Where to stayin Tokyo

Booking a great hotel in a convenient spot is the secret to success for any vacation in Japan. But because Tokyo is made up of so many cities and wards, finding out where to stay in this huge Japanese capital is a real puzzle. The Tokyo metro connects all the highlights, but navigating this underground maze is another challenge, which is why reading this quick guide to the best Tokyo neighborhoods is a good way to start. There will likely be some Lost in Translation moments, so it really helps to know where the most affordable hotels, most popular attractions and trendiest neighborhoods are before making reservations.

Where to Stay for Shopping

Tokyo's central Marunouchi district has a wealth of electronics and fashion shops and malls within just a short radius; great restaurants are everywhere too. The hotels closest to Tokyo Station are best for easy access to basically all of Tokyo, including the airport. Nihombashi, with its main department stores just to the east of the station, is another great neighborhood to stay. While its hotels are slightly less central, the Ginza area has Tokyo's iconic Wako Department Store with the Hattori Clock Tower. Ginza Station hotels place visitors right between the Imperial Palace gardens and Chuo by the Sumida River. Akasaka has many luxurious hotels dotted among its main shopping streets where stores sell quirky gifts and handy gadgets. Shinjuku and Shibuya to the west of central Tokyo also spoil shoppers with weird and wonderful fashion, crafts, souvenirs and electronics. Since Shinjuku and Shibuya are on the Yamanote Line, both are very convenient, and fun, neighborhoods to find accommodations.

Marunouchi

Visitors often come to Marunouchi for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Imperial Garden Theatre and Kitte. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Nijubashimae (Marunouchi) Station.

Recommended hotels in Marunouchi

Ginza

Travelers love Ginza for its popular shops, and you can see more of Tokyo by jumping on the metro at Ginza Station or Higashi-ginza Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Ginza Six and Mitsukoshi.

Recommended hotels in Ginza

Chuo

Known for its popular shops and top seafood restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Chuo. Check out top attractions like Ginza Six and Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple, and jump on the metro at Tsukiji Station or Shintomicho Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Chuo

Akasaka

Spend some time visiting places like Tokyo Midtown while getting to know Akasaka, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Akasaka Station or Tameike-sanno Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in Akasaka

Shinjuku

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Shinjuku. Check out top attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and jump on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station or Nishi-waseda Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Shinjuku

Shibuya

Shibuya is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine. See more of Tokyo by jumping on the metro at Meiji-jingumae (Harajuku) Station or Yoyogi-koen Station.

Recommended hotels in Shibuya

Great Neighborhoods for Dining and Nightlife

Hungry and thirsty vacationers in Tokyo can find great restaurants, ramen shops, sushi trains and little bars around every bend, no matter where they stay, but some neighborhoods stand out. The city's famous Roppongi nightlife hub isn't that far from Tokyo Station. Staying in this trendy neighborhood is ideal for those wanting to eat, drink or dance the night away. Just to the north, quieter and more upscale Akasaka is another good neighborhood to find a hotel in, with some nice cocktail bars where you can end the night in style. Not far from here, Shinjuku ni Chome, dubbed the "Gayest Place in Tokyo," is one of Asia's largest nightlife and entertainment districts. Nishi-Shinjuku is Tokyo's "Skyscraper District," with lofty restaurants and cocktail bars and hotels with luxurious penthouse suites to best enjoy Tokyo by night.

Roppongi

Consider a visit to Roppongi Hills and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Roppongi. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Roppongi Station or Roppongi-itchome Station.

Recommended hotels in Roppongi

Akasaka

Spend some time visiting places like Tokyo Midtown while getting to know Akasaka, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Akasaka Station or Tameike-sanno Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in Akasaka

Shinjuku

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Shinjuku. Check out top attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and jump on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station or Nishi-waseda Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Shinjuku

Nishi-Shinjuku

Enjoy the popular shops in Nishi-Shinjuku. Shinjuku Central Park is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Tochomae Station or Nishi-shinjuku Station to see more of Tokyo.

Recommended hotels in Nishi-Shinjuku

Best Neighborhoods for Nature & Culture

From central Marunouchi or Chiyoda hotels it's possible to stroll to Tokyo's famous Imperial Palace with the East Gardens and picturesque Nijubashi Bridge. The very convenient hotels of the Shinjuku neighborhood to the west are great for daily visits to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, an inner-city park with beautiful gardens and trees in all sizes and colors. From Shinjuku you can also reach the Big Buddha at the local Taisoji Temple and the Hanazono Jinja Shrine. Ueno, which has the huge Ueno-koen Park with its cherry blossom trees and zoo as well as many of Japan's national museums, still has traditional Japanese inns, or "ryokan." Ueno is part of the Taito ward, which has plenty of hotels that will put you close to attractions such as Nakamise Shopping Street, a great place to try traditional snacks and buy souvenirs.

Marunouchi

Visitors often come to Marunouchi for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Imperial Garden Theatre and Kitte. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Nijubashimae (Marunouchi) Station.

Recommended hotels in Marunouchi

Chiyoda

Enjoy the popular shops in Chiyoda. Tokyo Imperial Palace is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Takebashi Station or Kudanshita Station to see more of Tokyo.

Recommended hotels in Chiyoda

Shinjuku

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Shinjuku. Check out top attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and jump on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station or Nishi-waseda Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Shinjuku

Ueno

Travelers choose Ueno for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Keisei-Ueno Station or Ueno-okachimachi Station and check out top sights like Ameya-Yokochō.

Recommended hotels in Ueno

Taito

Enjoy the popular shops in Taito. Sensō-ji Temple is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Iriya Station or Inaricho Station to see more of Tokyo.

Recommended hotels in Taito

Best Places to Stay Close to Transportation

Apart from Haneda, home to Tokyo International Airport, and Narita, which surrounds the city's other main international airport, the most convenient places to stay in Tokyo are those hotels and neigborhoods along the downtown section of the JR Yamanote Line, the main metro loop of central Tokyo. Both the Marunouchi and Nihombashi neighborhoods have excellent hotels close to the central Tokyo Station. Shibuya and Shinjuku may be farther west, but are also great neighborhoods to stay. The hotels close to the Shimbashi Station are only two metro stops away from Tokyo Station. Just south of there, the Shiodome and Hamamatsucho station areas have many hotel towers that are also within walking distance of the ferry and cruise lines of Tokyo Bay. Shinagawa, to the south of Minato City, is another major transportation hub. Savvy travelers staying in Shinagawa can jump on both the Yamanote Line and the Tokaido Shinkansen line for fast connections to Koto City ward and other Japanese cities. Kyoto, for example, is just 2.5 hours away on the Nozomi bullet train.

Haneda

Haneda is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Tokyo Bay and Anamori Inari Shrine while you're in town.

Recommended hotels in Haneda

Narita

Travelers to Narita praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and Naritasan Park.

Recommended hotels in Narita

Marunouchi

Visitors often come to Marunouchi for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Imperial Garden Theatre and Kitte. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Nijubashimae (Marunouchi) Station.

Recommended hotels in Marunouchi

Shibuya

Shibuya is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine. See more of Tokyo by jumping on the metro at Meiji-jingumae (Harajuku) Station or Yoyogi-koen Station.

Recommended hotels in Shibuya

Shinjuku

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Shinjuku. Check out top attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and jump on the metro at Higashi-shinjuku Station or Nishi-waseda Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Shinjuku

Shinbashi

Unique features of Shinbashi include the restaurants and shopping. Make a stop by Karasumori Shrine or SL Square while you're exploring the area.

Recommended hotels in Shinbashi

Shiodome

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Shiodome. Spend some time visiting top spots like Caretta Shiodome, and catch the metro at Shiodome Station or Shimbashi Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in Shiodome

Hamamatsu

You'll enjoy the monuments and parks in Hamamatsu. You might want to make time for a stop at Lake Hamana or Shizuoka Prefectural Forest Park.

Recommended hotels in Hamamatsu

Shinagawa

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Shinagawa. Spend some time visiting top spots like Tokyo Bay, and catch the metro at Osaki Station or Oi Keibajo Mae Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in Shinagawa

Minato

Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Midtown are top sights in Minato, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Mita Station or Akabanebashi Station to see more sights in the area.

Recommended hotels in Minato

Koto

Shopping, museums, and theme parks highlight some notable features of Koto. Make a stop by Toyosu Market or LaLaport Toyosu Mall while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Tatsumi Station or Shin-kiba Station to get around town.

Recommended hotels in Koto

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