Where Should I stay In Tokyo?
I AM FEMALE AND I WILL BE TRAVELLING ALONE TO JAPAN IN OCTOBER. COULD YOU RECOMMEND A GOOD PLACE TO STAY IN TOKYO? I AM NOT INTERESTED IN NIGHTLIFE, JUST GOOD, CHEAP RESTAURANTS, INTERESTING SHOPS, MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND BEAUTIFUL PARKS. HAPPY TO SPEND AROUND $200 PER NIGHT AND A WORKMATE RECOMMENDED UENO.
The Ueno Touganeya Hotel might be a good fit. The hotel is just a two-minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station, on the direct line from Narita. Rooms are small, just 12 square metres, which is not unusual for the Japanese capital, but comfortable enough for one. The hotel gets a robust international clientele, the reviews on Tripadvisor are good and the management responds, which is always a good sign. You’re in easy reach of shopping and dining. Room rate is around $80 per night. Ueno Park and the Tokyo National Museum are right on your doorstep and you have easy access to Asakusa, Akihabara and Ginza.
Another possibility just slightly to the north is Ryokan Sawanoya , a small, friendly and traditional family-operated hotel in the historic Yanaka precinct, with excellent reviews. You’ll be sleeping on futons and leaving your shoes at the entrance but the owner is an excellent host with a big English-speaking clientele. The closest station is Nippori, about a 10-minute walk. The rate for a room with bathroom is about $110.