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Best Area to Stay in Tokyo first time visit

Tokyo is a very tourist friendly city with great transportation systems, great food options and safe neighborhoods. Although any area in Tokyo is going to be a great place to stay in, there are areas that are more suitable for travelers. These places are picked due to convenience, location and quality. Within each area, I have also listed 3-4 of hotels that I recommend from Agoda, a hotel booking website that I personally use. I have even stayed in some of these hotels as well, and my favorite reason to good through Agoda is that they allow easy cancellations and changes. To know more about the different kinds of accommodations in Japan, check out my article “types of accommodations in Japan”. Here are my best area to stay in Tokyo.

Most affordable for solo travelers: 9hours Akasaka sleep lab – 9hours has many locations around Japan and is a very reputable capsule hotel. It has a 24-hour front desk. A comfortable bed and pod that comes with a sleep report. This 9hour in Akasaka is conveniently located, with a lot of food options nearby, and comes with a sleep report.

Best Overall: ROSE STAY tokyo shiba park – A hotel that is only a few minutes away from Shiba Park, Zozoji Temple, and Tokyo Tower. They have a locker room that can store your luggage for a few days if you plan on going out of the city.

Most Luxurious: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel – The best view of Tokyo Tower can be viewed at this hotel. The room is huge and the amenities and services are out of this world. 

Panoramic Floor Corner Room at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel
Panoramic Floor Corner Room at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel

The best area to stay in Tokyo for first time visitors:
Shibuya

The Shibuya area should be one of the first places that you visit during your time in Tokyo, and it is a great place to stay if it’s your first time in Japan! It is a fun and lively area and is very convenient to get to from Narita Airport due to the Narita Express. There are many cafés, restaurants, bars, and an unlimited amount of places to shop at. There’s always so much to do and see in Shibuya.

Best Places to Stay in Shibuya:
Budget: almond hostel and cafe – A hostel near 2 different subway stations. Dormitory style design with plenty of privacy and space to store luggage. There is a Cafe on the bottom level of the hostel with a chill atmosphere. 
Mid-Range: The Millennials Shibuya Medium – A modern upgraded capsule hotel, located at the center of Shibuya. It has an amazing lobby/coworking space with free beer, all night coffee and breakfast.
Luxury: sequence MIYASHITA PARK – A brand new luxurious and spacious hotel located in Miyashita Park, the hotel has a very sleek design, with an amazing city/park view. 

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Best Area to stay in Tokyo Shibuya
Shibuya – Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo Tip:
The Skyliner is the fastest way to get to the city from the airport, it’ll get you to downtown Tokyo in just 36 minutes!

Best area to stay in Tokyo for good transportation options:
Shinjuku

Shinjuku is known for its lively nightlife with streets filled with neon lights. Popular nightlife area includes areas like Kabukicho, Golden Gai and Omoide Yokocho. Shinjuku also houses Shinjuku Station, the world’s busiest railway station, with more than two million passengers every day! Shinjuku is personally my favorite place to stay while in Shinjuku since it has so many things to do, and easy to get around to other neighborhoods.

Best Places to Stay in Shinjuku:
Budget:Book and Bed Tokyo Shinjuku – Great budget Instagram ready hostel in the heart of Shinjuku in Kabukicho, the red light district. It has books all around the common area, and a great hostel for book lovers. Pods are directly next to the common area so it can be a bit noisy, but there are curtains for privacy.
Mid-Range: APA Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Kabukicho Tower – Compact and Comfortable, it is right around the corner of Kabukicho 5 min away by foot to the closest train station The hotel also provides public baths for free to all guests!
Luxury: Hotel Gracery Shinjuku – This hotel’s reception and cafe is on the same floor as the famous giant godzilla head. It just just a few mintues away from the train station and has many activities and restaurants around. The hotel even provides a pocket wifi device so you can always have your own personal hotspot!

Shinjuku 1 day itinerary
Kabukicho – Shinjuku

Tokyo Tip: If you have a lot of luggage and want to start exploring the city the moment you land, I recommend using a luggage service that allows you to transport your suitcase from the airport to your hotel in a safe and cost-effective way, like Luggage Delivery Service between Tokyo Hotels and Airport

Best Places to Stay in Tokyo for a traditional stay:
Asakusa

Asakusa is a great area to stay in if you like a more slow and laid back neighborhood. The area is more traditionally Japanese and has tons of great eats. Asakusa is also home to Sensoji, one of the oldest temples in Tokyo with a history going back 1,400 years. The main attraction here is the five-storied pagoda that is 53.32 meters, about the height of an 18-story building. While you are there, be sure to do an Omikuji, a fortune slip that will tell you what kind of fortune you have.

Best Places to Stay in Asakusa:
Budget: Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge – Very clean and rustic aesthetic hostel with a comfy bed and blanket. It is just a 2 minutes walk to Kuramae station and a great value for money.
Mid-Range: HOTEL TAVINOS ASAKUSA this hotel is located right in the heart of the Asakusa neighborhood with lots of shops and local restaurant with the famous Sensoji Temple just being 8 minutes away!
Luxury: The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic Kaminarimon and Nakamise are a very very short walk, with access to the Metro is just a few steps more. Haneda airport is served via a direct train line, and Ueno/Shinkansen is around the corner. There’s a great view on the 13th floor lobby with a clear view of Tokyo Sky Tree and Asahi building.

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Best Places to Stay in Tokyo Asakusa
Sensoji – Asakusa

Tokyo Tip: Don’t lose time upon arrival at the airport and order your E-SIM or a 4G Pocket WiFi, a portable WIFI device in advance so you’ll have wifi the whole trip!

Tokyo Tower Area: Minato City

The area around Tokyo Tower is a great residential area, and a popular spot with visitors who want feel more like a local. Tokyo Tower is a very recognizable and one of the most iconic structures in Tokyo. Having a hotel with a view of Tokyo Tower from your room will really make you feel that you are truly in Japan.

Best Places to Stay in Minato City:
Budget: nine hours Hamamatsucho: A minimalistic and sleek capsule hotel. The common area is on the 10th floor and provides a beautiful view of Tokyo Tower, and makes for a great workspace.
Mid-Range: ROSE STAY tokyo shiba park A hotel that is only a few minutes away from Shiba park, Zozoji temple and Tokyo Tower. They have locker room that can store your luggage for a few days if you plan on going out the city.
Luxury: Tokyo Prince Hotel Located in a park between two famous temples/shrine, and is very close proximity to the Tokyo Tower. The rooms all have great views. The staff are amazing and really go out of their way to help and make guests feel comfortable. The location is great, right in the park and between two famous temple/shrine.

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Best Places to Stay in Tokyo Minato area
Tokyo Tower – Minato area

Tokyo Tip: Get access and discounts to Tokyo’s top activities all over Tokyo through Klook’s Greater Tokyo pass. It has general admissions to places like teamLab Planets TOKYO, Tokyo Sanrio Puroland, TOKYO SKYTREE®, Roppongi Hills Observation Deck ”Tokyo City View“, SHIBUYA SKY Observation Deck, and Tokyo Tower Observatory.

Best area to stay in Tokyo for Luxurious travelers:
Ginza

A good, safe, and a popular area for more luxurious travelers in japan. It is close to Tsukiji fish market, the imperial palace, Tokyo station, and the Kabuki-za theater. Ginza is renowned as a luxury shopping district, attracting fashion enthusiasts, trendsetters, and those seeking high-end brands. Here are the

Best Places to Stay in Shibuya:
Budget: IMANO TOKYO GINZA HOSTEL – A great dorm style accommodation with a 24 hour reception. The location puts you close to Ginza and surrounding restaurants/stores and trains. Lounge of the second floor is comfortable to relax or work for a bit.
Mid-Range: KEIKYU EX INN Higashi-Ginza -Tokyo Ginza Tsukiji – Hotel in Ginza and very close to the famous Tsukiji Market and the trains. The hotel has great amenities including a coin Laundry Room
Luxury: A hotel with beautiful views, a gorgeous interior, perfect views, and a fantastic bar. The location is very convenient, being located close to a multitude of transport options.

Best Places to Stay at around Ginza in different budget ranges that I recommend: IMANO TOKYO GINZA HOSTEL (low budget) KEIKYU EX INN Higashi-Ginza -Tokyo Ginza Tsukiji (medium budget) Park Hotel Tokyo (high budget).

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Ginza, Tokyo
Ginza, Tokyo

Japan tip: Planning to travel out of Tokyo? The Japan Rail Pass for Japan allows tourists to travel most Japan Rail operated train/bus and ferries. The JR Pass is a convenient, cost-effective, and flexible way to travel around Japan!

Best Places to Stay in Tokyo for Anime lovers:
Akihabara

Akihabara is the must go location for all the anime, manga and idol lovers. If you are a fan, staying here makes it easy to shop around Akihabara and get back to your hotel to drop stuff off or rest. Even if you aren’t familiar with this subculture, it is still very fun to walk around and feel as if you are in another world. There are many places to play arcade games, and buy old videos games as well. This is also where they house the infamous maid cafes.

Best Places to Stay in Shibuya:
Budget: 9hours Akasaka sleep lab – Capsule hotel with a 24-hour front desk. A comfortable bed and pod that comes with a sleep report. It’s very conveniently located, with a lot of food options nearby
Mid-Range: Hotel Route Inn Grand Tokyo Asakusabashi – Great value for money and has an amazing public bath. It is in a local neighborhood and not touristy or noisy. Good breakfast, lovely staff, and a coffee machine for free for use.
Luxury: NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO – A modern and cozy hotel conveniently located opposite of Donki Quijote. Excellent staff with many non-Japanese staff making it easier to communicate. There is a 24/7 service desk for any kind of help.

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Akihabara

Japan Tip: Check out Skyscanner for the best deals on flights/hotels to Seoul!

Ueno

Ueno is famous for Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, and their numerous museums like the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Nature and Science. It’s a perfect choice for history lovers, art enthusiasts, and those interested in traditional Japanese culture. Ueno is also a major transportation hub, with Ueno Station serving various train lines and the Shinkansen. This makes it easy to access other parts of Tokyo and even travel to other cities in Japan.

Best Places to Stay in Shibuya:
Budget: Grids Tokyo Ueno Hotel&Hostel – A chill hostel super close to Ueno station and Ueno Park. The beds are comfortable and the common amenities like the toilets, shower rooms, and laundry areas were well-maintained. They have a common space downstairs.
Mid-Range: Hotel Sardonyx Ueno – A cozy, very accessible hotel located in a great location, very close to minimart, restaurants, and shopping areas. Close to Ueno Park, train station, and shopping.
Luxury: NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO – This hotel is situated just a few minutes walk from Ueno station. The highlight of this hotel is the rain showers that pour a great volume of water and feels amazing. The hotel is brand new and is comfortable and big.  All staff know how to speak English.

Ameyoko – Ueno

Japan tip: Never leave home without travel insurance. Check out Safety Wing!

Best area to stay in Tokyo

I personally would recommend anywhere around the Shinjuku/Shibuya area, but in all honesty, any area in Tokyo would likely be a great stay. There is really no area that should be avoided and finding new neighborhoods to explore is super fun! When looking at different places to stay, I would say the most important thing to check is: How close the train station is, and how close the nearest convenient store is for late night snacks.


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