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What you should know about Yotsuya

Stretching from the prestigious Sophia University to the border of the Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens, Yotsuya is one Tokyo's most fascinating and diverse districts. You'll find a mix of modern and historic here, with many buildings harking back to the Edo-era. There are grand palaces to admire and former geisha districts to explore, while in the narrow backstreets you're as likely to find taiyaki (pancake) stalls as you are fine French cuisine.

Hotels in Yotsuya

You'll find most of the better quality Yotsuya hotels are strung along its main thoroughfare, the Shinjuku Dori. Close to Yotsuya Station itself is the Mitsui Garden Hotel Yotsuya, a modern establishment that oozes class. This luxury Yotsuya hotel has been praised in many reviews for its value-for-money restaurants and convenient, quiet location. Right next door is the Tokyu Stay Yotsuya, which has received good Yotsuya hotel reviews for its location, as well as for its spacious rooms that come equipped with kitchenettes. Further towards Shinjuku is the large Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya, a business hotel that has earned kudos for its good-sized rooms and great showers.

Things to see in Yotsuya

A great way to settle into your Yotsuya vacation is to simply wander the quiet streets and winding alleys, which constantly surprise with their architectural contrasts and intriguing stories. One story definitely worth checking out can be discovered in Yotsuya Station's backstreets, at the Sainenji Temple, a small Buddhist temple. A famous 16th-century samurai was laid to rest here, and his battle spears and helmet are on display. A much grander historical attraction is found a couple of blocks south: the Akasaka Palace. Once home to the Emperor, today this neo-Baroque palace is a State Guest House that's occasionally opened to the public. Its park lands front onto the Sobotori, the outer moat of the Imperial Palace and one of the finest spots for enjoying Japan's famous cherry blossom season. For a somewhat contrasting experience, visit Araki-cho, a former sangyo (entertainment) district frequented by geisha whose pretty lanes are home to traditional shops and restaurants.

Good for all travelers

Yotsuya is a neighborhood of many faces, offering up plenty of great opportunities, whatever kind of vacation or trip you have planned. For couples there are its romantic parks and historic backstreets to explore. For business travelers, its location midway between central Tokyo business districts and bustling Shinjuku is a real plus. Families will appreciate its relative quiet and ease of transport, as well as the good Yotsuya hotel deals available. There are many great restaurants, some distinctive shopping areas, and plenty of local color in Yotsuya too, making it a pleasant neighborhood for all travelers making it their base.

How to get to Yotsuya

It may be on the other side of Tokyo to Narita Airport, the main point of entry for foreign travelers, but travel to Yotsuya can be relatively quick and easy. The Narita-Airport Limousine Bus offers the simplest solution, taking you direct to Tokyo Station. From there you switch over to the JR Chuo Line, and you'll be at Yotsuya Station 10 minutes later. The JR Chuo Line serves as a great way of getting around central Tokyo's sights, too, as it runs in a loop following the line of Chiyado's Outer Moat. Yotsuya also connects quickly to Shinjuku in the west, it taking only 11 minutes on the Marunouchi Line.

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