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What you should know about Iidabashi

Cupped between the curving Outer and Inner Moats of the Imperial Palace, Iidabashi is a decidedly cosmopolitan district right in the center of Tokyo. It has long been a favored destination for the city's French ex-pats and is home to some of the city's best French restaurants. With the delights of the Imperial Palace a stroll away, Iidabashi is also popular with tourists. Its schools, museums, and nearby parks also help to give Iidabashi a relaxed, open feel, especially compared to many other central Tokyo districts.

Hotels in Iidabashi

You'll find good choices for accommodation in Iidabashi, both in the more open avenues around its station and in the tightly gridded residential streets of Sarugakucho. Lodging options here are diverse, ranging from youth hostels to large modern establishments. Most hotels in Iidabashi, though, are on the affordable side for Tokyo, a great example being the Hotel Metropolitan Edmont. This plush hotel has 3 restaurants and gets good reviews for value for money. Another highly rated hotel is Hotel Niwa Tokyo, overlooking the Kanda River, with its spa and business facilities. The classy Hotel Grand Palace is known for its excellent French cuisine and is close to the Yasukuni Shrine.

Things to see in Iidabashi

The most obvious attractions lie just to the south of Iidabashi, across the Inner Moat of the adjoining Imperial Palace. Once you're through the Tayasu-mon, its impressive gated entrance, you enter Kitanomaru Park. This is home to one of Japan's most famous venues, the Nippon Budokan, where you can catch everything from judo displays to dance performances to rock bands. The park is also home to the MOMAT (National Museum of Modern Art), known for its extensive collections of modern art and crafts from Japan and across the globe. But Iidabashi has a slew of its own attractions. It includes two important shrines: the Tokyo Daijing, dedicated to love and match-making, and the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, honoring Japan's war-dead. This is one of the country's most important shrines and its cherry trees are used as the official marker of the start of hanami, Japan's blossom-viewing season.

Good for all travelers

As a district lying right next-door to some of Tokyo's most important attractions, Iidabashi works very well for most kinds of visitors. Whether you're interested in Japanese culture, history, arts, or music, you're bound to find something to suit you close by. Iidabashi hotels are not too expensive either. It's also a district open to foreigners, thanks to the many ex-pats who have settled here. That has given its food an international flavor, with first-rate French cuisine a particular highlight. And while Iidabashi isn't noted for its shopping, there are excellent shopping areas in neighboring districts, like Kagurazaka.

How to get to Iidabashi

Because it lies just north of central Tokyo it's simple enough to travel to Iidabashi from Narita International Airport. The Narita Skyaccess train from Terminal 2 takes an hour to reach Asakusabashi Station, where you'll need to change onto the Chuo-Sobu Line. You'll arrive at Iidabashi just ten minutes later. Iidabashi is quite a compact neighborhood, and is easy to walk around. But the Tozai Metro Line makes for a quicker option for getting to the Imperial Palace, if you're in a hurry.

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