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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.