Where to stay in Tokyo

Japan, Travel

With all the accommodation options available in Tokyo, it is not easy to decide where to stay.

Ryokan, hotels, capsule, apartment? Which neighborhood? So many questions you may have when it is time to book your stay! I have to say that I like hotels and especially, properties with a design and an identity. I will not list the whole Tokyo accommodation portfolio but a selection of places I have experienced or liked.

What’s the different accommodations in Tokyo?

Whatever the type of accommodation, one of the most important criteria is the area. Tokyo is a very big city with many neighborhoods and the metro journey can be very long sometimes. You may select your accommodation based on the places you wish to visit, and more particularly the subway line. For example, the Asakusa line (red) has many connections and the neighborhood is lovely. 

Booking.com will be your best friend to find properties! You can log in to your account and save your favorite properties and the online reservation platform gives you a great overview of most of the hotels in Tokyo. Once you have done the selection, it can be good to check the hotel website, sometime great offers are available exclusively on their site!

Let’s start with hotels, whatever the price, kindness and service is in the genes. Japan is also the cleanest country I have ever visited, so, I am not worried about the hygiene.  I noticed that even in a 3- or 4-star hotel, you may feel like you’re in a 5-star hotel, unbelievable isn’t it!  Rooms in Tokyo can be very small, while you book your hotel room, I ‘d recommend checking the size of the room and maybe book one category higher. Do not forget that you may have 2 weeks’ worth of luggage and even if you spend most of the days outside, 12m², is still small! Staying in a hotel can be great, if you are a hotel lover like me or when it is your first stay in Japan.

Japan is also well known for its “Ryokan”, a traditional house with private tatami-floored bedroom and communal baths. Dress in a Yukata, you will be immersed in the Japanese culture. Do not be surprised if you are asked to take your shoes off in Ryokans or some hotels and restaurants.

Apartments can be a great opportunity to live like a Tokyoite and can be very good value. Many owners leave a very helpful pocket Wi-Fi at your disposal! 

Capsule hotel can be fun but mostly the cheapest way to stay in Tokyo. Those hotels have been created to accommodate the Tokyo suburb workers. Rooms of 2m² are in a dormitory with a communal bathroom. To be avoided for the claustrophobic… 

Where I stayed in Tokyo

DDD stands for Design, Development, Destination and the keyword of this a red brick building is “minimalism”.  

The talented Japanese designer Koichi Futatsumata worked on this hotel and the result is simply amazing. The main color is “green”, which is my favorite and one of the reasons I booked it. The hotel mantra is “less is more” and the priority of the staff is the happiness of their clients! The legendary kindness of the staff and the style of the property made my stay. The hotels have a conceptual restaurant, lounge, and an art gallery. It is located within walking distance from the Asakusa line. We did not have breakfast at the hotel since we had so many other great breakkie options in Tokyo (where to eat in Tokyo).

+ TIPS: Rooms are small, I ‘d recommend at least the Superior room or the suite.

Contact: info@dddhotel.jp

The hotel is made in the style of a ryokan in the heart of the busy Shinjuku and it has an onsen on the rooftop floor.

The design of the place is minimalist, and it has a relaxing Japanese atmosphere. The tatami rooms have a charming view overlooking the city. The hotel has a lovely restaurant, but the best part is the outdoor onsen on the hotel rooftop.

But what is an onsen? It is a hot bath which is most of the time located in nature but here it is in the middle of the city. There are two separate areas for men and women as you must be naked to get in the water. I was not sure if I was able to do it, as I am quite bashful, but I made it and it was great. Not the fact to be naked was great but the bath experience in itself. This is a part of the Japanese culture, and nobody is looking at each other. As I didn’t want to be embarrassed, I went in the evening and in the early morning to watch the sunrise over Tokyo and to avoid meeting many people.

+ TIPS: here the first room category is very small, I ‘d recommend booking from the second higher room category

Contact: info-shinjuku@ryokan-yuen.jp

My selection of the coolest properties in Tokyo

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