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What area of the city is best for a young, adventurous, couple?

I have been waiting to visit Japan my whole life and now that I am finally going I am super overwhelmed with how much I want to experience. What area is exciting, isn't completely overrun by foreign tourists, budget friendly, accessible, and full of culture? Also, any hotel/ inns/ air bnb recommendations would be great. We don't mind staying in a hostel but want our own room. Don't mind sharing a bathroom. I would appreciate any details describing the different neighborhoods. Thanks!

8 Answers

answered by
Angus from Tokyo

Hey, Olivia 

It is quite easy to feel overwhelmed as there is so much to do and see in Japan. Also if I'm honest it is quite difficult to find somewhere in Tokyo not overrun by foreign tourists. You might want to take a day trip into the countryside? The north kanto region is fairly untouched compared to other places. 

Here are official English websites for the North Kanto region (TochigiGunmaIbarakiSaitama Prefecture).





In terms of hostels, they are quite nice in Japan. I've stayed in many which were excellent.  I can think of Bunka Hostel TokyoIZA Asakusa Guest House in Tokyo that have a private room (many foreign tourists though). 

Finally, I recently did a few periscopes in North Kanto, so if you are interested you can have a look at my live streams here!

Good Luck,


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tochigi (city)
  2. Gunma (city)
  3. Ibaraki (attraction)
  4. Saitama Prefecture (attraction)
  5. Bunka Hostel Tokyo (hotel)
  6. IZA Asakusa Guest House (hotel)
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answered by
David from Hawthorne (California)

I would look at RoppongiShinjukuShibuya, or Shinagawa.  I recommend AirBnB.  It is much cheaper than a hotel and you can get your own place.  We rented a 3-story home in Shinagawa this summer for cheaper than a single hotel room.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Roppongi (neighborhood)
  2. Shinjuku (metro area)
  3. Shibuya (attraction)
  4. Shinagawa (attraction)
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answered by
Takuya from Tokyo

Hi Olivia! 
If you would like to experience local pub

I do recommend Nakano

You can drink and eat local food in local pub cheaply

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  1. Nakano (attraction)

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Last time we went to Tokyo with my wife we staid in an airbnb near Harajuku,  in Omotesando. a bit poshy area but full of culture.

You have plenty to see around there, and easy subway to shinjuku and shibuya.


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  1. Harajuku (attraction)
  2. Omotesando (attraction)

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last time in Tokyo, stayed in airbnb apartment at Takadanobaba . Great area-is a hub for Seibu-Shinjuku Station, Tokyo metro Tozai Shrineand Yamanote train lines so can get anywhere from there easily. It's a popular student area, Said to be home of Astro Boy and the station plays theme  music from TV show for departing trains. Huge Astro Boy mural outside station and you'll see images from the TV show on lamp posts. Is a samurai museum about 2K away. Cat cafes and owl cafes, lots of cheap restaurants and bars. Make sure you go to Harajuku-lots of small independent stores, and this is where the over the top fashionistas hang out. Is on the Yamanote line. Do some traditional stuff as well-a day trip to Kamakura is worthwhile, or up to Nikko. You can get to Kyoto on a day trip but would advise staying at least 1 night.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tokyo (attraction)
  2. Takadanobaba (attraction)
  3. Seibu-Shinjuku Station (attraction)
  4. Tozai Shrine (attraction)
  5. Yamanote (attraction)
  6. Kamakura (city)
  7. Nikko (city)

answered by
John from Los Angeles, California

I'd recommend toco hostel near Ueno Park . Traditional tatami mat single rooms with a shared bathroom. This hostel is in quiet neighborhood and caters to lots of locals in their bar. If you want something more exciting stay in Shinjuku near the train station. Either stay near a metro stop and you can be anywhere in the city in no time!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ueno Park (attraction)
  2. Shinjuku (metro area)

answered by
Jason from Gold Coast, Queensland

Definately Shinjuku with Shibuya coming in 2nd place except its way more expensive.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Shinjuku (metro area)
  2. Shibuya (attraction)

answered first by
Kenny from Torrance

Honestly, if you're going to Tokyo... it doesn't matter.  Just stay fairly close to a train station.  The bigger train stations offer more but will also be flat out busier.  Smaller less crowded and will be less rushed.  Hope this helps.

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