How to find the Best Neighborhood to stay in Tokyo

Tokyo is a truly exciting city. There is so much to see – from traditional temples to modern city, with something new to discover on every corner.

Since the transportation in Tokyo is very expensive, it can make a big difference in which district you book your accommodation in Tokyo, as the ways between places can sometimes be very far and therefore expensive. Considering this, it’s really important to ask yourself before booking any accommodation which is the best neighborhood to stay in Tokyo. The area in which you stay in Tokyo can also make a huge difference in your overall Tokyo experience. But how can you tell where to stay in Tokyo for first timers? Here, we introduce you to the best neighborhoods to stay in Tokyo and explain to you which are the best neighborhoods in Tokyo to stay for which kind of tourist. (Don’t worry – there is a best area to stay in Tokyo for every kind of traveler)

And if you still can’t decide which of the neighborhoods to stay in Tokyo is the best one for you, we compare them all to you in a helpful table.

After you have decided which neighborhood to stay in Tokyo, we will give you also the best & coolest accommodation recommendations for each area divided by budget. It has never been easier to decide where to stay in Tokyo.

If you’re not only looking for the best area to stay in Tokyo, but also for the best things to do in Tokyo, you will love our comprehensive Tokyo-Guide for up to 7 days in the Japanese capital.

Best Neighborhood to stay in Tokyo

Asakusa

Asakusa Neighborhood in Tokyo, best neighborhoods in Tokyo

Asakusa is a traditional Japanese district of Tokyo. It is especially known for the Sensoji Temple, which is considered the oldest and most important Buddhist temple in Tokyo.

This district is perfectly suitable for those who are interested in the old traditional Japan. It is located a bit outside of the chaotic city center but offers good transportation linking to other parts of Tokyo.

Attractions near Asakusa

  • Sensoji Temple
  • Asakusa Shrine
  • Tokyo Skytree

Ginza

Ginza Tokyo, best neighborhoods to stay in Tokyo

Anyone who wants to be right where things are happening is just right in the Ginza district. Here you will find everything the shopping heart desires and we guarantee you it’s not going to be boring.

In addition to many restaurants, bars, and entertainment streets you will find a lot of shopping opportunities. Those who have not arrived with a large shopping budget should probably avoid the luxury department store Wako, which is located here.

The name Ginza has become a synonym for Shopping Street throughout Japan due to the reputation of this district.

Attractions near Ginza

  • Tsukiji fish market
  • Wako luxury department store

Harajuku

Harajuku Neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan. Best places to stay in Tokyo

Harajuku is also referred to as the fashion center of Tokyo for young Japanese. The area is perfect for young people interested in the modern Japanese fashion world.

In this part of Tokyo, you can find a lot of cosplayers, Lolitas and two of Tokyo’s most important shopping streets in the world of modern Japanese Fashion.

Especially at the weekends, you will find many young people here who meet for photo shoots.

The Harajuku neighborhood is located in Shibuya, so in the following, we will refer to them as one.

Attractions near Harajuku

  • Harajuku Takishita-Dori shopping street
  • Ota Memorial Museum of Art
  • Kawaii Monster Café
  • Meiji Shrine Imperial Garden
  • Yoyogi Park

Roppongi

Roppongi neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan, Bridge, skyscrapers

If you want to get to know the nightlife of Tokyo, you are probably most comfortable in the Roppongi district.

Due to its proximity to the government district, this district developed into a meeting place and nightlife district for foreigners and wealthy Japanese in the 1960s.

And even today, this neighborhood is popular with foreigners and happy-go-lucky Japanese. With its many small clubs, bars, and restaurants surrounded by tall office buildings, this is the perfect place to enjoy Tokyo’s Nightlife.

Attractions near Roppongi

  • Tokyo Tower
  • Roppongi Hills
  • The National Art Center Tokyo

Shinjuku

Shinjuku District & Station, best neihborhoods to stay in Tokyo

Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most famous neighborhoods. Here you will find a huge entertainment district, a business district, and a shopping district.

Shinjuku’s station is particularly well-known as it is the busiest railway station in the world. So, if you’re planning a (day) trip from Tokyo, you’re in the right place.

Shinjuku is a great district for those looking for centrally located accommodation and not too far from the action.

If you are looking for a Tokyo accommodation bargain, you have a good chance here.

Attractions near Shinjuku

  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings
  • Samurai Museum

Shibuya

Shibuya Crossing, neighborhoods in Tokyo

Anyone who is familiar with Tokyo has probably heard of the Shibuya Quarter, or at least the Shibuya Crossing. It is considered one of Tokyo’s most famous places and is crossed by thousands of Japanese and tourists each year.

If you want to be in the center of Tokyo, you might want to look for accommodation here. Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and trendy neighborhoods. In addition to dozens of entertainment and shopping opportunities, you will find restaurants and bars of every kind.

Another highlight here is the world-famous statue, which was built here in honor of Hachiko. The statue goes back to the faithful dog Hachiko, who has picked up his master from Shibuya Station every day. And that’s exactly where you’ll find this popular statue up to today.

Attractions near Shibuya

  • Shibuya crossing
  • Hachiko statue
  • Yoyogi Park

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station Neighborhood in Tokyo, Business District

As its name already suggests, this district is located around Tokyo’s main train station. The Tokyo Station is considered the most important in the whole of Japan.

Fun Fact: Despite that, the train station in Shinjuku is Tokyo’s largest train station, not the Tokyo Station.

The district around Tokyo Station is characterized by its skyscrapers and well-kept streets. Everything here seems as clean and orderly as I’ve never seen it before anywhere else in the world.

Those coming by bus or train from the airport to the city will probably start their journey through Tokyo in this area.

Those who travel to Tokyo on a budget can find the best bargains here when it comes to accommodation.

Attractions near Tokyo Station

  • various museums and galleries

Ueno

Ueno Neighborhood, Ueno Park, Green, Japanese Temple

The Ueno district is known by every Tokyo Fan. In addition to the famous Ueno Park, which you should definitely visit during your trip to Tokyo, you will find many important museums in this area, as well as traditional Japanese temples, bars, and restaurants.

The Ueno district is perfect for those who like it a little quieter and do not want to sleep right in the city bustle.

Attractions near Ueno

  • Ueno Park
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • Ameyoko Shopping Street

Comparison of the Tokyo Neighborhoods

Feature //
Neighborhood
CentralTraditionalModernBudget-Friendly
Optionens
AsakusaXX
GinzaXX
HarajukuXX
RoppongiXX
ShinjukuXXX
ShibuyaXXX
Tokyo StationXXX
UenoXXX

General advice before you book your Tokyo accommodation

  • In many accommodation, you can find smoker and non-smoking rooms. If you are not sure which category your room belongs to, you might want to ask beforehand in the accommodation 
  • You should book your accommodation in advance. The best places are usually booked out quite fast.
  • Make sure where the nearest station from your accommodation is located (You can find that information for all of our recommended accommodations below)
  • Note that many Airbnbs have been declared illegal throughout Japan
  • During cherry blossom season and other Japanese festivals, the accommodation is usually way more expensive

Where to stay in Tokyo (For the first time)

Did you choose a suitable Tokyo district where you would like to stay during your time in Tokyo? Perfect! But in order to answer the question “Where should I stay in Tokyo?” we also need to find a great accommodation for you. No problem! Below, you will find the best Tokyo accommodation for each district divided by budget. So, there is the perfect place for every kind of traveler.

If any of the places caught your interest, just click on the name in order to find more information about the accommodation, the availability and the price. If you can’t find the perfect place yet, check the list of all accommodations available for each area below the list of our our recommended accommodations.

Best places to stay in Asakusa, Tokyo

the best places to stay in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

The best cheap place to stay in Asakusa

Distance to nearest station: ca. 10 minutes walking distance to Asakusa Station

Khaosan Tokyo Origami

A 1-star accommodation, bunk bed in a mixed dorm or twin room cheap

The best capsule Hotel in Asakusa

MyCube by Mystays Asakusa Kuramae

Distance to nearest station: ca. 2 minutes walking distance to Kuramae Station

1-star accommodation.  Capsules separated by gender. Available for one or two people.

The best mid-range accommodation in Asakusa under 100€

Asakusa Hotel Hatago

Distance to nearest station: ca. 2 minutes walking distance to Asakusa Station

3-star accommodation. Economy double room & depending on the season Comfort double room under 100 € available.

The best mid-range accommodation in Asakusa over 100€

B:CONTE Asakusa

Distance to nearest station: ca. 5 minutes walking distance to Asakusa Station

3-star accommodation. Standard Double Room or Superior Double Room (both for non-smokers).

The best really good place in Asakusa

The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic

Distance to nearest station: ca. 2 minutes walking distance to Asakusa Station

4-star accommodation. Double room for smoker or non-smoker.

⇒ For more places in Asakusa click here

Best places to stay in Ginza, Tokyo

the best places to stay in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, accommodation

The best cheap place to stay in Ginza/The best capsule Hotel in Ginza

Tokyo Ginza BAY HOTEL

Distance to nearest station: ca. 8 minutes walking distance to JR Shinbashi Station

1-star accommodation. By gender separate capsule beds for one or two people.

The best mid-range accommodation in Ginza around 100€

Hotel Sunroute Ginza

Distance to nearest station: ca. 4 minutes walking distance to Ginza Itchome Station

3-star accommodation. Simple double room smoking or non-smoking.

The best mid-range accommodation in Ginza

Hotel Musse Ginza Meitetsu

Distance to nearest station: ca. 5 minutes walking distance to Higashi Ginza Station & 6 minutes walking distance from Shibashi Station

4-star accommodation. Standard double rooms.

The best really good place in Ginza

Hotel the Celestine Ginza

Distance to nearest station: ca. 3 minutes walking distance to Shibashi Station

4-star accommodation. Superior Double Room for Non-smokers.

Best Luxury Accommodation in Ginza

Imperial Hotel Tokyo

Distance to nearest station: ca. 5 minutes walking distance to 3 stations

5-star accommodation. Standard Double Room in Tower Building.

⇒ For more places in Ginza click here

Best places to stay in Roppongi, Tokyo

the best places to stay in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan, accommodation

The best cheap place to stay in Roppongi/ The best mid-range accommodation in Roppongi under 100€

Hotel Arca Torre Roppongi

Distance to nearest station: ca. 30 Meter from Roppongi Station

3-star accommodation. Standard Double Room Smoking or Non-Smoking.

The best mid-range accommodation in Roppongi

Remm Roppongi

Distance to nearest station: ca. 150 Meter from Roppongi Station

3-star accommodation. Economy or standard double room for smokers or non-smokers.

The best really good place in Roppongi

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Distance to nearest station: ca. 3 Minutes walking distance to Roppongi Station

5-star accommodation. Twin Room or King Room.

Best Luxury Accommodation in Roppongi

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Distance to nearest station: Connected with from Roppongi Station

5-star accommodation. Deluxe Twin Room or King Bed with City View.

The best tourist apartment in Roppongi

Roppongi Resort House

Distance to nearest station: ca. 10 minutes walking distance to Roppongi Station

2-star accommodation. Capacity up to 9 people.

⇒ For more places in Roppongi click here

Best places to stay in Shinjuku, Tokyo

the best place to stay in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, accommoation

The best cheap place to stay in Shinjuku

Lucky Hostel

Distance to nearest station: ca. 300 Meter from Okubo Station

Economy double, triple and quadruple rooms available.

The best capsule Hotel in Shinjuku

Capsule Hotel Transit Shinjuku

Distance to nearest station: ca. 200 Meter from Hagashi Shinjuku Station

1-star accommodation. Single capsules separated by gender.

The best mid-range accommodation in Shinjuku under 100€

Kyu Kyu

Distance to nearest station: ca. 300 Meter from Hagashi Shinjuku Station

2-star accommodation. Twin room with futon bed.

The best mid-range accommodation in Shinjuku

Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku

Distance to nearest station: ca. 100 Meter from Hagashi Shinjuku Station

3-star accommodation. Economy or standard room.

The best really good place in Shinjuku

Hotel & Spa J-Mex Shinjuku Kabukicho

Distance to nearest station: ca. 200 Meter from Hagashi Shinjuku Station

3-star accommodation. Adult-only! Standard or superior room with queen size bed.

Best Luxury Accommodation in Shinjuku

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Grand

Distance to nearest station: ca. 100 Meter from Tochomae Station

5-star accommodation. Basic Option, Deluxe, Superior Room or Suite. Access to the Club Lounge.

The best tourist apartment in Shinjuku

Fttakuya Apartment in Shinjuku 206

Distance to nearest station: ca. 200 Meter from Okubo Station

Capacity up to 6 travelers.

⇒ For more places in Shinjuku click here

Best places to stay in Shibuya, Tokyo

the best places to stay in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, accommodation, shibuya crossing

The best cheap place to stay in Shibuya

Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya

Distance to nearest station: ca. 800 Meter from Shibuya Station

Only for women! 1-star accommodation. Located 1.9 km from Harajuku. Capsule bed

Commun SHIBUYA

Distance to nearest station: ca. 400 Meter from Shibuya Station

Only for men! 3-star accommodation. 1.8 km from Harajuku. Standard, Deluxe or Premium Capsule Room.

The best mid-range accommodation in Shibuya/ The best capsule Hotel in Shibuya

The Millennials Shibuya

Distance to nearest station: ca. 400 Meter from Shibuya Station

2-star accommodation in Harajuku. Smart capsule for men or women. Also in a mixed hall is available..

The best mid-range accommodation in Shibuya

Turn Table Hostel

Distance to nearest station: ca. 800 Meter from Shibuya Station

3-star accommodation. Located 1.9 km from Harajuku. Twin Room & Single Room. (Also available as a bunk bed in the dormitory)

The best really good place in Shibuya

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Distance to nearest station: ca. 300 Meter from Shibuya Station

5-star accommodation. 1.7 km from Harajuku. Basic Option, King Bed, Queen Bed, and Twin Rooms.

⇒ For more places in Shibuya click here

Best places to stay in Tokyo Station Area, Tokyo

the best places to stay in the Tokyo Station Area, Japan, accommodation

The best cheap place to stay in Tokyo Station Area

Oak Hostel Cabin

Distance to nearest station: ca. 600 Meter from Kayabacho Station

1-star accommodation. Capsule room for men, women or mixed room.

The best mid-range accommodation in under 100€ in Tokyo Station Area

Guest House Denchi

Distance to nearest station: ca. 1,1 km from Ueno Station

1-star accommodation. Double, Twin or Bed in Dorm.

The best mid-range accommodation in Tokyo Station Area

Tokyo Candlehouse

Distance to nearest station: ca. 300 Meter Ichigaya Station & ca. 500 Meter from Yotsuya Station

2-star accommodation. Economy or Deluxe double and triple rooms.

The best really good place in Tokyo Station Area

The Tokyo Station Hotel

Distance to nearest station: Directly at Tokyo Station

5-star accommodation. Right at Tokyo Station. Double, Deluxe or Superior with View.

Best Luxury Accommodation in Tokyo Staton Area

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Distance to nearest station: Directly at Mitsukoshimae Station & ca. 300 Meter from Shin-Nihombashi Station

5-star accommodation. Deluxe Twin Room, Deluxe King Room, Grand King Room, Grand King Twin Room, and Suite available.

⇒ For more places in the Tokyo Station Area click here

Best places to stay in Ueno, Tokyo

best places to stay in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan, accommodation

The best cheap place to stay in Ueno

Hiromas Hostel in Akihabara

Distance to nearest station: ca. 500 Meter Ueno-Hirokoji Station & Ueno-Okachimachi Station

2-star accommodation. Bed in men’s or women’s dorm.

The best mid-range accommodation in Ueno under 100€

ICI Hotel Ueno Shin Okachimachi by RELIEF

Distance to nearest station: ca. 500 Meter from Naka-Okachimachi Station

3-star accommodation. Single Room, Deluxe Double Room, Single Room and Twin Room.

The best mid-range accommodation in Ueno

Hotel Wing international Select Ueno Okachimachi

Distance to nearest station: ca. 300 Meter from Keisei Ueno Station & Okachimachi Station

3-star accommodation. Single, double and twin rooms available.

The best really good place in Ueno

Hotel Coco Grand Ueno Shinobazu

Distance to nearest station: 5 Stations within 500 Meter (Nearest: 200 Meter from Ueno-Hirkoji Station)

4-star accommodation. Economy, Standard Double Room Smoking and Non-Smoking. Comfort Double Room. Superior double and twin rooms.

The best tourist apartment in Ueno

MIMARU Tokyo Ueno East

Distance to nearest station: ca. 300 Meter from Ueno Station

3-star accommodation. Apartment with capacity for up to 4 people. (Or two apartments with capacity for up to 4 people each with connecting door).

⇒For more places in Ueno click here

Have you found the perfect accommodation? Please let me know how you enjoyed your stay and feel free to give recommendations on your own in the comments below.

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