The Best Hotels in Shibuya, Tokyo

Tokyo's vibrant Shibuya neighbourhood is home to some of the city's most impressive hotels, from boutique stays to luxury accommodation
Tokyo's vibrant Shibuya neighbourhood is home to some of the city's most impressive hotels, from boutique stays to luxury accommodation | © Jeffrey Isaac Greenberg 19+ / Alamy Stock Photo
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2 March 2021

From personally designed capsule hotels to lifestyle hubs with their own fashion labels, here are some of the best hotels in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Shibuya is home to the famous crossing, said to be the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. But there’s also a vast network of bars and some of the best shopping on the planet. The best way to experience it all is by staying right in the eye of the storm. The area boasts a large, eclectic selection of hotels, but which one is best for you?

Hotel Emit Shibuya

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Hotel Emit Shibuya
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Hotel Emit Shibuya was designed for those who want their finger firmly on the contemporary pulse of the city, with the backdrop of a more mature, retro-appreciative style. Every room of Hotel Emit Shibuya, including the laid-back café, boasts inspired pieces sourced from ACME furniture, an outpost known for its iconic vintage American pieces and excellent interior style. Ideally situated within walking distance of both Shibuya and Harajuku stations (home to Yoyogi Park, the Meiji Shrine and shopping-hotspot Omotesando), the hotel embodies its on-trend location at every twist and immaculately styled turn.

Trunk Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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Trunk Hotel
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One of the newest players on Tokyo’s contemporary hotel scene, Trunk Hotel is much more than just a place to rest. Situated right on the doorstep of Harajuku’s fashion-forward Cat Street and a 10-minute stroll from Shibuya Crossing, it’s in the middle of all the action, but tucked far enough off the main thoroughfare to provide some peace and quiet. The hotel features its own Trunk brand convenience store, a sprawling outdoor deck and a lobby that is a popular co-working space by day and by night transforms into a sleek cocktail bar.

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Hotel Koé Tokyo

Boutique Hotel
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Hotel Koe
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Sitting on the Harajuku corner of Shibuya, Hotel Koé is much more than just a hotel. It’s also an arts hub, live music space, bar, café, restaurant, co-working hub and retail store. It was founded by the apparel company Stripe, which is why it’s practically overflowing with street-style cool. The hotel features 10 rooms in total, of different sizes ranging from S to XL, each of them designed with an appreciation for elegant minimalism. Keep an eye out when visiting, as this place is full of surprises. One particular surprise is the check-in desk, which some nights transforms into a DJ booth manned by Masaya Kuroki of fashion and music label Maison Kitsuné.

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Shibuya Hotel EN

Boutique Hotel
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Shibuya EN
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Great for exploring the city on foot, Shibuya Hotel EN is just a five-minute walk to the 109 Building and Shibuya Crossing, and a 10-minute walk the sugary pink streets of Harajuku’s Takeshita Street. There are countless bars and restaurants surrounding the hotel. However, if you’re too tired to go any further after a day of exploring, you’ll find an intimate, inspired on-site bistro serving up Japanese black wagyu beef, lamb chops, langoustines, sautéed foie gras and fresh fish daily.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

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Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, Shibuya.
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A central location, unforgettable panoramic views of Tokyo and surprisingly spacious rooms are what you’ll get at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. An excellent place to stay if you want to explore the area quickly on foot or via public transport, the hotel is just a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station and the area’s central shopping district. The hotel also boasts world-class Japanese, Chinese and Italian restaurants and an elegant jazz bar on the second floor.

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  • Tokyu Stay Shibuya

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    Tokyu Stay Shibuya
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    Another Tokyo staple on the accommodation scene is Tokyu Stay Shibuya, a modern hotel complex about five minutes from Shibuya Station by foot. An excellent choice for budget-focussed business travellers, Tokyu Stay Shibuya has everything you need and nothing you don’t, meaning that you’re not paying for bonus features you’ll never use. While it’s best suited to those staying solo or as a pair, the price point for a hotel based in this neighbourhood makes Tokyu Stay Shibuya a steal.
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    Shibuya Granbell Hotel

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    Shibuya Granbell Hotel
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    One of the most well-known hotels in the area, Shibuya Granbell Hotel is a failsafe option in the heart of the city’s liveliest hub. Featuring youthful, vibrant Pop-Art inspired rooms, the decor reflects the energy of the neighbourhood. It sits in one of the most fashion-forward corners of the city – the mega-shopping hubs of Daikanyama, Harajuku and Omotesando are all within walking distance, while Shinjuku is just a few minutes by train. Do be wary though, as space is one of Tokyo’s most precious commodities, and prices here vary quite drastically depending on the size and style of the room.

    Hotel Mets Shibuya

    Boutique Hotel
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    Hotel Mets Shibuya
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    If location is your number one priority, then Hotel Mets Shibuya is definitely your list topper. Owned by the JR train company, this impressive complex is located just a few minutes by foot from Shibuya Crossing but is far enough away from the dead centre to avoid all the traffic. Here, you can expect spacious rooms, affordable prices and excellent on-site dining. If you’re chasing a no-fuss stay that ticks all the boxes, this is it.

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    Mustard Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    Mustard Hotel
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    Mustard, which opened in 2018, has established itself as a boundary-pushing hotel to watch. Located just behind the bustling Shibuya Crossing in the revamped Shibuya Bridge complex, the hotel is surrounded by shiny new bars, cafés and shopping outlets. If you want to get around the city just like the Shibuya locals do, the hotel can hook you up with smooth, affordable bike rental from W-BASE, the bicycle shop.

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    Shibuya Stream Excel

    Boutique Hotel
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    Shibuya Stream Excel
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    Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu, one of the most popular accommodation options in the city, couldn’t be more central – it’s just 800m (0.5mi) from Shibuya Crossing and a 12-minute walk to the shopping hub of Shibuya, while the Shibuya Stream shopping complex sits right on the doorstep. The decor is classic inner-city living with a progressive edge.

    Lucy Dayman contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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