Best Family Hotels in Tokyo – Japan Travel with Kids

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Finding where to stay in Tokyo — especially finding the best hotels in Tokyo for families and groups— can be tough. Many of the best Tokyo hotels have small rooms and/or single beds. In fact, even some of the best Tokyo hotels in Ginza, Shibuya, Asakusa, and other popular areas don’t have family rooms or rooms for groups. That’s why we’ve listed up where to stay in Tokyo with kids or with a few friends. Use our list of the best family hotels in Tokyo and the best Tokyo hotels for groups so you can start planning your trip to Japan now.

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Best Hotels in Tokyo for Families & Groups

Tokyo was home for us from 2001 to 2013. We’re in Osaka now but visit Tokyo whenever we can. We *love* Tokyo because it’s clean, culturally rich, and there are so many things to do. Public transportation is efficient, and it’s safe to walk around at night. In addition to that, people are generally helpful even when so few speak English. Oh, and should I even mention the food?

So where to stay in Tokyo with kids or fellow travelers? Where to stay in Tokyo on a budget, or when you want to indulge in something luxurious? These are huge questions, because like it or not, a large portion of your time and money are wrapped up in accommodation. Where are the best hotels in Tokyo? We’ve listed our tips below, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Tokyo is an exceptional destination for just about any kind of traveler: families, couples, groups or solo travelers. Still, it’s not an easy task to find a hotel that accommodates larger groups. That’s why we’ve done the research for you. Read on to find where to stay in Shinjuku, Odaiba, and other Tokyo destinations. This also includes Tokyo hotels near Narita airport, Tokyo Disneyland, shinkansen stations, and more. 

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Where To Stay in Tokyo with Kids & Groups

We often get questions from readers asking where to stay in Tokyo with kids. Our answers vary. Why? Because the best hotels in Tokyo for you may be different than for someone else. It depends a lot on several factors: your budget, what you’re in Tokyo to see/do, and the age/interests of your group. Small changes in these factors and the best hotel in Tokyo for you change as well.

If you’re wondering where to stay in Tokyo, think about what you’re in town to see and do. If you have a specific place or thing you want to see, look for the best hotels in Tokyo near that place. Below are a few tips on where to find the best Tokyo hotels by area. I write as a dad, so I’m always thinking about the best family hotels in Tokyo, but all of the Tokyo hotels in this post are great for couples, solo travelers, groups of backpackers and anyone else.

Hotels VS Ryokan

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Let’s start off by mentioning another Tokyo accommodation option: ryokan. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn, and it operates a little differently than typical Western-style hotels in Japan. For example, you usually take your shoes off at the entrance and have the option to wear a yukata (an informal kimono-like robe). You also usually sleep on a futon placed a tatami-mat floor. A Japanese meal is often included or can be added. There is usually an onsen (hot springs) and the bath is communal, although there are many Tokyo ryokan with private onsen nowadays. 

I highly recommend that you stay in a ryokan at least once during your Japan trip, but whether you do that in Tokyo, in Kyoto or elsewhere is up to you. Some people love the setting, while others prefer a regular hotel in Tokyo with a Western-style bed. If you’re interested in a ryokan, then follow the link below.

Best Tokyo Hotels by Area

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When considering where to stay in Tokyo with kids or a group, you need to think about what you’re in Tokyo to see and do. Sure, the transit system in Tokyo is fantastic and you’ll have access to it all, but it’s a big town and selecting one area or town over another can save a lot of time walking and riding the rails. If you’re in town for more than a few days, then I recommend staying in more than one neighborhood. That way you get to soak in the ambiance of more than one area. For example, I’d recommend staying in a hotel in Asakusa, Ueno or other old-school neighborhoods. After that, stay somewhere like a hotel in Shinjuku, Odaiba or somewhere else that shows the modern side of Japan. This will give you a taste of two worlds that coexist in Japan. 

East Side: Where to Stay in Asakusa, Ginza, & Ueno

  • Tokyo Hotels in Asakusa: This is where to stay in Tokyo to see the older side of Tokyo: temples, shrines, and tradition. Many of the best family hotels in Tokyo can be found in this eastern area of the city, but it’s also where to stay in Tokyo on a budget, as prices tend to be lower. Where to stay in Tokyo on a budget and with an interest in old Japan. 
  • Tokyo Hotels in Ueno: Like Asakusa Ueno represents the Tokyo of old: parks, wide sidewalks, shopping streets and a slower pace of life. You also have great access from Ueno as the station has multiple train and subway lines that connect you to all parts of the city. This is where to stay in Tokyo on a budget with old-school neighborhoods. 
  • Tokyo Hotels in Ginza: Many of the best hotels in Tokyo are located in this area because this is a major area for business. Rooms tend to be small but give you access to all of Ginza’s shopping, galleries and restaurants, as well as rail lines like the Yurikamome Monorail, that goes out to Odaiba, and the JR Yamanote Line (from Yurakucho/Tokyo Stations), which make a loop through downtown.

Odaiba & Tokyo Disney Hotels – Best Hotels in Tokyo Bay Area

  • Hotels in Odaiba & Hotels Near Odaiba: Odaiba is a large island in Tokyo Bay made of reclaimed land. On it are modern shopping centers, good restaurants, a man-made beach, buildings and one of the best views in Tokyo. There are loads of things to do with kids (or the kid in you). Lots more open space here, too, so come here/stay here if you need some fresh air. It’s closer to Disneyland than the other areas, but also requires a little more train time to get to Shibuya, Shinjuku, and other western Tokyo attractions. My kids love the monorail. This is where to stay in Tokyo with kids who need some open space. 
  • Hotels Near Tokyo Disneyland: The only reason to stay at any of the best hotels near Disneyland is if you’re going to Disneyland the following day. Tokyo Disneyland is far outside the city, so many families choose to stay close so they can make a full day of it. That said, once your time at Disneyland and Disney Sea are over, head back to town and stay at a better located Tokyo hotel. This is where to stay in Tokyo the night of your Disney trip, but no more. 

West Side – Where to Stay in Shinjuku & Shibuya

  • Hotels in Shinjuku: Where to stay in Tokyo if you want to be in the thick of urban activity. Many of the best Tokyo hotels in Shinjuku complement the “modern” Japan of neon and the skyscrapers. You also have Shinjuku station, the country’s biggest and busiest. Stay at Tokyo hotels in Shinjuku and you have access all over the city and far beyond. Many of the best hotels in Tokyo for families and groups are here for that reason. However, the Shinjuku area is one of the most crowded and confusing areas of the city. Shinjuku station is massive, with dozens of train lines and hundreds or exits and underground passageways. I lived in Tokyo for 13 years and I still got lost in Shinjuku all the time. If you stay here, give yourself extra time to get your bearings.
  • Hotels in Shibuya: Where to stay in Tokyo for a central location and people watching. This is one of my favorite areas of Tokyo but there aren’t that many things to do in Shibuya for kids other than walking around and gawking. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds, as Shibuya is really an information overload. Shibuya also gives you great train access, and you have places like Harajuku, Yoyogi, and Omotesando minutes away.   

Best Tokyo Hotels Near Train Station & Airports

Many of you are not only visiting Tokyo on your Japan trip. So you’re in need of Tokyo hotels near a train station, an airport or the shinkansen line. Below I’ve listed up where to stay in Tokyo with kids or groups that are on the move. 

  • Tokyo Hotels Near the Shinkansen: If you want to be close to the bullet train, then stay close to Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station, as they are the two Shinkansen stops in Tokyo. Both Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station are on the JR Yamanote Line, which is also part of your JR Rail Pass, so you can reasonably stay close to any of the Yamanote Line stations in the area and have easy access. To give you perspective, it takes about 20 minutes to get from Shinjuku or Ueno to Shinagawa Station (see pic).
  • Tokyo Hotels Near Narita Airport: Narita is Tokyo’s main international airport and most overseas flights land here. However, Narita airport is outside the city in Chiba, and it takes approx. 45-90 minutes to reach downtown. Trains to and from the airport are very reliable as long as there are no typhoon-level winds. That said, it’s nice to sleep nearby when you have a late arrival/early departures. There’s not that much to do at the airport or in the area, so limit your time there. 
  • Tokyo Hotels Near Haneda Airport: Once a domestic airport, Haneda now hosts loads of international flights, mostly from the Asia-Pacific region. Haneda airport is my favorite Tokyo airport, and I’m not alone. It’s sleek, modern and has more attractions and ways to keep you, your friends and your kids occupied. Haneda is also in town, with much faster access to the city. When looking for hotels near Haneda airport, keep that in mind. 

Asakusa Hotels: Best Hotels in Tokyo for Families & Groups

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Tokyo’s east side has a more traditional and relaxed feel. After all, this is where the city began, by the banks of the Sumida River. The streets and sidewalks are a little narrower in this area, but if you’re here in Tokyo for the old-school side of Japan, then this is where to start. Many of the best family hotels in Tokyo are in this area.

Asakusa View Hotel

For those who want to be near some of Japan’s most iconic sites, then the Asakusa View is one of the best hotels in Tokyo. Located minutes from the Sensoji shrine complex, this is where to stay in Asakusa for easy access to the airports as the Limousine Buses from Haneda and Narita stop here. Like the best Tokyo hotels, there are lots of room configurations, but the views here make it special. It’s not called the “Asakusa View Hotel” for nothing.

  • Pool: Yes (indoor, costs extra)
  • Location/Access: Next to Asakusa train station, minutes from Senso-ji. 
  • Room Details: Singles, doubles, triples & quadruples. Doubles are 21m2 and run up to 36m2 for the quadruples.

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Dormy Inn EXPRESS Asakusa

Dormy Inn EXPRESS Asakusa is located less than a 10-min walk from Asakusa Metro station  (multiple lines) and only a 5-min walk to the famous Sensoji temple. There are many restaurants in this area — from local cheap eateries to upscale sukiyaki places — and all within walking distance of the hotel. But if you want to skip, then they offer free noodles between 9:30 and 11 pm (limited quantity). Like most hotels in Japan, the rooms are small, but they have a Western/Tatami hybrid room that can work well for families and groups. You might also like the public bath and sauna on the 10th floor.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Heart of Asakusa. Several train stations between 3 and 10 minutes away.
  • Room Details: Some rooms with 2 double beds and futons/tatamis sleep 4. 

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Super Hotel Asakusa

If you want to be near the Asakusa temples, then this may be where to stay in Tokyo with kids or a group. Super Hotel Osaka is less than five minutes from the main shrine, with all of Asakusa lain out around you. Rooms run small-ish (around 10m2), but they’re clean and close to all the region’s attractions. Free bike rentals at the front desk as well.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Less than 10 minutes to Asakusa Train Station. Less than 5 to Senso-Ji and the Metro. 
  • Room Details: Some rooms with 2 double beds or a double and bunk beds.

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Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel

What once was a love hotel is now one of the coolest budget hotels in Tokyo. The Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel refurbished in 2013 and now features slick and quirky rooms to fit many types of travelers. Guests can use a shared kitchen. There are dorm rooms as well as private rooms that can sleep anywhere from two to ten people. Some have bunks or double beds, while others are minshuku style and utilize futons on tatami mats. If traveling with kids, then read the fine print for special rules (no kids under 10 in the dorms, for example). Location-wise, you’re one minute from the Asakusa train station and five minutes from the entrance of the Senso-Ji shrine complex.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: One block from Asakusa Train Station, less than 5 minutes from Senso-Ji
  • Room Details: Rooms that sleep up to 8 or 9 people. Family rooms that sleep 4-5 approx 35m2.

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Ueno Hotels – Top Tokyo Hotels in Ueno

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Great access and a unique look at Tokyo of old. That’s what staying in Tokyo hotels in Ueno can offer. Ueno Station gives you good access to the city and both airports, and the surrounding area is pleasingly old-school. Here’s where to stay in Tokyo Ueno area.

Mimaru North

One of the best Tokyo hotels for families and large groups. Mimaru North has a number of apartment-style dwellings to choose from. They are fairly large by Japanese standards ranging from 34m2 to 53m2. Apartments have sitting rooms, a kitchen, and stylish bunk beds. You’re a 5-minute walk to Ueno Station, which is an excellent hub for the entire Tokyo Metropolitan area.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Less than 5 minutes on foot to Ueno Station, Ueno Park.
  • Room Details: Apartment sizes vary. Family rooms with 4 single beds are around 37m2.

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Oak Hostel Zen

North of Ueno you’ll find Oak Hostel Zen, a clean and cheerful hostel with family rooms, dorms, and rooms large enough for 10 people. Coin laundry and shared 24-hour showers. Convenient luggage storage as well. 

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: 3 minutes from Ugusuidani Station on the JR Yamanote Line (1 station north of Ueno)
  • Room Details: Family rooms with 4 single beds are 34m2

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Ginza Hotels – Where to Stay in Ginza

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Ginza was once Tokyo’s Rodeo Drive, and in many ways it still is. Large fancy department stores (the food sections in the basement are a must), as well as excellent restaurants and a wide variety of art galleries, keep Ginza humming still today. Many of the best hotels in Japan got their start in this area.

Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo

Sleek and modern, the Millennium Mitsui Garden is one of the best Tokyo hotels in Ginza thanks to excellent service, clean, well-designed rooms, and exceptional location. Walk out the front door and you can be riding the subway, photographing the Kabuki theater or window shopping Ginza’s main drag in minutes. The Tsukiji Fish Market is less than 15 minutes on foot. The Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel doesn’t have connecting rooms, but if you’re traveling with large groups go for triples. Little extras like pajamas and laundry service available too.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Right above Higashi Ginza station (Hibiya & Oedo Subway Lines). Close to the old Tsukiji Market area.
  • Room Details: Triples run 38m2.

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Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Ginza

Another small but well-located Tokyo hotel in Ginza. The Solaria Nishitetsu makes our list of best family hotels in Tokyo due to its location near the Ginza high street. Rooms are quite small but clean and close to all the restaurants, department stores and galleries that Ginza has to offer. Many of the rooms have large bathrooms and tubs for a good soak after a day of walking the streets.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Close to useful train stations and the Ginza high street.
  • Room Details: Doubles, triples and adjoining rooms available.

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Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome

Located just off the famed shopping street, Ginza’s Sotetsu Fresa Inn Ginza-Nanachome makes our list of where to stay in Tokyo due to location and cleanliness.  That said, adjoining rooms work best. Like all of the best hotels in Tokyo, service is great and the location — minutes from 3 Ginza Metro stations, shopping and people watching – is hard to beat. Reminder: There are many Sotetsu Fresa Inns. Make sure you check which one you’re booking and taking a taxi to. This one is “Ginza-Nanachome”

  • Pool: No
  • Location: Minutes on foot from Ginza shopping district and Shinbashi/Shiodome, which takes you out to Odaiba.
  • Room Details: Adjoining rooms available. 

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Best Hotels Near Tokyo Station & the Shinkansen

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If you’re traveling on the JR Rail Pass, then you may want to be near one of Tokyo’s two bullet train stops: Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station. Here are a few of the best hotels near these train stations. 

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Shangri-La Hotel is easily one of the top luxury hotels in Tokyo for families and groups, just one minute from the Nihonbashi exit of Tokyo station. The heated indoor pool is open to any guest older than four, with NO additional charges, which is rare in Tokyo. Any kids younger than 16, however, must be accompanied by an adult. The average rooms here (50m2) are much larger than most family hotels in Tokyo (20-35m2), and babysitting and childcare are part of their service if you need it (additional fees apply).

  • Pool: Yes (heated & indoor)
  • Location/Access: Right outside of Tokyo Station. Also close to Otemachi station and the Imperial Palace.
  • Room Details: Doubles are 50m2 and up

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Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo

One of my top picks for hotels near Tokyo Station. You’re just across the street here, and get the service of a and value of the 5-star Tokyo hotels for less money. Rooms are fairly small and have traditional and modern Japanese elements.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Between Tokyo Station (Shinkansen) and Nihonbashi station (Metro Ginza Line and Tozai Line)
  • Room Details: Can get two adjoining rooms approx. 18m2 each)

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Super Hotel Premier Tokyo Station Yaesu-Chuoguchi

If you’re looking for where to stay in Tokyo on a budget and need to be near the shinkansen for an early departure, then this may be the best Tokyo hotel for you. Opened in 2013, it’s still fairly new and has great service and value for the price. There’s also an onsen on site.

  • Pool: No, but onsen.
  • Location/Access: Next to Tokyo Station and about 5 minutes on foot to the Shinkansen.
  • Room Details: Adjoining doubles are 13m2

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Shinagawa Prince Hotel

One of the best family hotels in Tokyo, the Shinagawa Prince is situated about a 5-min walk from Shinagawa station. There is a pool, a bowling alley, an aquarium, a movie theater and more (extra charges apply, of course). If you want to stay in for some reason (bad weather, sick family member, etc) then you’ll have plenty of places to entertain yourself and the kids right here — all within a few minutes of your room.

  • Pool: Yes (2)
  • Location/Access: 5-min walk to Shinagawa Station and the Yamanote line (city loop)
  • Room Details: Corner twin rooms are 27m2 and have two singles and a sofabed.

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Odaiba Hotels – Tokyo Hotels in Odaiba & Bay Area

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Open space, fun museums, and space-age shopping malls. That’s a little of what to expect if you book any hotels in Odaiba, Tokyo’s mixed-use space out in the bay. Here are some of the best Tokyo hotels in the area — some of the best family hotels in Tokyo, too. And loads to do with kids.

The Royal Park Hotel Shiodome

So this isn’t technically a Tokyo hotel in Odaiba, but it’s just one minute from Shiodome Station where you can jump on the Yurikamome Monorail out to Odaiba. Odaiba is great, but from here you have equal access to Odaiba and the city, using Shinbashi station. The lobby is on the 24th floor, so you can expect an exceptional night view from your room. The Royal Park Hotel Shiodome is also within walking distance of the Ginza shopping area and Hamarikyu Gardens. This could also count as one of the great Tokyo hotels near Haneda airport, as you have a few easy options to get there direct within 30 minutes.

  • Pool: Pool
  • Location/Access: Walking distance to Ginza and dozens of train lines
  • Room Details: The Royal Park Hotel Large (57m2) suites and comfy sofabeds.

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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Overlooking Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge, Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is right in front of the Yurikamome Monorail at Daiba station. Odaiba itself is a great place to spend with kids in Tokyo, and this hotel is certainly one of the best hotels in Tokyo with kids if you’re planning for a day out in Odaiba. They offer a free shuttle to Tokyo Disneyland but remember to pre-book it. Their pool is open only during summer (mid-Jul-Aug) and for an extra charge. Quadruple rooms are available for families of four.

  • Pool: Yes (summer only)
  • Location/Access: On the corner of Odaiba next to Shiokaze Park. All of Odaiba within walking distance, but need to take the Monorail into town. 
  • Room Details: Some rooms sleep up to six. View of the Rainbow bridge available. Deluxe connecting rooms go up to 84m2 combined.

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Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hamamatsucho-Daimon

This makes our list of best hotels in Tokyo for families because of the quiet location and value for money. It isn’t fancy or in the center of the action, but that makes the price right and the nights quieter. You’re still close to the monorail to Odaiba and to the Yamanote and Oedo lines, which can get you anywhere in the city. Only 2 stations from the Tsukiji Market, too. They have a coin laundry and a restaurant, as well. This is also one of the best Tokyo hotels near Haneda Airport also…well, technically. Just jump on the Monorail or Asakusa line and you’re there in 30minutes with no transfers. 

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: 5-minute walk to Daimon Station, 1-15 minute walk to other stations and Hamarikyu Gardens. 2 stations from the Tsukiji Market. Easy access to Haneda Airport.
  • Room Details: Adjoining double rooms (10m2 each) are available. 

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Best Hotels Near Tokyo Disneyland & Disney Sea

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A day at Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea can be a lot of fun (personally? I prefer Disney Sea). But keep in mind that these parks are not actually in Tokyo. They are in Chiba, the prefecture to the east.

To save travel time when you visit, some people choose to stay at hotels near Tokyo Disneyland during their visit. Not a bad idea, but we wouldn’t recommend staying out there for your entire visit, That is unless you plan to go to Disney parks for your entire visit.

Hilton Tokyo Bay

Located minutes from the front gate, the Hilton Tokyo Bay is an official hotel of Tokyo Disneyland and makes our list of best family hotels in Tokyo thanks to service and location. Parents will like the food options and 5-star service. Kids will like the provided pajamas and the view of the fireworks from the hotel windows. The only sticking point here is the added charge for wifi. 

  • Pool: Yes
  • Location/Access: Right next to Tokyo Disneyland. 45 minutes from Tokyo Station (like most hotels near Tokyo Disneyland)
  • Room Details: Ocean view rooms that sleep four are around 40m2. Some rooms sleep up to six, with bunk beds in some arrangements. Wifi costs JPY ¥1000 every 24 hours.

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Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel

Another official hotel of Tokyo Disneyland, the Sheraton Grande makes our list of best hotels in Tokyo for families thanks to all the extras. Sure, it’s right next to Disneyland, so the location is ideal. Sure it’s a Sheraton, with the level of quality you expect (and expect to pay for). Another convenience here is that being an official Disney hotel means that you can buy your tickets in the hotel and avoid the line in front of the park. What makes this one of the best family hotels in Tokyo are the added amenities for families. They have an arcade and a great mini-golf course. There are pools indoor and out, a spa, and a Japanese-style public bath, too. Some things cost extra.

  • Pool: Yes, indoor & outdoor (additional fee)
  • Location: Right next to the resort, but far from the city (all hotels near Tokyo Disneyland are the same in this regard)
  • Room Details: Some rooms sleep four in two double beds. 

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Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort

Another top hotel near Tokyo Disneyland is the Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort. Like most of the other Tokyo Disney Hotels, you can buy tickets at the hotel instead of waiting in line in front of the park. Also, like the best hotels near Tokyo Disneyland, you’re paying to be close. There are several restaurants in-house when you return from a day at the park, including a late-night buffet. If you don’t like what’s on offer, then the Hilton restaurants are a 5-minute walk away.

  • Pool: No
  • Location: Less than 10 minutes to Tokyo Disneyland front gate. 8 minutes to Bayside Station.
  • Room Details: Ocean view rooms with two double beds are 36m2

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Hiyori Hotel Maihama

Opening in the summer of 2017, the Hiyori Hotel Maihama makes our list of best hotels in Tokyo as an affordable alternative near Tokyo Disneyland. Hiyori Hotel Maihama has spotless rooms and additional amenities such as a pillow menu. There’s also a restaurant on-site and a well-regarded service. That said, the hotel a little away from Tokyo Disneyland, but they offer a shuttle to and from Maihama Station

  • Pool: No
  • Location: 10-min drive from Tokyo Disneyland
  • Room Details: Multiple room combinations, including connecting rooms and bunk beds. 

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Shinjuku Hotels – Top Tokyo Hotels in Shinjuku 

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Choosing to stay at a hotel in Shinjuku is choosing to go into full-on Tokyo city mode. Shinjuku is the busiest part of Japan, and the rail stations here give you access to the entire country. That said, it can be bewildering here on a first visit.

The Park Hyatt Tokyo

When it comes to the best Tokyo hotels in Shinjuku, Park Hyatt Tokyo is possibly the most famous…and expensive. If you’ve seen the movie Lost in Translation, then you know what I’m talking about. I loved staying here, but one night was enough. It was great eating breakfast overlooking the city and swimming in a pool higher than some clouds. The Park Hyatt lobby is on the 39th floor of a Shinjuku skyscraper, and the rooms go up from there. It goes without saying that the view is exceptional: on a clear day, you might even see Mt Fuji.

It’s a 12-min walk from Shinjuku station and an 8-min walk from Tocho-Mae station of the subway on the Oedo line. The hotel provides a shuttle to Shinjuku station every 20 min. That amazing indoor pool is open to any guests older than 3 with no extra charge, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Pool: Yes. One of the coolest, 50+ floors above the city
  • Location: In the heart of Shinjuku. Grounds of Meiji Shrine 15 minutes on foot.

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

This makes our list of best hotels in Shinjuku thanks to location, service and additional transportation options. The Keio Plaza Hotel is on the business side of Shinjuku’s skyscrapers, which means it’s quiet in the evenings. Minutes from Shinjuku station, you have access to the entire city and beyond from here. The Metro Government Building is right across the street, with great observation decks to see the entire city. The hotel also offers shuttle services to Disneyland (free), Hakone and elsewhere, but check rates and availability. This is also an airport limo bus stop, which is very convenient for Narita Airport. There are 11 restaurants on-site, but plenty of eating options on the blocks surrounding the hotel, as well. There are also Hello Kitty rooms…take’em or leave’em.

  • Pool: Yes (summer only)
  • Location: 7 minutes from Shinjuku station
  • Room Details: Deluxe rooms have 3 wide singles and are 41m2.

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Shinjuku Washington Hotel

Shinjuku Washington Hotel is another Tokyo hotel in Shinjuku to consider, about a 5-min walk from Tocho-Mae station of Tokyo Oedo line. There’s a convenience store on the ground level in case you need anything. They also have laundry facilities — not common in Japan hotels — but this works well for travelers who don’t carry much. The laundry, however, is located in its new building: the Shinjuku Washington Hotel Annex.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: 6 minutes from Shinjuku and Tocho-Mae stations
  • Room Details: Triples are small (24m2)

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JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku

Located 3 minutes from Shinjuku station, the JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom makes our list of best Tokyo hotels in Shinjuku for convenience, cleanliness, and service. This is a relatively new hotel, and the location gives you easy access to both trains and buses. Shinjuku station is minutes away and the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal gives you easy access to Tokyo Disneyland and the airports. Easy access to restaurants, fast food, and a convenience store, as well.

Bathrooms are relatively spacious for this part of town, and the location is great if you want to explore Tokyo’s shopping and electronic stores, as Yodobashi Camera, Takashimaya, and other departments stores are minutes on foot.

  • Pool: No
  • Location: Minutes from Shinjuku station
  • Room Details: Two rooms required.

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Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku

Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku is right next to Nishi Shinjuku station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, and one of the best hotels in Tokyo for families because of its affordable price. They have a quadruple room option, which is quite uncommon among Japan hotels but can be great for a traveling family. Having said that, the room might be relatively snug compared to your past hotel experiences, especially if you have a large amount of luggage.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Right next to Nishi-Shinjuku Stations
  • Room Details: Quadruples are 31m2 and have 2 single beds and 2 sofabeds

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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

This makes our list of best Tokyo hotels in Shinjuku for convenience. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is one of the stops on the Airport Limousine Bus, which means you’re dropped off right in the lobby after arriving from either Narita or Haneda. From here you are steps away from the south entrance to Shinjuku station. Rooms come with a small fridge and there’s launderette on the property, as well. Wifi is included but is notoriously slow.

  • Pool: No
  • Location: Heart of Shinjuku, also one of the stops of the Airport Limousine bus
  • Room Details: Twin rooms are 23m2.

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Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower

Located only 3 minutes from Shinjuku station, Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower starts on the 20th floor and goes up from there. That means better Tokyo city views and less traffic noise. Since the hotel is near Tokyo’s busiest train station, you can expect lots of restaurants nearby — both humble eateries and high-end places. 

  • Pool: No
  • Location: Close to Shinjuku and Yoyogi Stations, 10-min walk to Shinjuku Gyoen
  • Room Details: One kid under eleven (11) stays free in existing beds.

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Shibuya Hotels – Where to Stay in Shibuya 

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Everyone wants to see Shibuya Scramble when they visit Tokyo, but the area is also well located to explore the city as a whole. Here are a few of the best Tokyo hotels in Shibuya for families and groups. 

Shibuya Excel Tokyu

Possibly the best location of any hotel in Tokyo. From the windows of the Shibuya Excel Tokyu, you look down at Shibuya Scramble. The hotel is actually connected to Shibuya Station with countless dining options, and you don’t even have to step outside. Rooms can accommodate 2 to 5 people. This is one of my favorite places in Tokyo and the Excel Tokyu gives you the best access possible, as well as a direct and covered walk to JR and Metro Lines. A great Tokyo hotel when visiting during cold or inclement weather.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Right above Shibuya Station so access to JR Yamanote Line and multiple train and subway lines. Yoyogi, Harajuku, and Omotesando very close.
  • Room Details: Standard quadruple room is 40m2

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Shibuya Tobu Hotel

Beds and toilet are tight in this Tokyo hotel but if you can handle getting cozy then this is one of the best hotels in Tokyo fr exploring Shibuya and beyond, You’re just a few minutes from the center of the action, and a 10-15 minute walk to the Harajuku and Omotesando Neighborhood. Yoyogi Park is even closer. There isn’t much storage in the rooms, so you might be living out of your suitcases & backpacks, but if you plan to be out and about the city every day that shouldn’t matter too much.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: 5 min to Shibuya station or Yoyogi Park (opposite directions). 15-min walk to Harajuku/Omotesando
  • Room Details: Doubles are 20m2 and have 2 single beds and a sofabed.

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Narita Hotels – Tokyo Hotels Near Narita Airport

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There are a lot of reasons to stay at Tokyo hotels near Narita Airport. Let’s say you have a very early flight home. Or perhaps you arrive very late and jetlagged and just want to get in bed. After all, Narita Airport is over an hour from the city. Here are a few Tokyo hotels near Narita that we recommend. 

Narita Tobu Hotel Airport

If you’re looking for Tokyo hotels near Narita Airport, then few are closer than this. The Tobu Narita Airport Hotel is dated but has all the amenities that traveling families and groups want, including a pool. 

  • Pool: Yes (& sauna & hot tub)
  • Location/Access: Less than 5minutes door-to-door with Narita
  • Room Details: Quadruple rooms in the West Wing are 32m2 and have to singles and 2 doubles. 

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Richmond Hotel Narita

This is a great option for hotels near Narita but not directly on top of it. Instead, this is in Narita town, which can be nice for a stroll on the first or last day in Japan. An airport shuttle is provided.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Narita airport is 15 minutes away by train. 
  • Room Details: Twin rooms (25m2) can come with two singles and a sofabed

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Hotel Mystays Premier Narita

Out of the recommended Tokyo hotels near Narita Airport, the Mystays option has the nicest grounds, with an indoor pool, a garden, and a koi pond. 

  • Pool: Yes
  • Location/Access: Narita town, 10-15 min to Narita Airport by car or train.
  • Room Details: Executive rooms are 35m2 and sleep 5

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JamHouse KUU NARITA (aka Caravan Hub)

Private rooms are tight in the Narita airport hotel but maybe where to stay in Tokyo on a budget. Showers are shared and you can rent towels. Bike rental is 500 yen for the day. 

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: In Narita town, 15-min from the Airport.
  • Room Details: Economy double rooms are small (13m2) but fit two singles and a sofabed.

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Haneda Hotels – Tokyo Hotels Near Haneda Airport

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If you’re traveling domestically or arriving from somewhere in Asia, it’s likely you’ll go through Haneda Airport. And lucky you! It’s easy to kill time in Haneda. There are lots of things to do, so it’s worth going early. Here are a few recommended Tokyo hotels near Haneda Airport. 

Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu

The Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu is located near the domestic terminal and is around 10 minutes from the International Departures entrance (just one train stop). Good breakfast and timely flight info.

  • Pool:
  • Location/Access:
  • Room Details: Excel Twin (28m2) has two singles and a sofabed

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Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda

If you didn’t think you could get closer to Haneda Airport? Well, I have news for you. The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda is connected directly to the International Departures floor. This is your Tokyo hotel near Haneda Airport if you want to explore Haneda Airport, which really is worth your while. 

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Connected to Haneda Airport.
  • Room Details: Deluxe twin rooms (32m2) sleep four

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Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort

Located directly on the Tennozu Isle Station of the Tokyo Monorail. This hotel offers baby beds, baby guards for beds, play mat and a peapod mat without extra charge. However, their supplies are limited, so confirm with the hotel once you’ve booked. You can see airplanes, cruise ships and the Shinkansen (bullet train) all from the window of some rooms. The hotel is clean and beautiful, but a little further from attractions than most of the best family hotels in Tokyo. We love this area for dining, but expect some time on the train and monorail.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access:
  • Room Details: Doubles, triples & quadruples that sleep up to six. One kid under three stays free in existing beds. One kid under 12 months stays free in a cot/crib. One older child/adult costs JPY ¥6480/night for an extra bed.Max # of extra beds/cots/cribs: 1.

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Beagle Tokyo Hostel&Apartments

Just 10 minutes from Haneda, this is where to stay in Tokyo on a budget. The family/group rooms are large and clean and some have kitchens. You also get breakfast and airport transfer included. 

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: 10 minutes from Haneda on the Keikyu Kuko Line
  • Room Details: Standard Family Rooms (26m2) sleep up to seven (futons and sofabed)

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More of the Best Family Hotels in Tokyo

We’ve talked about the best hotels in Shinjuku, Ginza and other popular areas of Tokyo, but that’s not the only place to look. Here are a few more of the best family hotels in Tokyo and tips on getting the most out of your stay.

Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel should also be listed as one of the best family hotels in Tokyo. Like all of the best hotels in Tokyo, you’ll have easy access to the city. Less than a 5-min walk from Suidobashi station of the JR Yamanote line, this is part of the “Tokyo Dome City” complex which includes a baseball stadium (home of Tokyo’s Yomiuri Giants), an amusement park and a spa resort.

You can spend a day or two just in the complex, but you came to Tokyo for more than that, right? From here you can be in Akihabara, Ueno or the Imperial Palace in less than 30 min. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is only five minutes away.

We love this area for a game or the spa, but keep in mind that it can get crowded around here during events in the dome. Some people love the people-watching opportunities, others don’t.

  • Pool: Yes (seasonal and extra)
  • Location/Access: Minutes from restaurants, rail lines, the Dome and all it has to offer.
  • Room Details: One kid under five stays free using existing bedding.

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Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage

Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage is located 5 minutes from Tokyo Skytree and the many restaurants and shops of the Tokyo Soramachi center. The hotel is very close to Oshiage station which gives you quick access to Sensoji temple in Asakusa (5 min) and Ginza shopping area(15 min) by subway.

If you walk 15 min towards the Sumida river, you will find Sumida park which is a nice place for kids to run around and burn off any excess energy. You might also see a varied array of boats here: water buses, police boats, and other watercraft. Like the Skytree itself, the Richmond is located a little out of town, but the amenities and fun around the place make it one of the best family hotels in Tokyo.

  • Pool: No
  • Location/Access: Minutes from Tokyo Skytree and trains/subway to airports, Tokyo Disneyland and central Tokyo
  • Room Details: One kid under twelve stays free in existing bedding.

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Tokyo Apartment Rentals: Best Family Hotels in Tokyo

In addition to these best family hotels in Tokyo, there are a number of great Tokyo apartment rentals worth considering. We love staying in the best hotels in Tokyo of course. Yet from a family perspective, we usually prefer apartment rentals — in Japan and elsewhere. Having said that, there are pros and cons to consider.

I’m speaking in general here, but here are the usual pros for apartment rentals.

  • PROS of Tokyo Apartment Rentals: you (usually) pay less, have more space, and get to experience things more like a local. Apartments also feel more like a home, which can be nice. They often have a kitchen, which means that you can cook light meals or eat breakfast in the room if you want to. Many apartments also offer a free portable pocket WIFI with your stay.
  • CONS of Tokyo Apartment Rentals: The main con is the lack of hotel amenities. No one cleans up or makes your bed. No pool or gym, either (usually). We’ve stayed in many Tokyo hotels and in many Tokyo apartment rentals. For us, the apartment rental’s biggest plus is the money we’ve saved on accommodation. This money can then go towards more experiences — even if it means more housework for us.

Tokyo Apartment Rentals in Shinjuku

Shinjuku is one of the busiest transportation hubs in the world. Within a short walk, you can explore Shinjuku Gyoen, Harajuku & Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and Omotesando. It’s easier to get on the trains and buses at Shinjuku station if you plan to explore further west from Tokyo central, such as Mitaka (Ghibli Museum), Takao-san (Mountain Hike) and Hakone (Hot Spring retreat area). That said, Shinjuku is a very crowded and bewildering area of Tokyo.

In Shinjuku, you will find a wide variety of eateries within a short walking distance, from cheap fast food (both Japanese and Western) to nice local cafes and restaurants.

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Tokyo Apartment Rentals in Minato-ku

Minato-ku is located in central Tokyo where you will have easy access to Roppongi, Midtown, Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace. This is another great place to stay with kids, where you can find a variety of restaurants and cafes. There’s also an amazing contemporary art museum located on the 52nd/53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills building, and Mori Garden where you can enjoy walking.

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Tokyo Apartment Rentals Near Asakusa

Asakusa is one of the best places to stay in Tokyo with kids. There are lots of things to do in Asakusa. You get to see much of the local lifestyle from days gone by. The infamous Senso-Ji temple is located in Asakusa. With the Ginza subway line, you will have easy access to shopping and other things to do in Ginza. There’s also nearby Ueno, where you’ll find the National Museum of Nature and Science, the Ameya-Yokocho open-air market, and Ueno park/zoo.

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Tokyo Apartment Rentals Near Harajuku

Harajuku is a hip & happening place for Tokyo youth, but it’s also another family-friendly area in Tokyo. There are lots to do in Harajuku. There are many points of interest nearby, including Meiji Jingu, Yoyogi park, and Takeshita Dori shopping street. You can find many cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores, as well as ready-made sushi packs and pastries. Whatever you want, really. Harajuku has a station for both the JR Yamanote line and Tokyo Metro Subway lines, which will take you to pretty much anywhere you want to go in Tokyo.

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Tokyo Apartment Rentals Near Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower is located close to Hamamatsucho station of JR Yamanote line and Tokyo monorail and to Daimon station of the subway. Being the main station for those who fly into or out of Haneda International Airport, you have no problem finding restaurants to enjoy your meals near the station. Zojo-Ji temple is also within walking distance. You will be closer to Shinagawa, as well.

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Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids (and Without!)

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One thing I can tell you is that you will have a blast in Tokyo — with kids or without. Both my kids were born there. We lived in Tokyo 2001-2013 and still return regularly. You can read our list of things to do in Tokyo for more.

From a parent’s perspective, it’s a great place to explore with kids. I could go on and on about how great it is to explore Tokyo with children. In fact, I’ve written a lot about it: for newspapers, websites, magazines, and more. You’ll find a lot of it here as well. For example, here I’ve written about things to do in specific districts of Tokyo:

Tips for Staying at the Best Family Hotels in Tokyo

There are loads of great hotels in Tokyo, but some are better than others. Here are a few bits of advice when choosing where to stay in Tokyo. If you’re looking for the best hotels in Tokyo or the best family hotels in Tokyo, consider these bits of advice.

Stay Near a Train Station

Look for Tokyo hotels that are near a convenient train or subway station. Between 5-10 minutes is ideal, but we suggest that the smaller the kids, the shorter the distance between the station and hotel is best. That is unless strollers are involved. Remember that you’ll be walking a lot with your kids in Tokyo. That extra 15-20 minutes between your Tokyo hotel and the nearest station can add up to very exhausted kiddos.

Tokyo is a huge city, and many of the best Tokyo hotels are strategically located. If there is a specific place that is a priority for your family, then you may want to start by looking for accommodation near it. Some of the best family hotels in Tokyo are near the attractions you want to visit. Otherwise, you may spend extra time on trains, buses, or taxis just reaching your destination when you could have been within walking distance.

For example, if you decided to stay in Shinjuku, but wanted to go to Odaiba or Tokyo Disney Land, it will take you around 40-50 minutes one-way to get there as they are on opposite sides of the city.

Be Ready for Small Rooms

Generally, the rooms in low-end and mid-range hotels in Japan are very small. Even the rooms in some of the best family hotels in Tokyo will have rooms that will surprise many Westerners. Most of the best hotels in Japan have great amenities but small rooms. Keep this in mind if you travel with big luggage.

Beds May Not be as Soft

Keep in mind that most Japanese people sleep on tatami mats, so they’re used to hard, flat surfaces to sleep on, and the beds in your hotel might reflect this aesthetic. Most of the best hotels in Tokyo are designed for Japanese and other Asian tourists, so the bed may fit eastern aesthetics better.

Limited Room Options for Family Travelers

Tokyo still has a lot to learn about tourist-friendly accommodations. Some of the best hotels in Tokyo are still not geared towards families. For example, single and twin rooms are ubiquitous, while suites and triple or quadruple rooms are limited. Many of the best family hotels in Tokyo don’t have adjoining rooms, either. You may need to consider booking two rooms if you are a family of four or more. If your little one is young enough to sleep with you or in a cot, you may be ok. That said, it could be a tight fit.

Pools and Gyms Often Cost Extra

This is the case even in most of the best family hotels in Tokyo. For example, a hotel may have an indoor and an outdoor pool. The use of the outdoor pool may require an extra fee. In some cases, kids under 16 years old will not be allowed to use the pool unless it is summer school holiday time (between July and August). During the summer, many of the best family hotels in Tokyo open their pools to the public (usually for a fee), so it could be packed. In fact, when we lived in Tokyo we occasionally went to nice hotel pools in the summer to cool off.  We weren’t staying there but we’d use the pool.

Other Extra Fees

At many of the best family hotels in Tokyo, kids under six can stay for free in existing beds. Not all, but most. However, if meals are included, there still may be costs for kiddo’s food.

Smoking & Non-Smoking

Yes, many of the best hotels in Japan still have smoking rooms. If you’re a smoker, then good for you. If you’re not, then make sure to check when you book. It should be marked clearly which is smoking and which is non-smoking.

Keep Your Translator App Handy

Despite being such an international city, many of the best hotels in Tokyo still lack English speaking staff. Even at some of the best hotels in Tokyo. It depends on the level of the hotel and the area you’re staying in, of course, but be prepared. The staff will try their best to help you.

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  1. Hi, I will be going for 10 days 12/25/2019-1/4/2020. I plan to go to Tokyo and Kyoto (with a day trip to Nara and/or Osaka). Since a lot is closed over new year holiday, which area do you suggest I go to for the new year holidays there? I was thinking Kyoto because there are so many temples and they should definitely be open for New Years from what I have read. Thanks!

    • Hi Tracey,

      Yes, many stores will be closed during that period, especially in less-traveled areas. However, I’d say you’ll have no significant problems within both Kyoto and Tokyo. Nowadays, many stores are open for the New Year Holidays. Keep in mind that the only places that open are usually consumer-centric: department stores, amusement parks, restaurants, shopping malls, food stands, etc. Most (if not all) museums and public places will be closed even in Kyoto and Tokyo. By the way, it’s also one of the busiest travel times for locals in Japan so I suggest securing your seats on the Shinkansen (and JR Passes if you haven’t already) to travel between Kyoto and Tokyo as soon as possible. Either way, enjoy your trip!

  2. Hi Jason, i am travelling to Japan with my hubby and a 15 months old kid in May 2019. We have total of 9 nights. How many days do you suggest at each city if we were to go to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara?

    Any recommendation for hotels preferably less than USD$150 per night. Thanks alot!

  3. Great informative and well explained article. You really capture the beauty of Tokyo. This post is giving me serious wanderlust. Thanks for sharing such an amazing article.

  4. Hi there,

    I’m Hayati from Malaysia and are planning to take my family of 5 to Tokyo in late Nov.

    Have you been to the Kamogawa Sea World? Is it worth visiting?

    • Hi Hayati! We LOVE Malaysia and miss the food now so much. Would you mail me some Nasi Melayu and a few ghee dosas please? 😉

      I have not been to Kamogawa Sea World, so hard for me to judge. Our family usually skips places with captive birds & mammals (penguins, seals, dolphins, orcas) but the ratings look pretty high. That said, I just looked it up and it’s pretty far out. If you’re staying in Tokyo, it’s at least 2 hours by train or 90min-2 hrs by car. At least. Unless you’re staying nearby (somewhere in Chiba Prefecture), that’s a long day. So it depends on you and how long you’re staying. If it was part of an overnight trip through Chiba, seeing and doing other things out there then perhaps, but if your trip is a week or two, it seems like there’s so much else worth doing closer to Tokyo. Another option is Yokohama Sea Paradise, which is closer. Hope this helps!

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