which is great as you can top it up with how much you need and not have to buy an individual ticket every time!

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Roppongi & Akasaka, Tokyo: A bright bedroom with yellow accents and city view, a hotel next to Tokyo Tower amidst urban skyline, and a spacious hotel lounge with modern decor

Luxury (US$250 and up)

  • The Prince Park Tower – rising above Shiba Park, just a short walk to the Imperial Palace, this hotel offers incredible views of the Tokyo Tower, spacious rooms with skyline views, a hot spring bath and 9 restaurants. The hotel is set near train stations.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo – this property in Roppongi has a sauna, a gym and even bike rentals. Wake-up to a stunning view of the city, order some room service and then go for a swim in the indoor pool.

Mid-range (US$130 – US$250)

  • Nihon Seinenkan – this 3-star hotel is super close to tons of clubs and pubs, so you’ll always be right in the middle of the action! It also comes with rooms that have city views and a restaurant. 
  • Tokyo Prince Hotel – this 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!

Budget (up to US$130)

  • remm Roppongi – grab some breakfast and then head out to explore the area! This hotel comes with a bar, laundry services and a 24h-front desk.
  • Sotetsu Fresa Inn – offering rooms for up to four adults, this hotel offers a great breakfast and massages!

5. Ginza & Hibiya – best to stay in Tokyo for luxury

Twilight view of the Ginza district in Tokyo, featuring the iconic FUJIYA sign and bustling street activity.

This neighborhood is famous for its upscale shopping malls and big international chain hotels! However, you’ll also find a few affordable places as well (I made sure of it)!

Ginza Shopping District 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!

If you’re visiting Tokyo during Christmas time, this is where you’ll find all the shiny decorations plus a bunch of attractions open all year like the Art Aquarium Museum, Hibiya Park and Kabukiza Theater.

For street food, I highly recommend walking the stretch between Shimbashi and Yurakucho – it is under the elevated railway and it is hundreds of meters of eateries where locals usually eat. 

Ginza is also close to Tsukiji Fish Market, the best place to try some fresh sushi and street food, and an unmissable spot during your Tokyo trip! While there, make sure to check out izakayas – a japanese type bar/pub (it literally translates to “stay-drink-place”)!

PRO TIP: By the way, you shouldn’t tip while at a restaurant in Tokyo, as it’s kind of considered an insult here! 

Here you’ll also find the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant that serves sushi and which was the subject of a Netflix documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi (that I highly recommend watching)!

PRO TIP: I recommend getting your hotel room on a higher floor because you will probably hear the noises from the busy roads if you stay on the ground floor. 

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.

Plus while staying here you’ll also be walking distance to Tokyo Train Station (10-15 min by foot).

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Ginza & Hibiya, Tokyo: A high-rise hotel with distinctive architecture, a room with a night view of the city, and a green hotel lounge with a modern aesthetic

Luxury (US$300 and up)

  • The Peninsula Tokyo – honestly, I think this property is one of the best hotels in Tokyo! It has an excellent location, close to the Imperial Palace and train station, and has an on-site spa, pool, fitness center, and superb rooms with a view!
  • Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo – you want a luxurious hotel 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 a 4-star hotel with super good service, a restaurant and a bar.

Mid-range (US$180 – US$300)

  • The Royal Park – if you don’t want to spend all your money on your Tokyo accommodation but still have all the benefits of a high-end stay, this is the best option! It’s right in the heart of Ginza, close to many bars and boutique shops, and the rooms have fantastic views over the city!
  • Henn na Hotel Tokyo Ginza – ever wanted to stay in a hotel where robots greet you? Then this is the place for you! This robot hotel is super modern and it offers easy access to the subway station.

Budget (up to US$180)

  • Hotel Monterey Ginza – this 4-star hotel has some economy rooms that are just perfect and the location is pretty ideal, close to many bars and ramen places!
  • Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza – here’s a great place in Ginza that comes with modern rooms and a restaurant! Grab some complimentary breakfast in the morning and then head out.

6. Ueno & Akihabara – best area in Tokyo for anime lovers

A lively pedestrian area in Akihabara, Tokyo, lit by the glow of anime and manga-related billboards and signs

Ueno and Akihabara are two areas that are not that big and are located an easy walking distance from 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! You definitely have to check out Namco Akihabara store which is an absolute heaven for anime lovers and the Kanda Myojin Shrine.

There are mainly business and capsule hotels here and moreover, there are lots of adult stores in this area so I wouldn’t really recommend this place to families. 

You will find a lot of budget hotels around here, but in the same time in my experience there were not so many good restaurants around, we preferred them in the center. 

In Ueno you’ll find lots of budget accommodations and the gorgeous cherry blossoms, especially in Ueno Park. If you get hungry head over to Ameyoko District, and get a yummy snack!

Please note that the Ueno area is kind of far from Shibuya but luckily Ueno Station has direct connections, and you can get there in about 40 min.

These 2 places compliment each other perfectly! Akihabara, which is set near the Taito area, is a very vibrant area, full of sound and music from all the arcades! While Ueno is pretty chill so you can always head back there when you need a moment of tranquility! 

Gotta love that!

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Ueno & Akihabara, Tokyo: A room with traditional Japanese decor, a hotel facade with a unique, modern design, and a bedroom with vibrant color accents and manga artwork.

Luxury (US$200 and up)

  • Artist Hotel – BnA Studio Akihabara – this one looks fantastic, trust me. It has a fabulous design, rooms filled with wall-drawings and a flat-screen Tv! It is also conveniently located near Ueno Train Station and Ueno Park so that you will be connected to the rest of the city!
  • Monday Apart Premium – offering a mix of traditional and Western designs, this hotel features rooms with a tea table, a lot of space and a flat-screen Tv.

Mid-range (US$100 – US$200)

  • Super Hotel Akihabara – start your morning with a free breakfast while staying at this hotel which offers a great location and city views.
  • Best Western Hotel – here, the entire space is spotless and it also has an on-site restaurant! It’s located near many museums, such as Tokyo National Museum, plus if you are traveling for business, this hotel even offers a business center!

Budget (up to US$100)

  • Ueno Touganeya Hotel – an affordable place in Ueno that’s within easy walking distance of the metro and that has rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen Tv. 
  • Akihabara Bay Hotel – even wanted to stay in those cool capsule hotels? Now it’s your chance, as this cool place offers a capsule with a USB outlet, a shared bathroom and lockers.

7. Asakusa – where to stay in Tokyo on a budget

The historic red architecture of Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, with visitors milling around the entrance

If Ginza is a luxury heaven, Asakusa is THE place to be for all people traveling on a budget to Tokyo as you will find a number of cheap lodging there. 

This area used to be a samurai district, so there’s a rich history to discover while exploring the streets!

Asakusa (which is actually pronounced as “Asaksa”) has another unique 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 genuinely believe that Asakusa is your place!

For anyone who loves these more traditional areas, I’d also recommend exploring Senju and Ryogoku, which have the same vibe (both are around a 30-40 min metro ride away).

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 can always take the metro to more central parts like Shinjuku, which is around a 40 min metro ride away (you’ll have to change the train at least once or maybe even twice).

It kind of resembles Kyoto in a way, another amazing place in Japan that we’ve got a whole post on! Make sure to check it, if you’re headed there!

Some essential attractions in the area include Sensoji Temple and the Tokyo Skytree, just to name a few. 

Plus, it’s the BEST place to buy Japanese souvenirs, as you’ll find plenty of traditional shops selling handmade objects such as chopsticks or ramen bowls.

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Asakusa, Tokyo: A traditional Japanese tatami room with a view, a comfortable bedroom with warm lighting, and an outdoor onsen (hot spring) for relaxation.

Luxury (US$180 and up)

  • Cyashitsu Ryokan – if you want to splurge and be spoiled in one of the city’s most authentic neighborhoods, and experience a traditional tatami mat room, then you should opt for this place! It offers an on-site restaurant, and air-conditioned rooms. At this ryokan (one of the best traditional Japanese inns) you will have incredible city views and an open-air bath!
  • Onyado Nono Natural Hot Spring – set a short walk away from Sensoji Temple, this hotel is perfect for those who want to relax at the on-site hot spring bath and sauna! The hotel also features a restaurant.

Mid-range (from US$90 – US$180)

  • Kaika Tokyo – 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 an on-site restaurant!
  • Asakusa View Hotel – go for a swim in the indoor pool after a day of exploring this huge city, while staying at this hotel that boasts city views and wellness facilities.

Budget (up to US$90)

  • K’s House Tokyo Oasis – this hostel is close to many attractions and it comes with a super cute common area where you can relax or make new friends!
  • Apa Hotel Asakusa – a great and cheap place that offers comfy rooms with a flat-screen Tv, a hot tub and a continental breakfast.

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

Twilight scene of Tokyo Bay with Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower illuminated against the city's night skyline

Odaiba island and the area around Tokyo Bay are my recommendations for people traveling with kids. 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’s entertainment spots such as Tokyo Disney (Tokyo Disney Resort), Tokyo Joypolis, Legoland, Fuji TV Building and plenty of museums (including Teamlab Planets which is not too far from here). 

Odaiba is well-known as the Statue of Liberty replica is located here (yep, the Japanese made their Statue of Liberty, what about that?!). 

Plus you’ll also find the Rainbow Bridge, and shopping malls such as Decks Tokyo Beach Mall and DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, 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!).

Staying in Odaiba doesn’t mean that the city center is unreachable. You can get to the center in 40 minutes via the metro, so it’s not that bad!

A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Odaiba & Tokyo Bay, Tokyo: A room with sleek, contemporary decor, a luxurious pool with landscaped surroundings, and a modern hotel facade with waterfront views.

Luxury (US$200 and up)

  • Hilton Tokyo Bay – here’s a great place to stay in Tokyo for families! This 5-star property offers swimming pools, rooms with fun decoration themes for kids, a spa center where parents can relax and a children’s playground.
  • Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba – this 5-star hotel boasts some incredible views from its family rooms and it’s close to famous landmarks such as Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo! You’ll find 6 on-site restaurants and a swimming pool too.

Mid-range (US$100 – US$200)

  • Lavista TokyoBay – a great hotel that has some spacious family rooms with amazing views of Tokyo Bay, an indoor pool where you can play with your little ones and a restaurant. 
  • Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo – enjoy a quiet family movie night in the cozy rooms of this hotel that offers a hot spring bath, spa facilities and kids meals.

Budget (up to US$100)

  • 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 incredible; it’s super modern and has laundry machines, souvenir shops, and more!
  • Far East Village – this modern hotel features a buffet breakfast, family rooms with a flat-screen Tv and a restaurant.
👑 Luxury price:US$400
💵 Mid-range:US$220
🛏️ Budget:US$100
📍 Best area:Shinjuku
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Park Hyatt Tokyo
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Kaika Tokyo
👛 Best budget hotel:Onsen Ryokan Yuen

BONUS 1: Best ryokans in Tokyo

Traditional Japanese tea house at dusk with illuminated entrance and tranquil garden seating.

Ryokans are traditional Japanese inns that go way back and are a big part of their culture! These places usually have tatami floors and futon beds!

If you’ve been wanting to stay in one, then definitely check out the short list below with the top ones in Tokyo!

P.S. If you’re looking for more options, check out or post with the best ryokans in Tokyo.

BONUS 2: Top capsule hotels in Tokyo

Interior of a modern capsule hotel in Tokyo with rows of sleeping pods and a person in the aisle

Capsule hotels (also known as pod hotels) are super popular in Tokyo and so affordable! If you’re looking for some options in the capital, here are the best ones I found after comparing all the options:

BONUS 3: Best Disney hotels in Tokyo

The opulent facade of Tokyo Disneyland Hotel with its Victorian-style architecture and gated entrance

Taking the whole family to Disneyland in Tokyo? Then you’ll need some amazing hotels and luckily for you I happen to have a list of the best ones!

I’ve compared lots of options and found an amazing one for each budget, so let’s check them out:

  • Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay – set within walking distance of Disneyland, this fabulous hotel boasts rooms with elegant decor, a bar and a kid-friendly buffet. 
  • Hilton Tokyo Bay – this is actually the official hotel of Disney Tokyo and it offers family rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and 5 amazing restaurants. 
  • Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel – relax at the spa center of this hotel which is a 30 min walk away from Disneyland! The hotel has family rooms and a restaurant.

BONUS 4: Best apartments in Tokyo, Japan

Elevated view of Tokyo’s dense urban landscape at sunset with skyscrapers and a clear sky

Staying in an apartment is one of the wisest choices if you’re traveling in a larger group, with family or if you want to save money by cooking your meals, for example.

There are lots of great options in Tokyo and I made sure to only add the best ones and order them from most to least expensive!

NOTE: I didn’t add any Airbnbs, because they can be a bit problematic in this part of the world and you might encounter a lot of communication issues, so I would avoid booking one here.

  • Luxury: Matsui Building – Set in Shinjuku, this apartment has a spacious kitchen, a lounge area where you can chill, a laundry room and of course a comfy room with a Tv!
  • Mid-range: Kagurazaka Retro – Perfectly-located in central Shinjuku, this accommodation has a super-cute design, a kitchen equipped with all you need and a traditional futon bed.
  • Mid-range: Mitsuba Guest House – Such a cool apartment set in Asakusa that offers some great city views, a small kitchenette and a living room area.

BONUS 5: Best hotels near the Tokyo airports

Busy terminal inside Narita International Airport with passengers and informational signage

Do you have a layover or maybe a super early-flight? If so, you might need to spend a night in a hotel right near one of Tokyo’s 2 airports!

Don’t worry I covered both places and you’ll find the best hotels, ordered from most to least expensive, right below:

1. Hotels near Narita Airport

A collage of three hotel photos to stay near Narita Airport, Tokyo: an avant-garde hotel building with a unique geometric facade, a functional bedroom with green accents and modern furniture, and an inviting hotel room with traditional Japanese elements and a view of the evening sky through large windows.
  • Luxury: Waqoo Naritasanmonzen – located a 10-min drive away from the airport this luxurious hotel offers Japanese-style rooms, a spa center and a delicious breakfast. 
  • Mid-Range: Hotel Nikko Narita – here’s a great hotel which offers 4 dining options, a swimming pool and a garden. It also has an incredible location, less than 1 mile away from the airport. 
  • Budget: Meet Inn Narita – an affordable place that has rooms with a pirate bathroom and a Tv. The hotel is a 10 min-drive away from the airport (you can also use the Narita Express train to get there).

2. Hotels near Haneda Airport

A collage of three hotel photos near Haneda Airport: A contemporary bedroom with red accent pillows, a spacious and inviting hotel dining area, and an exterior view of the hotel with a plane flying overhead, indicating proximity to the airport
  • Luxury: Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu – if you want to stay close to the airport in luxury, make sure to book a room here and 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 love!
  • Mid-Priced: Hotel JAL City – set a 10 min drive away from the airport, this accommodation offers a delicious complimentary breakfast and a restaurant. 
  • Budget: Plat Hostel – here’s a super affordable hostel just a 10 min bus drive away from the airport that has private and shared rooms and luggage storage.

FAQs about where to stay in Tokyo

Overhead view of Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo with crowds of pedestrians and vibrant city lights

🗾 What is the best area to stay in Tokyo?

The best area to stay in is Shinjuku. You will find everything you need to experience the city of Tokyo! Park Hyatt Tokyo and Tokyu Stay are incredible hotel options to stay in this area.

🎎 Where should I Stay, Shinjuku or Shibuya?

Both are great but I recommend staying in Shinjuku if you’re traveling for the first time, and Shibuya if you want to enjoy more of the city’s nightlife!

💑 What is the best area to stay in Tokyo for couples?

If you are traveling with your partner I recommend staying in Ginza where you will find incredible luxurious hotels to treat yourselves like the amazing The Peninsula Tokyo.

👶 Where to stay in Tokyo with a baby or toddler?

The best area to stay in Tokyo with a baby or a toddler must be Odaiba & Tokyo Bay since it is full of fun activities for the kids and is a bit more quiet than the center of Tokyo which can be very overwhelming for the little ones!

🛍️ What is the best area to stay in Tokyo for shopping?

One of the best areas in Tokyo to do some shopping is Tokyo Station / Marunouchi neighborhood where you will find tons of shopping complexes.

📆 How many days are enough to explore Tokyo?

4 days should be enough to explore and discover the city.

✈️ What is the best airport to arrive in Tokyo?

There are two airports in Tokyo: Narita and Haneda. Even though both are great options, Haneda Airport is much closer to the city.

🔝How safe is Tokyo for tourists?

Tokyo is a super safe city for tourists! But as always take the usual precautions and be mindful of your belongings and avoid dodgy areas. 

🌸 When is the peak season to visit Tokyo?

Spring (March to May) is the peak season in Tokyo! That’s when you can see the famous pink cherry blossoms plus the weather is just perfect!

Conclusion

Panoramic twilight view of Tokyo cityscape with the iconic Tokyo Tower lit in orange amidst the skyscrapers

Phew, this was quite a long post, but you reached the end of it!

After reading this post about where to stay in Tokyo, I’m sure you’re more than ready to start planning your trip!

I know I threw many hotel options at you (but trust me, it’s better this way). Still, if you’re not sure which one to pick, here are my top 2 favorite places:

  • The Peninsula Tokyo – is the best option for a luxury stay in this big city because of all the facilities and excellent location. 
  • Kaika Tokyo – one of the best options if you don’t want to spend all your money on booking a hotel but still have an incredible experience!

Don’t forget that this city is one of the most popular in the world! Book your hotel in advance, otherwise you may miss out on your favorite!

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

Happy travels,

Yulia


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