As far at hotels are concerned Tokyo has a huge variety- from cute guest house (ryokan), to big chain hotels, clean hostels, 24 hr internet cafes with comfy chairs or capsule hotels. There are endless options.
I always begin my search for accommodation by working out which area of the city I want to be in. Questions like ‘are there good food options? great nightlife? shopping? parks? quiet? local neighbourhoods? residential area?’ assist in narrowing that to a selected area.
In Tokyo I decided to stay in Shinjuku which is one of the busier entertainment districts. There are enough bars, restaurants, cinemas, karaoke bars, shopping malls, to keep one occupied for days, and at night there are the famous Tokyo neon lights. Shinjuku station is at the heart of the area, meaning that transport to other parts of Tokyo and other destinations with Japan are easily accessible.
I have had the pleasure of staying twice at Citidines Shinjuku hotel in a studio double room. Both stays were a week long. To this day this is still the best hotel I’ve stayed in. The hotel is in the eastern part of Shinjuku, and is a comfortable 5-10 minute walk from central Shinjuku meaning that it is less noisy and crowded. The local area feels like ‘real Tokyo’ with local supermarkets, schools and temples in the nearby area, bypassing the touristy Tokyo that other places.
The room is exactly as it is pictured and advertised. I had a studio room with a large comfortable queen bed, a great view over local streets and a comfortable living area with couch and tv.
The bathroom was small (as they all are in Japan) but was spotlessly clean and more than adequate for my needs. It also includes the most tech advanced toilet I’ve ever seen. (something I had to get use to in Japan- lots of buttons, lots of different functions)
The benefit of this accommodation is that it has its own kitchenette with cooker and fridge so I could go shopping and cook up mystery meals. Also I have to mention the perfect free wifi in all the rooms.
Citadines Shinjuku wasn’t exactly budget friendly averaging about AU$160 a night, but really had everything you could hope for and need. I’d go back in a heart beat!
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