I recently spent a week in staying in Tokyo and absolutely loved it. It was my first time to Japan and I cannot wait to go back! There is just so much to be in awe there; its efficiency, connectivity, culture, history and people. I. Loved. It. All. Even the weird (and sometimes questionable) things I’ve read (so much) about.

Like many others, I researched and studied up on the best places to stay in Tokyo. I wanted somewhere close to a train station (who doesn’t?), food, and a private room. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bargain as anyone else but as I was travelling with my mum this trip I wanted to ensure a decent level of comfort for both of us.

Here are the places I stayed at:

Hotel Mystays Premier in Omori

Hotel Mystays Premier Omori

  • FREE pickup shuttle bus service from Haneda International Airport
  • 5 minutes walk to Omori train station (JR East Line)
  • 10 minutes walk to Kashima-jinja Shrine one of the oldest shrines in East Japan (also one of the 100 scenic spots in Shinagawa)

This was the most modern and biggest hotel room we stayed at for the entire trip! Too bad we only stayed for a night -sad face-. For 8100JPY (inclusive of 8% VAT) and a Queen bed with an ensuite, it was a bargain.

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View Hotel Mystays Premier in Omori on Booking.com

We chose to stay in Omori due to the time our flights would arrive into Haneda International Airport. As the last train out was at around midnight and our flights scheduled to arrive at 10.45pm, I did not want an “adventure” (read: missed the last train) in the event of a potential flight delay.

Places to stay in Tokyo - Hotel MyStays Premier in Omori, Shinagawa
The view from the hotel room.

So to reduce potential stress and strain, we stayed at Hotel Mystays Premier in Omori, Shinagawa. The hotel was located 10 minutes from Haneda International Airport and offered free bus shuttle services (last bus at 00:10am). The bus shuttle pick-up area was just a minute walk from where you would exit customs in the international terminal area. Take the escalator or lift down to the Charter Bus area.

Places to Stay in Tokyo - Hotel MyStays Premier in Omori, Shinagawa
Up early, well rested and ready to explore! I think mum is pretending she’s got wine.
Places to Stay in Tokyo - Hotel MyStays Premier in Omori, Shinagawa
Kashima-jinja Shrine, 100 Scenic Spots in Shinagawa

International Hotel in Kabukicho, Shinjuku

Hotel International in Kabukicho, Shinjuku / Source image: Booking.com

The following two nights were spent in International Hotel in the infamous area of Kabukicho. I refer to it as infamous as apparently it’s a red-light area with love hotels and… girly bars. Indeed there were a lot of love hotels and girly bars but not once did my mum and I feel unsafe.

The hotel is located behind the main streets but is not difficult to locate with the help of Google Maps. Vodafone Australia offers a great international roaming plan for $5 a day – automatically turns on when data usage is detected – while using your data plan you are originally on back in Australia.

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Places to Stay in Tokyo - Hotel International in Kabukicho, Shinjuku
Our room at International Hotel in Kabukicho, Shinjuku

The rooms were pretty small but still decent in size. Mum and I travelled with 1 x 26″ suitcase and 1 x 20″ suitcase, and there was just enough room to move around – I think it helped that we were pretty average in size. The room had its own toilet and separate shower/tub area. Total cost for two nights came to 28,600JPY (330AUD).

The walk there with suitcases were pretty easy. Take the East exit of Shinjuku Station and within 8 minutes you would arrive at the hotel. If you not a fan of your luggage wheels grinding against the bitumen roads of Tokyo… don’t worry, you will find that there are many other travellers like yourself so you will fit right in!

Places to Stay in Tokyo - Hotel International in Kabukicho
Picture of the door with me for scale (I am 5’3″/163cm).
Mazing through the alleyways of Omoide Yakocho also known colloquially as ‘Piss Alley’.
Hanazono Shrine, Shinjuku
A woman hurries up the stairs of Hanazono Shrine to make a prayer.
  • Affordable ensuite rooms in the Shinjuku area
  • Beds are firm (not springy) yet very comfortable
  • Towels, basic toiletries provided
  • Store luggage for free (when you are a guest)
  • Ceilings are low and if you were 6′ and above you’d need to duck a lot
  • Smoke/ Cigarette smell as Hotel International offers smoking rooms
  • Walking distance to many popular locations such as
    • Hanazono Shrine
    • Robot Restaurant
    • Golden Gai
    • Nakajima, an affordable 1-star Michelin restaurant (less than 15AUD)
    • Omoide Yokocho (alleyways with dozens of yakitori eateries)
    • Easy to get to Harajuku and Shibuya via the JR Yamanote Line from Shinjuku Station
    • Isetan building
    • BICQLO shopping centre
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Hotel Stayto in Taito, Asakusa

Hotel Stayto / Image source: Booking.com

For our final 3 nights, we stayed in Taito, close to Asakusa. The little hotel also functions as a hostel with dormitory style beds for single travellers on a budget. Hotel Stayto is tucked away behind the main street Asakusa Dori and is easy to walk to even with luggage from the Ueno Station (10 minutes) or Inaricho Station (3 minutes).

Michelle Was Here - Places to Stay in Tokyo - Taito - Ueno - Asakusa
At the entrance to Sensoji
Michelle Was Here - Places to Stay in Tokyo - Taito - Ueno - Asakusa
Beautiful sculptures at the grounds of the National Museum of Western Art, Ueno
Michelle Was Here - Places to Stay in Tokyo - Taito - Ueno - Asakusa
Ameya-Yokochō open air market in Taito
  • Affordable ensuite rooms close to the Asakusa area
  • Beds are springy – this was probably the most uncomfortable bed on the entire trip
  • Towels, basic toiletries provided
  • Store luggage for free (when you are a guest)
  • Kitchen/ laundry facilities available
  • Walking distance to many popular locations such as
    • Edo-Tokyo Museum
    • Kaminarimon and Senso-ji
    • Tokyo Skytree
    • Hokusai Museum (new!)
    • Tokyo National Museum
    • Ueno Royal Museum
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum
    • National Museum of Western Art
    • Ameya-Yokochō open-air market/ shopping in Taito

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3 thoughts on “Places to Stay in Tokyo: Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Asakusa”

  1. I love this post! I’m thinking of making a list myself. The great part of staying at Japanese hotels, hostels, or guesthouses is the service is top notch! The International Hotel in Kabukicho is definitely to my liking because of the proximity to Shibuya and Harajuku.

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