5 Best Places to Consider If You’re Staying in Tokyo
Updated: May 6
For tourists and first-time travellers visiting Tokyo on their own, it’s already a challenge to fit in the ideal itinerary within a number of days. With so many places to see and lots of things to do in Tokyo, tourists have always felt that it’s never enough to go on a Tokyo Tour in a matter of days.
If you’re a traveller who wants to make the most out of your stay, you should also consider the place you’ll be staying in. Are you looking for cheap accommodations? How about finding a place that’s nearest to all tourist attractions? Do you prefer to stay near train stations?
Finding the best accommodation in Tokyo can be difficult. So, we’ll help you narrow down your options by looking at these 5 places in the city:
Being a vibrant district located in the heart of Tokyo, one can’t go wrong staying within the area. Here, you’ll find tons of restaurants, epic bars and clubs, and street food that will satiate your hunger! It’s also the area where you’ll come across the colorful lit up streets, giant neon-colored advertisements, and a number of entertainment establishments. As a district that ‘never sleeps,’ night seekers can surely enjoy Tokyo nightlife at its best if Shinjuku is within their reach. If you’ll be going on a night tour in Tokyo, don’t forget to visit the Golden Gai — a small district packed with 200 bars!
Another great area that offers everything you need and could ask for is Shibuya. Famously known for drawing in younger adults, you can expect vast opportunities for nightlife experiences. It’s also a main transportation hub and there are tons of nearby attractions you can easily access. Apart from the famous busy pedestrian lanes and nightlife, Shibuya offers travellers the chance to enjoy shopping, local cuisine and experience the Japanese local atmosphere.
While Ginza may give off a high-end vibe being a premier luxury shopping area, it’s also a great neighborhood if you’ll be staying in Tokyo. That’s because you can easily access Ginza metro subway or the JR Yarakucho in the JR Yamanote Line — meaning you can conveniently go sightseeing in Central Tokyo. And contrary to popular belief, there are actually a number of mid-range and cheap shopping options in this area too! Plus, the area does not get too crowded unlike in Shibuya or Shinjuku.
For some travellers and first-time tourists, having adequate sleep is a must to keep them energized for a whole day of touring the city. If that sounds like you, then you should consider staying over within Chiyoda area. Away from the bustling streets of Tokyo City, Chiyoda is the perfect place where you’ll get some peace, silence, and a much-needed relaxation. You’re also close to Tokyo Station and subway stations — meaning you can hop on a train conveniently that will take you to exciting destinations. And after a long day, go home to a place where you can sleep well and recharge.
Meanwhile, if you’re hoping to get a taste of Kyoto on your day tour in Tokyo, you might want to consider heading to Asakusa. It’s the best place to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and go around Japanese rickshaws and temples. Since it’s located in the not-so-modern part of Tokyo, expect that there aren’t huge malls nor busy nightlife within the area. Here, you’ll find a number of budget-friendly hotels, guesthouses, and ryokans (Japanese-style inns). Shopping cheap merchandise and affordable Japan-made products is highly feasible, too! Indeed, Asakusa is the place to be for travelers on a budget.
Whether you’re visiting Tokyo to experience nightlife like a local, go on a shopping spree, or explore the city on a budget, it’s never enough to rely on your research. Once you arrive in the city, join free walking tours and discover Tokyo’s best spots and attractions from a local’s perspective. You will not only appreciate its beauty but also get a more detailed explanation of each attraction!
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