Although its name may not be as regularly dropped as its more famous contemporaries Shinjuku and Shibuya, Shinagawa is definitely one of Tokyo’s most liveable neighbourhoods.
Home to plenty of family-friendly attractions like the Shinagawa Aquarium, views of Tokyo Bay, and shopping complex-dotted Odaiba, it’s an easy place to stay if you’re travelling with guests of all ages. The area is also an ideal position for those wanting to explore not just Tokyo but wider Japan, as the Shinagawa Station services many of the nation’s main shinkansen (bullet train) networks.
The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection
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Shinagawa is arguably one of Tokyo’s most high-end hubs, so it really only makes sense that it’s also home to some of the city’s most elegant hotels like The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo. Positioned just a three-minute walk from the well-connected Shinagawa Station, it’s an excellent place to set up home base if you’re planning to explore the city on foot. The hotel’s biggest draw-card, though, is the neighbouring sprawling, foliage-filled garden that’s perfect for strolling all year round.
Another spot to add to the luxury hotel-hopping itinerary, The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo has style and substance in spades. The hotel is positioned adjacent to JR Shinagawa Train Station, offering easy access to both the wider city and the rest of the country. There are a number of excellent rooms on offer, but for something unforgettable consider the Premier, Suite, or Peak Suite rooms that boast views 27 floors above the city.
Towering over the Takanawa exit of Shinagawa Station at the top of Zakuro-zaka Street is the monolithic Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, a luxury resort-style accommodation option right in central Tokyo. A popular place for special events, gatherings and conventions, the facilities here include a number of restaurants serving up Japanese, Western and Chinese fare. If you’re looking for a place with a little bit of everything, this is it.
The self-proclaimed ‘smallest hostel in Tokyo’, Bamba Hotel is the antithesis of the large, looming luxury towers of Shinagawa, which is what makes it so refreshing and exciting. During the Edo period, Shinagawa was the last post town (small stop-off town) along the road between Kyoto and Tokyo, making it an important location in Japan’s history. To commemorate the legacy of Shinagawa, the hotel has maintained a distinct Edo-era feel, from tatami mat floors to authentic, rustic wood panelling.
Looking out onto the glistening waters of Tokyo Bay, the view from the rooms of Daiichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort offer a much needed sense of calm and tranquility in an otherwise non-stop city. The hotel is situated on the Shinagawa Tennozu Isle, connected by the Tokyo Monorail, giving guests the unique opportunity to experience seaside resort-style living while still being in the heart of Tokyo.
If you’re after comfort, style, affordability, and not too much extra fuss, then consider a few nights here at the laid-back but welcoming Arietta Hotel and Trattoria. It’s located just five minutes from JR Gotanda Station by foot and less than ten minutes from Shinagawa Station by taxi. Some of the other nearby attractions include Tokyo Bay, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, all of which are less than 30 minutes on foot.
If you’re more interested in connecting with the local cultural and art scene than kicking back in one of Shinagawa’s many luxury hotels, there’s always ARTnSHELTER Hostel. This effortlessly trendy budget accommodation option was constructed to be a creative co-op where guests, artists and locals could meet, connect and share ideas for the sake of art. The hostel features a bar, café and ‘creativity lab’ for those feeling so inspired.