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Where to Stay in Tokyo in 2023 | Best Areas & Hotels

Where to Stay in Tokyo in 2023 | Best Areas & Hotels

There’s no better city to blow your mind than the capital of Japan, Tokyo. One of the largest cities in the world (and the largest metropolitan area in the world), it’s full of contrasts and unexpected things.

You can find everything — from ultra-modern tech attractions and inventions to beautiful temples and deep-rooted traditions. If you want to find out where to stay in Tokyo, make sure to prepare yourself, as today’s guide is definitely a journey.

Why You Should Visit Tokyo in 2023

Chidorigafuchi Park in Tokyo during Cherry Blossom season pictured as one of the top picks for where to stay in Tokyo


Welcome to Tokyo, the imperial, administrative, and economic capital of Japan and the largest metropolitan area in the world, with a population of more than 37 million people.

With the picturesque Mount Fuji in its backdrop, an eternal inspiration for poets and painters throughout Japan’s history, Tokyo is both traditional and modern; slow and fast.

Boasting some of the world’s supreme developments in technology and architecture, as well as some of Asia’s most venerated Buddhist and Shinto religious sites, Tokyo is, most of all, a city of contrasts.

The city’s central area consists of 23 special wards, which are basically smaller cities. Some, like the area called Shinjuku, have a population of more than 300,000 people, roughly the size of an average European or American city.

All of them are organized around one very important establishment, the Imperial Palace, which is the official seat of Japan’s Emperor: the venerable Naruhito.

Tokyo is also one of the most convenient and livable cities in the world, apart from being one of the most visited places in all of Asia. It boasts probably the best transport in the world: the performance of Tokyo’s trains, metros, and buses is legendary.

The best thing you could do is to find accommodation close to some of the major transport stations. From there, you can go anywhere you want and see the whole city — given the time, of course.

And we haven’t even started on Japanese cuisine. The sushi, wagyu beef, and sake are world-famous, but in their place of origin, Tokyo, they’re simply the best.

Finally, Tokyo’s full of historical and religious landmarks. The city’s one of the world’s unofficial centers for the Buddhist and the Shinto religions. The immensity and the beauty of their temples are comparable only to places like Rome or Paris.

The 5 Best Parts of Tokyo

Where to Stay in Tokyo map in vector format featuring the best areas of town

Tokyo is much, much more than these five areas and offers as many adventures and stories as there are travelers in the world. Regardless, we had to settle on a few, and these are the five best, most representative parts of Tokyo because of their versatility.

They cover everything: from great accommodation, restaurants, and shopping options to vibrant nightlife, luxurious establishments, and historical and religious landmarks.

Our top picks include:

  1. Shinjuku: A well-connected area with plenty of accommodation options, it’s definitely the most suitable place for first-time visitors to Tokyo.
  2. Shibuya: Located just to the south of Shinjuku, this charming area, roughly the size of a small town, is the best place in Tokyo for shopping, being home to the ultra-famous Shibuya Crossing — Tokyo’s Times Square, if you will.
  3. Ginza: Close to the Imperial Palace and the absolute center of the city, Ginza is the most luxurious and upscale area with some of the best hotels and restaurants in Tokyo.
  4. Asakusa: Home to the famous Senso-ji Temple and other Buddhist and Shinto landmarks, it’s also the cheapest and most budget-friendly area in Tokyo.
  5. Roppongi: The most cosmopolitan area in Tokyo, also popular with younger people and tourists and the area with the most exciting nightlife in the city.

The Best Areas & Hotels in Tokyo

Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Eastern Asia, mostly because of its well-organized infrastructure and charming cities, and Tokyo is the epitome of both.

Consequently, both the quantity and the quality of the accommodation options in Tokyo, as well as its attractions, are more than great.

The most tourist-friendly area in Tokyo is located around Chiyoda City and the Imperial Palace, and that’s the place where you’ll find most of the accommodation options.

Although Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Roppongi are also suitable for visitors, the centrally-located areas are packed with accommodations of all sizes and price ranges.

As we mentioned, Ginza is the most luxurious area in the city and Asakusa the most budget-friendly, but all other areas, districts, and neighborhoods in Tokyo offer plenty of budget, mid-range, and luxurious hotels to choose from.  

1. Shinjuku

Night cityscape with lots of neon signs pictured with ads on them in one of the best areas to stay in Tokyo, Shinjuku

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan – December 24, 2018: View of cityscape at night with colorful advertisement billboard light beside the street in Shinjuku district at night in Tokyo, Japan/EamesBot/Shutterstock

There’s probably no better place to start your Tokyo adventure than in the famous district called Shinjuku, located in the western parts of the city. Shinjuku is a very important and lively area, full of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and a variety of great accommodation options, both cheap and very expensive.

Shinjuku is also home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (the administrative center of the city), an imposing and awe-inspiring building, as well as the busy Shinjuku Station, which connects the district with the other parts of Tokyo.

We did mention it as a district, but it’s worth noting that Shinjuku is actually a full-fledged city in its own right, boasting a population of nearly 350,000 people — roughly the population of a major American tourist hotspot, like St. Louis.

How’s that for perspective? Shinjuku Station holds the number one spot as the busiest train station in the world, transporting more than 3.5 million.

The train station is one of the most important reasons why we think that this area is the best choice for first-time visitors to Tokyo: staying here means being connected to roughly the whole of the city and makes traveling a piece of cake.

Shinjuku during the day is unbelievable because of the crowds and the variety of people you’ll encounter, but it takes on a wholly different form during the night. When the sun sets, Shinjuku is magical, as all its bustling restaurants and nightclubs truly come to life.

Make sure to visit:

  • Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) for the small eateries.
  • Kabukicho for the karaoke bars.
  • Golden Gai for the charming old-school wooden locals and a real blast from the past.

Things to Do

  • Shinjuku boasts an interesting and vibrant nightlife, with plenty of cafes, bars, karaoke places, and dance clubs. It’s a perfect place to have a fun night with a couple of drinks. We recommend: KUJIRA ENTERTAINMENT, Club Science, in the house, Warp Shinjuku, and ZEROTOKYO.
  • If you love open green spaces, you’ve come to the right place. Japan is famous for its centuries-old gardening traditions, and Shinjuku embodies them to the fullest. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, for example, is one of the most important landmarks in the city and is simply stunning. But Meijijingu Gaien, a public park, is also a great place to relax away from the crowds.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks, the highest spot in Shinjuku, is a perfect viewpoint of the area.
  • Shinjuku is also one of the best areas in Tokyo for shopping. We already mentioned Kabukicho for the karaoke bars, but it also boasts numerous high- and low-end shops; the same holds for the Omoide Yokocho. If you prefer something more concentrated, visit the Isetan Shinjuku Store, which is one of the trendiest malls in Japan.

Where to Eat

  • If you’re in the mood for some high-quality Gyoza, visit the 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection Gyoao Gyoza Shinjuku. It offers an interesting combination of Chinese and Japanese cuisines.  
  • Craft Beer Factory Shinjuku Ale is great if you’re craving authentic craft beers served at a great location in Shinjuku. Make sure you prepare for karaoke, though!
  • Getting to truly know authentic Japanese cuisine is not exactly easy, but Nihonshu Genka Sakagura Shinjuku East Entrance will paint the full picture. Apart from the great menu, it offers an educational and tutoring experience in the specificities of Japanese eating and drinking.

Shinjuku Budget Hotels

  • GLOU Higashi Shinjuku is a very cheap two-star hotel with air conditioning and Wi-Fi located very close to the Koizumi Yakumo Memorial Park. It also provides laundry, a fridge, and coffee and tea machines in every room.  
  • Shin-Okubo City Hotel is great for travelers that prefer a well-lit and cheap two-star hotel with a great location. The hotel is very clean and has everyday room service, as well as a 24-hour front desk.

Shinjuku Mid-Range Hotels

  • Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku, located next to the Nishi Shinjuku Subway Station, offers direct and easy access to the complex metro station. It has a nice terrace on the premises, as well as an inviting restaurant, a bar, and nice breakfast in the morning.  
  • Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho is a decently priced three-star hotel with an excellent view of the area and a nice public bath on the premises. It also offers complimentary breakfast in the morning with freshly baked bread and on-demand TV in every room.

Shinjuku Luxury Hotels

  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Premier Grand is a very expensive five-star hotel that offers a wide range of services and amenities, including a 24-hour front desk and a hairdresser on the premises. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, spa center, restaurant, and bar.
  • Park Hyatt Tokyo offers a spectacular view of both the city of Tokyo and Mount Fuji. It also offers an indoor swimming pool, a restaurant on the 52nd floor, and a relaxing spa and wellness center on the premises.

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2. Shibuya

View of the downtown area of Shibuya pictured for a guide on the best areas to stay in Tokyo

TOKYO – JANUARY 10: Shibuya District January 10, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. The district is a famed youth and nightlife center/Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Located just to the south of Shinjuku lies the area called Shibuya. Somewhat smaller than its northern neighbor — more than 200,000 people — they share the already mentioned Shinjuku Station.

Namely, the southern half of the station is firmly stationed in Shibuya.

There’s another smaller station in the area (still servicing around two and a half million people a day), the Shibuya Station, which means that — again — you can reach every part of Tokyo in no time given the punctuality and speed of the transportation system.  

Generally speaking, Shibuya is a lively neighborhood with many quintessential Japanese landmarks and attractions, plenty of shops and restaurants, and an accommodation situation quite similar to Shinjuku.

It comes in close second place for the best location for first-time travelers to Tokyo, and it’s a great alternative to Shinjuku. However, where Shibuya truly shines is the shopping.

There are at least five places in this area that every passionate shopper should visit:

  • Takeshita Street
  • Shibuya Cat Street
  • Ebisu Garden Place
  • Design Festa Gallery
  • Shibuya 109

The last place on our list — the shopping center Shibuya 109 — is located very close to probably the largest attraction in the area, the easily recognizable Shibuya Crossing.

It could be said that this is Tokyo’s Times Square, but if you thought Manhattan is frenzy-inducing, wait till you see the busiest crossing in the world.

Here, seven different roads intersect, and when the lights go red for all seven of them, hundreds — if not thousands of tourists — cross through the middle at the same time. It’s definitely the most photographed location in the whole of Tokyo and an experience unto itself.

Shibuya also boasts another — this time historical and cultural — very important landmark. The Meiji Jingu Shrine is a traditional Shinto shrine built in the early 20th century and is surrounded by a huge and beautiful forest.

It’s one of those places that you simply can’t miss, especially since it represents the calmer and more relaxed side of Tokyo, a rarity in Shibuya.

Things to Do

  • We mentioned that you have to visit the unforgettable Shibuya Crossing and feel the crowd for yourself, but quite near the place is another landmark that’ll surely bring tears to the eyes. We are talking, of course, about the Memorial of Hachiko, one of the most loyal dogs in history. If you don’t know the story, immediately watch the film with Richard Gere.
  • Shibuya has plenty to offer in the domain of culture as well. First, go to Bunkamura, a museum, concert hall, and theater; then, there’s New National Theatre Tokyo, the national center for performing arts; finally, if you’re a huge fan of Japanese theater, check out the National Noh Theatre.
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine is definitely the most important religious (and historic) building in this part of Tokyo, but it’s not the only one that’s worth visiting. There’s the Tokyo Baptist Church, a famous Christian establishment in this part of the city, and there’s the largest mosque in the whole of Japan, the Tokyo Mosque, built in the traditional Ottoman style with an adjacent Turkish district.
  • We already did a short list on the best places for shopping in Shibuya, but the list would be far from complete if we don’t add the following two: Takashimaya is one of the largest and most popular department stores in Tokyo, while Omotesando Hills is a renowned shopping complex, boasting more than 130 shops.

Where to Eat

  • Nabezo Shibuya Center-gai is an all-you-can-eat Japanese and Asian restaurant. Like almost every Japanese restaurant, it has plenty of fish and meat options but also a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and even gluten-free options.
  • Music Bar ROCKAHOLIC Shibuya is a great pub and bar located in Shibuya that offers a fantastic variety of alcoholic drinks and different finger food options. It’s also famous for its music program, which usually consists of rock and metal concerts by local bands.
  • Cedros is an American and Japanese fusion restaurant that specializes in all kinds of fresh seafood. It’s quite pricey, but it’s also worth it. We recommend the lobster risotto, which is probably their most famous dish.

Shibuya Budget Hotels

  • For a centrally located yet affordable hotel, choose Tabist Hotel New Washington Shibuya, a great two-star hotel located very close to the Toguri Museum of Art. Every room has a flat-screen TV and a wardrobe, and there’s courteous and timely room service.
  • If food is a very important factor when choosing a hotel, take a look at Shibuya Hotel En. It’s a very cheap three-star hotel, but it has no less than two dining options on the premises. We also have to single out the excellent massage service.

Shibuya Mid-Range Hotels

  • The OneFive Tokyo Shibuya, a great but not very expensive three-star hotel with clean and beautiful rooms, is less than 10 minutes away from the southern parts of the Shinjuku Tran Station. Aside from the free Wi-Fi and air conditioning, there’s also room service, trilingual staff (English, Vietnamese, Japanese), and rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs and balconies.  
  • Hotel Wing International Premium Shibuya is a gorgeous three-star hotel with a wooden interior, located very close to the Ancient Egyptian Art Museum and around two miles from the city center. It has a restaurant on the premises, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning in every room.

Shibuya Luxury Hotels

  • TRUNK (HOTEL) is the most expensive and luxurious hotel in the area, boasting five stars, and rightfully so. At the TRUNK, you’ll get to enjoy an excellent terrace with a view, two great restaurants on the premises, and a comfortable bar. The breakfast in the hotel is also very much respected.
  • Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, A Pan Pacific Partner Hotel offers a luxurious stay while enjoying Tokyo’s majestic skyline. It’d be redundant to mention the amenities, as there’s everything you can think of, but we’d single out the beauty salon, as well as the superb restaurant and bar on the premises.

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3. Ginza

Corner of the intersection of two main streets in Ginza, one of the best areas to stay in Tokyo, as seen on a semi-cloudy and rainy day with the crowd walking by in a blur

Tokyo, Japan – January 18, 2015: Ginza shopping district at rush hour in Tokyo. The iconic Ginza Wako building is at the background/R.nagy/Shutterstock

Ginza is an elegant and upscale district, part of the larger Chūō Ward and home — or rather adjacent — to the historic Imperial Palace and the surrounding Chiyoda City.

Ginza is well known for a few things: first, it’s one of the most luxurious, expensive, and elegant districts in the world; second, it’s a favorite destination for Tokyo’s youth; third, it has plenty of rich shopping centers, restaurants, and European hotels.  

Like most of Tokyo, Ginza is connected to every other part of the city. JR Tarakucho station and Ginza Metro Station are its main lines, and they will get you to any landmark in Tokyo in a matter of minutes.

Obviously, you should start your Ginza adventure by visiting the Imperial Palace. It’s the official seat of the Emperor of Japan — much like Buckingham Palace in London — and one of the most beautiful structures you’ve ever seen.

It currently consists of multiple buildings (different areas are open and change in function at different times), like the living quarters of the Emperor, the palace for public ceremonies and rituals, administrative buildings, archives, and museums.  

However, Ginza is also one of the earliest symbols of modernization and beautiful contemporary architecture in Tokyo.

The area became a true “model of modernization” after a disastrous fire burned almost everything in 1872. The revived district is perfect for strolling and admiring the striking buildings.

Most of those are super luxurious department stores and shopping centers, packed with the most upscale brands in the world. Ginza is the best option for those visitors to Tokyo who are looking for real luxury.

The accommodation options are simply fantastic, and so are the restaurants. There’s only one thing to say: the extra bucks are more than worth it.

Things to Do

  • Thanks to its proximity to Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, Ginza is packed with museums of all kinds. Here are a few recommendations: Idemitsu Museum of Arts is a general Asian art museum; Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art is a modern art gallery; Artizon Museum boasts a fantastic collection, from Greek ceramics to Monet; lastly, Intermediatheque is an exciting natural history museum.
  • If you want to learn more about Japanese culture, you should definitely visit some of the great theaters in this area. Theater, in general, plays an important role in Japanese culture. We recommend: Kabukiza Theater, which offers traditional and attractive Kabuki performances, and Shimbashi Enbujo, which is another Kabuki theater more prone to experimentation and modern adaptations of traditional themes and forms.
  • Ginza offers one more thing that’s going to fascinate all foodies, especially fans of seafood. Old Tsukiji Fish Market is an exciting and bustling place full of shops, cafes, and restaurants. Aside from the opportunity to buy fresh fish, it also offers workshops in traditional sushi making.

Where to Eat

  • Yakiniku a Five Toku Ginza8chome is a relatively expensive but very inviting Japanese steakhouse. The wagyu beef, as served by the restaurant, simply melts in your mouth. There’s also a wide range of alcoholic drinks.
  • Kushiyaki Bistro Fukumimi Ginza is a not-very-expensive Japanese fusion bar and grill with a versatile and unusual menu. Located in the basement of the building and offering an only-English menu, it’s a particularly suitable choice for tourists, as the prices, too, are not very high.  
  • If you want to try the fish and seafood specialties of Japan, take a look at Andy’s Shin Hinomoto, a famous Asian and Japanese seafood restaurant. It’s quite suitable for tourists, too, since the whole staff speaks perfect English.

Ginza Budget Hotels

  • Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel is a great two-star accommodation with a terrace on the premises in the heart of Ginza. There’s also a shared lounge on the second floor where you can relax or eat your meal.  
  • ELE Hotel Ginza East is a decent and affordable two-star hotel just 400 meters from the famous Sakuragawa Monument. Simply put, you won’t find anything cheaper in Ginza. The hotel is equipped with flat-screen TVs and toiletries in every room.

Ginza Mid-Range Hotels

  • Quintessa Hotel Tokyo Ginza is a three-star hotel located close to the Wakayama Art Museum and Nissan Crossing. The hotel has a 24-hour desk and luggage storage, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the premises and continental breakfast in the morning.
  • Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza Sanchome is an attractive and white-clad, three-star hotel. The hotel boasts an attractive location (around 100 meters from Asahi Inari Shrine), a restaurant on the premises, and a nice breakfast in the morning.

Ginza Luxury Hotels

  • AC Hotel by Marriott Tokyo Ginza is a gorgeous five-star hotel, part of the famous Marriott chain of hotels. It offers a restaurant, a bar, a terrace, and a fitness center on the premises. The rooms are nicely decorated and fully furnished.
  • Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo is another five-star hotel and part of a famous Western chain of hotels. Ginza Six, the famous shopping place, is located merely four minutes away from the premises of the hotel. There’s a restaurant, a bar, and a fitness center inside the hotel.

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4. Asakusa

Neat view during the spring of cherry blossoms on trees outside of the Sensoji-ji Temple in one of our top picks for where to stay in Tokyo, Asakusa

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Although Tokyo’s not on the list of the top ten most expensive cities in the world, it’s far from a cheap place, especially if we’re talking about the popular tourist areas like Shinjuku, Shibuya, or Ginza.

Asakusa, on the one hand, is yet another of the centrally located districts in Tokyo, but it’s significantly cheaper and more suitable for travelers who want to save a couple of bucks.

Simply put, Asakusa is the most budget-friendly area in the city. Aside from being relatively cheaper than the other parts of Tokyo, Asakusa is also a major historical hub, full of very old and immensely important historical landmarks.

Senso-ji Temple is the oldest religious building in Tokyo and the most visited shrine (of any kind) in the world. This sublime Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion was built in the 7th century.

As stunning as the Senso-ji Temple may be, don’t forget the other landmarks nearby. The two entrance gates that ultimately lead to the temple are called Hōzōmon and Kaminarimon.

They’re a permanent witness to the marvels of Japanese traditional architecture and a sight unto themselves. Finally, adjacent to the temple is the Asakusa Shinto shrine that’s also enchanting.

There’s no better way to feel the aura surrounding the Buddhist and the Shinto religions than by enjoying the major places of worship.

But, in terms of architecture, this area has another treat for you: Asakusa has some of the best ryokans (guest houses), which are endemic to Japan. Conveniently enough, Asakusa is also a major restaurant and food hub where you can find the best of the best of traditional Japanese cuisine.

Make sure you try the satsuma imo (sweet potatoes), the chikuwa kamaboko (the grilled fish cakes), and some of the local and very tasty craft beers.

Things to Do

  • Asakusa not only boasts the most visited temple in the world but also has one of the most crowded and colorful festivals you’ve ever seen. Sanja Matsuri is organized every year to honor the founding of the Senso-ji Temple. It brings together around two million people every year — both locals and tourists.
  • If you want to have an interesting and fun day with your family, make sure to visit the ASAKUSA HANAYASHIKI. It is the oldest and most popular amusement park not only in Tokyo but also in Japan. It was established in 1853, first as a flower park, but slowly transformed into an amusement park.
  • Asakusa is yet another area in Tokyo where you can enjoy shopping. Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon) stretches between the two temple gates, and it’s the best place in the city for souvenirs. Shin Nakamise is another option — a covered shopping street also located near the temple offering great variety and reasonable prices.
  • Asakusa offers yet another chance for a broad panoramic picture of the city. In this case, the only thing you need to do is to ascend the Tokyo Skytree and go to its observational deck. The building is the tallest tower in the world (634 meters) and the third tallest structure in the world, after the Merdeka 118 and the Burj Khalifa.

Where to Eat

  • If you want your kids to have an unforgettable experience in Japan, take your family to NINJA Café & Bar, an interesting bar and pub. It offers “ninja training” — aside from the great food and drink (you have to try the special ninja rice) — and other Japanese-themed entertainment.
  • To truly experience all the intricacies of Japanese culture and cuisine, you have to try their traditional alcoholic beverage — sake. Premium Sake Pub Gashue is a brew pub and bar that serves more than 100 types and varieties of sake in combination with some great food delicacies.
  • You can’t say that you’ve been to Tokyo if you haven’t tried their ramen. Ramen Yoroiya is a famous restaurant that specializes in making ramen, well known both among the locals and the tourists. The service may be a bit slow, but the food is authentic and definitely worth the wait.

Asakusa Budget Hotels

  • Hotel Trend Tobu Asakusa-Eki Kita is a centrally-located two-star hotel that comes at a really cheap price. Located around 200 meters from Hozomon Gate, every room in the hotel has free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and flat-screen TVs.
  • HOTEL K3 asakusa is a beautiful hotel with an excellent and central location close to the Asakusa Fuja Asama Shrine. It offers free Wi-Fi and free air conditioning throughout the premises, as well as a nice private garden and a convenient terrace with a view.

Asakusa Mid-Range Hotels

  • Super Hotel Asakusa is a very clean but not very expensive three-star hotel located in Asakusa, Tokyo. The hotel has daily housekeeping and dry cleaning services. In the morning, there’s a buffet breakfast.  
  • Stay SAKURA Tokyo Asakusa Yokozuna Hotel is another very clean and convenient three-star hotel that’s reasonably priced. It offers, most of all, an excellent location, very close to Asakusa Fuji Asama Shrine and Sensoji Temple.

Asakusa Luxury Hotels

  • The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic, is great for travelers seeking a blend of luxury and nice views of the city, and is a fabulous and relatively new four-star hotel. Most of the interior is clad in wood, and there’s a chic French restaurant on the premises.
  • MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO is an expensive four-star hotel, located very close to several famous landmarks and attractions, like the Shitaya Shrine and the Hoon-ji Temple. The family rooms in the hotel area are clean and furnished with all the necessary amenities.

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5. Roppongi

Picturesque view of the illuminated trees in Roppongi, one of Tokyo's best areas in which to stay

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In direct translation, Roppongi literally means “six trees.” There’s a debate about the origin of the area’s name, but it comes down to two options: it’s either named after the six zelkova trees that initially designated the area, or it’s about the six daimyōs (Japanese feudal lords) who lived in the area.

Whatever the answer to this interesting and thought-provoking question, today, Roppongi is an attractive and modern neighborhood famous for its vibrant nightlife.

Simply put, Roppongi is the most cosmopolitan area in Tokyo, always packed with tourists and international travelers.

Its streets are lined with cafes, dance clubs, bars, pubs, and restaurants — all of them uniquely decorated and brandishing shining signs that basically beg you to enter.

That said, the best advice is pragmatic, so here’s a short list of some of the best nightclubs in Roppongi:

The list is far from conclusive, but those are definitely our favorites. There are plenty more izakayas, karaoke bars, and cabarets.

In addition, Roppongi is the home of one of the world’s most famous development and architectural projects — the unique, upscale mega-complex called Roppongi Hills.

It’s centered around the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, the sixth tallest building in Tokyo, which offers a great observation deck, giving you the city in the palm of your hand.

The accommodation options in the area are simply great — much like in every area of Tokyo. Because of the nightclubs and the constant influx of young people and tourists, there are plenty of cheap and mid-range hotels in the area.

But, if you’re looking for something extremely luxurious, there’s The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, probably one of the most upscale hotels in the city.

Things to Do

  • Tokyo is generally a major arts and culture hub, and Roppongi is not an exception to that rule. There are plenty of art galleries and museums that are worth visiting in the area. We recommend the following establishments: Mori Art Museum, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Mori Arts Center Gallery, and Sen-oku Hakukokan Tokyo.
  • Mostly thanks to the Roppongi Hills area, this neighborhood is also great for some upscale shopping. Roppongi Hills, Shop & Restaurant is one of the best facilities of its kind in Tokyo, boasting more than 200 shops and eateries scattered on the premises of the shopping center. Divided into four areas, it also boasts a fantastic amount of greenery.
  • We already gave you a list of the best dance clubs in Roppongi Hills, but we also said there are plenty of others that are worth the mention. Here they are: Tantra Artistic Lounge (bar and cabaret), Burlesque Tokyo (boasting great performances), Bauhaus Roppongi (live rock music), The New Matrix Bar (hip hop, RNB, and reggae), and Mogambo Tokyo (a regular, non-smoking bar).
  • There are plenty of places in Roppongi to enjoy the outdoor scenery, a lot of beautiful scenic spots, and parks where you can relax from the constant influx of people. We recommend: Roppongi Sakurazaka (a stunning walking area), Roppongi Keyakizaka (another scenic spot), Dori Mori Garden, and Sakurazaka Park.

Where to Eat

  • If you want to try some high-quality and proven Asian, Chinese, and Japanese fusion, visit Gyopao Gyoza Roppongi, a restaurant that’s been selected as the 2022 Travelers’ Choice selection. It can be a little pricey, but it has an all-you-can-drink offer.
  • There’s no better way to get your wits together the day after a hard night of partying, than to fill your stomach with some nourishingIndian food, and Downtown B’s Indian Kitchen is the perfect place for that. It’s a relatively small place with a homely, relaxing atmosphere.
  • Burger Revolution Tokyo Wine & Bar Roppongi offers some of the best and tastiest American burgers in Tokyo. Made from prime-quality meat cooked to perfection, it offers plenty of different options prepared in an adventurous way. The wagyu beef is especially good.

Roppongi Budget Hotels

  • APA Hotel Roppongi Ekimae is a nice and cheap three-star hotel that also offers a tasty breakfast in the morning. The hotel is very close to the Roppongi Subway Station too.
  • APA Hotel Roppongi SIX is another cheap but great three-star hotel with a restaurant and a nice breakfast on the premises. The hotel also offers private parking (a rare thing in the center of Tokyo), free Wi-Fi, and rooms with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

RoppongiMid-Range Hotels

  • APA Hotel & Resort Roppongi-Eki-Higashi is a great three-star hotel located in Roppongi with a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool. Again, the hotel offers private parking and free Wi-Fi throughout the premises, and a designated area for smokers.
  • Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo-Roppongi is surprisingly a not very expensive four-star hotel, just ten minutes from the Roppongi Subway Station, which is quite convenient. The rooms are furnished with all the amenites, and the room service is great.

Roppongi Luxury Hotels

  • Mitsui Garden Hotel Roppongi Tokyo Premier is a perfect and quite expensive five-star hotel with a restaurant and a fitness center on the premises. Smokers shouldn’t worry since there’s a designated smoking area in the hotel (the rooms are non-smoking). The rooms are fabulously decorated and furnished.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, offering no better way to experience the immense luxury of Tokyo’s city center, is definitely one of the best hotels in the city. The hotel has everything, from an indoor swimming pool and fitness center to a restaurant and bar on the premises.

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So, Where Should You Stay in Tokyo?

🏆 Best for First-Time VisitorsShinjuku
🏬 Best for ShoppingShibuya
👑 Most Luxurious AreaGinza
💸⛪ Best for Budgets & HistoryAsakusa
🎉 Best Area for NightlifeRoppongi

There are plenty more things to say about Tokyo — a whole book wouldn’t do it justice — but we have to end the guide at some point. Before we do that, let’s do a quick recap of the five best areas in Tokyo:

  • Shinjuku is a vibrant city-sized area near the center of Tokyo that offers plenty of accommodation and transport options and is the best for first-time visitors to the city.
  • Shibuya, located near Shinjuku, is mostly famous for its numerous shopping options and the unforgettable Shibuya Crossing.
  • Ginza offers both the historical and the modern splendor of Tokyo, housing the Imperial Palace and the most luxurious restaurants and hotels in the city.
  • Asakusa is the place where you go if you’re looking for the cheapest and most budget-friendly area in Tokyo. It also boasts some important historical landmarks, like the Senso-ji Temple.
  • Roppongi is a charming and cosmopolitan area in central Tokyo full of tourists from around the world, most of whom are there for the best nightlife options in the city.

So, with so much to see and do, and several areas to accommodate any budget and travel style, what are you waiting for — book your trip today and experience for yourself all that Tokyo has to offer. Happy travels!