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What you should know about Ochanomizu

It once was known as the place the Emperor drew water for his tea, but today Ochanomizu is famed as Tokyo's student town, home to 3 big universities. That makes the neighborhood a vibrant one, and also one dedicated to the main passions of its young residents—music, books, and sports. There are long streets here lined with shops that specialize in selling only musical instruments, piles of books, and sporting equipment.

Hotels in Ochanomizu

The university campuses take up much of the western side of the neighborhood, so most hotels in Ochanomizu are found to the south and east. There are several cheaper hotels catering to the student market but there is also quality tourist accommodation in Ochanomizu. A good example is the popular Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan, a boutique hotel in a quiet street to the south. It has a real student feel, complete with jazz bar and an onsen (traditional bathing pool). The b ochanomizu offers a stylish take on the chain hotel, with its location and service winning much praise, while the Hotel MyStays Ochanomizu Conference Center is highly rated for its business facilities.

Things to see in Ochanomizu

Three of the top places to see in Ochanomizu are also top places to shop: its famed music, book, and sports streets. The place to buy musical instruments is Meidai Street, a stretch south of the station with more than 30 shops. Head south from there, and Yasukuni Street cuts across path. Along a 300-yard stretch of this avenue you'll be able to browse through as many as 200 book stores, most Japanese, but many selling international or collectible books. A part of Yasukuni Street is also dedicated to sports enthusiasts, with stores for ski and winter sports prominent. Ochanomizu isn't only known as a center of learning—it's also a neighborhood of religious diversity. There is the Kanda-myojin, a red-roofed shrine dedicated to the Shinto god of wealth, and the Yushima Seido shrine, which has the largest statue of Confucius in the world. And tucked among the university buildings is the green-domed Holy Resurrection Cathedral, a 100-year-old Orthodox cathedral.

Good for younger travelers

Ochanomizu is a friendly and open neighborhood, its student population adding cosmopolitan vibe that will suit most foreign visitors. It is also well situated, close to the historic attractions of the Imperial Palace, the business bustle of Otemachi and the shopping pleasures of Marunouchi. The weird and wonderful sights of Akihabara, Tokyo's “Electric Town,” are right next door too. That makes a hotel in Ochanomizu a great base for exploring Tokyo, whatever your interests. Its hotels also cover a wide spectrum of styles and budget, and there's plenty to excite and intrigue in the streets surrounding them.

How to get to Ochanomizu

The Skyliner express train is the quickest way to travel to Ochanomizu from Narita International Airport. Once at Nippori Station transfer to the JR Yamanote Line for Akihabara Station. From there you can take the cab or walk the short distance to your hotel. If your hotel is closer to Ochanomizu Station itself, catch the JR Chuo-Shobu Line to the station instead. Either choice should see you checking in in little more than an hour. Another option is to take the Narita-Airport Limousine Bus to Tokyo Station, changing for the JR Chuo Line to Ochanomizu. This route takes longer (an hour and a half) but is cheaper.

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