Places to Stay in Tokyo Where Tradition and Modernity Meet

Tokyo offers a taste of both old and new Japan
Tokyo offers a taste of both old and new Japan | © Prisma by Dukas Presseagentur GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

A visit to Tokyo can feel simultaneously like travelling 100 years into the future and 200 years into the past. The city (and Japan in general) is a grand dichotomy of cultural traditions mixed with mind-bending technology. Finding a hotel in this vast expanse can be overwhelming, so we’ve hand-selected some of the best places to stay in Tokyo that showcase Japan’s past, present and future.

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Boutique Hotel, Ryokan
4.7/5 (409 Reviews)
Hoshinoya Tokyo
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Near Tokyo station, Hoshinoya embraces the spirit of a traditional ryokan (a typical Japanese inn), but with a generous dollop of luxury. Yes, there are the expected shared baths, but these use saline waters pumped from a hot spring 1,500m (4,921ft) below the city. Each floor has six rooms and a shared ochanoma (a lounge-style space) with seasonal teas and confectionaries.
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Free Wifi
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Glansit Akihabara Capsule Hotel

Capsule Hotel
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Glansit Akihabara Capsule Hotel | Courtesy of Glansit Akihabara Capsule Hotel / Expedia
You’ve heard about capsule hotels, so why not dive into this very Japanese experience at the Glansit Akihabara? Plants, wood furnishings and the capsules themselves culminate in a vibe that’s less futuristic and more homely than you would expect. A location practically next door to Akihabara Train Station makes it a convenient choice, as do the complimentary coffee and tea machines.

Imperial Hotel

Hotel
4.7/5 (993 Reviews)
The Imperial Hotel Plaza
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Imposing, vast and boasting a legacy that spans back to the late 19th century, the Imperial Hotel is one of the classic places to stay in Tokyo. Rooms are contemporary-feeling, a contrast with the Zen garden-like hotel grounds, which include some more traditional older structures, plus breathtaking views over the palace. A lesser-known highlight is the greenhouse-like indoor pool.
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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Park Hotel Tokyo

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (1060 Reviews)
The decor at Park Hotel Tokyo is inspired by Japanese culture
The decor at Park Hotel Tokyo is inspired by Japanese culture | Courtesy of Park Hotel Tokyo

When you stay at the Park Hotel, book a room on the 31st floor, where you’ll find 31 rooms hand-painted by 31 artists. Each of these Artist Rooms offers a unique experience, and the bold murals provide an introduction to Japanese culture in their designs, which feature sumo wrestlers, geishas and local flora and fauna. This modern high-rise also has a one-of-a-kind whisky bar with 100 varieties of single malt ready for sipping, in addition to a classic kaiseki restaurant serving the traditional multi-course dinners, with 50 different types of shochu liquor to wash down that Wagyu. For a taste of history, visit the Hamarikyu Gardens next door, once owned by an Edo-period Shogun.

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Free Wifi
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (220 Reviews)
Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo
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Situated in the uber-posh area of Ginza, this modern boutique makes design-lovers drool. Converted from a newspaper publishing building, the hotel pays homage to Tokyo’s media and entertainment history while giving guests traditional Japanese touches such as providing yukatas (light summer kimonos) to wear in the rooms. A 10-minute walk from the hotel brings you to the Kabuki-za Theatre where you can watch Japanese dance dramas unfold and marvel at the 400-year-old history of the art form. Whisky lovers should make a stop at Bar High Five or imbibe cherry blossom-infused gins at the hotel bar.

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Free Wifi
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Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
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Multilingual Staff
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Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (409 Reviews)
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Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills | Courtesy of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills / Expedia

The Andaz bucks the prim and proper trends of Tokyo’s hotel industry and provides a laid-back experience with 52-storey views and possibly the most spectacular rooftop bar in the city. Inside, you’ll find nods to Japan’s cultural history in its eight-seat, omakase-style (chef’s selection) sushi joint or the Tavern Grill with snow-aged beef on the menu. An otherworldly spa, meanwhile, provides Japanese-inspired treatments with modern techniques. Nearby, you’ll find more history at the Atago Shrine, built in 1603, and the Zōjō-ji Buddhist Temple, which dates to 1393.

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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Hotel The Celestine Tokyo Shiba

Luxury
4.6/5 (984 Reviews)
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Hotel The Celestine Tokyo Shiba | Courtesy of Hotel The Celestine Tokyo Shiba / Expedia

History buffs will discover a lot to love at The Celestine Tokyo Shiba. It’s just south of Shiba Park which houses ancient sites including the Mausoleum of the Tokugawa Shoguns, the Zōjō-ji Temple and the mysterious Shiba Maruyama Kofun, an unknown ancient tomb from the 5th century. Luckily, the hotel provides a useful map of the Edo-period spots for easy navigation. Inside the hotel, you’ll find Komon design touches plus a Japanese-French fusion restaurant which sources produce from the southern region of Kagoshima.

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Free Wifi
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Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
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Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

TRUNK Hotel

Hotel
4.7/5 (36 Reviews)
TRUNK Hotel, Tokyo
TRUNK Hotel has a chic minimalist aesthetic | Courtesy of TRUNK Hotel, Tokyo / Hotels.com

Easily the coolest hotel in Tokyo, TRUNK is a small boutique in Shibuya that goes big on minimalist contemporary design. Everything in the hotel is made from local recycled materials, giving guests and locals something to feel good about while swigging down their world-class cocktails. Behind the hotel is a 130-year-old shrine, which inspired the popular Onden Guardian Dog cocktails. A short walk from TRUNK is the massive Yoyogi Park which houses the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken and opened in 1920.

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Free Wifi
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
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Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

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  • Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

    Luxury
    4.8/5 (970 Reviews)
    Opt for a superior room with impressive Tokyo skyline views, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
    Hotel Chinzanso has a traditional feel | Courtesy of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

    The highlights of this hotel are its 600-year-old, three-storey pagoda and a 100-year-old traditional tea house, which is designated as a national treasure. Surrounding the history is a 7ha (17-acre) garden that backs up to the Kanda River, and has endless rows of cherry blossom trees that pop every spring. Japanese culture is on full display at Chinzanso, including at Mokushundo, a small restaurant in the garden that serves iron-kettle kaiseki cuisine atop lava rocks from Mount Fuji. The hotel also offers traditional kimono fittings and tea ceremonies to immerse you in the area’s customs.

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    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Hotel Niwa

    Boutique Hotel
    4.6/5 (1210 Reviews)
    Rooms are bigger than the standard room in Tokyo, Hotel Niwa, Tokyo
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    A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn and Hotel Niwa attempts to give guests a feel of these lodgings with a contemporary twist. Rooms are modern in terms of amenities (the rain showers are a nice touch), but the design with shoji screen windows and tatami-mat inspired carpeting is meant to bring you back to a simpler time. For one of the most relaxing dining experiences, check out the Yukuri restaurant set in a Zen garden. Bookworms should take a stroll to nearby Jimbocho, Tokyo’s used bookstore district, where you can peruse more than 150 bookstores for rare finds.

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    Free Wifi
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    The Millennials Shibuya

    Capsule Hotel, Hotel
    4.6/5 (455 Reviews)
    The Millennials Shibuya
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    A new take on the classic Tokyo capsule hotel, this iteration entices millennials with free beer, free breakfast, free coffee, and ample meeting and work spaces. Inside the capsules themselves, you can project movies onto the wall from your phone or computer, fully recline the beds and programme an alarm to gradually wake you. Welcome to the future indeed.

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    Free Wifi
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff

    Shinjuku Granbell, Tokyo

    Hotel, Boutique Hotel
    4.1/5 (1426 Reviews)
    Resort Suites come complete with an outdoor bathroom in a private garden, Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
    Rooms at Shibuya Granbell have an artistic charm | Courtesy of Shinjuku Granbell Hotel, Tokyo
    Shinjuku is an area of Tokyo that never seems to sleep, is filled with bars and clubs, and is generally on the wilder side of the city (it’s also the red light district). And this hotel is right in the middle of it. Inside, the minimalist property has quaint rooms with epic views of the street below and vending machines chock-full of Japanese snacks. The hotel runs sake tastings which will set you up well for a night out, but if you really want a piece of Tokyo’s drinking culture, about five minutes away is the Golden Gai, a series of alleyways that have more than 200 tiny bars, yakitori joints and noodle shops.
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    Free Wifi
    Restaurant
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge
    These recommendations were updated on May 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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