Whether you’re looking for a luxury high-rise in the center of the city’s hustle and bustle or a quiet oasis hidden within the metropolis, Tokyo has just the right hotel for you. We’ve curated a list of the best hotels across Tokyo’s special wards (referred to as cities in English), which suit any budget and itinerary.
Central Tokyo: Chūō, Chiyoda, Minato, Shinjuku, and Toshima
Visitors who stay near Tokyo’s city center are within walking distance or a subway ride away from many, if not all, of the main attractions. With incredible views of the city center’s historical sites and easily navigable neighborhoods, these five cities are the perfect places for first-time tourists who want to stay in the heart of Tokyo.
This hotel’s top-tier location in the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower puts guests right in the center of Tokyo’s historical district. The Mandarin Oriental’s expansive rooms feature sweeping views of the city skyline alongside the best of Japanese interior design. Enjoy dinner at one of the hotel’s ten restaurants and bars to have your pick of pizza, tapas, sushi, and more. You can also head to the hotel’s award-winning spa and have a 24k gold age-defying facial or take a yoga or pilates class.
The Mandarin Oriental offers both in-house amenities and offsite activities, including guided tours and activities for guests to explore the neighborhood and the city at large. Simply speak with the concierge to schedule a foodie tour through Tsukiji and Asakusa, attend a tasting at a sake brewery, or see Geisha and Kabuki performances.
If you’re a sushi lover, stay at Aman Tokyo and head to their restaurant Musashi to try their omakase sushi, prepared in the Edomae fashion. Located in the financial district, this opulent hotel in the Otemachi Tower has guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, providing views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mount Fuji.
Guests can also take advantage of the wellness center, the largest hotel spa in Tokyo. You can visit the steam room, fitness center, 30-meter pool, and Japanese-style bathing facilities. Aman Tokyo also allows guests to immerse themselves in Japanese culture by participating in an Iaido swordsmanship session focused on samurai etiquette or making their own fan at Ibaesen.
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
Just five minutes from the subway lines at Toranomon Station, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills provides easy access to all of the city’s major sites. Accommodations include an elegant lounge, an expansive spa, rooms at 50 meters or larger, and deep-soaking bathtubs to relax in after a long day of sightseeing.
There are several dining options on-site with Japanese and American cuisines and a rooftop bar for cocktails. You can also visit the neighboring restaurant Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai, established in the 19th century at the bottom of the Tokyo Tower, and try their homemade tofu.
Manga Art Hotel Tokyo
If you’re a bookworm, book yourself a room at the Manga Art Hotel in Tokyo to immerse yourself in the world of Japanese comic books. In Chiyoda near the Imperial Palace Gardens, this unique and affordable hostel will allow you to live in the world of manga.
With quaint minimalistic rooms, lockers for valuables, and an extensive library of manga to choose from, it’s easy to decompress at the Manga Art Hotel. Though hostels typically have a mixed reputation, this hip property is cheap, safe, and clean, and gives guests easy access to popular historical sites, including the Kanda Shrine, Hibiya Park, and the Edo Castle Ruins.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
If you stay at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in the spring, you may be able to see the famous cherry blossoms bloom at Mohri Garden. This luxury hotel sits in Roppongi, known as the international district, and is adjacent to a neighborhood that houses over 200 shops and restaurants. With a wide variety of spacious room options, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo can suit any traveler’s needs.
You don’t have to travel far to dine in style, as the hotel has ten restaurants with a wide range of cuisines for you to choose from. You can also visit the hotel’s bar to hear musical performances in the lively jazz lounge. Within reach of Ginza and Shibuya, the fashion centers of Tokyo, you can shop until you drop without having to carry your bags too far. Don’t miss out on other local attractions including the Mori Art Museum and Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine.
The Peninsula Tokyo
Another option for shopaholics, the Peninsula Tokyo is within walking distance of Ginza, the city’s center for shopping. Located in the Marunouchi area, known as one of Japan’s leading business districts, this luxury hotel welcomes all, including pets. The Peninsula Tokyo has some of the largest guest rooms in the city, tastefully decorated with a blend of traditional and modern Japanese decor.
The Peninsula Tokyo has seven restaurants for you to choose from and a limousine service available for transport. The world-class spa also has a fitness center, indoor pool, and spa treatments for guests. Through the hotel’s Peninsula Academy, you can take guided tours of Edo, wind chime-making classes, flight simulation, and more.
Palace Hotel Tokyo
While you can’t stay at the Imperial Palace, you can live out your modern-day fairytale fantasies by booking your stay at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. With views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, this luxury hotel offers guests royal treatment in a 21st-century urban setting.
With multiple afternoon tea options, seven restaurants, and three bars to choose from, you’ll never be short on dining options. You can also visit the hotel’s Evian Spa Tokyo, where you can experience everything the renowned Switzerland spa has to offer in Japan.
OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka by Hoshino Resorts
Chic but casual, OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka by Hoshino Resorts will allow you to experience Old Tokyo without having to time travel. Located between Ikebukuro and Sugamo, Otsuka has a uniquely Showa townscape featuring all the charm of Tokyo in the mid-20th century. The guest rooms reflect the retro Japanese architecture of the neighborhood and are the perfect combination of stylish and functional. You can also visit the hotel’s cafe for a quick bite, or the restaurant Neighborhood Gourmet for a more filling meal. The hotel also has a homey lounge and a shop filled with local goods for guests to enjoy.
Like the hotel, the neighborhood also has plenty to offer in terms of food and entertainment. Local haunts include sake bars and jazz clubs. You can also join the OMO Rangers, a group tour organized by the hotel that showcases all that the neighborhood has to offer. Other nearby attractions include the Tokyo Tower, Onshi Ueno Zoo, and Sugamo Jizo Dori Shopping Street.
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
The ultimate luxury accommodation, the Ritz-Carlton is located on the 45th level of the Midtown Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Tokyo. Boasting panoramic views of the Tokyo skyline, you can treat yourself to afternoon tea while overlooking Mount Fuji. Guests can practice self-care by visiting the hotel’s spa, fitness center, indoor pool, and nail salon and follow it up with a delicious meal at one of the property’s seven restaurants and bars.
The Ritz-Carlton is also located in the Roppongi District, which is known for its Michelin-star restaurants and luxury shopping. You can visit nearby sites like the National Art Center, the Mori Museum, and the Toyosu Fish Market.
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
Just a 3-minute walk from the Higashi-Shinjuku subway station, the Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku offers both business and leisure travelers a chance to explore the heart of Tokyo at affordable rates. For travelers who always lose or demagnetize their room key, no need to worry—at this hotel, you can unlock your room with your phone. Concerned about check-in and check-out times? At the Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku, you can come and go according to your schedule with the self-check-in and check-out stations.
This hotel also has laundry facilities, vending machines, and restaurants for guests to visit at their leisure. From the hotel, you can easily make your way to see local attractions like the Imperial Palace and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku
Adjacent to Shinjuku Central Park, guests staying at The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku can enjoy the beauty of nature within the city while sticking to their budget. In Nishishinjuku, also known as the business district, this inexpensive hotel has a wide variety of room options that are all comfortable and modestly decorated. With a bakery, grill, and tapas lounge, The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku can easily suit your dietary needs and desires.
By subway or car, guests can easily make their way to the center of the city in no time to explore the New National Theatre, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, the National Museum of Art, and more. The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku allows travelers to experience all the wonders of central Tokyo without spending more than they need to.
Outskirts of Tokyo: Hinode, Machida, and Setagaya
You may think staying outside of central Tokyo puts travelers at a disadvantage, but you would be surprised by what these locations have to offer. With direct access to the city center via subway, bus, or car, hotels in these three areas offer guests the same experiences but for a better price.
Yuen Bettei Tokyo Daita
A hidden natural oasis in Setagaya City, Yuen Bettei Tokyo Daita offers guests the chance to reconnect with nature and themselves while enjoying all of the exciting activities in Tokyo. Set in a quiet neighborhood just beyond the city center, what was once filled with tea plantations now has guest rooms with outdoor baths, private gardens, and more. Renowned for its onsen, or natural hot springs, Yuen Bettei Daita allows guests to rest and heal in the alkaline water.
At this hotel, you have access to seasonal Japanese food and the chance to try traditional Japanese tea at the teahouse. Yuen Bettei Daita not only encourages guests to achieve wellness through dining but also by visiting the Soyju Spa and personalizing their wellness journey.
Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo Machida
Do you want to travel in style on a budget? The Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo Machida has the amenities and accommodations of a luxury hotel without the exorbitant price tag. Adjacent to Serigaya Park, the moderately-sized rooms offer stunning views of the city and free wifi. With several restaurants, the Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo Machida provides guests with multiple dining options either in-house or for takeout.
While you can reach central Tokyo by subway, bus, or car, you can also visit lesser-known sites in Machida including Serigaya Park, where you can see one hundred Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom in the spring, or play golf at one of the many golf courses in the area.
Ibis Styles Tokyo Bay
If you want an affordable family-friendly hotel on the water, then Ibis Styles Tokyo Bay is the perfect place for you. Close to Disneyland Tokyo, this hotel hosts gorgeous views of Tokyo Bay at reasonable rates. The rooms comfortably fit larger parties and feature tasteful modern decor, with blackout curtains that allow you to tune out of the noise of the city and the bay and get some shut-eye.
With easy access to local attractions, the Ibis Styles Tokyo Bay is perfect for travelers on a budget. The hotel also has numerous amenities for guests including a manga library in the lobby, a restaurant available for private use, and laundry machines.
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