Where to Stay in Tokyo: From Budget-Friendly to Luxury

In a big city and it can be overwhelming to choose where to stay in Tokyo especially if you travel to the city for the first time.

One of the most important things is the place should be convenient to travel in as you will use a lot of public transportation.

Whether you like to enjoy the traditional culture, eat local food or experience the nightlife, there are several areas to stay in Tokyo that you can choose from that are suitable for your traveling lifestyle. Read on to discover the best places to stay in Tokyo!

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When talking about Tokyo, the name “Shinjuku” has always been brought up as this area is the heart of Tokyo. Shinjuku has everything to offer—big department stores, local restaurants and bars and tons of nightlife.

Here you can see and do everything from spending tons of money on crane game arcades to taking video of the 3D cat on the screen, being blind by the neon light in Kabukicho, and drinking in the tiny local bars in the famous Golden Gai alleyways.

Moreover, Shinjuku is one of the biggest stations in Tokyo with a lot of metro, bus, and train connections so it’s extremely easy to go anywhere in or outside of Tokyo.

Con: Shinjuku can be crowded and noisy especially at night when people come out to drink, especially around the Kabukicho area.

Check out: Shinjuku or Shibuya — Which One is Better?

Where to Stay:

Keio Plaza Hotel (¥¥¥)

This gigantic luxurious hotel is on the west side of Shinjuku with many facilities and tons of restaurants inside.

Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho (¥)

If you are looking for nightlife and local izakaya restaurants, this hotel is located right in the heart of Kabukicho district.

Book and Bed Tokyo (¥)

With the concept of a bookstore where you can sleep, this capsule hotel is for people who like a cozy and quiet atmosphere.

Other accommodations: Park Hyatt Tokyo (¥¥¥), Shinjuku Prince Hotel (¥¥), Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku (¥¥), Hotel Gracery Shinjuku (¥¥), APA Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho (¥) and many more.


Shibuya is another one of the most famous areas in Tokyo which also offers everything you can think of. Besides big department stores, cute cafes, and tons of local restaurants and bars, Shibuya also has many well-known tourist attractions that travelers have to come to otherwise it won’t feel like you have arrived in Tokyo such as the famous Shibuya Crossing and a statue of Hachiko.

Also, there are also newly-open attractions such as Miyashita Park and Shibuya Scramble Square. Shibuya is also extremely convenient as there are so many metro, bus, and train connections. Moreover, you can easily walk to another famous area like Harajuku within 10 minutes.

You can visit the important Meiji Shrine as well as enjoy trendy fashion shops, second-hand clothes stores, cute cafes, and tons of high-end stores along Omotesando Road.

Check out: Things to do in Shibuya

Con: Shibuya can be extremely crowded during both day and nighttime as the locals and tourists visit the area in daytime for shopping and eating while many people will stop by at night (sometimes until morning) for a drink.

Where to Stay:

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu (¥¥¥)

A luxurious hotel right in the middle of Shibuya with a beautiful view of the entire neighborhood.

Trunk Hotel (¥¥¥)

Located between Shibuya and Harajuku, this boutique hotel has a different concept for each room.

Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae (¥¥)

Located near Meiji Shrine and Omotesando, the hotel also offers sento or a public bath.

Other accommodations: Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (¥¥¥), Shibuya Granbell Hotel (¥¥), Shibuya Hotel EN (¥¥), JR-East Hotel Mets Shibuya (¥), Mustard Hotel (¥), and many more.

where to stay in tokyo marunouchi


As the name suggests, Marunochi, or “inside the circle” is situated between Tokyo station and the Imperial Palace and used to be a home for feudal lords.

Nowadays, Marunouchi has become Tokyo’s business district with a lot of tall office buildings, shopping malls, restaurants, and museums with an atmosphere of a modern town.

There are several stations within this area and in walkable distance such as Tokyo, Yurakucho, Hibiya, Otemachi, Nihombashi and even Ginza stations so it’s very convenient to go anywhere and visit many museums as well as the Imperial Palace itself.

Con: The accommodation in this area can be expensive. Moreover, Marunouchi has a modern vibe so it might not be suitable for someone who wants to completely absorb in a very traditional Japanese atmosphere.

Where to Stay:

Palace Hotel Tokyo (¥¥¥)

A luxurious 5-star hotel has plenty of services, restaurants and is located across the Imperial Palace.

The Tokyo Station Hotel (¥¥¥)

The hotel is right at the Tokyo station with beautiful European architecture and interior design.

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi (¥¥¥)

Another luxurious hotel in this area where you can see the beautiful view of Tokyo right from your window.

Other accommodations: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi (¥¥¥), Shangri-La Tokyo (¥¥¥), Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo (¥¥¥), Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo (¥¥), Marunouchi Hotel (¥¥) and many more.

where to stay in tokyo ginza


This area is known for its luxurious vibe, modern architecture and high-end brand shops. Even though Ginza has an expensive vibe, there are also affordable accommodations, shops and restaurants too.

It’s fun to actually shop or do window shopping, especially on the weekend when they close the traffic and turn the whole main road into a walking street. Ginza station also has many train lines and it isn’t too far from the Marunouchi area so you can travel around quite easily. 

Con: Ginza can be a bit more pricey than in other areas. Moreover, there is no JR line at Ginza station so if you have JR Rail Pass, it might not be very convenient.

Check out: Alternative Neighborhood to Visit Besides Shibuya

Where to Stay:

Imperial Hotel Tokyo (¥¥¥)

A historical hotel dated back more than 100 years with a view of a beautiful Imperial Palace Garden.

Muji Hotel Ginza (¥¥)

A hotel with a minimal and simple concept of Muji, a famous Japanese retailer brand with a no-logo, no-brand policy.

APA Hotel-Ginza Takaracho (¥)

Located near Takaracho station, this hotel is convenient to go around the Ginza area.

Other accommodations: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Gochome (¥¥), Tokyu Stay Ginza (¥¥), Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza Premier (¥¥), The Gate Hotel Tokyo by Hulic (¥¥), Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Sanchome (¥) and many more.


If you are planning to fully emerge in Japanese traditional culture, Asakusa is an area for you. The heart of Asakusa is the Senso-ji temple, one of the most famous temples in Japan.

The whole neighborhood is rich in historical atmosphere as you can easily spot people draped in kimono strolling the area in a rickshaw with traditional architecture in the background with a contrast of the modern Tokyo Sky Tree. Moreover, there are so many local restaurants and a direct train to both Narita and Haneda airports.

Con: Asakusa is a famous tourist area so it can be very crowded, especially during the daytime. 

Where to Stay:

Asakusa View Hotel (¥¥¥)

As the name suggests, this hotel has a nice view of Senso-ji temple grounds as well as the famous Tokyo Sky Tree.

Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Spring (¥¥)

Located near Senso-ji temple, you can enjoy indoor and outdoor onsens while staying in this hotel.

Taito Ryokan (¥)

A small traditional ryokan or Japanese-style inn might be a perfect place if you want to immerse yourself in the Japanese atmosphere. 

Other accommodations: Hotel Gracery Asakusa (¥¥), Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International (¥¥), Nui. Hostel and Bar Lounge (¥¥), Asakusa Tobu Hotel (¥¥), Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou Hotel (¥), and many more.


Another area that travelers should consider staying in Ueno as the station is big and well-connected to airports and many tourist places within and outside of Tokyo.

This area also has a gigantic Ueno Park which is known for its beautiful rows of sakura trees in spring. There are also many museums and art galleries as well as Ameyoko, a shopping market filled with cheap shops and local izakaya restaurants.

From Ueno, you can also easily walk to the famous Akihabara, a shopping hub for electronics, manga, anime, games and idols.

Con: Ueno can be very crowded, especially, in spring when people come to Ueno Park to do hanami or cherry blossoms viewing.

Where to Stay:

Mimaru Tokyo Ueno North (¥¥¥)

If you are a family or a group of friends who plan to stay in Tokyo, this hotel has a kitchen equipped in each room.

Nohga Hotel Ueno Tokyo (¥¥)

This boutique hotel focuses on the neighborhood as you can see art exhibitions, buy products from local artists and ask staff for recommendations for workshops nearby.

Grids Tokyo Ueno Hotel + Hostel (¥)

This hostel is located very close to Ueno station and provides both private rooms and dormitories. 

Other accommodations: Hotel Resol Ueno (¥¥), Hotel Sardonyx Ueno (¥), Tosei Hotel Cocone Ueno (¥), APA Hotel Keisei Ueno Ekimae (¥), Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akihabara (¥) and many more.


Shinagawa isn’t exactly a tourist area as it’s more like a business district with tall buildings. However, transportation-wise, Shinagawa is one of the perfect places as the station is big with many metro and train connections.

At Shinagawa station, you can directly go to both Narita and Haneda airports, take JR lines to go across Tokyo, and travel to many places in Japan with Shinkansen such as Sendai and Izu Peninsula.

Con: As Shinagawa is a business district, the trains and the station can be extremely crowded during rush hour. Moreover, it might not have as much nightlife as other busier areas like Shinjuku or Shibuya.

Where to Stay:

Bamba Hotel Tokyo (¥¥¥) 

This hotel has been renovated from a traditional Japanese townhouse with a mix of Western and Japanese atmospheres.

Shinagawa Prince Hotel (¥¥)

This hotel provides many forms of entertainment such as the aquarium, movie theater, and bowling alley.

Ours Inn Hankyu (¥)

Located near Oimachi station, Ours Inn is a business hotel with many types of rooms as well as a female-only floor.

Other accommodations: Tokyo Marriott Hotel (¥¥¥), Mitsui Garden Hotel Gotanda (¥¥), New Otani Inn Tokyo (¥), Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel (¥),  Shinagawa Tobu Hotel (¥) and many more.

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How much do hotels cost in Tokyo?

It mostly depends on the area you choose, the type of accommodation and the time of your trip. Marunouchi area can be very expensive as 5-star hotels can cost more than 100,000 yen/ per night. On the other hand, there are many budget hotel chains such as APA Hotel, Super Hotel, Dormy Inn, and more across Tokyo.

What is the best platform to book hotels?

Besides booking directly from the hotel websites, there are many Japanese online platforms that you can book in English such as Rakuten Travel and Jalan as well as other usual international platforms such as Booking.com, Agoda and Expedia.

Can you stay overnight at a love hotel?

Many tourists want to stay at a love hotel as it’s an interesting experience, plus the price is quite cheap. You can stay at a love hotel, however, you must be 18 or older and some places might not welcome solo travelers or a group of more than 2 people. Moreover, you might have to check in and check out every day as the hotel is created for the purpose of a short stay only. 

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