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Where to stay in Tokyo

Tokyo is best enjoyed with a convenient Tokyo hotel. This guide to the city’s central districts will help you choose where to stay in Tokyo.

Popular neighborhoods in Tokyo

Shinjuku

Good for
  • Culture
  • Museums
  • LGBT friendly
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Shinjuku, located in southwest Tokyo, is a vibrant, eclectic district bustling with nonstop activity. You may notice the towering skyscrapers first, but don’t get lost; the area offers plenty of entertainment, too. Experience a taste of local life in Golden Gai (Golden District), a nightlife-centric area lined with over 200 bars. Elegance is alive in Shinjuku. At the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, you’ll spot abundant cherry blossoms amid the pristine landscaping. The Samurai Museum will also give you insight into an important aspect of the country’s history.

Hotel prices in Shinjuku

3 stars
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$87
4 stars
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$157
5 stars
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$483
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Ginza

Good for
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife
  • Dining
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Ginza, a district of Chuo, has a look-no-further attitude. The atmospheric street simply has it all, from glamorous jewelry to the newest technology. At the Sony Building, you can cash in on the most innovative products of the moment. If you’re more of a fashion fiend, you’ll fulfill every need at the Parisian Printemps department store. Satiate your appetite with a luxurious meal, or one of the area’s legendary $10 cups of espresso. You’ll find plenty to do in this glitzy area even outside of the shops, including the unique Police Museum detailing the local force’s history.

Hotel prices in Ginza

3 stars
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$84
4 stars
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$143
5 stars
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$399
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Nihonbashi

Good for
  • Shopping
  • Cruises
  • Dining
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Nihonbashi means “Japan Bridge,” and is a business district of Chuo, Tokyo, that developed around the Nihonbashi bridge and links two sides of the Nihonbashi River. A number of popular river cruises link the Nihonbashi River to some of Tokyo's major waterways, and offer a view of the city's many famous bridges and the ever-changing landscape of the vibrant city. A tasteful addition to the area is the Coredo Muromachi complex with its three modern skyscrapers that feature unique dining options, as well as unique shops with such local and craft specialties as chopsticks, sake, knives, seaweed, and sweets.

Hotel prices in Nihonbashi

3 stars
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$67
4 stars
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$229
5 stars
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$464
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Ueno

Good for
  • Scenery
  • Nature
  • LGBT friendly
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Quaint gardens in Ueno set this pristine area apart from the city’s surrounding districts. Here, you’ll step onto lush greens, be inspired by abundant cherry blossoms, and gaze over reflective pools shimmering in the sunlight. Learn about Japanese history too, at the massive Tokyo National Museum holding nearly 100,000 exhibits. Cheap eats abound in this northern district, where you can nosh on a budget snack plate while visiting the packed Ameyoko street market. The stalls here spill with souvenirs, but you can find higher-end merchandise at the oldest discounter in Tokyo, known as Takeya.

Hotel prices in Ueno

1 star
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$19
2 stars
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$32
3 stars
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$67
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Asakusa

Good for
  • Entertainment
  • Culture
  • Families
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In Asakusa, a district in Taito, charm and history collide. Its classic sensibility blends with impressive modernity, yet the old-school fineries remain intact. Here, you can visit the Sensoji temple and purchase souvenirs and snacks from the centuries-old Nakamise shopping area. You can shop and dine in this eclectic district, too. The Asahi Beer Tower is a brewery that also houses several renowned eateries. There’s even the playful Hanayashiki Amusement Park, where families can ride a roller coaster or just enjoy some light bites.

Hotel prices in Asakusa

2 stars
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$31
3 stars
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$67
4 stars
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$95
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