Which Area To Stay In Tokyo

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Ah Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital that blends the past and the future all in one, from cherry trees and shrines to neon-lit skyscrapers, there’s so many things packed in this city. Of course with such a big city, 23 special wards to be exact, where you stay in the city matters a lot. From the trendy fashion district Harajuku, high-end shopping district Ginza, teens hangout spot Shibuya, anime nerds and otakus’ haven Akihabara or where nightlife never ends Shinjuku, there is a lot of areas to choose from depending on your interest.

With 23 wards, where should you stay?

Out of all the places, I recommend you to stay around the Shinjuku area. Why? Because Shinjuku is filled with abundant of restaurants and shops, Shinjuku is packed with clubs, pubs and bars (especially karaoke bars) so nightlife never ends, Shinjuku has a big station that has multiple JR, Tokyo metro and Toei subway lines, and lastly, the most important part, Shinjuku is slightly far away from the city center, which means it’s cheaper too!

A street of Shinjuku at night filled with neon signs

A street of Shinjuku at night filled with neon signs

You don’t necessary have to stay right in the center of Shinjuku, I would actually suggest you to stay around the sub-Shinjuku so it won’t be as populated and as noise as right at the heart of Shinjuku, such as Shinjukusanchome or Shinjukugyoen-Mae. I strongly recommend Jenny’s guesthouse/hostel, this is her Airbnb. Jenny runs several hostels in Shinjuku and Shibuya areas but I recommend the one at Shinjukugyoen. Why? Because it is cheap, but the real perks are that the place is 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a must see beautiful park, and only 2 minutes walk from Shinjukugyen-Mae Station of Tokyo Metro’s Marunouchi line, the most convenient thing ever. Lastly, Jenny is a really friendly and patient host, I remember I was supposed to get to the hostel an hour earlier to check in, but I got lost on Tokyo’s complicated transportation system, when I got to the hostel, she was still standing right outside on the street waiting for me, if this is not patient what is?

Jenny's hostel is right across from this CoCo Currey House

Jenny’s hostel is right across from this CoCo Currey House

The elevator to Jenny's hostel on the 6th floor is at the end of this hallway!

The elevator to Jenny’s hostel on the 6th floor is at the end of this hallway!

Thanks for reading, this is the first post of many from my travel in Japan, stay tuned!

Your boy,

-Chuck

One thought on “Which Area To Stay In Tokyo

  1. Betty Morris

    Transportation In Tokyo

    Tokyo is not a difficult city to navigate, once you have an eye for the place and you are familiar with a couple of landmarks you will be able to get round with ease. You can cover a lot of the city as a pedestrian but ensure not to venture into unknown territory at night. If you wish to traverse greater distances across Tokyo there are a few more options. Tokyo has a huge Metro system that consists of 9 lines and 179 stations, it is the best way to get around but can get very busy during key times. There is a city wide bus system where passes can be attained to include multiple journeys. There is also the alternative to use Tokyo Taxis, but be aware of slow moving traffic at rush hour. Whichever way you plan to explore Tokyo ensure you see as much of it as you can.

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