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Where are the best neighborhoods to stay in Tokyo?

Lively but not too loud at night, central to tourist destinations yet not too commercial

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top answer by
Luciana from Austin (Texas)

We stayed in Ginza the first time and in Shibuya the second time. Both places were great, have many great restaurants and shops, but I do prefer staying in Shibuya because there are a lot more transportation options (since the Shibuya station is one of the most important ones, after Tokyo and Shinjuku).

Ginza is more elegant and has expensive shops, the Kabuki-za Theatre and the Tsukiji Fish Market

Shibuya is more lively and busy, home to the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, near Meiji Shrine and Harajuku, but it does have its quiet areas (we stayed in our friends apartment in a quiet residential street that I couldn't believe existed in the middle of the madness). 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ginza (region)
  2. Shibuya (metro area)
  3. Kabuki-za Theatre (attraction)
  4. Tsukiji Fish Market (neighborhood)
  5. Meiji Shrine (neighborhood)
  6. Harajuku (neighborhood)
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answered by
Cameron from Salt Lake City

I have yet to stay somewhere in Tokyo that wasn't quiet. The past couple, I have stayed in Ginza at the Apa Hotel Ginza-kyobashi and the Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel GINZA (where I am actually writing this). The Royal Park Hotel in Nihonbashi is also quite nice. My go to prior to these had been the Sheraton Miyako by Meguro, because it was a little off the beaten path, yet they had a shuttle that takes you to the train station.

All this being said, it is quite easy to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, even if you are stuck in the middle of the city. When choosing a hotel, I highly recommend looking for something that is nearby a train station (I usually am no more than 1000m/3500ft), because that will keep you close to all the action and allow you to not have to have treks to get around. Also, if you are primarily staying in Tokyo, I suggest visiting the JR EAST Travel Service Center in the Narita International Airport and buying a Suica-NEx pass, which is available only to tourists of Japan and offers a Suica (transit card) with ¥1500 loaded on it and transit to and from Tokyo on the Narita Express. If you are travelling all over Japan, still visit and buy a Japan Rail Pass.

I realize I have wandered off topic, but hope the information helps. Enjoy your trip to Japan!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ginza (region)
  2. Apa Hotel Ginza-kyobashi (hotel)
  3. Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel GINZA (hotel)
  4. Royal Park Hotel (hotel)
  5. Nihonbashi (hotel)
  6. Sheraton Miyako (hotel)
  7. Meguro (neighborhood)
  8. JR EAST Travel Service Center (attraction)
  9. Narita International Airport (attraction)
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answered by
Kimmy from Los Angeles

Shibuya is still the best. Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is really convenient, 5 minutes walk from the station but its on the quieter side of Shibuya. But if you like to party and to go out at night, then Roppongi is the way to go. There are tons of nice hotels in Roppongi area.  Shinjuku is convenient as well, there are some nice hotels like Keio Plaza Tokyo (easy access from the airport). 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Shibuya (metro area)
  2. Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (hotel)
  3. Roppongi (neighborhood)
  4. Shinjuku (metro area)
  5. Keio Plaza Tokyo (hotel)
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answered by
CJ from Los Angeles

Definitely consider staying in Shinjuku, it's in the center of everything and is very central to all other parts of Tokyo. Taxis are expensive, so you would benefit from being close to one of the metro lines. It does get a bit loud at night, but there are a lot of options at different budget levels. 

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  1. Shinjuku (metro area)
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answered by
Tiffy from Philippines

I would recommend first time visitors to stay either in Shinjuku or Ginza. Both are representative of what Japan looks like as you see on TV! Shinjuku is very convenient for exploring central Tokyo and day trips to see Mount Fuji.

This post regarding Where to Stay in Tokyo for First Time Tourists might help you decide on the best area to stay based on your specific travel needs.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Shinjuku (metro area)
  2. Ginza (region)
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answered by
Carrie from Vietnam

You can check out  Granbell Hotel Shibuya, 10-minute walk from the great Shibuya crossings and Shibuya station for both airport travel (express train) and city metros. Roppongi area is also another great option to consider.

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  1. Granbell Hotel Shibuya (hotel)
  2. Roppongi (neighborhood)
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answered by
Maari from Helsinki

For a peak of old and more residential Tokyo I would suggest Yanaka neighbourhood. A ryokan ( a traditional style japanese guesthouse) called Katsutaro is great, it is situated very near a lovely shopping street called Yanaka Ginza (Market). Moving around Tokyo is easy from Yanaka as it is situated on the Yamanote ring line. Also getting from Narita to Yanaka is easy as the train stops on Nippori station from which the Yanaka Ginza street begins.

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  1. Yanaka Ginza (Market) (attraction)

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