Where To Stay In Tokyo – Your Ultimate Guide To Japan

Where To Stay In Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan is perhaps one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Once you step food there, it’ll feel as if you have been transported to a different world. With tall buildings, bright lights, and its futuristic architecture, it is definitely a sight to see.

Besides that however, Tokyo is also a city with a rich and vibrant history as well as having strong traditions. You’ll find plenty of temples and shrines all around where people go and worship or wish for things. It is because of all this that Tokyo has become such a wonderful place to visit.

And if you are planning to visit Tokyo, Japan anytime soon, one thing you might be wondering about is where are you going to stay in Tokyo.

Fortunately for you, Tokyo has an abundant amount of places for you to stay at. From hostels to hotels and even ryokans, you can find all of these at various different price points.

The only problem however is that Tokyo is quite large.

With over 40 different neighborhoods, finding out where to stay in Tokyo can be quite difficult and hard.

Which brings me to this post.

In this post we’ll be discussing all the best neighborhoods for you to stay at as well as things to do and also our personal recommendations of places to stay at.

So if you are ready, lets begin.

Are Hostels, Hotels or Ryokans Expensive In Tokyo?

hotels

Depending on where you are going to be staying at, the price point of a days stay in any one of Tokyo’s area could be anywhere from cheap to extremely expensive.

For instance, if you are on a budget than hostels might be a good idea for you. Most of them are very cheap usually around $20-40 USD a night. They also have many amenities you might need and can also help you plan your trip.

Or if you want to stay in a hotel, then things might get a bit pricier. Hotels in Tokyo are basically around the same price as hotels back in the states. A 3 star hotel might run you around $100 dollars or more while a 5 star hotel might run you around $300 or more. There are some cheaper hotels hovering around $50 dollars a night, but they are usually in a not so convenient spot.

If you don’t feel like spending so much money for a hotel, you might also want to consider a capsule hotel. These alternative hotels are basically really cheap but they mostly just provide a bed for you to sleep on. You are inside a small cubicle with little room to move around but the bed is generally pretty comfy. If all you are looking for is a place to sleep at with no other amenities, then this might be an option for you.

Ryokans tend to be the most expensive as they offer a traditional house for you to live in. Usually around the same price as a 5 star hotel in Tokyo.

But overall, it really just depends on what your needs are and what you are willing to spend.

Where To Stay In Tokyo, Japan

Where To Stay In Tokyo

Like we have said earlier above, Tokyo is basically made up of a whole bunch of neighborhood suburbs, each with their own distinct personality and traits.

For example, the east side of Tokyo might be a more traditional and historical area with temples and shrines, but the west side of Tokyo is more modern and is where all the entertainment is being held.

It is our personal recommendation that if you are planning to stay in Tokyo, you should try to find a place that is close to the metro station. After all, the metro is able to take you all around the city so you don’t have to walk or use other modes of transportation. It is also very cheap and convenient to use which is why most people tend to use it.

One such metro line you should remember is the JR Yamanote Line, which is also called the “Loop Line”. This metro line connects all the popular Tokyo areas together. If you are able to, try to find a spot that is near this line as it makes traveling so much easier in Tokyo. But if you can’t, any other metro station will do just fine as well.

Best Areas To Stay At In Tokyo Japan

We’ll be talking about the following areas based on alphabetical order.

  • Asakusa
  • Akihabara
  • Ginza
  • Odaiba
  • Roppongi
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku
  • Ueno

Lets get started!

1. Asakusa

Asakusa

Asakusa is a place that has changed little through the years. It feels like a piece of Kyoto has been torn away and placed here in this area. Here you can find all the traditional things like temples and shrines all around. You can even find Japanese rickshaws that’ll carry you around from place to place.

This area is also home to the National Sumo Stadium Kokugikan, so occasionally you will see some amazing sumo wrestlers roaming around.

Compared to the other areas of Tokyo, this place is pretty laid back and quiet. It is also considered to be one of the least expensive areas for you to stay in.

Why You Should Stay In Asakusa

  • Fantastic area to learn about the history and culture of Japan.
  • Many cheap and affordable places to stay at which includes many hotels and ryokans.
  • Easy access to many shopping areas, restaurants and izakayas.
  • Nearby Sights: Tokyo Sky Tree, Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Dori Shopping Street, Sumida Park, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art

Where To Stay In Asakusa

2. Akihabara

Akihabara

If you love all things Geek then you will absolutely love this area. Akihabara is the center of all Geek culture in Japan or better yet the world. Here you can find all kinds of things from mangas to anime to games and toys. It is a fantastic place to roam around and see all the craziness that happens in this area.

When visiting this area, it’ll feel as if you went to the future as the entire area is packed full of electronics and neon lights. You will never see anything like this in any other parts of the world. It is THE place for everything electronics and geek.

Why You Should Stay In Akihabara

  • Amazing area for all things Geek. From mangas to games or electronics, this is the place to be..
  • This is the place if you are looking for bargain prices on certain electronics.
  • Easy access to many shopping areas and restaurants..
  • Nearby Sights: Maid Cafe, Jimbocho, Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, Museums, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome Stadium, Kanda Myojin Shrine, Nicholai-do

Where To Stay In Akihabara

3. Ginza

Ginza

Ginza is the premier shopping area of Japan. It is also one of the highly coveted and most expensive areas of Tokyo. Here you’ll find high end shopping malls and stores as well as luxury hotels all around. It is basically Tokyo’s version of New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Even though this area is filled with plenty of high end things, there are still many cheap and affordable shops as well. So you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

Ginza is also home to the Imperial Palace which is a beautiful sight to see.

Why You Should Stay In Ginza

  • Here you’ll find plenty of shopping areas as well as restaurants at various price points of cheap to luxury.
  • Many variety of hotels for you to choose from in this area.
  • Great place to learn about the culture of Japan as it isn’t as crowded as some other areas in Tokyo.
  • Great place for sightseeing in central Tokyo as you can access the Ginza metro subway or the JR Yamanote line which can take you around most of central Tokyo.
  • Nearby Sights: Tsukiji Fish Market, Kabuki-za Theater, Hibiya Park, Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station.

Where To Stay In Akihabara

4. Odaiba

Odaiba

If you want to get away from all the crowds of people, a good place for you to stay at is going to be at Odaiba. Staying at Odaiba is a bit different from the rest of Tokyo. It feels more like a resort area than a city like place.

Also if you are planning to visit Tokyo Disney Resort, it is right next door which makes this place a great place to stay at.

Why You Should Stay In Odaiba

  • Not as crowded as other neighborhoods in Tokyo.
  • Feels more like a resort area than a neighborhood. With waterfronts, promenades, and a lovely view of the Rainbow Bridge, this place is beautiful.
  • Nearby Sights: Tokyo Beach, Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV Building, Palette Town, Divercity Tokyo Plaza, Decks Tokyo Beach, Oedo Onsen Monogatari, Tokyo Disney Resort, National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation.

Where To Stay In Odaiba

5. Roppongi

Roppongi

Roppongi is a popular place for many young people as it is the center for entertainment and nightlife activities. However it’s not only a spot for entertainment as there are many other things to do as well. For instance, this area contains many museums, galleries, shopping centers and theaters for you to explore.

It is also a place where they cater to the English speaking crowds as many areas will have menus and signs in English.

Why You Should Stay In Roppongi

  • Plenty of entertainment and nightlife activities for you to enjoy.
  • Caters to an English speaking crowd so you don’t have to feel out of your comfort zone.
  • Many upscale shops and restaurants are located here as well.
  • Nearby Sights: Mori Art Museum, Nogi-Jinja Shrine, Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo Tower, Atago-jinja Shrine

Where To Stay In Roppongi

6. Shibuya

Shibuya

While Shinjuku might attract more salary men or business people, Shibuya is a place that attracts more of the younger crowd. Here you’ll find countless amount of things to do. From shops to malls to karaoke and more, you will never get bored of this area.

Not only that but Harajuku which is a popular shopping area is also located inside Shibuya. You’ll see people with all kinds of colored hair as well as being fashionably dressed and hanging out all around this place.

It’s a great place to people watch as you’ll see all kinds of different things roaming around.

Why You Should Stay In Shibuya

  • Great place for sightseeing and people watching.
  • Immerse yourself in the Japanese way of life by seeing what the locals do.
  • Easy access to many cheap and affordable shopping centers and restaurants.
  • Nearby Sights: Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Scramble Crossing, Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Ometesando.

Where To Stay In Shibuya

7. Shinjuku

Shinjuku

Shinjuku in my opinion is probably the most coolest and best place to stay in all of Tokyo. It literally embodies everything you have seen in the movies and TV shows about Japan. With bright neon lights, bustling streets, busy train stations and modern skyscrapers, this place has it all.

During the day time, Shinjuku makes for a great place to do some roaming around or shopping at the local malls but during the night time, this place lights up and comes to life. Bars, restaurants, neon lights are all thriving during this time and you’ll see many people out and about wandering the area.

It is also home to the Shinjuku train station which is one of the busiest stations in the world. It allows for an ease of access to literally anywhere you want around Tokyo.

Why You Should Stay In Shinjuku

  • Very easy and convenient place for day trips all around Tokyo. For instance, you can ride a train to Hakone or Mount Fuji which are all nearby.
  • Great place to sightsee and people watch.
  • Amazing place to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Japanese way of life.
  • Huge variety of hotels for you to choose from.
  • Easy access to many cheap and affordable shopping centers and restaurants.
  • Nearby Sights: Shinjuku Gyoen, Inokashira, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Where To Stay In Shinjuku

8. Ueno

Ueno

If you like to be one with nature as well as a lover of all things museums, then this place might be perfect for you. Here you’ll find all sorts of things like beautiful parks, zoos, museums and art galleries all around.

It is a perfect place to do some relaxation after a hard day of traveling.

Plus the area is home to a lot of hotels which are pretty cheap and affordable when compared to the other neighborhoods in Tokyo.

Why You Should Stay In Ueno

  • Lots of greenery and open space.
  • Beautiful parks that bloom with cherry blossoms during the season.
  • Many museums and art galleries in the area.
  • Plenty of cheap hotels in the area.
  • Nearby Sights: Tokyo National Museum, Ueno-Koen Park, Kanei-ji Temple, Ueno Zoo, National Science Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Kyu Iwasaki-teien

Where To Stay In Ueno

Tokyo Travel Tips

Tokyo Travel Tips

Grab an IC card: These electronic transportation cards are crucial when you are traveling around in Japan. Carts like Pasmo or Suice will save you alot of time and hassle when trying to pay for fares or figuring things out. Plus depending on where you use it, you might even get some sort of discount for it.

Us a rail pass: If you are planning to do a lot of traveling in Japan like seeing multiple cities, then you might want to consider using a rail pass. It will be a lot cheaper and more convenient to use a rail pass to travel around from place to place. For more information about a Japanese Rail Pass you can click this link here.

Convenience Stores are your best friend: If you are on a budget, then one place you can get some cheap foods are at convenience stores. Lawsons, 7/11 and many others will carry all sorts of foods for you to eat at a cheap and affordable price. You can find things like ramen, pasta, dim sum, sushi, hot dogs, and any other thing you could think of.

Learn to wait in line: Unlike western countries where people hate waiting in line, in Japan this is actually a pretty common occurrence. Many places will have lines where you’ll have to wait for awhile so try to be patient if you can.

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As you can see, there are quite a few places for you to stay at here in Tokyo.

Hopefully this list was able to help you out in some sort of way and makes your decision making a whole lot easier.

Also, if you are planning to visit Japan anytime soon, you might be interested in some of my other Japan posts.

Or you can check out my complete list of things to do in Japan by clicking here.

Let me know how your trip goes!