Most first-time visitors to Tokyo want to know: where is the best place to stay in Tokyo?
The answers vary depending on what you want to be near: Shopping? Try Ginza. Nightlife? Shibuya or Shinjuku. Anime? Akihabara. Museums? Definitely Roppongi or Ueno. Most likely, you’ll want to experience a little bit of all of these things while you’re in Tokyo, so here’s a critically important insider’s tip:
One thing all of these neighborhoods have in common is that they are all located on the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo. So the answer to the question, “Where is the best place to stay in Tokyo?” is: “Near the Yamanote Line!!”
To make the most of your Tokyo Itinerary, stay in one of these best Tokyo hotels near the Yamanote Line. Staying next to the JR Yamanote Line makes it cheap and easy for you to see all of Tokyo’s highlights during your trip.
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Best Tokyo Hotels Near the Yamanote Line
Here is my list which encompasses the best of the best, and places that I would book to stay in right now if I had a Japan trip coming up.
Remember that good Tokyo hotel rooms book fast, no matter what the season. Definitely lock in your Tokyo accommodation before it’s too late.
Best Tokyo Hostels near the Yamanote Line
Are you backpacking Japan on a budget, or solo traveling and looking to explore Tokyo with new friends? Staying in a social hostel is a great way to meet other travel companions, whether you want to sightseeing together during the day, or go out for drinks together at night! Staying in a Tokyo hostel near the Yamanote line means right outside your door are countless activities to do with your new friends.
This boutique hostel is located near the E2 exit of Shinjuku station, which means you’re in the heart of the Tokyo neighborhood that never sleeps. From Imano Tokyo Hostel, it’s a 3- minute walk to Shinjuku’s Hanazono Shrine, and Shinjuku Gai (also known as Piss Alley), and 10-minutes from Shinjuku Gyoen park.
Imano Tokyo Hostel has happy hours every day, and occasionally hosts cultural parties so guests can learn about Japanese culture and cuisine. It has a specious common area with an attached bar and cafe. Check dates and prices here.
Sadou Hostel is 8 minutes from Ameyayokocho Market and 10 minutes to Ueno Park, which is filled with museums and shrines. Ueno Station is on the Yamanote Line as well as the Ginza line, which will take you straight to one of the top Tokyo attractions: Asakusa and the Sensoji Temple.
The hostel combines traditional Japanese elements like tatami flooring in the rooms, with Western spaces and amenities. Several cultural events are held here such as learning calligraphy, and a free walking tour of Ueno is available as well.
This super trendy capsule-hostel is located just a 2-minute walk from Shibuya Scramble, aka the perfect location for millennial or backpacker visitors in Tokyo. The Millennials building itself is quiet, with spacious common areas and a free simple breakfast in the mornings.
Although it has an above-average price tag for a hostel bed, you will stay in a personal “smart pod”. Many functions of the pod can be controlled via iPod given at the front desk, such as reclining your bed in to “sofa mode”! Check dates and prices here.
Best Tokyo Capsule Hotels near the Yamanote Line
Here’s a cool hotel in Tokyo idea that Japan is famous for: capsule hotels. If you’re only staying in Tokyo for a short time, or want to spend a night in a capsule hotel for the experience of it, here are your best Tokyo Capsule Hotels near the JR Yamanote Line!
Many Tokyo capsule hotels are male-only, because they cater to the traveling Japanese businessmen. Recently, more women-only and mixed-gender capsule hotels have sprung up around Tokyo, and they are popular places to stay for visitors to Japan too.
nine hours Shinjuku is a capsule hotel that overlooks in Shin-Okubo, or Tokyo’s Koreatown. It’s located just 10-minutes north of Shinjuku on foot. Shin-Okubo itself is a popular neighborhood to explore, and has its own JR Yamanote Line station.
If you want to stay in capsule hotels, nine hours is the name you should remember because the hotel chain has locations all across Japan. Stepping in to your capsule bed here is like entering a portal, with its modern circular opening. Large bathroom facilities and common areas mean you won’t feel too cramped during your stay here. Check dates and prices here.
Book and Bed gives you a modern take on capsule hotels: you’ll be sleeping on the inside of a bookcase! This combined library, lounge, and capsule hotel ensures that no space is left unused and is perfect for bookworms. Hang out and read books on the spacious common area couches, before retiring to your capsule bed, tucked away behind the bookshelves.
Outside Book and Bed Tokyo Ikebukuro is one of the hip and less explored neighborhoods of Tokyo, Ikebukuro. Ikebukuro is like a less-crowded Shinjuku, with attractions like the Sunshine City Mall and Sky Circus Sunshine60 Observatory, plus countless restaurants, cafes, and shopping streets. Check dates and prices here.
If staying in a bookcase excites you, be sure to check out Jinbocho Neighborhood, the bookstore district of Tokyo. One of the off-the-beaten-path places to visit in Tokyo!
Akihabara Bay Hotel is a female-only Japanese capsule hotel, located minutes from Akihabara, the electronics, anime, and manga neighborhood of Tokyo. In addition to being on the Yamanote Line, Akihabara Station its only a few stops to the Ryogoku Kokugikan if you plan to watch sumo in Tokyo, or visit the Edo Tokyo museum too.
The Akihabara Bay Hotel is a comfortable place to stay for women, coincidentally in the heart of a neighborhood known for otaku, or nerdy computer-loving men. The interior decoration is tastefully feminine, and many amenities are provided to guests including fresh towels and new pajamas every day. You can even book a capsule with a TV in it!
Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado is a traditional Japanese capsule hotel, men only, with several amenities that are sure to excite all types of guests. Their all-you-can-eat breakfast is onigiri, or Japanese rice balls, that come out of a vending machine. Free drinks all day plus free comic books to read, which you can enjoy in their large common space. The hotel’s capsules all come with a TV, headphones, and a remote for optimal chilling.
Western guests may not be familiar with communal bathing areas, but this hotel has this typical Japanese-style bathroom. Visitors all shower facing the wall before taking a dip in the communal onsen-style bath. Check dates and prices here.
The capsule hotel is located basically on top of Shinjuku station, which means access to all the area’s restaurants, bars, shopping, and of course, the famous Robot Restaurant.
Best Tokyo Budget Hotels Near the Yamanote Line
Traveling Japan on a budget but don’t want to stay in a hostel or capsule hotel? Here are some of the best Tokyo hotels near the Yamanote line where you can stay in a double or twin room on a budget. If wanting your own space is your main concern, consider staying in a private room in one of the Tokyo Hostels near the Yamanote Line too.
If you’re looking for budget hotels in Tokyo, Hotel Mystays is a good chain to start looking. All their hotels across Tokyo have budget private rooms, including a few hotels near the JR Yamanote line. Other Mystays locations include Nishi-Shinjuku, Kanda, Ueno, and for your way home, Haneda Airport. The rooms may be small, but worth the price you pay because of their many amenities: a kitchenette, bathtub, air-conditioning, and television.
This Mystays hotel is in Higashi-Ikebukuro (the neighborhood where my sharehouse in Tokyo was!). It’s close the Sunshine 60 mega-mall with its Pokemon center, aquarium, and observation deck. A shopping district in Ikebukuro is home to a huge Sega game center, Tokyu Hands store, and many animal cafes too. Check dates and prices here.
Guesthouse Wagokoro is a beautiful budget hotel near the Yamanote Line, in the Nippori neighborhood. Rooms are either Western or Japanese style with tatami flooring, and each compact space is decorated stylishly. Check dates and prices here.
Nippori is home to Tokyo’s Fabric Town, where shops are lined with traditional Japanese cloth, and other crafting cloths, for sale by the meter. It’s also close to Yanaka Ginza, a pre-World War II-era neighborhood that feels like you’re strolling back through time when you visit. This area is more off-the-beaten-path in comparison to others on the Yamanote Line, but the trains will take you to Shinjuku in 20 minutes or Akihabara in 8 minutes.
Landabout Tokyo is a stylish hotel which provides Western comfort with traditional Japanese touches. The rooms are budget but spacious, and larger groups and families can opt to reserve connecting rooms. The hotel has a large lobby and common area, with stylish interior design, and a rooftop terrace.
The hotel is located just north of Ueno Park, next to the Uguisudani JR Yamanote Line Station. This means you’ll be walking distance from the Tokyo National Museum, the Ueno Zoo, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and several other museums and temples within Ueno Park. The Uguisudani area will give you a more local experience, while still remaining close to the Yamanote Line. Check dates and prices here.
Best Tokyo Hotels for Families near the Yamanote Line
Combining limited space, high rent prices, and large crowds means Tokyo is a hard place to find good hotels for families. If you’re traveling with a group of five or more, you may be hard-pressed to find Tokyo hotels that will fit all of your in one room. Here are some Tokyo hotels for families near the Yamanote Line that hopefully fit the bill for you!
The Mimaru Tokyo chain is a great option if you’re looking for hotels in Tokyo for families or large groups. The relatively new Shinjuku West location is close to several of Shinjuku Station’s western exits, and is just two blocks away from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, one of the best viewpoints over Tokyo.
Rooms available at Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West include Japanese-style and Western-style apartments, with a small kitchen and attached bathroom. Each room fits from four to six people. Some rooms even have bunk beds – more fun for the kids! Check dates and prices here.
Cha-an Hotel Ueno is a hotel on the JR Yamanote line and the Ginza subway line. You can reach Asakusa in one stop on the subway line, and you can walk to all of Ueno’s highlights like Ameyayokocho shopping district, and Ueno park’s shrines and museums.
Cha-an Hotel combines western-style beds (some bunk beds available!) with Japanese-style tatami seating areas, perfect for enjoying a meal or snack from the conbini convenience stores. The rooms here fit from three to seven people, so it’s a perfect hotel for families near the Yamanote Line. Check dates and prices here.
Mimaru Tokyo Ginza East is another great hotel in Tokyo for families, located in the high-end Ginza neighborhood. Although it’s a 12-minute walk to Yurakucho, the closest JR Yamanote Line Station, the hotel is located within 5-minutes from the Hibiya, Yurakucho, and Asakusa Subway Lines. It’s also a 10-minute walk to Tsukiji market, so you can get your fill of fresh fish every morning.
Rooms here also fit 4-6 adults, and come with a small kitchen and attached bathroom.
Best Tokyo Hotels with Onsen near the Yamanote Line
Another check off the Japan bucket list – bathing in an onsen, or traditional Japanese public bath! Onsen were historically built outdoors over hot springs, but now hotels frequently have indoor onsen as well. They are perfect for aching muscles, or tired feet after long days on your Tokyo itinerary!
A few ryokans, capsule hotels, and bed and breakfast-type accommodation in Tokyo have onsen facilities available for their guests.
Here are a few Tokyo onsen hotels near the JR Yamanote Line!
If you’re looking for onsen hotels in Tokyo, the Dormy Inn hotel chain has several locations scattered around the city. The best one for onsen is Dormy Inn Akihabara, because of its location and the variety of onsen offerings. Dormy Inn Akihabara is near the lively Akihabara gaming and electronics neighborhood.
This hotel has two open-air stone onsen, one for men and one for women, which is a rare find in Tokyo, especially for a place so close to the Yamanote Line. If you’d prefer, indoor onsen options are available too. You may be joined in the onsen by different seasonal fruits, to help you relax and rejuvenate even more.
Keeping in line with omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality, the Dormy Inn Akihabara serves free bowls of Yonaki-Soba ramen, every evening. This soba is a favorite among guests, as is their morning Japanese breakfast sets that are perfect for getting the day started.
Located 5-minutes from Ikebukuro station and the JR Yamanote Line, the Super Hotel Lohas Ikebukuro has everything you need in a hotel – plus a big onsen! Ikebukuro is a hip and young neighborhood where you can hang out like the young Tokyo-ites do at game centers, karaoke bars, and animal cafes. Nearby is Sunshine 60 Mall, home to one of the best viewpoints in Tokyo, is a massive mall with an aquarium and events stage.
The public onsen here is available in addition to private attached baths to every hotel room. Extra amenities include robes, toiletries, face masks, and lavish breakfast and dinner options for both Western and Japanese tastes.
If you’re searching for rest and relaxation, the Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi has you covered. Their large onsen area has reclined seating, so you can soak your whole body in the hot water. The relaxing atmosphere continues from the onsen to your sleek room, to the stylish dining and common areas.
The closest JR Yamanote Station to the hotel is Kanda Station, but you’re walking distance from Tokyo Station as well. In this business district you’ll get a great feel for corporate Tokyo and the restaurants and pubs that cater to Japanese workers.
Best Tokyo Ryokans near the Yamanote Line
Ryokans are traditional Japanese-style accommodation, which preserve Japanese architecture, aesthetics, and of course omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality. Many visitors choose to stay in a ryokan in Kyoto, but there are nice Tokyo ryokan near the JR Yamanote line too! When planning your Japan itinerary, be sure to include staying at a Ryokan among your to-do list.
Experience Japan to the fullest by relaxing at one of these Tokyo Ryokans near the Yamanote Line.
The Edo Sakura is a budget-friendly ryokan that’s located 12-minutes away from Uguisudani station on the JR Yamanote line. This means you’re close to both Ueno and Akihabara to one side, and Nippori on the other side, where you can experience off-the-beaten-path Tokyo in the Yanaka neighborhood.
Expect to sleep on the tatami floors in a futon in this traditional ryokan. A public stone bath option, as well as private attached baths, are available for all rooms. Guests can even join a traditional Japanese tea ceremony every morning.
The Hoshinoya Hotel is an upscale, modern twist on a traditional ryokan. The hotel combines modern Western furnishings with traditional Japanese touches like sliding screen doors and tatami flooring. Hotel amenities include a large public bath/onsen, a spa, and several Japanese culture events that you can sign up for, for an additional charge.
Located near both Kanda and Tokyo stations on the Yamanote Line, staying at the Hoshinoya Hotel means access to countless shopping malls, restaurants, and cafes. You’re also just steps from the Imperial Palace!
Tip: If you want to stay in a ryokan in Tokyo, you’ll find more options if you don’t stay near the JR Yamanote line and head to Asakusa, home to the Sensoji Temple. Check out the Kaminarimon Ryokan which overlooks Nakamise street, or the quaint Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa.
Luxury Tokyo Hotels near the Yamanote Line
Traveling to Japan and wanting to live it up in style? Check out these luxurious, 5-star hotel options near the JR Yamanote Line. If you have the money to spare, definitely stay in Tokyo’s most gorgeous accommodation options, right on the Yamanote Line in the heart of the action.
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel puts you right next to Tokyo Tower and Zojoji Temple, in Shiba Park. If you’re not climbing Tokyo Tower for the view, the rooms and restaurants here have great tower views!
This area has fewer crowds and quiet nights, but being close to Hamamatsucho Station (on the JR Yamanote Line) and Azabujuban (the Oedo Subway line) means you can be in Shinjuku in 15 minutes and Tokyo Station in less than 10 minutes. Staying here also puts you close to Takeshiba Station, which will take you on the monorail all the way to Odaiba and Teamlab Borderless Museum.
The Imperial Hotel near Yurakucho Station is a historic hotel that has been accommodating guests since 1890. It’s located just next to beautiful Hibiya Park and south of the Imperial Palace gardens, and walking distance from Ginza and Tokyo Station.
World-class facilities here include a fitness center, saunas, and a pool, plus three traditional tea ceremony rooms open from 10am-4pm for tea and sweets. More than a dozen restaurants serve all types of cuisines including, and three different bars are open until late.
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is located in the heart of Shibuya. It is 5-star hotel near the Yamanote line, plus all the action that Tokyo has to offer right at your doorstep. Shibuya’s famous dog statue, Hachiko, and the Shibuya Crossing are just six minutes away on foot, as is the Shibuya Shopping Gai.
All rooms are on the 19th floor and above, guaranteeing amazing views from every window. Some even have Mt. Fuji views! Eight different restaurants are available here, serving Japanese, Chinese, and French cuisine. At the top floor, guests can enjoy a lounge and jazz club with great views of Shibuya.
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Are You Prepared For Your Trip To Japan?
- Book Your Flights – To find the cheapest flights, flexibility is key. I use both Google Flights for their low fare calendar, and Skiplagged, which uses airfare loopholes to get the lowest prices. For a trip to Japan, check flights to both Tokyo airports (Haneda, Narita) and to Osaka (Kansai).
- Getting Around Japan: Prepare your JR Pass and Suica transit card before you depart.
- Book Your Accommodation – Check out Booking.com for the largest selection of accommodation in Japan.
- Book Local Excursions – Don’t miss out on world-class experiences, like Teamlab Borderless or Tokyo Disneyland, by booking tickets online now. Check GetYourGuide and Voyagin for fun experiences all around Japan.
- Stay Connected: Order a pocket WiFi for airport pickup if you’re traveling with family or with a large group. Solo traveling to Japan? Order a SIM card just for you.
- Buy Travel Insurance – It’s better to protect yourself from mishaps when traveling. Get a quote from World Nomads to see how much it’ll cost to get you covered!
- Pack Your Essentials – Check out my posts about Long Term Travel Gear, and Carry-On Luggage Packing Essentials.
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