I know how you are feeling right now; deciding where to stay in Tokyo for the first time can be a little intimidating.
At first sight the Japanese capital city may appear very chaotic if not completely confusing and scary.
Tokyo is one of the world’s biggest cities, with a population of about 10 million citizens and a surface of more than 2000 kilometres.
Finding the best location to stay in Tokyo and making sure to have as many services as possible nearby is absolutely a must before traveling to Japan.
Although many people think that Japan is a very expensive country, you can tell your pocket to breathe a sigh of relief as there are several affordable hotels in Tokyo; you just need to find the one that better meets your needs.
There is plenty of accommodations to choose from: from luxury hotels to small guest houses, to traditional ryokans and hostels. My tip is to try – at least once – the experience of sleeping in a capsule hotel, and trust me when I tell you that you will not forget about it!
Here comes a short guide filled with tips on the best districts where to sleep in Tokyo to help you making the most out of all the amazing things that this city has to offer.
Pack your bags and don’t forget to leave some extra room: your will love shopping in Tokyo!
Where to Stay in Tokyo
If you are interested to know where to stay in Tokyo, we recommend some of the best hotels for different budgets.
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Where to stay in Shinjuku
According to many travel guides, this is the best area to stay in Tokyo for nightlife. And you don’t need to be an animal party to enjoy the nightlife of the Japanese capital city.
There are plenty of things to do in Tokyo at night: from drinking sake and beer with locals at some random noodle restaurant to going karaoke and whatnot.
Shinjuku offers all this and so much more! Besides being one of the main Tokyo nightlife districts, it is well connected to the rest of the city, including Tokyo train station – which is one of the world’s most crowded train stations – from where you can take any train to keep exploring the rest of the country.
Our Top Pick > Nine Hours Shinjuku
Have you ever experienced a capsule hotel in Tokyo? The Nine Hours Shinjuku Hotel is located just 2 minutes from the JR Shin-Okubo train station. Modern and comfortable facilities, free WI-Fi throughout the structure. 24hr reception service. Check the latest price.
Luxury > Park Hyatt Tokyo
By far one of the best hotels where to stay in Shinjuku. Indulge yourself with the view of the wide windows of its spacious rooms overlooking the lights of Shinjuku. The hotel features a 52nd floor restaurant offering Japanese and French cuisine. Check the latest price.
Mid-Range > Apa Hotel Higashi-Shinjuku
A great location for this elegant and modern hotel featuring all the comforts a traveler may need, from flat-screen TV to a kettle in the room and private, en suite bathroom. The structure is located just 2 minutes walk from Higashi-Shinjuku station. Check the latest price.
Budget > Booth Netcafe & Capsule
Nestled in the heart of Kabukichō area, in Shinjuku, this capsule hotel is a great option for travellers on a budget looking for a cheap hotel in Tokyo near the train station. Shared bathroom and a smoking room located at the 7th floor. 24hr reception service available. Check the latest price.
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Where to stay in Asakusa
According to my personal opinion, Asakusa is the best place to stay in Tokyo. Although it is located a little bit far from the city center (it takes about 40 minutes by train to reach Shibuya station from Asakusa), I do love this area because it is a traditional hub far from all the chaos of the skyscrapers and big buildings of the rest of the city.
Asakusa is considered one of the last geisha districts of Tokyo along with Kagurazaka, and it is also home to the famous Senso-ji Temple, which every day attracts hundreds of believers and tourists.
Last but not least, Asakusa is the best place to find a budget stay in Tokyo. Save some money but get ready to spend some time on the train.
Our Top Pick > Bunka Hostel
A modern, clean, and minimal hostel in the heart of Asakusa district, just a few minutes walk from Sensō-ji Temple and the Tokyo Sky Tre. The structure offers male and female dormitories, shared bathroom, and an on site bar. Check the latest price.
Luxury > The Gate Hotel Asakusa
A great location for this modern and elegant luxury hotel. Great amenities and free toiletries in all rooms. Private bathroom, flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Enjoy the amazing view from the terrace. Check the latest price.
Mid Range > Hotel Mystays Asakusa
Rooms at Mystays Asakusa Hotel feature a kitchenette with microwave and a private bathroom with hairdryer. 24hr reception service available and vending machines selling drinks and snacks. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the structure. Check the latest price.
Budget > Oakhostel Fuji
Oakhostel Fuji features free Wi-Fi connection throughout the structure. A rooftop terrace and a laundry room. Clean, modern, shared bathroom. Asakusa station is located about 7 minutes walk from the hostel. Check the latest price.
Where to stay in Shibuya
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you close your eyes and think about Tokyo?
I bet it is a series of neon lights, skyscrapers, music playing in the street, and one of the world’s busiest areas.
Welcome to Shibuya, one of the the beating hearts of Tokyo. Chaotic, creative, modern, and definitely overcrowded by tourists, fashion victims, and all types of people. In this area of Tokyo you will hardly feel alone.
At this level of the game there is one question that bombs inside the mind of every traveler looking for the coolest place to stay in Tokyo: should I pick Shinjuku or Shibuya?
These two districts are both very well connected to the rest of the city, and they both have lots of restaurants and bars around.
Shibuya though is probably the best prefecture to stay in Tokyo if you are a shopping lover. Here there are plenty of shops and malls of all kinds!
In front of Shibuya station there is the statue of Hachiko, the famous dog who is remember for his loyalty to his owner for whom he continued to wait for nine years after his death at the entrance of Shibuya station (raise your hand if you managed not to cry while watching the movie of Hachiko starred by Richard Here!)
Once in Shibuya, get ready to cross the famous “scramble crossing”, that is to say the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing!
Our Top Pick > Almond Hostel & Cafe
A minimal and hipster touch for this hostel and cafe located a few minutes from Yoyogi-Hachiman and Yoyogikoen stations. It is the best place to stay in Tokyo for food and shopping. Shibuya is located about 10 minutes by bus. Check the latest price.
Luxury > Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyo
This luxury hotels has a great location, just 3 minutes walk from the famous Shibuya 109 building and from Shibuya station. The hotel features 2 high-floor restaurants and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a satellite flat-screen TV. Check the latest price.
Mid-range > Shibuya Hotel En
Recently restored, this mid-range hotel is located just 7 minutes walk from Shibuya station and it offers conditioned and comfortable rooms with private bathroom (some of which with a sauna), free Wi-Fi connection, slippers and free toiletries. Check the latest price.
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Where to Stay in Roppongi
Roppongi is another district where to find some of the best hostels in Tokyo.
Modern, elegant, and cosmopolitan; this is the perfect area if you are passionate about art and you want to spend some time
Roppongi indeed it home to several art galleries, including the futuristic National Art Center, the Mori Art Museum, located at the 52nd floor, and the famous 21_21 Design Sight – located a few steps away from the famous shopping mall Tokyo MidTown.
Probably the only dark side of Roppongi is that this area is not as connected to the rest of the city as other districts. However, if you don’t mind spending some time on the train, this is a great area where to stay in Tokyo.
Our Top Pick > Candeo Hotels Tokyo Roppongi
An amazing structure located just 400 meters from Roppongi Hills and Mori Art Museum. The hotel features a in-house wellness center with a sauna. Comfortable rooms with private bathroom with a bath and free toiletries. Check the latest price.
Luxury > Grand Hyatt Tokyo
By far one of the best hotels in Tokyo, this luxury and multi-awarded structure in Tokyo is located near the Roppongi Hills, a multi purpose center featuring shops, an art museum, a movie theatre, an observatory and several restaurants. All rooms are air-conditioned combining a blend of traditional Japanese style and modern comforts. Check the latest price.
Mid range > Sotetsu Fresa Inn Roppongi
The Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo Roppongi is located 10 minutes walk from the Mori Art Museum. All rooms feature a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub. 24hrs reception service available. Check the latest price.
Budget > Central Tokyo Azabujuban 52031
A great option for travellers looking for a central budget stay in Tokyo. The apartment is made of one bedroom, a fully equipped kitchenette, and one bathroom. Flat TV screen and free Wi-Fi. Check the latest price.
Where to Stay in Ginza
Luxury lovers, this area is for you! Filled with exclusive hotels in downtown Tokyo, Ginza is the district of 4 stars shopping. Elegant structures featuring an impeccable service will worth every yen! Elegant, contemporary and stylish: Ginza is the perfect area if you wish to live a dreamy experience during your trip to Japan.
Our Top Pick > Remm Hibiya
Located just 5 minutes walk from the JR Yurakucho station, this structure features contemporary accommodations with an in-room massage chair and a flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi available through the hotel. Check the latest price.
Luxury > The Peninsula Tokyo
Located in the heart of the most exclusive five starts district of Tokyo, the Peninsula Tokyo Hotel will seduce you with its spa, wellness center, indoor pool, and exclusive restaurant. Each air-conditioned room includes a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub. Check the latest price.
Mid-range > Tokyo Stay Ginza
Tokyo Stay Ginza has a great location, just 100 m from Kabukiza Theater, and 3 minutes walk from exit A7 of Ginza station. The structure is very comfortable and clean, featuring flat TV screen, an electric kettle, and a microwave. Check the latest price.
Budget > Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel
Located just 8 minutes walking from JR Shinbash station, this shared hotel is a great option for travellers on a budget who want to stay at one of the most exclusive areas of Tokyo. Cleaned, shared bathroom featuring all the facilities, including slippers and free toiletries. Check the latest price.
I hope that this short guide helps you finding the right places where to stay in Tokyo. Let it surprise and inspire you through the charm of its quiet and organised urban jungle.