5 Hotels in Tokyo You Should Definitely Check Out
Planning for a trip to Tokyo? Have a hard time deciding on which hotel to stay?
With so many hotels in Tokyo, hotel researching can be tedious. That’s where this article is going come in handy.
For the past 4 years of living in Japan, I was in charge of finding the best hotel for my family and friends. After hours of research, I have picked 5 popular hotels that I think is great for tourists and staying there allows you to truly experience Tokyo and Japan.
Where should you stay in Tokyo!?
There is a lot to consider when picking a hotel, so when I was researching I thought about the different motives to visit Tokyo. For example, the shopaholics, the party-goers, history lover and more. Then based on these themes, I have selected 5 popular locations in Tokyo; Shinjuku, Shibuya, Asakusa, Ginza, and Tokyo (Marunouchi Area). All of these places are very popular in Tokyo and there are a lot of hotels there. Each location has easy transportation and there are a lot of restaurants and cafes around. Of course, all of the hotels are clean and above standards in services.
I am going quickly explain why I picked the 5 locations in Tokyo and then recommend one hotel that I find suitable for tourist in each location and what is so special about it. Without further ado, let’s Go!
Shinjuku: Experience a little bit of Everything
Shinjuku has everything.
Food?☑ Bars?☑ Shops?☑ Entertainment?☑Easy transportation?☑
There is so much in Shinjuku you could spend a whole day there. There’s the famous robot restaurant, Shinjuku Gyoen (perfect for those who are coming to Tokyo in spring🌸) and there’s also Tokyo Metropolitan Tower (amazing view). Of course, there are a lot of hotels. In fact, a bit too many hotels. But don’t worry, I have selected an interesting hotel for those of you that want to try everything.
Hotel Gracery is located right in the center of the lively Shinjuku’s Kabukicho. Surrounded by skyscrapers and neon lights, giving you the Tokyo nightlife vibes. Being inside Kabukicho allows you to experience the busy Tokyo lifestyle, with everything within walking distance for you. There’s arcade center, izakaya, yakitori, and everything.
One of the main attractions of Hotel Gracery is the 12 meters tall Godzilla hovering the part of the hotel. The Godzilla would even roar and blow flumes every hour from 12 pm to 8 pm. If you are a movie lover, you would love Hotel Gracery, there is a movie theatre attached to the hotel! AND there are 6 special rooms where you can see Godzilla’s head out your window! Imagine waking up and look out the window and the first thing you see is GODZILLA roaming in Tokyo!😲 Even if your room can’t see the Godzilla don’t worry, the terrace on the 8th floor allows you to be in close distance of the monster that roamed Tokyo once.
Rooms: The interior is simple and modern. All bathrooms are separated from the toilet. All the necessary amenities are included and if not the 24-hour front desk would happy to help you.
Facilities: Free wifi, Coin Laundry/Dryer, Computer room, Terrace, Restaurants, Movie Theatre
- Price：20,720円 (tax included) ～
- Closest Train/Subway Station(s)：Shinjuku Station (5 min. walk), Seibu-Shinjuku Station (3 min. walk)
- Address：1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
- Nearby Attraction: Shinjuku Gyoen, Robot Restaurant, Tokyo Metropolitian Tower, Kabukicho
P.S. The 14th floor is female-only, with pinkish walls and foot massager and electronic facial steamer💕!
Shibuya: Hotel with Purpose
In Shibuya, one can truly feel the busy and liveliness of Tokyo. There are so many things to do in Shibuya. You can shop, eat, drink, sing, dance and more. Shibuya is known for the night-life; clubs, bars, and izakayas. There are a lot of young people hanging out in Shibuya, making Shibuya the trendiest place. For those of you that would like to experience the nightlife of Tokyo, Shibuya is a great option.
TRUNK (Hotel) is a unique, boutique hotel with the mission of helping the community. Products used in the hotel are often made Shibuya, or Tokyo and are environmentally friendly. The hotel values the health of their guest with local organic vegetables, the culture of Shibuya, the mixture the ever innovative and fast-paced Tokyo against the traditional Japanese culture. Trunk hotel provides an all-round experience, allowing the guest to truly integrate into Tokyo’s lifestyle.
Trunk (hotel) is a perfect hotel for group-traveling or gathering/mini party, there are 4 suites (can stay up to 14 people) and 11 standard rooms. The interior is chic and simple but at the same time very comfy. The attention to details of product used and provided are all eco-friendly.
Room: Every room has a different design with a lot of warm wood custom-made furniture and abstract artworks.
Facilities: Free wifi, Minibar inside the room, Terrace, Garden, Bar, Restaurants
- Price：32,659円 (tax included) ～
- Closest Train/Subway Station(s)：Shibuya Station (7 min. walk), Omotesando Station (10 min. walk), Meiji JinguMae/Harajuku Station (6 min. walk)
- Address：5-31 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
- Nearby Attraction: Shibuya Crossing, 109 Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, Meiji Shrine
P.S. Trunk (LOUNGE) is a great place to chill, grab a drink, and meet new people💕.
Asakusa: Go back in Time and Experience Tokyo
Asakusa is a must go location in Tokyo, with the Senso-ji Temple, Kaminarimon and Skytree in the near distance. Asakusa area is one of the well preserved Edo-period style places in Tokyo. It feels like you are going back in time, with the bustling shopping street and Japanese snacks along the way to the temple. To make the experience even more realistic, there are multiple yukata/kimono rental shops. You can even get on the Jinrikisha (pulled Rickshaw) and the driver will give you a history tour of the area. There is a lot of sightseeing in the Asakusa area! Asakusa is a great place to stay for history lovers.
The Tokyo Skytree is 3 minutes train ride away, from Tokyo Skytree, you can see the whole of Tokyo, and get a lot of shopping down. There is also an amazing aquarium that is great for children.
The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon by Hulic
The Gate Hotel is a great option for those that enjoy the stroll along the Edo-period style shopping streets. The hotel put a lot of effort into the design of the logo and overall atmosphere of the hotel while incorporating the traditional Japanese aspect. The hotel has a modern, clean-lined design against traditional Japanese backdrop. The comfortable and aesthetic rooms come with an affordable and reasonable price. The services from the staffs are impeccable. The Gate Hotel allows customers to enjoy the view of new and old Tokyo.
Room: The rooms are furnished with abstract artwork and every room either has the Tokyo Skytree view or the Senso-ji temple.
Facilities: Free wifi, Bar, Laundry, Restaurant, Terrace, Spa
- Price：16,632円 (tax included) ～
- Closest Train/Subway Station(s)：Asakusa (Ginza Line/Skytree Line/Toei Subway) Station (3 min. walk)
- Address：2-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
- Nearby Attraction: Tokyo Skytree, Senso-ji Temple, Kaminarimon, Asakusa Shrine, Sumida River
P.S. The hotel has a choice between smoking and non-smoking rooms.
Ginza: Shopping and More Shopping
I am sure many of you have heard of Ginza, one of the fanciest place in Tokyo. Bougie✨! You can find all kind of designer, luxurious brands in Ginza. However, don’t let the luxurious Tokyo scare you away, there are also budget-friendly options like Uniqlo in the area. There are a lot of great restaurants and ramen place🍜. A lot of the Michelin rated Ramen and restaurants are located in Ginza. Definitely, a place shopaholics and foodie should visit in Tokyo.
Mercure Hotel Tokyo Ginza
Mercure Hotel Tokyo is located in Ginza, with multiple train/subway stations within walking distance of the hotel. It is quite close to Tokyo station and the Tokyo International Forum, making it easy for business travelers. You can easily walk to Kabukiza Theatre or the shopping malls of Ginza. From Mercure Hotel you can see the city with lights sparkling of Tokyo in the dark night.
Room: The hotel is designed with a French flair and the rooms are classy and with colorful decor. Many rooms come with sofa bed or add-on crib for children. All beds are equipped with Simmons cushion.
Facilities: Free wifi, Bars, Computer Station, Parking
- Price：20,230円 (tax included) ～
- Closest Train/Subway Station(s): Yurakucho Station (6 min. walk), Higashi Ginza Station (5 min. walk), Ginza Station (3 min. walk), Ginza Itchome (2 min. walk)
- Address：2-9-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
- Nearby Attraction: Ginza, Kabukiza Theatre, Tsukiji Market
P.S. The location of the hotel is one of the best quality, making transportation extremely easy.
Tokyo Station: The Center
Tokyo station or the Marunouchi area is the center of Tokyo. This area is filled with tall skyscrapers that light up the city, at the same time you can easily get to the Imperial Palace for a quiet and peaceful walk. Being near the Tokyo station means you get can to other cities easily with the Shinkansen. Marunouchi area being within walking distance means shops and restaurants. Great place for those that want to travel all over Japan!
Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo
Hotel Ryumeikan is a family-owned hotel that holds on to the Japanese service standards. The Hamada family opened their first hotel in 1899. The Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo is a combination of Japanese ryokan and business hotel. The hotel presents a mix of western and Japanese values, customers are encouraged to wear the yukata and relax. The hotel is constantly trying to improve their service, recently they started a library of tour book and more.
Due to the great location, Shinkansen is within 5 minutes walk and Tokyo subway station is also within 5 minutes walk. The hotel is very close to the express bus to the airports.
Room: Old-fashioned style rooms with wooden furniture, and a warm cozy atmosphere, equipped with modern technologies.
Facilities: Free wifi, Japanese Restaurant with Panorama View
- Price：23,800円 (tax included) ～
- Closest Train/Subway Station(s): JR Tokyo Station (3 min. walk), Tokyo Metro Station (10 min. walk), Nihonbashi Station (1 min. walk), Otemachi (3 min. walk), Mitsukoshimae Station (5 min. walk)
- Address：1-3-22 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
- Nearby Attraction: Tokyo Station, Marunouchi Area, Imperial Palace
P.S. Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo has been award the Michelin Two stars for 8 years in a roll!
Hotels in Tokyo
There are so many amazing hotels in Tokyo and I have only recommended 5 more interesting and popular hotels. All of them have great services (English-speaking staffs and websites) and excellent cleanliness making your stay even better. With the location and the services of the hotel, customers staying in Tokyo can have a enjoy and experience Tokyo. The hotels mentioned above are all 3 stars or above and they all have great reviews from other websites.
Here are two links you can use to book hotels in Tokyo. Feel free to use them!