Japan Travelling

Where to Stay in Tokyo for the Best First Time Experience

where to stay in tokyo - the best tokyo accommodation (hotels, hostels, and airbnbs) for every budget

In the course of the three years I lived in Japan I made a number of visits to Tokyo, and I acquired to know the totally different neighborhoods fairly properly. I undoubtedly have some favourite elements of Tokyo that I all the time return to, and there are three areas I all the time advocate to any associates questioning the place to remain in Tokyo for one of the best time and probably the most comfort.

Take note I’ve solely traveled to Tokyo solo or with buddies, and this listing is geared in the direction of individuals round my age (I’m 30 and lived in Japan in my early 20s). Whereas I did go to Tokyo a number of occasions as a child with my mother and father, I don’t keep in mind what was the perfect space of Tokyo for households – sorry!

These areas give attention to ease of entry to all the key points of interest, enjoyable locations to exit, and energetic environment. And whereas there are many quirky, off the crushed path locations to remain in Tokyo, I’m going to stay with ease right here and advocate the areas closest to the points of interest and inside best entry. As a result of whereas plenty of vacationers come to Tokyo annually, it may possibly nonetheless be an awesome metropolis to navigate in the event you don’t converse any Japanese. However these locations are straightforward to get to and to get round from, don’t fear.

And should you’re in search of issues to do in Tokyo, right here’s my information to Tokyo for first-timers.

The place to remain in Tokyo: my prime three picks



Every time anybody is on a primary time go to to Tokyo I inform them to remain in Shibuya. In reality, once I took my pal Danielle to Tokyo for the primary time, Shibuya was the primary place we stayed!

I actually love Shibuya, and I feel it makes for the right introduction to Tokyo. Plus, sufficient vacationers keep right here that loads of the lodges and eating places are used to foreigners and sometimes have English talking employees (a rarity in Japan – even in Tokyo!).

Shibuya is a large purchasing space, so that you’ll discover a enjoyable mixture of acquainted international chains and quirky native outlets right here. There are additionally lots of eating places and bars right here, but in addition not too many, so it doesn’t really feel fairly as overwhelming as say Shinjuku.

And naturally Shibuya is most well-known for the Shibuya crossing, the busiest intersection in Japan (and probably the world?). You possibly can see the crossing in my Shibuya vlog right here:

However one other benefit of Shibuya is that it’s in straightforward strolling distance – like 15 minutes – from Harajuku, one other must-see space in Tokyo. Whereas I might undoubtedly attempt to go to Harajuku when you’re in Tokyo, it can be pretty overwhelming to newcomers with all of its lights and music, so I feel truly staying in close by Shibuya is a greater concept.


Shibuya is among the most touristy areas of Tokyo and it will get crowded. Nevertheless I usually assume it’s good that Shibuya is touristy, as since that is Tokyo you continue to gained’t be overwhelmed by vacationers (it’s too crowded with locals), however this additionally signifies that some individuals will converse English.


I’ve stayed in so many locations in Shibuya, however I’ve narrowed it down to 3 choices, based mostly on worth.

★ Luxurious Shibuya Tokyo lodging

My best choice for Shibuya would undoubtedly be the Shibuya Stream Excel Lodge Tokyu. Final time I used to be in Tokyo my good friend and I met a a pair staying right here they usually confirmed us their room and the view was superb! It’s proper subsequent to Shibuya Station and the well-known Shibuya crossing, and the rooms are beautiful. Examine right here for present charges and availability

shibuya stream hotel tokyo

If you would like one thing very easy, there’s a shuttle bus from each Narita and Haneda airports that goes on to the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Lodge. It’s not fairly as central in Shibuya because the Stream Excel Lodge, nevertheless it’s a simple stroll and undoubtedly the simplest lodge to get to. Examine right here for present charges and availability

★ Mid vary Shibuya Tokyo lodging

Mustard Lodge Shibuya is superb worth for the situation. It’s model new and inside straightforward strolling distance to all the things you’ll need to see in Shibuya. Examine right here for present charges and availability

★ Finances Shibuya Tokyo lodging

I’ve stayed at Flip Desk Hostel in Shibuya of their personal room, however additionally they have dorms for even cheaper. The situation is ideal, I really like the design, and the breakfast is nice. Verify right here for present charges and availability

Almond Hostel & Cafe can also be central and tremendous stylish and the capsule bunks supply privateness. Plus they’ve a feminine dorm, which I all the time search for in a hostel! Examine right here for present charges and availability at Almond Hostel

★ Greatest Shibuya Airbnbs

It’s additionally properly value testing Airbnb in Tokyo! Just lately there was an enormous ban on a number of Airbnbs in Tokyo, which signifies that now all the listings in Tokyo have met with strict standards to grow to be formally registered. The additionally signifies that it’s a must to transfer shortly if you wish to ebook an Airbnb, nevertheless it’s properly value it for the prospect to remain in native lodging at typically a way more affordable worth than motels.

This spacious house has a phenomenal conventional Japanese design and it’s proper within the middle of Shibuya and this pretty house can also be centrally situated at an amazing worth, and each include a free pocket WiFi to make use of throughout your keep, which might be actually useful in Tokyo. This house can also be beautiful, in addition to this budget-friendly room – I might undoubtedly want staying right here over a hostel dorm.



If Shibuya is a simple intro to Tokyo, I might say Shinjuku actually throws you into the guts of Tokyo – or at the very least the Tokyo we all know so nicely from the films.

If it’s neon lights, fast-paced crowds, purchasing, eating places, and bars you’re after, then Shinjuku is ideal. Significantly, you may spend every week right here and never get bored.

Whereas I all the time advocate Shibuya to newcomers to Tokyo, I personally truly typically go for Shinjuku as an alternative as a result of it’s so enjoyable. It’s additionally an awesome transport hub for reaching the remainder of Japan, as Shinjuku practice station serves trains going just about all over the place – together with the Narita categorical practice from the airport.

You possibly can learn extra about issues to do in Shinjuku right here, however I’d say undoubtedly take a look at the Golden Gai space for its teeny tiny little bars, Kabukicho for its low cost izakaya bars and night time life (although watch out right here – it’s additionally residence to Tokyo’s seedy nightlife), the free view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing, and whereas I’ve by no means been, there’s additionally the favored Robotic Restaurant in Shinjuku in the event you’re up for a loopy efficiency.


Simply be warned that Shinjuku will get actually crowded, at night time you possibly can see a number of drunken businessmen roaming the streets, and since it’s so common with vacationers, Shinjuku lodging is sort of costly.


★ Luxurious lodging in Shinjuku

Okay, so probably the most well-known place to remain in Shinjuku, and actually all of Tokyo, is the Tokyo Park Hyatt Lodge. You in all probability comprehend it from Misplaced in Translation. You possibly can test it out right here, although I’ve by no means truly stayed right here so I can’t actually say something about it.

Nevertheless I’ve stayed on the Keio Plaza Lodge on a number of occassions, and oh my goodness it’s so fancy and so pretty, and actually simply good. They really have a variety of rooms from commonplace to superior, they usually also have a Hiya Kitty themed room! You’ll be able to verify present charges and availability right here

keio plaza hotel shinjuku tokyo review

★ Mid vary lodging in Shinjuku

When you’re up for a really Japanese expertise, check out a capsule lodge! A number of capsule lodges are male solely, however 9 Hours in Shinjuku has feminine capsules as nicely. It’s such a singular place to remain and whereas it’d sound claustrophobic once I stayed right here I used to be stunned by how huge my capsule felt.

shinjuku capsule hotel

GLOU Higashi is a brand new lodge in strolling distance to the busiest space of Shinjuku. It’s primary however has every part you want with an ideal location and it’s fairly reasonably priced for Shinjuku. Examine present charges and availability right here

★ Price range lodging in Shinjuku

The Capsule Lodge Transit Shinjuku is a capsule lodge with actually reasonably priced feminine and male dorms. Verify present charges and availability right here

★ Greatest Shinjuku Airbnbs

Shinjuku is a superb place to go for an Airbnb, particularly for those who’re on a price range, as they are typically a lot better worth than the lodges within the space.

Each this condo and this house are fashionable and proper within the middle of Shinjuku, they usually even include a pocket WiFi to make use of throughout your keep. I additionally actually love the design of this condo. And in case you’re on a finances this room is actually reasonably priced and appears pretty.


Ginza doesn’t all the time make lists for one of the best locations to remain in Tokyo, however hear me out as a result of I personally assume it’s an excellent place to remain!


Ginza is understood for its high-end buying, nevertheless it additionally has loads of reasonably priced outlets (together with the standard chains like H&M and Uniqlo), and there are so many superb eating places right here. The nightlife is absolutely cool and a very good mixture of locals and foreigners. You’ll be able to learn all of my ideas for the place to eat and exit in Ginza right here.

And you may watch my vlog from Ginza right here:

Umegaoka Sushi No Midori best sushi in ginza tokyo


Ginza isn’t fairly as quick access to the airports as Shibuya and Shinjuku, however it’s nonetheless pretty simple to get right here. Plus it’s a bit extra offbeat than the Shibuya and Shinjuku, so I feel it’s value the additional effort getting right here.


★ Luxurious lodging in Ginza

The Park Lodge Tokyo is true by Shiodome subway station, and a straightforward stroll from all the primary sights in Ginza. The lodge begins on the 26th flooring, so all of the rooms have superb views of Tokyo, however I recommending staying in certainly one of their well-known artist rooms. These have been designed by artists and are beautiful. You possibly can see extra photographs and examine my keep at Park Lodge Tokyo right here. And verify present charges and availability right here.

park hotel tokyo artist room sumo

park hotel tokyo artist room

★ Mid vary lodging in Ginza

The sq. lodge GINZA is tremendous trendy and even has a Japanese type communal onsen tub. Examine present charges and availability right here.

★ Price range lodging in Ginza

Mattress & Breakfast RENGA has tremendous reasonably priced dorm rooms, plus they provide breakfast. Verify present charges and availability right here.

Tokyo Ginza Bay Lodge has female and male capsule dorms so that you’ll have tons of privateness. This was the most cost effective place I might discover in Ginza with good evaluations. Examine present charges and availability right here.

★ Greatest Ginza Airbnbs

This luxurious house has a gorgeous conventional design with superb views, and I additionally love the look of this loft. And this house is basically central and wonderful worth.



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