Where to Stay in Tokyo - Recommended Locations, Access, and More

by Fidelia - TripleLights travel specialist

So, you have got your Japan visa, plan your itinerary, and packed your luggage….

...but you still don’t know where to stay for your trip to Tokyo?

No worries!  

In this article, I will discuss all of your possible options in order to make sure you have the best stay in Tokyo. Read on!


Where to Stay in Tokyo - Recommended Locations, Access, and More

  

Best places to stay in Tokyo

Here’s the thing:

Tokyo is a huge place with a lot of must-see sights; choosing a place as your “base” could be annoying.

 

...Or is it?

If you have the basic idea about Tokyo’s basic public transportation system (which you can actually find more information about it here and here), you would probably remember the green ring called the Yamanote line. 

The JR Yamanote line is the train line that goes around downtown Tokyo. It passes every 3 minutes and will stop at the most major spots in Tokyo. For your own convenience, it would be better if you stay in places near the stops of JR Yamanote line.

 

However, to decide where to stay for your Tokyo trip all depends on your priority.

 

Areas for Luxury Travelers

For visitors with high-end budgets, you might want to check out areas such as Ginza, Roppongi, and Tokyo's Marunouchi area. Those places are in close proximity to branded shops and luxury areas. Hotels in those areas tend to have a higher price range, but their services would guarantee the utmost comfort.

Areas for Budget Travelers

Travelers with a limited budget could still find great places to stay in areas such as Ikebukuro and Ueno. JR Yamanote line also passes by those stations, so the access would not be difficult. However, Ikebukuro and Ueno are almost on the outskirts of Tokyo, which is why accommodation prices could be cheaper in those areas. If you are lucky, you could also find places with reasonable prices around Shinjuku and Shibuya too!

Areas for Tradition Lovers

Those who want to experience Japan's tradition could stay near places such as Asakusa. Asakusa is in close proximity with Senso-ji, one of the most famous temples in all of Japan. In addition to that, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree are both located near Asakusa. You can enjoy both sides of Tokyo if you choose to stay in Asakusa.

Modern Areas

Visitors could stay in places like Shinjuku and Shibuya to get a taste of Tokyo's modernity. The city never seems to sleep in those areas! Moreover, Shinjuku and Shibuya are the two largest station in Tokyo, which means you can basically have easy access to anywhere you want to go. Prices ranges for accommodation in those places varies a lot. You can find budget accommodations, capsule hotels, and also high-end hotels. It all depends on your taste.

  

In the next point, I will discuss your available options in the next post. So sit tight, and hold on! 

 

Where to Stay in Tokyo - Recommended Locations, Access, and More

Choices of stay in Tokyo

Hotel

For those of you who want to enjoy your holiday in relatively luxurious places, I would recommend you to spend your holiday in Tokyo in a hotel. They have their own standard procedures and will guarantee you to have the best stay as possible. However, hotels in Japan might be different than other countries since Japanese hotels are quite known to have smaller rooms and spaces.

 

Airbnb

Airbnb is starting to become a common thing in Japan. You can stay in local’s houses and apartments and experience what it feels like to actually “live” in Tokyo.

 As a general understanding, Japan is known for their safety. However, since Airbnb does not have a clear set of safety measures it is quite concerning for some people whether or not their stay is safe. However, for those of you who are willing to take the risk, Airbnb might be a better option to get cheap accommodation in Tokyo.

 

Planetyze Hostel

This hostel is quite new. It is located near Akihabara, which has the Yamanote train passing by every three minutes or so. You can also access it from subway stations which are all within walking distance from the hostel.

If you are searching a cheap accommodation in Tokyo area, you can definitely consider this place!

Not only that, you can also get travel tips and recommendations for your Tokyo itinerary. Here’s the link to their website if you are interested in staying there for your trip.

 

Capsule Hotel

Capsule hotel used to be the craze for foreigners visiting Japan. On the other hand, as unique as it is, capsule hotels aren’t exactly the definition of comfort.

 

Here’s what you need to know about capsule hotels:

 Their rooms are definitely what you would expect from the word “capsule”.

 

 They have very limited space for their “rooms”. Nevertheless, visitors could still relax in their relative private spaces. However, several tourists did say in their review that they could hear the noise of their neighbors. 

If you are looking for a unique stay, you can find some capsule hotels near Shinjuku area!

Where to Stay in Tokyo - Recommended Locations, Access, and More

 

More suggestions

Are you still looking for other options? Still not finding the choice that fits your needs?

Don’t worry! 

 

I recommend you to hire a personal private guide! They will help you navigate your way around Tokyo easier, and would cater to your every need during your holiday.

Moreover, you do not need to freak out if you still can’t find the right accommodation for your trip! Your personal guide would be able to help you find the best stay possible that fit your needs.

 

Here’s the thing,

There are a lot of ways to get a guide for your Tokyo trip. However, sometimes you do not know if they could be trusted or not. For that reason, I recommend booking your guide from Triplelights.  

Not only that their guides are trustworthy, but they would also take you to Tokyo’s must-see spots easily! You can also check this list for the city tours that they offer.

Where to Stay in Tokyo - Recommended Locations, Access, and More

 

Tokyo Itinerary Recommendation

 Now that you’re settled, you might be wondering about this next question:

 

Where should I visit around Tokyo?

 

Tokyo has a lot of things to offer, and it might be exhausting for some people to visit every single place. For that reason, you might want to check this link to find ideas about places that you can visit on your trip. 

Here is another list of itinerary ideas that you can follow for your Tokyo trip!

Tokyo 3 days Itinerary

Tokyo 4 days Itinerary

Tokyo 5 days Itinerary

Tokyo 6 days Itinerary

Tokyo 7 days Itinerary

Tokyo Best Itinerary

If you are still not sure that you can visit all the recommended places I mentioned above, you might want to reconsider my suggestion; hire a guide! They offer reasonable prices, and would definitely help you enjoy your holiday more.

Adding to that, you can also customize your own itineraries! Here is my recommendation for recommended private tours in Tokyo and also day-trip tours for areas around Tokyo.

 

 

I hope that this article helped you to get the information you needed regarding the best places to stay in Tokyo. Here’s to a great holiday in Tokyo! Cheers!

Need help planning your trip to Tokyo ?

If you are interested to know more and save your time during your trip to Tokyo, You can send a message to our local guides to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

In the TripleLights website you can find the best professional guides all over Japan to help you plan your trip. Check our local guides for Tokyo


05 Mar 2018

Plan your trip to Tokyo

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Get Started

Recent Tour Reviews in Tokyo

“ Visiting Tokyo with two small kids ”

Excellent
1 day ago Traveler: Natasha -   Tour Guide: REIKO

Reiko was very knowledgale about all the places we visited. Her patience with my two grandkids age 5 and 7 was outstanding. We asked to go on the boat ride , but the kids were too slow to reach the place on time, she adjusted our schedule and gave us an opportinity to see everything on our list. Her English was very good, so I highly recommend her. Thank you Reiko for a wonderful day!
read more

“ Very friendly and knowledgeable! ”

Excellent
2 days ago Traveler: Brenden -   Tour Guide: Haruko

My family and I met Haruko for a morning at Meiji Shrine followed by a nice Tonkatsu lunch. We were impressed by not only her knowledge but also that she talked to each of us (ages ranged from 11 - 79). Would definitely recommend her!
read more

“ Amazing day with many new experiences! ”

Excellent
3 days ago Traveler: Shahe -   Tour Guide: Yoko

Myself and my sister were quite nervous coming to Japan, but Yoko was very helpful and showed us around the Tokyo area. We explored temples, shrines, the Metropolitan area, Tsukiji, and the intricate subways! I was confused on how to use the subway system, but she was very patient and helped us understand what we needed to look for. I would highly recommend planning a trip with Yoko, she is very k...
read more

“ Asakusa Afternoon Trip ”

Excellent
3 days ago Traveler: Angeli -   Tour Guide: Takako

Takako was kind enough to accomodate our last minute location change and even met us at our new out of the way location for the meet up. From the time we met her to the end of the tour she did her best to make sure we were engaged, making easy and lively conversation. She showed us some of the best spots on the way to our Yukata appointment, made sure we got to see a beautiful skyline view and gav...
read more

“ Fun day with Koichiro ”

Excellent
3 days ago Traveler: TONY -   Tour Guide: Koichiro

This is our family’s first time in Tokyo. Without Koichiro, we will definitely spent more time looking for entrance and exit in the subway. He is very professional and accommodating. We change our itinerary many many times during the course of the day because of our son wants to spend more time in certain areas. We really had a fun filled day with Koichiro. Definitely recommend him for your first...
read more

“ Most comprehensive Tokyo tour ”

Excellent
5 days ago Traveler: Ann -   Tour Guide: Dai

We would not have been able to see as many sights in Tokyo on our own. Tokyo is very crowded especially in tourist sites and subways. Dai navigated us through the crowds and the subway maze with ease. Dai organized day so that one day we used all day subway ticket on first day and another day with our JR pass. He even knew which subway car was more efficient to get out to where the exit or tra...
read more

“ Best guide in Tokyo! ”

Excellent
5 days ago Traveler: Tara -   Tour Guide: Mitsuru

Mitsuru was professional and contacted us leading up to the trip. He helped us navigate the airport and find our hotel when we arrived. This was invaluable for first time visitors! He recommended the best local dining spots and his tour itinerary was the perfect pace for my son and I! We saw amazing exhibits he recommended and got a great taste of Tokyo!!! He is knowledgeable and energetic and ...
read more

“ A great introduction to Tokyo with a charming and informative guide ”

Excellent
6 days ago Traveler: Colin -   Tour Guide: MAYUMI

Mayumi made our introduction to Tokyo a truly memorable one. She helped us to craft a great itinerary, navigate public transport, get our bookings sorted for intercity travel later in our trip and organised some alternative experiences during the day when the weather turned. Mayumi is a very charming and informative guide. Thanks for a great day.
read more

“ Mercado Tsukiji viendo ronqueo de atún, Asakusa(templo Sensoji) y calle kappabashi, ceremonia templo bufista, comida típica y paseo por Omote Sando, Santuario de Meiji y Sibuya ( famosa Scramble Crossing) ”

Excellent
6 days ago Traveler: Maria -   Tour Guide: Toshi

Somos una familia de Barcelona (España). Una experiencia muy muy recomendable con el guia Toshihiko, un gran profesional. Muy bien aprovechado el día, nos ha gustado todo pero especialmente destacamos el ronqueo del atún en el mercado Tsukiji, ver ceremonia tradicional en un templo budista y probar alimentos típicos de Japón (buenísimo el dulce típico pan de melón y la tortilla dulce). Muchas gra...
read more

“ Professionalism beyond expectations. ”

Excellent
6 days ago Traveler: Alande -   Tour Guide: Tokyo Chartered Cars

We were picked up before time From our hotel by a chauffeur in a black suit and white gloves.The car was luxurious with TV, water and WiFi. We toured several sites and had plenty of times for pictures and food. I highly recommend this car service.
read more

Related cities

Plan your trip to Tokyo

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Get Started