Where to Stay in Tokyo, Japan!

Tokyo is a modern metropolis! It is considered as one of the busiest cities in the world.

If you’re a first time traveler in Japan, you might feel confused in choosing which area to stay. So we recommend trimming down your options, by finding the area that is right for you. But even if you’re not staying in the best area, you can hop on the subway and go even to the sub-urban areas with their efficient rail system.

Ginza Tokyo
This road in Ginza, Tokyo closes on weekends for shoppers and tourists.

Shinjuku is one of the best areas to stay in Tokyo. It’s surrounded with variety of shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Shinjuku is the biggest transport hub and accessible to Yamamote line. You’ll save on time and transportation costs if you stay in an area with a lot of things to do. When we were searching for the most affordable hotels in Tokyo, we found some cheap hostels and capsules in Shinjuku. Luxury hotels such as Park Hyatt Tokyo and mid-range Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku are some of the recommendations. On our last few days in Tokyo, we stayed in Hotel Empire in Shinjuku and took the airport bus to Narita in Tokyo station.

Stay in Ginza if you want somewhere quiet and not too busy. You will also enjoy shopping for luxury and other branded items in this area. We stayed at Hotel Gracery in Ginza, in front of Ginza Six. It is one of the chic, mid-range hotels in Ginza.

Ginza Station
Ginza Station, Tokyo
Hotel Gracery Ginza
4-Star Hotel in Tokyo, Hotel Gracery Ginza
Tokyo Hotels
Japanese bidet and bathtub

Ueno is the cultural center of Tokyo. It’s known for traditional temples, arts and museums. It’s also a great shopping place for souvenir items. Don’t miss Ameyoko, a busy market street which is just next to Ueno station.

Consider Shibuya if you want a more youthful vibe. You can also find some Japanese inn or Ryokan in the city.

You might be wondering why we hop from one hotel to another. That is because we want to explore one area at a time. For us, it’s a lot more convenient if we stay in a hotel within that area of exploration. However, it might be quite challenging if you have huge luggage and stuff to carry from one place to another.

Don’t forget Tokyo station/Marunouchi area. Try to stay near a Yamanote Line (Tokyo loop line) station. If you can’t do that, be sure you’re near a subway station.

Airbnb Tokyo
Traditional Japanese Home / Booked an Airbnb in Nakameguro, Tokyo

If you’re traveling as a family or big group, we recommend getting an Airbnb in Tokyo. There are apartments in Tokyo for the entire family. It was a unique experience living in a traditional Japanese house and the hosts’ family. We booked an Aibnb in Nakameguro, an hour train from Shinjuku.

Budget Hotels in Tokyo

If you’re wanting to stay within the budget, then look further than Ueno. There are lots of affordable hostels in Ueno and Asakusa.

Hotel Gracery
Free coffee at Hotel Gracery. It’s located in front of Ginza Six
Budget Hotel Shinjuku
Budget Hotel in Shinjuku

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Just a friendly reminder – to book in advance, and we mean a few months in advance, especially if you’re traveling during the peak seasons of April for Japan’s Cherry Blossom and Japan’s autumn season in November as the hotels can easily get fully booked and expensive.

Jonel & Marjorie Uy

Mr. & Mrs. Jonel & Marjorie Uy are the blogger couple 'seated' behind SeatsForTwo.com, Know more about her at LivingMarjorney.com and him at BloggerManila.com

One thought on “Where to Stay in Tokyo, Japan!

  • March 9, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    This is definitely a big help! Thanks for sharing this.


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