If you’re planning a trip to tour Tokyo, you might have faced some challenges figuring out where to stay.
Here’s our pro tip – navigate each suburb one at a time. Each district has its own distinct feel, and many locals recommend choosing an attraction you’d like to visit and pick out an accommodation nearby, from budget hostels to family-friendly hotels. Tokyo also boasts one of the most advanced transport systems in the world, so you never have to worry about getting from place to another in this populous city!
We have listed our favourite things to do in Tokyo, as well as accommodations located nearby, so you don’t have to do the work.
Bright lights and big city are the best way to describe the Shinjuku district in Tokyo. The famed central hub is in easy reach of luxury shopping malls and departmental stores, namely Takashimaya Times Square, Odakyu and Isetan.
Located near Shinjuku station is Tokyo’s camera junction, where photography enthusiasts can spend their time browsing through and vintage and the latest photography gear. Dining options in Shinjuku is in bounty with local bars and restaurants, and of course – street food stalls. You might even want to check out the Robot Restaurant and be treated to a show while you have your meal by – you guessed it – robots.
Ready to visit Shinjuku in Tokyo? Check-in to Hilton Tokyo, prices start at SGD$388!
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2. Asakusa, Taito
What’s a visit to Japan without meeting a real-life sumo wrestler? Take a trip to Asakusa in the Taito district where you’ll find the National Sumo Stadium Kokugikan (a.k.a Ryogoku Kokugikan). There you will get to witness a sumo match, which takes place almost every night. Purchasing the tickets is as easy as ordering them online and collecting them at your nearest 7-Eleven store.
Asakusa also has its historic charm, which sets it apart from its neighbouring suburbs. Tour Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa-jinja Shrine, as well as Edo-Tokyo Museum. But if visiting old buildings is not your thing, there is always Tokyo Skytree Observation Tower and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art to be explored.
Ready to visit Asakusa in Tokyo? Check-in to Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo Kinshicho, prices start at SGD$98!
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Shibuya should be dubbed the most fun district in Tokyo. If you have kids with you, take a walk to Hachiko-mae Square from Shibuya Station and snap a selfie with the Hachiko Memorial Statue. Splurge at Shibuya Centre-gai Shopping Street or Harajuku, and perhaps attempt to take a photo at the Shibuya Scramble Crossing Intersection, possibly the busiest intersection in the world. After all that bustle, take a breather in Yoyogi Park where you can witness the Meiji Jingu Shrine
Ready to visit Shibuya in Tokyo? Check-in to Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, prices start at SGD$353!
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4. Ueno, Taitō
If you love history and looking to travel on a budget, then Ueno is the place for you. Part of the Taito district, Ueno is filled with the city’s top museums. Head to Ueno Onshi Park, where you’ll find Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Zoo and much more. Take a short walk to Yanaka, where you’ll be surrounded by Shitamachi culture, temples and preserved post-war architecture that will leave you in awe.
Ready to visit Ueno in Tokyo? Check-in to Nohga Hotel Ueno Tokyo, prices start at SGD$300!
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5. Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato & Chiba (Tokyo Station)
If you’re travelling to Tokyo for the first time, then booking a hotel near Tokyo Station would definitely be your best bet. Many tourists love this area because of its proximity to popular neighbourhoods like Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato and Chiba. You will also have convenient access to Haneda and Narita International Airports.
Here are some of the best attractions near Tokyo Station:
Chiyoda – Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Ramen Street, National Museum of Modern Art
Chuo – Tsukiji Fish Market, Hamarikyu gardens, Ginza luxury shopping district
Minato – Tokyo Tower, Shiba Park, Nogi Shrine Antique Flea Market
Chiba – Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea, Mount Nokogiri, Kikkoman Soy Sauce Museum
Ready to visit Tokyo Station in Tokyo? Check-in to The Tokyo Station Hotel , prices start at SGD$1,151!
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The article was originally published on 3 February 2020. Last updated on 13 January 2023 by Discoverist Team.