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Travel: Staying in Tokyo

12:25 JST January 12, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

There are hundreds of places to stay in Tokyo and today it’s easy to find something on the internet that will meet your standards, but here are some places I recommend:

Hotels

Toyoko Inn

  • Budget business hotel chain in Japan, which I think is the best if you just want a place that is clean, has a decent bed, clean bathroom, and is in a convenient location.
  • For the English website, click here.
  • Rates in Tokyo are around 6000 to 7000 yen per night (for two people)
  • Room includes all the basics you need, and has free internet.
  • You can sign up to their membership club (you can do it when you check in), which gives you discount room rates on Sundays and national holidays (as well as other things).  Just be aware that they take your photo for your membership card when you sign up so if you have morning hair from that long flight when you check in, you’ll have morning hair on your card forever.
  • It’s quite easy to spot Toyoko Inns.  Just like in the picture, they have huge blue and white neon signs above their hotels which you can see from miles away.

 

Weekly Mansion

  • If you don’t like staying in hotels, or maybe you’re staying in Tokyo for more than a week, weekly mansions might be a good option.
  • Weekly Mansion have a number of rented apartments across Tokyo, and they’re reasonably priced (for Tokyo) with all the basics you need including a small kitchen, free internet, and a place to do your laundry.
  • For the Weekly Mansion’s English website, click here.
  • Rates in Tokyo are around 7000 to 8000 yen per night (for two people) if you’re staying there for a week.  You can stay there for one night, or even one month, but rates get cheaper the longer you stay (eg. For a weekly mansion in Akasaka, central Tokyo, it’s 8200 yen for one night, but 6500 yen for one night if you’re staying there for a month)
  • It’s comfortable staying there alone or with friends or family.

 

While looking for your own hotel…

Depending on your budget range, I know some people won’t want to stay at Toyoko Inn or a Weekly Mansion, and I understand.  But when you’re looking for a place, try to keep these things in mind:

  • Look for somewhere that is near a train station.  It’s worth paying money for convenience.  If you want to get really picky, it might be worth checking what kind of trains stop at your train station.  Like if you’re far out from central Tokyo, it might be worth checking whether express trains stop at the station closest to your hotel.  This’ll save you a lot of time when going into Tokyo for an adventure.
  • While there aren’t many dodgy areas in Tokyo, I might suggest staying away from Kabukicho in Shinjuku, which is the red-light district.  Actually, it’s not that dodgy in comparison to red-light districts in other countries, but it’s not a cool place to be walking around alone at night with a whole lot of drunks and hosts lurking around.  If you’re a girl, stay away from hosts!  You’ll see hosts all around the place trying to talk people into coming to their host bar.  They’re very easy to spot – guys with long hair, shiny suits, pointy leather shoes, and bling.  Annoyingly, the Toyoko Inn closest to Shinjuku station (a very convenient train station) is right next to Kabukicho.  So while I do recommend Toyoko Inn, I do have to warn solo travelers about staying at Toyoko Inn Kabukicho…it might not be the best option.

Kabukicho, Shinjuku

 

 

Some options about what to do when you’ve missed that last train…

  • It happens.  I missed my last train last weekend.
  • Most train lines start up around 5am, and finish around midnight – 1am ish.  Check the start/finish times for the train line you think you’ll use the most.
  • There are plenty of taxis everywhere so catch one back to your hotel.  Depending on the time, some taxis charge extra in the middle of the night.
  • Go to a manga cafe or internet cafe.  Most of these places are open 24/7 and many have comfortable one-person sofas, individual rooms, and/or showers.  On top of that you have lots of manga or internet to keep you entertained for a few hours until the first trains start up.
  • Go to a capsule hotel.  This is literally just a place to sleep while you wait until the trains start up again in a few hours.
  • If you’ve just been to Tokyo Dome or you’re around the area, go to the LaQua spa in Tokyo Dome City (link goes to the Japanese website, sorry, can’t find an English one right now).  They are open from 11am to 9am the next morning.  It costs 2565 yen for adults, 1785 yen for those under 18-years-old, and 1890 yen if you’re using the place between 1am – 6am.  You can relax in hot springs, lie on their huge sofas, or try out cosmetics products while you wait until it’s time for the first trains. Plus you’ll be really refreshed when you leave!

The lady's lounge at LaQua spa

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  1. joan
    18:24 JST January 12, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    momo~
    you do know i’m sharing your works right? 🙂
    i just want to say that your travel posts do help! 🙂

    you can read the comments there & see how your posts are appreciated ^^

    • 18:31 JST January 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      @joan:

      Yes, I’ve been reading the comments 😀
      Thank you for sharing!

      Momo xoxo

      • joan
        18:39 JST January 12, 2011 at 6:39 PM

        see how helpful you are to the JE fans? lol XD
        but really, i do find your travels posts helpful too 😀

        i should be the one thanking you for sharing (=.=’)
        thanks! 😀

      • 20:18 JST January 12, 2011 at 8:18 PM

        @joan:

        Lol, thanks 🙂
        I tried to think back on things I was worried about when I first came to Tokyo so it’d be nice if this comes in handy for someone!

        When I have time I want to do another post about how to go to the Johnny’s store here.

        Thanks for sharing all the time!

        Momo xoxo

  2. jana
    23:10 JST January 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Thanks for all your travel posts, it’s a BIG help for foreign fans like me. And it was so fast! May I ask – do you think is there anything to be afraid of if had to come to visit Tokyo and maybe a JE-concert alone?

    • 23:46 JST January 12, 2011 at 11:46 PM

      @jana:

      Thanks for reading them!
      I’m still not finished though, lol. There are a few more I want to do when I have some time…like how the Johnny’s shop in Harajuku works.

      In general, Japan is a very safe country.
      I was looking after an overseas guest a few months ago and she had left her coat on one of the long distance trains, but no one had stolen it so the train operators were able to find it and give it back to her.

      Mind you, it’s a good idea to stay safe since I can’t guarantee that everyone is that nice!

      Like I said, mostly all of the signs in Tokyo have English subtitles and if you talk to younger generation people in shops, they should be able to speak basic English (or be able to find someone who can speak basic English).

      I don’t see why you couldn’t go to a JE concert alone, although getting a hold of tickets has usually been a problem.
      You’ll most likely need to pay more than normal fans.

      Hope that helps 🙂 If you need any more info, let me know or email me.

      Momo xoxo

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