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Tokyo Accommodation

You'd think accommodation in a megalopolis like Tokyo would be easy to come by but I find I'm either:

1. overwhelmed by choice or

2. can't find anything decent and affordable or

3. can't find anything in the best 'burbs or

4. can't find a room that fits more than 2 tiny, skinny people

So hopefully this list will help!

Tokyo Station

The Tokyo Station area is simply unbeatable for convenience if you have a relatively short stay in the big city. Its directly connected to the airports, Disneyland, most train lines and of course Snowball Chalet! Its a hub of shopping and eating (including “Ramen Street” within the station) and nearby to many sights including the Imperial Palace, Ginza, Palace East Gardens, Sony Building, International Forum, National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT) and Character Street (Hellooooo Kitty!)

Low-Mid Range

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyobashi, Quite new, contemporary hotelc, close to station

Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo, Connecting rooms can be available upon request

Super Hotel Lohas Tokyo Station Yaesu-Chuoguchi, Great hotel close to station, choose your own pillow, public onsens

Marunouchi Hotel, Elegant hotel close to the station

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi, Close to the station, has “train view” rooms

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station, Close to the station, good value for Marriott Rewards members

Mid-High Range

The Tokyo Station Hotel, Recently opened hotel, right in Tokyo Station, European flair.

Oakwood Premier Tokyo, Luxury serviced apartments near the Station

Hoshinoya Tokyo, Luxury Japanese Ryokan-style hotel near the Imperial Palace

Four Seasons, the usual luxury Four Seasons offering


Shinjuku is a major city hub and represents the big-city buzz and bright lights of Tokyo. It directly connects with the airport, Mount Fuji area and other regions but you’ll have to head back to Tokyo Station if you want to experience the full joy of the new Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Snowball Chalet. Nearby sights include Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Shinjuku Yokocho (one of our fave street food lanes), the best free city views in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, a plethora of food and shopping, nightlife and other nearby epicentres such as Shibuya and Harajuku.

Low-Mid Range

Tokyu Stay Shinjuku

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo, Kabukicho district

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, standard rooms spacious compared to Tokyo standards

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, godzilla on the roof - Japanese cool

Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku

Mid-High Range

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, free Disney shuttle, tours to Mt Fuji, airport limo to door

Hilton Tokyo Hotel

Hyatt Regency Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo, excellent bar from the movie Lost in Translation


Shibuya has a similar bustling atmosphere as Shinjuku but generally hosts a younger crowd. Shibuya Station is well connected to all forms of transport, though a little less-so than Tokyo or Shinjuku. The hectic Shibuya Crossing draws a constant stream of people, directing them off to a host of great food and shopping outlets, Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine and other nearby suburbs well-worth your while such as Harajuku, Ometesando, Naka-Meguro, Daikanyama and Kamiyama.

Low-Mid Range

Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae, free breakfast and ramen nights, free in-house onsen

Tokyu Stay Shibuya Shin-Minamiguchi

Shibuya Granbell Hotel

Shibuya Hotel En

Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel

Mid-High Range

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, directly connected to Shibuya Station, overlooking Shibuya Crossing

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Trunk Hotel

Family Hotel Options

Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo – Tokyo Station, Connecting rooms can be available upon request

Trunk Hotel - Shibuya (as above), A few suites available. Popular, expensive.

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo - Shinjuku (as above), 10 family rooms, group tours Mt Fuji, airport limo to door

Imano Tokyo Hostel - Shinjuku, 1 family room, 4 single beds, shared bathroom. Cheap. Hostel.

Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka - Akasaka, Great hotel. 1-bedroom suite with free breakfast

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo - Shinjuku (as above), Connecting apartments

Dai-ichi Hotel Ryogoku – Ryogoku, Great hotel. Near Sumo & Edo Museum, free shuttle to Disney Resorts

Mercure Tokyo Ginza – Ginza, Ask for a connecting Double & Twin Rooms

Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae (as above) breakfast and ramen nights, free in-house onsen, 3 connecting rooms

Four Seasons (as above), total splurge in a suite or connecting rooms

Narita Airport

Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu

Nine Hours Capsule Hotel (Terminal 2)

Hotel Nikko Narita

Narita Tobu Hotel Airport

Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport

Posted on Wed 29 November 2017