Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time
Are you traveling to Japan soon and thinking where to stay in Tokyo first time? In this blog, I will answer your questions related to the best place to stay in Tokyo for first time tourists and family vacationers to Japan. With Tokyo being a huge metropolis comprising of over 20 district wards, choosing the best area to stay in Tokyo can be overwhelming. It did not come as a surprise to me that a lot of people would ask me for hotel advice each time I return from a Tokyo vacation.
Where to Stay in Tokyo Summary
- Tokyo is a huge city with over 20 district wards and taxis are expensive.
- The best areas to stay for tourists in Tokyo are Shinjuku and Ginza.
- Other recommended places to stay for tourists in Tokyo are Tokyo Station, Shibuya and Asakusa.
- It is best to stay near JR Yamanote train line or any subway line for easy access to Tokyo tourist sites.
- Apart from convenient transportation, there are plenty of shops and reasonably-priced restaurants in these areas.
Where to Stay in Tokyo: Personal Recommendations from Asiatravelbug’s “Personal Experience”
I have been to Tokyo 5 times so far and have personally stayed at 8 hotels in various Tokyo districts. I have stayed at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Shinjuku, Millennium Mitsui Garden Ginza, Tokyu Stay Ginza, Park Hotel Tokyo, Hotel Nikko Tokyo Odaiba, The Edo Sakura, and Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa. By sharing my personal experience in this blog, I truly hope that you’ll be able to pick the best area where to stay in Tokyo and the best Tokyo hotel for your much-awaited Japan vacation! 😉
Where to Stay in Tokyo: Asiatravelbug’s Best Hotel Picks
- Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku (3.5*) – Best for practical travelers. The hotel sits on a fantastic location in Shinjuku with reasonable price. I strongly suggest their Twin Rooms for more space! Check rates in Agoda or Booking.com.
- Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Shinjuku (4*) – Best for families and groups who want to stay in Shinjuku and go to Tokyo Disney via the hotel’s free Disney shuttle bus. The 30 sqm superior room which I booked is the biggest room I’ve stayed at in a centrally located hotel in Japan. I highly recommend their renovated superior rooms! Check rates in Booking.com or Agoda.
- Millennium Mitsui Garden Ginza (4*) – Best for those who wish to be near Tokyo Station for their bullet train ride or for those who want to shop until they drop. I love the hotel’s very modern rooms and its location right smack in the heart of Ginza. Haneda Airport is just a 30-minute subway ride away right from the hotel’s door step. Check rates in Booking.com or Agoda.com.
The other hotels which I will be mentioning in this blog are the hotels which I’ve thoroughly researched on and would seriously consider to personally stay at in my future trips to Tokyo.
Where to Stay in Tokyo: Are Hotels in Tokyo Expensive?
Tokyo hotels are not as expensive as you think. You can actually forget about capsule hotels! Well-located 3.5-star hotels in Tokyo can be had for ~USD 150 similar to prices of similar range hotels in Singapore and Hong Kong. Below you can find the approximate prices of hotels in Tokyo.
- 3 to 3.5 star hotels (local business hotels) – USD 100 to USD 200
- 4 to 4.5 star hotels (local/international luxury hotels) – USD 150 to USD 300
- 5 star hotels (international luxury hotels) – USD 300 and up
Based on my personal experience traveling to Japan and Asia in general, hotels in Tokyo are of great value with very high level of service standards even for 3.5 star hotels. For a USD 200/night hotel in Tokyo, I need to pay at least USD 250/night in Hong Kong to get the same level of hotel service and value. Hotel rates in Tokyo can be a real bargain if you compare it with similar progressive cities like Paris or New York. Before I talk about the best places to stay in Tokyo for tourists, let me share some tips to guide you before you book your Tokyo accommodation.
Double vs. Twin Rooms in Tokyo Hotels
Hotels in Tokyo typically offer two types of rooms and it is important to distinguish one from each other.
- Double Room – 1 double-sized bed with typical room size of 15 to 19 sqm. One side of the bed is usually against a wall. Double rooms are typically suitable for couples.
- Twin Room – 2 twin beds with typical room size of 20 to 25 sqm if your hotel is within Central Tokyo. You can get bigger twin rooms ranging 30 to 40 sqm in luxury hotels or in areas farther from Central Tokyo. Twin rooms are approximately 30% much more expensive than double rooms but the price is well justified since the room size is typically bigger by 30%. Twin rooms are best travelers who place a lot of value in comfort or for families traveling with kids.
Saturday and Peak Season Rates
Expect to pay an additional ~30% from regular room rates when you stay in Tokyo on a Saturday or during peak seasons. Local Japanese people love to do weekend trips, hence the surge in hotel demand on Saturday nights. Cherry blossoms and autumn foliage are super peak seasons in Tokyo. Rooms sell out fast on these dates. It is best to book Tokyo hotels at least 3 months in advance if you will be in Tokyo between the last weeks of March to early April and during the last weeks of November.
Where to Stay in Tokyo: Stay Near a Train or Metro Station
Due to high taxi fares in Tokyo which could cost you USD 30 for a 15-minute ride, I strongly recommend staying in hotels within walking distance to major train stations in the JR Yamanote Line train loop to save MONEY, TIME and ENERGY. The JR Yamanote Line is the main circular train line in Tokyo with stops in major tourist districts like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Yarakucho (Ginza), Tokyo Station, Akihabara, and Ueno.
If it is not possible for you to book a hotel near the JR Yamanote line, just book a hotel within walking distance to a Tokyo metro subway or rail station. Central Tokyo is well covered with train and rail systems. As long as you stay near a train or metro station in Tokyo, you won’t find the need to take a taxi unless you have mobility issues.
7 Tokyo Tourist Districts to Consider: Where to Stay in Tokyo
Out of over 20 district wards in Tokyo, let me concentrate on 7 districts that I consider as the best areas to stay in Tokyo for tourists. For me, the best place to stay in Tokyo is Shinjuku especially for first time travelers. If you are wondering which other areas can be good base areas convenient for sightseeing, you may want to consider Ginza, Tokyo Station and Shibuya. If you are a huge group traveling together and are looking for alternative locations where to stay in Tokyo with family, you may want to consider Asakusa, Odaiba or Tokyo Disney Area where hotels can offer bigger room space.
1. SHINJUKU: Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time
(Best Area to Stay in Tokyo For Tourists)
If I were to return to Tokyo anytime, I would choose to stay in Shinjuku in a heartbeat. Shinjuku epitomizes Tokyo as what you see on TV – neon lights, bustling streets, busy train stations, modern business skyscrapers, beautiful public parks, vendor-machine restaurants, large shopping malls, and affordable 100 yen shops – all sitting side by side.
Here are the reasons why I consider Shinjuku to be the best area to stay in Tokyo for tourists especially for first time visitors.
Why Stay in Shinjuku:
- Convenient for day trips. Great base for day trips to Hakone and Mount Fuji area via public bus or Odakyu train. Since Shinjuku Station is just walking distance, there is no need to wake up extra early to catch your train or bus to Hakone and Mount Fuji area. Group tours to Mount Fuji area depart from major hotels in Shinjuku.
- Convenient for sightseeing in central Tokyo.
- Convenient direct access to airports via airport limousine bus from Haneda and via Narita Express train from Narita.
- Great local Japanese atmosphere. Bustling nightlife. Restaurants and 100 yen shops close very late at night.
- Easy access to affordable shopping and restaurants.
- Good variety of mid-range tourist hotels around the area.
- Sights Nearby: Shinjuku Gyoen Park for cherry blossom picnics or for autumn foliage sights. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Free Observatory to see Mount Fuji on a cloudless day.
Where to Stay in Shinjuku Tokyo: Asiatravelbug’s Recommended Hotels
Shinjuku is a huge commercial district in Tokyo and it houses the world’s busiest station – Shinjuku Station. Shinjuku Station divides the district between the West and East. If you are traveling with kids and worried about the Kabukicho red light district, stay in West Shinjuku. I stayed in West Shinjuku for a week before and never came across the Kabukicho area located in the North East of Shinjuku Station.
- Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku (3.5*) – I have personally stayed here in a standard twin room and can strongly recommend this hotel! Their twin standard rooms are surprisingly spacious for Japanese hotel standards at 23 sqm. A word of warning though, this hotel is extremely popular and it’s common for all rooms to get sold out months in advance. I actually tried to book this hotel for my second trip to Tokyo as a repeat guest, but was frustrated to know that all of their rooms have been sold out even if I tried to book 1 month in advance. So better book at least 3 months ahead before your arrival, even during off-peak seasons. Standard twin rooms start at USD 160/night while economy rooms start at USD 115/night. Asiatravelbug recommends the standard twin rooms for more space and is well worth the price difference. Check out live rates of Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in Agoda or Booking.com.
This hotel sits on an unbeatable location tucked in a quiet street but just a minute away from all the action. Family Mart and McDonald’s are just a minute walk away. Shinjuku station, eateries, malls and 100 yen shops are all within 10-minute walk radius. Airport limousine bus from Haneda or Narita airport drops you right off in the lobby of the hotel. You just cannot go wrong with Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in terms of convenience. If you are a first time traveler to Tokyo wishing to do day trips to see Mount Fuji using Hakone Free Pass, look no further, Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is “the” hotel to stay.
- JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku (4*) – Ran out of rooms in Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku? Don’t fret. There’s a new kid on the block which could easily rival the convenience offered by Sunroute. I stumbled across Hotel Blossom on Tripadvisor by chance and it looks like this hotel is a great alternative to Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. Hotel Blossom is a fairly new hotel owned by the JR rail company, just 3 minutes walk from Sunroute and less than 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station. You practically get an unbeatable location, similar room size and brand new rooms at Hotel Blossom for the same nightly rates as Sunroute. I’m bookmarking this hotel now and will definitely try to stay here next time I’m in Tokyo. If you have stayed in this hotel, tell me about your experience! Double rooms start at USD 140/night while twin rooms start at USD 160/night. Check out live rates of Hotel Blossom in Agoda.com.
Although the airport limousine bus does not directly stop at Hotel Blossom, you can get off or ride the airport bus at Shinjuku Station West Exit, which is just a good 5-minute walk away. I have personally tried alighting at Shinjuku Station West Exit from the airport limousine bus and the walk towards the area of Hotel Sunroute and Hotel Blossom is fairly easy even with a luggage in tow.
- Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Shinjuku (4*) – Keio definitely rounds up as one of my top 3 favorite hotels in Tokyo based on my personal stay! This hotel is highly convenient and has everything a family needs – spacious rooms, airport limousine bus right at the hotel’s door step and free shuttle bus to Tokyo Disney. Also, a number of group tours to Hakone and Mount Fuji start from this hotel. While some parts of the hotel may look aged, the recently renovated Plaza Superior South Tower Twin Room which I booked looks very new, is huge and is the biggest I’ve stayed in a centrally located hotel in Tokyo. My mother loves this room very much to the point that she wants to relax in the room rather than wander outside. 🙂 I strongly recommend this hotel for families and groups! Check out live rates of Keio Plaza Hotel Shinjuku in Booking.com or Agoda.
At Keio, lowest category 23 sqm Standard Twin Room rates start at USD 180/night. However, I recommend that you get at least the more spacious 30 sqm Plaza Superior South Tower Twin room instead for just USD 15/night more! While Keio maybe a little pricier if compared with other Shinjuku hotels, I personally find it to be very worth it and a great value for money. Some of my friends have stayed in Keio Plaza and have no complaints whatsoever except for the long breakfast buffet lines. Just book a room without breakfast since there are a lot of affordable eateries within 5 minutes walk from this hotel. The free shuttle for guests to Tokyo Disney requires advance booking.
- Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku (3*) – Great boutique hotel for group or family travelers located just 10-15 minutes walk away from Shinjuku Station. Triple and quadruple rooms are available for 3-4 adults staying in one room making this hotel a great affordable choice for travelers looking for Tokyo accommodation for family of 4. Nightly rates starts at USD 110, USD 220 and USD 250 for double, triple and quadruple rooms respectively. If it is not necessary for your travel group to be in one room, booking 2 separate double rooms may come out cheaper.
- Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo (formerly Best Western Shinjuku) (3.5*) – If you do not mind staying in Kabukicho red light district, this hotel is cheap with a great location just under 10 minutes walk away from the main Shinjuku Station. Double rooms start at USD 130/night while executive twin rooms start at USD 170/night inclusive of breakfast.
- Citadines Shinjuku Hotel (3.5*) – A bit of walk from Shinjuku Station but great for travelers who are looking for hotel rooms that can fit 3 adults. The hotel is 20-minute walk away from Shinjuku Station and 5-minute walk away from Shinjukugyoenmae Subway. Unlike its sister property Citadines Central (formerly Best Western Shinjuku), Citadines Shinjuku Hotel is not in the Kabukicho area and is tucked in the quieter side of Shinjuku, so you need not worry if you are traveling as a family. Double and twin rooms start at USD 115/night while triple rooms start at USD 135/night.
Read on the rest of this blog to learn more about staying in Ginza, Tokyo Station, Shibuya, Asakusa, Odaiba, and Tokyo Disney Area.
2. GINZA: Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time
Tourists may feel intimidated by Ginza as it is known as the premier luxury shopping area in the Japan. But Ginza has its own fair share of mid-range and cheap shopping too! Yes, I mean cheap shopping – check out the Don Quijote bargain store at the southern edge of Ginza where you can buy cheap 100 yen (~USD1) souvenirs and second hand LV bags. There are plenty of affordable restaurants around the area and it is pretty easy to get a 900 yen (~USD9.00) bowl of ramen. In my personal opinion and based on my own experience in Tokyo, Ginza is the next best area to stay for tourists after Shinjuku.
Why Stay in Ginza:
- Convenient for sightseeing in central Tokyo. You can access Ginza metro subway or JR Yarakucho in JR Yamanote line, which can get you practically anywhere in central Tokyo.
- Convenient for regional travel and airport transfer. One stop away from Tokyo Station where you can board buses or bullet trains to go to Kyoto, Osaka, Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. Ginza is just about 1000-1500 yen (~USD 10 – USD 15) taxi ride away from Tokyo Station, so you need not worry about exorbitant transportation fees between Ginza and Tokyo Station if you have lots of luggage with you.
- Great Japanese atmosphere but not as crowded as Shinjuku or Shibuya.
- Wide variety of shopping and restaurants from luxury to cheap.
- Good variety of mid-range tourist hotels around the area.
- Sights Nearby: Tsukiji Fish Market, Kabuki-za Theater, Hibiya Park, Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station.
Where to Stay in Ginza Tokyo: Asiatravelbug’s Recommended Hotels
- Millennium Mitsui Garden Tokyo Hotel Ginza (4*) – Sleek hotel in the heart of Ginza close to shops, reasonably-priced restaurants and Tokyo subways. I have personally stayed in a Superior Twin room and find it to be very spacious at 26 sqm and smartly designed. The Asakusa Toei subway line is just below the hotel with direct transfer to Haneda Airport. Tokyo Station is just a 1000 yen (~ USD 10) taxi ride away if you don’t want to walk. You will save a lot of precious time just by staying at this hotel. If you want to be near Tokyo Station for your Shinkansen bullet train ride and want to stay in a great value 4-star hotel in the heart of Ginza, this is the hotel to stay! Double rooms start at USD 180/night while twin rooms start at USD 220/night. This hotel is highly recommended by Asiatravelbug. I will stay here again next time when I’m back in Tokyo. My mother will definitely be very happy. 🙂
- Mercure Ginza Tokyo (3*) – The hotel sits right smack in the middle of Ginza and just 5 minutes walk from Ginza metro station and 15 minutes walk from Tokyo Station. Deluxe twin rooms are of decent 27 sqm size and one child under 16 years old can stay for free using existing beds. Connecting rooms can be available upon request. Superior rooms start at USD 145/night and deluxe rooms USD 180/night.
- Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Ginza (3*) – A nice boutique hotel 5 minutes walk from Ginza metro and 10 minutes walk from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Double rooms start at USD 160/night and twin rooms start at USD 185/night.
- Park Hotel Tokyo (4*) – If you will be in Tokyo for a short period of 2 to 3 days and want to avoid high Saturday hotel rates in Tokyo, try to stay in a less touristy area or a business district over the weekend. The Park Hotel Tokyo in Shiodome Business District has almost flat nightly rates throughout the week and the hotel’s location is just 10 minutes walk away from the southern edge of Ginza. I have personally stayed in this hotel and loved the Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji view from my room. Double and twin rooms start at USD 170/night.
3. TOKYO STATION: Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time
Tokyo Station is the main transportation hub in Japan and the main draw of staying here is its strategic central location. Tokyo Station is well connected to central Tokyo, Tokyo Disney, Tokyo airports, Tokyo suburbs, and other regional cities like Kyoto and Osaka. Surprisingly, the area within Tokyo Station has a more European feel rather than a local Japanese feel. Staying around the immediate area of Tokyo Station will be a great choice if you plan to have a stopover in Tokyo for a few days before you head to other regional cities in Japan.
Why Stay Near Tokyo Station:
- Convenient for sightseeing in central Tokyo.
- Convenient for regional travel. Tokyo Station is a main shinkansen bullet train stop in Tokyo.
- Convenient for airport transfers to and from Narita and Haneda Airports via train or airport limousine bus. The NEX train from Narita Airport takes you to Tokyo Station in a little under an hour.
- Convenient to go to Tokyo Disney. From JR Tokyo Station, it will take only 20 minutes to go to JR Maihama Station in Tokyo Disney via JR Keiyo line or JR Musashino line.
- Easy access to affordable shopping and restaurants. Tokyo Station is actually a mall itself. Also, the famous Ramen Street is inside the Tokyo Station where there are numerous small ramen eateries.
- Sights Nearby: Ginza, Imperial Palace and East Gardens of Imperial Palace.
Where to Stay Near Tokyo Station: Asiatravelbug’s Recommended Hotels
Majority of the hotels around the Tokyo Station area are either in budget (think 12 sqm. rooms at ~USD100/night or less) or high-end luxury (USD 400/night upwards) range. If you are looking for mid-range hotels, try Hotel Ryumeikan or The Tokyo Station Hotel within Tokyo Station’s immediate vicinity. If you want a better variety of mid-range hotels to choose from and a better local Japanese atmosphere, I suggest that you stay in Ginza where 3.5 star hotels are plenty. Ginza is just one stop away from Tokyo Station. You can also walk if you want to since these two areas are just next to each other.
- Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo (3.5*) – Hotel Ryumeikan just sits next to Tokyo Station making this hotel’s location unbeatable. Connecting rooms can be available upon request. Lowest category double room starts at USD 150/night.
- The Tokyo Station Hotel (4.5*) – Recently opened hotel right in Tokyo Station with a European flair. Rates start at USD 290/night.
4. SHIBUYA: Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time
(Best Area to Stay in Tokyo for Young Adults)
Shibuya has a similar local bustling atmosphere as Shinjuku but with a younger crowd. If you see people mostly in business suits in the streets of Shinjuku, you will see mostly students in uniform in the streets of Shibuya. Sometimes, you can come across people in bizarre outfits too! If you are young adults in early 20s or if you are family with teenagers, the atmosphere in Shibuya may suit to your liking. Shibuya Station is also a major transportation hub in Tokyo making it easy to connect to airports or anywhere within central Tokyo.
Why Stay in Shibuya:
- Convenient for sightseeing in central Tokyo.
- Convenient for airport transfers to and from Narita and Haneda Airports via train or airport limousine bus. The NEX train from Narita Airport stops in Shibuya.
- Great local Japanese atmosphere with bustling nightlife.
- Easy access to affordable shopping and restaurants.
- Sights nearby: Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Scramble Crossing, Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Ometesando. Three stops to Shinjuku.
Where to Stay in Shibuya Tokyo: Asiatravelbug’s Recommended Hotels
- Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya (3*) – Previous guests have raved about the hotel’s free breakfast, free ramen nights and free access to in-house onsen making Dormy Inn a highly rated hotel in Shibuya. Twin rooms are spacious at 25 sqm. Shibuya and Harajuku Stations are within 5-10 minutes walk away from this hotel. Double rooms start at USD 140/night and twin rooms start at USD 185/night.
- Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu (3.5*) – This hotel is directly connected to Shibuya Station and overlooks the Shibuya Scramble Crossing. Twin rooms are huge for Tokyo standards at 30 sqm. Triple rooms are available. Double rooms start at USD 200/night and twin rooms start at USD 225/night.
Are you traveling with a bigger family or travel group and need a lot of space?
Read on the rest of this blog to learn why staying in Asakusa, Odaiba or Tokyo Disney Area can be a great choice for you.
Where to Stay in Tokyo with Family
(Tokyo Family Hotels):
5. ASAKUSA: Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time
Asakusa is a little slice of Kyoto in the heart of Tokyo. If you imagine your Tokyo vacation with Japanese rickshaws and temples, Asakusa is the place to be. Although there aren’t many huge malls around, there are lots of small shops and eateries in Asakusa. Asakusa is located in the older part of Tokyo and is not within the JR Yamanote Line loop. So, the location is not as convenient as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo Station or Ginza. However, Asakusa is just a 10-minute ride away to Ginza via the metro Ginza line. If you are traveling with a group of friends or traveling with older children, you can find affordable triple and quadruple rooms in Asakusa.
Why Stay in Asakusa:
- Great local Japanese atmosphere and a perfect place to soak in Japanese culture.
- Convenient for airport transfers to and from Narita and Haneda Airports via train or airport limousine bus. Asakusa is serviced by Keikyu Limited Express train from Haneda Airport and Keisei Access Express train from Narita Airport.
- Good variety of affordable ryokans and hotels around the area.
- Easy access to affordable shopping, restaurants and izakayas.
- Sights Nearby: Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Dori Shopping Street, Sumida Park, and Tokyo Skytree. One stop away from Ueno Park.
Where to Stay in Asakusa Tokyo: Asiatravelbug’s Recommended Hotels
- Asakusa View Hotel (3.5*) – Triple and quadruple rooms are available. Best for groups or family with older children. The airport limousine bus from Narita and Haneda Airport service this hotel. Twin rooms start at USD 140/night, triple rooms start at USD 155/night while quadruple rooms start at USD 200/night.
- The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic (4*) – Modern and chic hotel in Asakusa. Twin rooms are spacious at 24 sqm. and can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child under 12 years old using existing bedding. Double rooms start at USD 150/night and twin rooms start at USD 165/night.
6. ODAIBA: Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time
Odaiba is a reclaimed land east of Central Tokyo and is known for the Rainbow Bridge and the Statue of Liberty replica. Although the area doesn’t have a local Japanese atmosphere and is a bit far from Central Tokyo, Odaiba maybe the best area to stay in Tokyo for family who would like to spend most of their time in children’s activities. The science museums, theme parks and Odaiba’s proximity to Tokyo Disney will definitely keep your children fully occupied.
Why Stay in Odaiba:
- Complimentary shuttle to Tokyo Disney if you stay in Disney Good Neighbor Hotels in Odaiba.
- Near theme parks and science museums.
- Convenient access to airports via airport limousine bus during daytime. The Airport Limousine Bus from Haneda and Narita Airports service major hotels in Odaiba like Hotel Nikko Tokyo and Grand Pacific Le Daiba.
- Major hotels have large rooms between 30 to 40 sqm., making them great hotels in Tokyo for families.
- Dramatic view towards Rainbow Bridge and Central Tokyo.
- Sights Nearby: Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV Building, Gundam Front Tokyo, Tokyo Joypolis, Legoland Discovery Center, Toyota Megaweb, and Venus Fort.
Where to Stay in Odaiba: Asiatravelbug’s Recommended Hotels
- Hotel Nikko Tokyo (4.5*) – I have personally stayed in this hotel and can recommend it for its huge rooms and great views. The Mt. Fuji view from my Superior Room was a nice surprise. Stay here during non-weekends for better rates. Triple rooms are available and one child under 9 years old can stay for free using existing beds. Double and twin rooms start at USD 150/night while triple rooms start at USD 220/night.
- Grand Pacific Le Daiba (4*) – This hotel is right across Hotel Nikko Tokyo and is very popular among group tours. Typical room size ranges between 30 to 42 sqm. Triple rooms are available and one child under 6 years old can stay free using existing beds. Twin rooms start at USD 120/night and triple rooms start at USD 190/night.
Both Hotel Nikko Tokyo and Grand Pacific Le Daiba are Tokyo Disney Good Neighbor hotels and guests can have complimentary shuttle to Tokyo Disney. Both hotels are also right next to Daiba monorail station which connects to Shiodome Station near Ginza.
7. TOKYO DISNEY: Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time
If you are traveling with kids and if more than half of your Tokyo itinerary will be spent in Tokyo Disneyland, the Official Hotels within the Tokyo Disney Resort maybe the best area to stay in Tokyo for family.
Why Stay in Tokyo Disney Resort “Official Hotels”:
- Guaranteed park admission even during peak days.
- Disney tickets can be obtained at the hotel.
- Hotels have huge rooms for families. Quadruple rooms are also available.
- Free shuttle bus between your hotel to the Bayside Station of Disney Resort Line Monorail. The monorail will take you to the entrance of Tokyo Disney Sea and Tokyo Disneyland for a fee.
- Convenient and fast to go to Tokyo Station in Central Tokyo. From JR Maihama Station in Tokyo Disney, it will take only 20 minutes to go to Tokyo Station via JR Keiyo line or JR Musashino line.
- Convenient access to airports via airport limousine bus during daytime. The Airport Limousine Bus from Haneda and Narita Airports service major hotels in the area like Hilton Tokyo Bay and Sheraton Grande.
Where to Stay Within Tokyo Disney Resort (Official Hotels):
- Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel (4*) – Triple and quadruple rooms are available making this hotel a great accommodation in Tokyo for family. One child under 6 can stay for free using existing beds. Twin occupancy starts at USD 150/night, triple occupancy starts at USD 180/night and quadruple occupancy starts at USD 210/night.
- Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel (4*) – Triple rooms available and all children under 6 can stay for free using existing beds. Twin rooms start at USD 155/night and triple rooms start at USD 185/night.
Both Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel and Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel are within the Tokyo Disney Resort area and are great family hotels in Tokyo. You also get all the perks of Tokyo Disney Official Hotels as mentioned above if you stay in any of these two hotels.
Best Place to Stay in Tokyo With Family
(Tokyo Accommodation for Families)
The best place to stay in Tokyo with family depends on how many you are and whether you are with young or adult children. To make it easy for you to objectively decide, I’ve compiled my recommended Tokyo accommodation for families in the chart below summarizing the maximum adult and child occupancy based on data from Agoda and Booking.com, whether connecting rooms can be granted if available and whether the hotels are serviced by the airport limousine bus. The hotels listed below are generally safe for families with kids except for Best Western Shinjuku in Kabukicho red light district.
- Note: I’ve embedded summary information about each hotel in the table below – just hover your mouse on top of the heart and plus icons to get more details. 🙂
If you have any other suggestions on the best areas to stay in Tokyo, please feel free to leave your comments in this blog.
Other Japan Travel Tips:
- Heading to Kyoto and Osaka too? Check out Asiatravelbug’s Where to Stay in Kyoto and Where to Stay in Osaka guides.
- Afraid to get lost in Japan? A pocket wifi can be your travel best friend. Asiatravelbug strongly suggests first time visitors to rent a pocket wifi. Check out 5 reasons why you need a Pocket Wifi Japan Rental in your trip to Tokyo. Free public WiFi is RARE in Japan!
- No Tokyo itinerary yet? No problem, we’ve done all the grunt research work for you! Check out Asiatravelbug’s Tokyo Itinerary travel blog.
- Want to see Mount Fuji? Mount Fuji only shows up 80 days a year! Increase your chances of seeing Mount Fuji by checking out our How to See Mount Fuji blog. Other readers have reported to see Mount Fuji following Asiatravelbug’s guide. 🙂
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