Spend your entire life with experienced travellers, and one thing you’ll never hear is that picking where to stay in Tokyo is easy. I can hardly think of a destination that presents a bigger challenge for finding the perfect accommodations than superlative capital of Japan.
Not only is Tokyo one of the biggest cities on the planet—it’s like plopping almost the entire population of Canada into a single metro area!—but one of its most expensive. Space is at a premium in Tokyo, and hotel prices (and room sizes) reflect it. Even the city’s famous capsule hotels, little more than a single-person pod, can be surprisingly budget-unfriendly!
Fortunately, it’s not all bad news for hooking up one of the best places to stay in Tokyo. While I can’t promise that your accommodations budget will stretch as far as in other Asian destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Hanoi, knowing what you’re up against budget-wise and booking ahead helps alleviates some of the pain.
Get your trip in order with this useful guide the top neighbourhoods and the best hotels in Tokyo for travellers…
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Where to stay in Tokyo, Japan: A complete guide to the best neighbourhoods & areas
✔ Best area to stay for mid-range/luxury travellers who want to be close to all the action
There’s no more exciting area to stay in Tokyo than the ever-electric Shinjuku. All of the craziness of the capital of Japan comes to the fore as you ply the streets of Shinjuku—the colourful assault of neon, vertigo-inducing skyscrapers, hunger-triggering aromas wafting onto the sidewalks, and even the decidedly-seedy nightlife of the Kabukicho area. There’s never any shortage of things to do in Shinjuku!
Shinjuku has its quieter moments, too. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of the best places to unwind in Tokyo, especially during sakura (cherry blossom) season while Toyama Park, the highest point in the ward, is a surprisingly quiet escape amid the chaos. You’ll also love a chance to wander aimlessly through the restaurants and izakaya (traditional Japanese pubs) of Golden Gai, a nostalgic throwback to Tokyo’s post-WWII era.
All in all, if Tokyo’s urban buzz is what you’re after, I’d highly recommend considering Shinjuku as your base of operations!
Attractions in Shinjuku: Shin-Ōkubo, Kabukicho, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Golden Gai, Toyama Park, Tokyo Toy Museum, Odakyu Department Store, New National Stadium, Yotsuya, Robot Restaurant
Recommended hotels in Shinjuku
Shinjuku is one of the most central and convenient districts to stay in Tokyo. And by far the most thrilling! Staying in Shinjuku is especially smart if you’re crunched for time.
If you only have 24 hours in Tokyo, for example, the smashingly convenient public transportation connections to all the city’s top attractions make Shinjuku the perfect choice. Here are some of the top picks including some of the best hotels near Shinjuku Station:
- Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku: A simple 3-star hotel located just steps away from the heart of Shinjuku. Considering the superb location and the price, this hotel is one of the best value choices for a place to stay in Shinjuku.
- Tokyu Stay Shinjuku: A clean and central 3-star hotel near Shinjuku Sanchome Station. Book well ahead as hotel is one of the most popular mid-range picks in Shinjuku.
- Shinjuku Granbell Hotel: A stylish 4-star hotel in the buzzing Kabukicho area. Modern design touches give the rooms a definitive touch of class that’s rare at this price in Tokyo.
- Park Hyatt Tokyo: The ultimate 5-star luxury hotel in Shinjuku. If the swoon-worthy room views of Shinjuku (and even Mount Fuji) aren’t enough, spend the evening watching the sun dip below the skyline at The Peak Bar. Guests can relax with a massage or sauna at the on-site Club on the Park Spa or sweat out some yakitori at the fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Shinjuku.
✔ Best area to stay for budget & mid-range solo travellers wanting to experience traditional Japanese charms in the big city
Dreamy scenes of Tokyo at its most traditional unfold as you wander the streets around Asakusa. This area in Taito Ward is far removed from the buzz of the central city. And that’s one of Asakusa’s biggest charms.
Whereas the rest of Tokyo rose upwards, Asakusa managed to hold fast to its humble “shitamachi” (low-city) origins. Preserving the traditional wooden architecture and some of the best temples & shrines in Tokyo left the neighbourhood vertically-challenged, an enchanting feat in a mega-city known for its cloud-piercing skyline.
Attractions in & around Asakusa: Senso-ji Temple, Kaminarimon, Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa Shrine, Nakamise Shopping Street, Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street, Kappabashi Shopping Street, Asahi Beer Tower
Recommended hotels in Asakusa
Not only is Asakusa one of the most interesting neighbourhoods for sightseeing, it’s also one of the best areas to stay in Tokyo for travellers. Prices for accommodations here are a tad lower than more central districts like Shinjuku, Shibuya or Chiyoda.
- Khaosan World Asakusa: A colourful ryokan/hostel in a building that once housed one of Tokyo’s infamous “love” hotels. The funky double rooms (including a private bathroom) provide excellent value for the area.
- Red Planet Asakusa Tokyo: A stylish 3-star hotel less than a 5-minute walk from the heart of the neighbourhood and the train station. Rooms are cozy and clean, and among the best you’ll find at this price anywhere in the city.
- The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic: The best upper-mid-range and luxury option in the district. Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Kaminarimon. Their open-air terrace with stunning views of the Tokyo Skytree is perfect for a quiet evening in during your stay here.
✔ Best area for travellers who love shopping or are keen on getting closer to Tokyo’s nightlife
Like Shinjuku, Shibuya sends your brain into overdrive trying to process all the stimuli. It’s everything you’d imagine from your Tokyo experience, that is, as long as you didn’t predict any kind of serenity. (And who would? This is the biggest city in Japan we’re talking about!)
Even if you’re not shuffling against a river of pedestrians at rush hour through Shibuya Crossing, you’ll notice that the Shibuya area never stops buzzing. Shibuya’s one of the best places to eat, drink, and shop in the city. The edgy fashion boutiques, both around Shibuya Station and in the Harajuku area, have set the bar for Japanese style for as long as we can remember.
Escaping the chaos isn’t impossible either. Shibuya is home to Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine, two of the city’s most relaxing locales. If the never-ceasing throng of people gets to be too much, a pleasant getaway is just a short walk away.
Attractions in Shibuya: Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya Crossing, Shibuya 109, Nonbei Yokocho, Centre-Gai, Hachiko Statue
Recommended hotels in Shibuya
Considering Shibuya’s popularity, the selection of accommodations is relatively small compared to other wards. Prices are comparable to Shinjuku although the lower inventory means that you’re more likely to find better deals elsewhere in the city. Otherwise, Shinjuku is the better overall option for where to stay.
In any case, here are few top hotels & places to stay in Shibuya to check out:
- Wise Owl Hostels Shibuya: A brand new hostel and one of the only decent budget options in the area. The heart of Shibuya near the station is just 15 minutes by foot.
- Tokyu Stay Shibuya: A 3-star hotel from a local chain that consistently delivers high-value accommodations in the city’s pricey hotel market. Rooms are bigger than most around the same price range in Tokyo. Shibuya Station is a 10-minute walk away.
- Shibuya Hotel En: A modern hotel with one of best locations in Shibuya. Rooms are basic but well-kept and comfortable. Shopping at Shibuya 109 awaits in less than a 5-minute walk.
✔ Best area for mid-range & luxury travellers looking for a quieter alternative to Shinjuku
With the Imperial Palace at its heart, Chiyoda is one of the most important wards in Japan and a great area to base yourself for your stay in Tokyo. There’s plenty to like about staying in Chiyoda whether its strolling through the beautiful gardens of the Imperial Palace or relaxing at the greenery (or cherry blossoms) of Hibiya Park.
Chiyoda is also one of the best connected neighbourhoods in the city. On the eastern fringes on the Chiyoda area lies Tokyo Station, the city’s major transport hub where you can zip quickly around the city or tackle some interesting day trips with ease if you choose to stay a little longer.
Attractions in Chiyoda: Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park, Yasukuni Shrine, National Theatre of Japan, Akihabara, Kitanomaru Park, Kagurazaka, Iidabashi, Koishikawa Botancial Garden, Tokyo Dome City, Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden, Ochanomizu, Nihombashi Takashimaya Shopping Center, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Jimbocho
Recommended hotels in Chiyoda
Considering that the Imperial Palace grounds take up so much space in the area, there’s a surprisingly large selection of accommodations in Chiyoda. The inventory swings mostly into the mid-range and beyond in the accommodation spectrum, including some of the city’s top luxury hotels and the best hotels near Tokyo Station.
Some of Tokyo’s top places to visit including Ginza, Tsukiji Fish Market, and Akihabara are all within a reasonable walking distance as are several museums for culture- and art-lovers.
- HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanda: A cozy and modern 3-star hotel within a 5-minute walk of JR Kanda Station. All the rooms from economy to superior offer superb value for a relatively budget-friendly stay in Tokyo.
- Hotel Grand Arc Hanzomon: A clean and contemporary hotel just steps away from the Imperial Palace. The rooms, some featuring fantastic views of the palace grounds, are excellent value for central Tokyo.
- The Tokyo Station Hotel: A unique luxury hotel located at Tokyo Station. The large rooms, decorated in classic European style, are in a league of their own. Relax at the spa or workout at the fitness centre. Boutique shopping in Ginza is just 10 minutes away by foot.
✔ Best area to stay for travellers interested in Japanese otaku subculture & high-tech gadgets
The small enclave of Akihabara straddles the Chiyoda and Taito wards. Akihabara’s claim to fame is as an electronic shopping heaven, and, increasingly, a centre of otaku culture in Tokyo.
To experience Tokyo’s “weirdness,” there are few places better than the Akihabara area. Anime and manga characters cling to shop windows herea, making for a colourful daytime or evening walk. Akihabara’s recent notoriety comes at the hand of its “maid” cafés where you are served tea and snacks by Japanese women dressed up as French maids. Yep, that’s Akihabara for you.
Attractions in and near Akihabara: Akihabara Electric Town, Kanda Shrine
Recommended hotels in Akihabara
Akihabara is a fairly small area, and there’s a limited selection of accommodations compared to the neighbouring wards of Taito and Chiyoda. If you’re looking to see otaku in action and get your manga and anime fix though, there’s no better area than here.
- HOTEL MYSTAYS Asakusabashi: A cozy hotel in a quieter neighbourhood just north of the Kanda River. The rooms are spacious for Tokyo. Probably the best overall value for a hotel around Akihabara.
- Akihabara Washington Hotel: A clean and modern 3-star hotel whose location 1 minute from Akihabara Station can’t be beat. Even if the rooms are hardly the biggest in Tokyo, staff go the extra mile to ensure your comfort.
- Dormy Inn Akihabara: A unique 3-star hotel with a rooftop onsen that puts it a touch above others in the area. Shopping at Akihabara Electric Town is just 5 minutes away by foot.
✔ Best area to stay for visitors looking for a quirky and upbeat neighbourhood with some world-class urban parks at the doorstep
There’s hardly a district in Tokyo more famous than Harajuku. Pop culture has shown us Harajuku’s odder side, a strong Japanese youth subculture that’s got an edge seemingly lost long ago in the west.
Getting to see this interesting facet of Japanese society isn’t the only reason to lay your head down in Harajuku. It’s one of the city’s best shopping districts, especially for youthful and edgy styles. Two of Tokyo’s best greenspaces—Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine—are also close by for a quick escape from the chaos of the city.
Attractions in and around Harajuku: Takeshita Street, Omotesando Hills, Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine, Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Nezu Museum, Aoyama Park
Recommended hotels in Harajuku
The area that’s usually considered Harajuku doesn’t stretch far, explaining the lack of accommodation options. You’ll find better selection in nearby Shinjuku and Shibuya.
- Shibuya Tobu Hotel: A three-star hotel equally position to take advantage of both Tokyo’s louder and quieter moments. Although not technically in Harajuku, it’s one of the closest hotels to the area, located just a 15-minute walk away from the Takeshita and Omotesando shopping areas.
- Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae: The closest hotel to Harajuku. Offers modern rooms and a relaxing spa for guests. Takeshita Street and Yoyogi Park are 10 minutes away by foot.
✔ Best area for mid-range couples & families looking for a clean neighbourhood with plenty of shopping & eating options
Not only is Ginza one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts, it’s also among the best areas to stay in Tokyo. There always seem to be something interesting happening in this classy central district in the western fringes of Chuo bordering Chiyoda.
Shopping is the main name of the game in Ginza. Wandering around Ginza you’re bound to find international labels like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci and Armani well represented. Besides shopping, Ginza is one of the best places in Tokyo to eat. Whether it’s eating a sushi breakfast at the nearby Tsukiji Fish Market or slurping on some of capital’s best soba at Sasuga, finding a writing-home-worthy meal isn’t hard in Ginza.
Attractions in & around Ginza: Imperial Palace, Yurakucho, Tsukiji Fish Market, Ningyocho, Matsuya, Wako, Mitsukoshi
Recommended hotels in Ginza
Considering its relatively small stature in a massive city, Ginza has a surprisingly good selection of rooms. The area’s prestige among serious shoppers no doubt influences the price. Room value is generally good, even if on the expensive side.
Ginza is also one of the safest areas to stay in Tokyo (not that safety much of a concern in Tokyo!). You’ll enjoy the prospect of setting out in the evening to grab late-night snacks at one of Ginza’s excellent restaurants. Here are a few of the best hotels in Ginza:
- Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome: A clean and modern hotel located within a short walk of Ginza’s shopping areas and Tsukiji Fish Market.
- Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier: A chic high-rise hotel that serves up massive city views from its rooms. The shop-till-you-drop Ginza area hangs out just 10 minutes away by foot.
- Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo: A sleek 4-star hotel that’s among the city’s top picks. If you’re planning to hit up the early morning tuna auction during your stay, Tsukiji Fish Market is only about a 10-minute walk away.
✔ Best area for cost-conscious tourists looking to stretch their Tokyo accommodations budget further
The least central of all the Tokyo neighbourhoods covered here, Taito might not be the most convenient area in the city to rest your head. The prices, however, reflect this. Similar rooms elsewhere in the city could cost you significantly fewer yen in Taito. For that alone, it’s worth dig into what’s on offer here.
Taito lacks the energy of Shibuya, Shibuya or Ginza, but there’s much to like in this “fringe” ward. Asakusa, perhaps the most interesting area in Tokyo for culture-lovers, floats in the heart of the district. Taito is also remarkably quieter than other wards as an early morning walk along the Sumida River would easily confirm.
Attractions in & around Taito: Senso-ji Temple, Ueno Zoo, Ueno Park, Tokyo Sky Tree, Asahi Beer Tower, Ryogoku Kokogikan, Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Yanaka, Ameyoko Shopping Street
Recommended hotels in Taito
There’s a wide range of accommodations in the Taito area falling mostly in the low to mid-range end of the budget spectrum. The better value and prices in Taito come at the expense of centrality. Excellent transportation connections, especially in the southern half the district, however, split the difference; it’s hardly a deal-breaker.
- Andon Ryokan: A Japanese ryokan experience within the city. Rooms are tatami-style with traditional futon beds. Hot tub is available for guests looking to relax during their stay.
- APA Hotel Asakusabashi-Ekikita: A modern hotel located within a 4-minute walk from Asakusabashi Station. Upper floor rooms serve up excellent views of Tokyo Sky Tree. Both Akihabara and Asakusa are within short walking distance.
- Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno: A sleek 4-star hotel just steps away from the major transport hub of Ueno Station that promises a comfortable stay without the uncomfortable Tokyo price tags.
Minato / Roppongi
✔ Best area to stay for luxury travellers interested in nightlife and upscale dining experiences
Tokyo’s premier commercial ward of Minato isn’t as popular among visitors as Shinjuku, Shibuya or even the similarly swanky Ginza area. While Minato wouldn’t be my first choice for where to stay in Tokyo, what you’ll find might surprise you.
Minato sports a serious façade. Major Japanese companies like Honda, Toshiba and Sony all call Minato home and add to its skyline. With all the stresses that come with the corporate life, Minato also knows how to let loose.
Roppongi Hills, one of Tokyo’s most popular nightlife areas, lies within Minato. Sotobori-dori and Hitotsugi-dori are equally popular with the salaried crowd, doing little to curb Japan’s unaffordable reputation among tourists.
Attractions in & around Minato: Akasaka, Roppongi Hills, Odaiba, Tokyo Tower, Zōjō-ji Temple, Oedo Onsen Monogatari, Villa Tokyo, Mori Garden
Recommended hotels in Minato / Roppongi
The accommodation scene in Minato & Roppongi leans more towards the high-end of the market. Some of Tokyo’s swankiest (and most expensive) hotels spring from the concrete in this ward.
- Hotel Risveglio Akasaka: A hip modern hotel located in a quiet corner of Minato. Rooms are cozy and boast a unique design aesthetic for the Japanese capital. Shibuya and Tokyo Imperial Palace are a quick train ride away.
- Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome: A stylish 4-star hotel with a swank normally reserved for higher price tags in Tokyo. The glorious views from the 24th-floor bar are worth the stay alone.
- Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills: A 5-star concept hotel by Hyatt that’s one of Tokyo’s best luxury properties. Rooms are bigger than most here, spiking your serotonin with wondrous vistas of the city. Relaxing in the evening with a drink in hand on the 52nd-floor rooftop bar during your stay will take its place among your fondest memories of Japan.
✔ Best area for excellent shopping & entertainment options with superb sea & skyline views
Not that elsewhere in Tokyo is ever short on entertainment, but the reclaimed peninsula of Odaiba (also known as Daiba) is undoubtedly a favourite area for visitors looking to shop & dine along breezy Tokyo Bay.
Besides offering some of the city’s best shopping & dining, Odaiba is popular spot for scoping out nighttime city views. The vistas over the skyline and Rainbow Bridge are absolutely superb from here (as the onslaught of amateur photographers setting up their tripods will quickly confirm!).
Attractions in & around Odaiba: Rainbow Bridge, Yurikamome, Fuji TV Building, National Science Museum, Aquacity, Diver City, Oedo Onsen, Palette Town Ferris Wheel
Recommended hotels in Odaiba
As Odaiba is a relatively small area, there’s a limited selection of hotels to choose from here. The short supply of options here lean towards the upper-mid-range and luxury segment of the market.
- Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel: A simple no-frills chain hotel that offers the best mid-range value in Odaiba. The free shuttle to Tokyo Disney Resort makes this an excellent choice for families staying in the area.
- Grand Nikko Tokyo Odaiba: An elegant and luxurious hotel featuring large rooms with panoramas over Odaiba and Tokyo Bay. The views from the 30th-floor restaurant, The Grill, are simply incredible.
- Hilton Tokyo Odaiba: A grand luxury hotel on the bayshore. Enjoy stunning seaviews and or vistas unto Rainbow Bridge or Tokyo Tower from the private balconies installed in each room.
✔ Top area for families, sea breezes, and ocean vistas
For more oceanfront space and a better hotel selection than Odaiba, family travellers will benefit from extending their accommodations search further along the seaside on Tokyo Bay. Like the smaller subsection of Daiba, staying along the bay reminds visitors of the city’s seafaring ways in ways that other districts easily conceal.
The main reason for laying down your head around the area is, of course, if you’re planning an outing to Tokyo Disney Resort. The resort’s two theme parks—Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea—are huge draw cards for families, making the Tokyo Bay area a great option for anyone travelling in Japan with kids.
Attractions in & around Tokyo Bay: Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Sea Life Park, Toyosu Market, Kasai Rinkai Park, National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation (Miraikan)
Recommended hotels around Tokyo Bay
There’s a surprising selection of accommodations around Tokyo Bay, particularly around Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu. Prices fall everywhere between the budget and luxury end of market.
- Hiyori Hotel Maihama: A budget-friendly hotel with clean & cozy rooms. Free snacks and free shuttle bus to Maihama Station (for Disney Resort) are provided to all guests.
- Comfort Suites Tokyo Bay: A delightful 3-star hotel offering modern rooms and free shuttles to Tokyo Disneyland.
- Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel: A mid-range hotel that provides excellent value for the money. Rooms are spacious by Japanese standards with the more expensive rooms offering eastern views to scope out the sunrise over the bay.
- Hilton Tokyo Bay: A superb resort that’s just minutes from the Disney Resort. Besides the fantastic ocean view rooms, guests will love the world-class amenities including five on-site restaurants and a hamam-style spa.
Best hotels in Tokyo: The top picks for every budget
You might have already noticed that budget is a relative term in here. Accommodations in Tokyo are among the most expensive in the world! It’s rare to find good private rooms (especially with private bathrooms) in a central location for less than $100. Expect to pay up to $150 in the higher-end of the category. Check out some of these 5 best budget hotels in Tokyo:
Red Planet Asakusa
Address: 111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-11-6, Japan
It’s impossible to imagine a hotel in Tokyo that offers better value than Red Planet Asakusa. This absolute gem of a budget hotel punches well above its weight in the elegance and modernity it offers guests.
The rooms at Red Planet aren’t spacious, nothing out of the norm in Tokyo, but are cozy, clean, and comfortable. The more expensive double and twin rooms offer incredible views to the east including the formidable Tokyo Skytree.
The hotel is brilliant not only in style, but in location. Red Planet is a two-minute walk from Asakusa Station and less than ten minutes to the heart of the district at Senso-ji Temple. Overall, this is one of the most charming areas to wander around in Tokyo.
Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hostel
Address: 111-0035 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-ku, Nishi-Asakusa 3-15-1, Japan
Holed up in a former “love” hotel, Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hostel steals a little quirkiness from its infamous past to create an experience like no other budget hotel in Tokyo. There’s a ton of colour and character here, each room exuding a vibe all unto its own.
Whether it’s the spaceship-like private rooms, the spotless dorms or the comfy Japanese-style rooms, Khaosan World offers choices at all ends of the budget spectrum.
The location doesn’t hurt either. This awesome ryokan & hostel chills just ten minutes from Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise-dori.
The Prime Pod GINZA TOKYO
Address: 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Ginza 5-13, Duplex Tower 13F, Japan
Writing an entire Tokyo accommodations guide without mentioning at least one of Tokyo’s infamous capsule hotels wouldn’t be right, would it? Rarely would the idea of paying good money to insert oneself into a tiny sleeping pod get traction. The Prime Pod GINZA TOKYO could change your mind.
Most capsule hotels in Japan don’t exactly inspire a stay for any other reason than to save money or strike another quirky adventure from your bucket list. The Prime Pod GINZA TOKYO goes one step further. The capsules here are surprisingly comfortable—in some cases, even pleasant. The superior capsules, for example, are more like a micro-hotel room than a pod. Soak in fantastic views to the outside for a capsule stay that’s a notch above others.
On top of the grand savings potential, The Prime Pod GINZA TOKYO sits in one of the city’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. There’s a ton to do in Ginza including Tokyo’s best shopping and top-notch restaurants.
Hotel Hokke Club Asakusa
Address: 111-0043 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-ku Komagata 1-4-17, Japan
The sophisticated Hotel Hokke Club Asakusa is a surprising find in the sub-$200 range in a city that’s famous for striking fear down the spines of penny-pinching wayfarers. Hanging out just a few minutes from the Asakusa Station, the hotel is conveniently located to take on some of Tokyo’s attractions within a short walk including Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Sky Tree.
Guest rooms are far from massive, but will give you a tiny bit of extra leg room compared to most Tokyo hotels in the price range. Waking up early for the brilliant Japanese and Western breakfast at the on-site Hanamomi Restaurant is a perfect way to rev up your day.
Akihabara Washington Hotel
Address: 101-0025 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Kanda Sakuma-cho 1-8-3, Japan
Can’t get enough of otaku? Join Tokyo’s quirkiest denizens in Akihabara for an all-night manga-fuelled adventure, crashing at the nearby Akihabara Washington Hotel. Not only is the hotel located in one of Tokyo’s most electric neighbourhoods, it’s also surprisingly comfortable for the budget-end of the accommodation spectrum.
Even if the district’s weirdness wears on you, the Akihabara Washington Hotel is perfectly placed to squeeze the most out of your stay in Tokyo. The Imperial Palace, Asakusa and Ginza are within walking distance—or, at worst, just a couple subway stops away—to fill your days. An evening of sharing biiru and yakitori with new friends at Yurakucho is similarly near with a quick transit ride.
Mid-range accommodation peak a little higher than in most Asian cities. For a price that could fetch a seriously luxurious stay elsewhere in Asia, you’ll still be stuck in the middle of the pack.
It’s not a bad place to be.
The selection of mid-range hotels in Tokyo is quite good, and the quality is high. Compared to budget rooms, the mid-rangers tend to be a little more centrally located and more conveniently placed to take on Tokyo with gusto. Expect the rooms listed here to range anywhere from $150 to $300.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier
Address: 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Ginza 8-13-1, Japan
A quick glimpse of the brag-worthy views at the chic Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier is enough to convince anyone to splurge on a room here. Straddling the border between upper-mid-range and luxury, it won’t come cheap. Truly fitting in a neighbourhood like Ginza where high-fashion boutiques line up to snatch away your hard-earned yen, isn’t it?
Besides the impeccable city vistas from the lofty rooms, the Mitusi Garden Hotel Ginza Premier is less than 10 minutes away from the early-morning hijinks of the Tsukiji Fish Market. While your wallet might give you grief over staying here, your mind and body will thank you for the precious extra minutes of sleep should you opt to experience the tuna auction—especially when a late-night yakitori craving beckons you to nearby Yurakucho.
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Address: 160-0021 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku Kabukicho 1-19-1, Japan
If you’ve ever dreamt of hiring Godzilla as a bodyguard, Hotel Gracery Shinjuku might well take top spot on your list of places to stay in Tokyo. Nothing could possibly go wrong with Japan’s famous radioactive monster keeping watch from the 8th floor, could it?
Aside from the obvious quirkiness Godzilla brings (don’t be surprised to find little baby lizard footprints on your snack plates!), Hotel Gracery Shinjuku hangs among one of the city’s best locations for tourists. Enjoy the street-side chaos of Shinjuku, ducking into restaurants to sample local fare during your stay here. Don’t miss out on a night of sippin’ and chopstickin’ along Omoide Yokocho, the infamous “Piss Alley” that smells much better than its moniker would let on.
Oh, and the rooms? They’re pretty swell, too. Enjoy waking up in your cloud-like bed to views over Shinjuku before fuelling up for your day with a hearty Japanese- and Western-style buffet breakfast in the on-site restaurant.
Hotel the M Akasaka Innsomnia
Address: 107-0052 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku Akasaka 2-14-14 , Japan
More than a little irony glazes the name of Hotel the M Akasaka Innsomnia. There’s no way you’ll ever leave this sophisticated boutique hotel in Minato without a well-rested head. In a city famous for its capsule hotels and tight spaces, rooms at Hotel the M Akasaka Innsomnia are comparatively mega-sized, more along the lines of what you’ll find at a high-end luxury hotel than in the mid-range.
If the beefy rooms weren’t enough to win you over, enjoy a latte or cappuccino at all hours of the day at the 24-hour on-site cafe, Unir. The Akasaka subway station is also just steps away to get you anywhere you want to go in Tokyo with relative ease.
Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome
Address: 105-8333 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku, Higashishinbashi 1-6-3, Japan
The luxury and upper mid-range of Tokyo accommodations smashes the city’s reputation for cramped rooms. Case in point: Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome. This stylish hotel, soaring above the 24th floor, is the perfect remedy for the claustrophobia-inducing experience encountered elsewhere in city.
Besides enjoying a restful sleep in the spacious and modern rooms at the Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome, spend an evening sipping sake while soaking up the incredible skyline views at The Bar, perched on the 24th floor. The Mandara Spa is similarly enlightening, providing guests a chance to work out the day’s stresses with a relaxing message during your stay.
The conveniently located Royal Park Hotel The Shidome sits just minutes from Shinbashi and Shiodome station with fast access to ever-popular Asakusa and Shinjuku.
Park Hotel Tokyo
Address: 105-7227 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku Higashi Shimbashi 1-7-1, Japan
Another top contender among Minato’s finest hotels, Park Hotel Tokyo is a challenge to pin down. It’s obvious that the standard rooms at Park Hotel Tokyo offer some of the best value in the mid-range in central Tokyo. The curiosity comes when we see just how unique some of these rooms are.
For a step out of the ordinary, stay in one of the Park Hotel Tokyo’s “artist” rooms. These smashingly cool digs are adorned with various works of Japanese art from artefacts to wall murals by national artists. Spend a night in one of these delightful room to fall asleep to the subtle glow of Tokyo’s city lights including the iconic Tokyo Tower.
It’s not a hard stretch to conclude that the best luxury hotels in Tokyo aren’t just top-notch for Japan, but among the best in the world. And the strain on your wallet won’t let you forget it.
Just like pinning down where to stay in other skyscraping Asian cities like Hong Kong and Singapore, the top-end hotel market in Tokyo’s a pricey one. For the city’s most luxurious properties, expect prices to soar above $300, even into the four figures per night range. What you’ll get at these palatial rates though is a stellar accommodation experience in one of the world’s most exciting cities.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Address: 163-1055 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku, Nishishinjuku 3-7-1-2, Japan
Soaring high above Shinjuku, the Park Hyatt Tokyo is a luxurious hotel experience that’s nearly impossible to one-up. The elegant rooms are among the city’s most spacious, featuring widescreen views of Tokyo’s skyline and even as far as Mount Fuji as you lay your head to rest.
And as if the rooms weren’t enough of a treat, the Park Hyatt Tokyo pushes views to the next level at The Peak Bar and the New York Grill plopped upon the ridiculously lofty 52nd-floor. Even the fitness centre spotlights the city with floor-to-ceiling windows that are the perfect live backdrop to sweating out some sake.
Like any 5-star hotel worth it’s salt, the Park Hyatt is home to a wellness centre, the Club on the Park Spa where you can loosen up with a massage or a hot sauna to leave behind the foibles of Tokyo city life during your stay here.
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Address: 100-0014 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Nagatacho 2-10-3 , Japan
All of the trappings of superb luxury experience pop out at The Capital Hotel Tokyu. What sets this 5-star hotel apart isn’t the amenities, but its perfect fusion of traditional Japanese and contemporary stylings. The airy rooms are well-padded by Tokyo standards, seizing the chance to blend classic elements like shoji paper screens with modern fixtures to create a world all unto its own.
If the chaos of the city below proves too fatiguing, three on-site restaurants provide ample opportunity for a night in. Whether you’re craving a thorough face-stuffing at the buffet of Star Hil Chinese Restaurant, a traditional Japanese multi-course kaiseki at Suiren or Western and Asian classics à la carte at Origami, yoou won’t need to leave the comfort of The Capitol Hotel Tokyu to eat up.
The Peninsula Tokyo
Address: 100-0006 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Yurakucho 1-8-1, Japan
Among Asia’s most famous 5-star hotels, The Peninsula Tokyo never fails to leave a lasting impression on guests. It’s in the finer details that the hotel excels, offering a classy experience that hits all the right buttons.
The rooms at The Peninsula Tokyo are spacious, and combine subtle Japanese elegance with modern amenities. Whether peering upon the stately Imperial Palace Gardens or the bright glow of the Tokyo skyline, resting your weary head at The Peninsula will be unforgettable.
And if the views from your room weren’t quite big enough, sip cocktails among the floor-to-ceiling Tokyo panoramas at Peter: The Bar on the 24th floor. Even more relaxing is to take your troubles to the on-site spa, opting for a light massage or a deeply satisfying treatment in the aromatherapy shower.
Just a few minutes away by foot from The Peninsula Tokyo is the city’s most famous shopping district, Ginza, where you can unload your yen at swanky international boutiques that peddle the latest fashions to Japan’s well-to-doers.
Address: 105-0001 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku, Toranomon 1-23-4 , Japan
Wherever you choose to roam in the world, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to stay than Andaz Tokyo. Hyatt launched its Andaz offshoot just a decade ago, and it’s since taken on a life of its own to become one of top luxury boutique hotel brands around.
To call the rooms at Andaz Tokyo stunning is an understatement. Stylish modern design is fused with local elements to create an experience like none other in the city.
The concept for Andaz, however, reaches well beyond the rooms. Andaz Tokyo, along with the brand’s other hotels throughout the world, are deeply ingrained within each area, choosing their locations carefully to ensure insightful and vibrant local experiences for guests. The Atago District of Minato is no different. Less than 20 minutes by foot will get you to Ginza for upscale shopping or the Imperial Palace Gardens for a strong dose of Japanese history during your stay.
After admiring the breathtaking views during a quick dip in the indoor pool, dry off and take to the 51st-floor rooftop bar to spend an unforgettable evening swooning over the city with a glass of wine in hand.
Palace Hotel Tokyo
Address: 100-0005 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-1-1, Japan
Step inside the Palace Hotel Tokyo and you’ll immediately recognize the double entendre within its name. Even if the Imperial Palace next door inspired the original calling, the hotel performs lives up to all on its own.
Sweeping awards left and right from the likes of Conde Nast and Travel + Leisure, the 5-star Palace Hotel Tokyo is Japanese luxury at its finest. The exquisite rooms are outfitted with contemporary furnishings and all the amenities you’d expect in a top-notch hotel. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay in a room with a high-floor balcony, a rarity in the Tokyo accommodations market.
Besides enjoying time in your tremendous quarters, Palace Hotel Tokyo further eclipses its reputation with the seven on-site restaurants including 4 authentic Japanese restaurants that each delve into a different aspect of local cuisine from tempura and sushi to kaiseki and teppenyaki. The four sophisticated on-site bars & lounges at Palace Hotel Tokyo present a good case for a quiet night in.
Summary: The best places to stay in Tokyo for travellers
Still unsure of where to stay in Tokyo? Here’s a quick summary of our picks for the top Tokyo hotels…
- Looking for a sleek room that won’t break the bank? Settle on Red Planet Asakusa, a superb value hotel in a traditional neighbourhood.
- Want a slightly quirky mid-range hotel in the heart of Tokyo? Let Godzilla watch over you and the rest of Shinjuku during your stay at Hotel Gracery Shinjuku.
- Craving an unforgettable luxury experience? The ever-popular Palace Hotel Tokyo is among the best 5-star hotels in Japan, and won’t disappoint.