Harajuku, with its bustling youth culture and impeccably stylish street scene, is still one of Tokyo’s most desirable suburbs. If you want to be in the heart of all the action, you have to stay at one of these best hotels in the district. Each of these accommodation options is just a walking distance from Shibuya Crossing, surrounded by stylish cafés and just a leisurely stroll to the historic Meiji Shrine.
One of the newest players in 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 which by day is a popular co-working space and by night transforms into a sleek cocktail bar.
Sitting on the Harajuku corner of Shibuya, Hotel Koe is much more than just a hotel. It’s also an art hub, a live music space, a 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, though, 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 by foot, Shibuya Hotel EN is just a five-minute walk to the 109 Building and Shibuya Crossing, and a 10-minute walk from Harajuku’s sugary pink 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, here is where you’ll find an intimate inspired bistro serving up Japanese black Wagyu beef, lamb chops, langoustines, sautéed foie gras and fresh fish daily.
One of the most well-known hotels in the area, Shibuya Granbell Hotel is a fail-safe option in the heart of the city’s most vibrant hub. Featuring youthful, vibrant Pop-art-inspired rooms, the decor reflects the energy of the neighbourhood. Located in one of the most fashion-forward corners of the city, the mega-shopping hubs of Daikanyama, Harajuku and Omotesandō are also all just walking distance away, while Shinjuku is just a few minutes by train. Prices vary quite drastically depending on the size and style of the room.
Just a few minutes from Shibuya Crossing, The Millennials features space-economical capsule-style rooms that feel worlds away from your typical capsule hotel. The larger private spaces come equipped with projector screens and some rooms feature unique murals designed by the country’s most exciting visual artists. The main area also has a large co-working space, an excellent place for digital nomads and travelling creatives to meet, socialise and collaborate.
A relative newcomer on the local scene, Almond Hostel is a stylish and minimal hostel nestled in the central yet peaceful hub of Yoyogi Hachiman, about 15 minutes from Shibuya Crossing by foot. Balancing easy access with private, laid-back familiarity, the hostel and on-site café provide visitors with plenty of opportunities to meet fellow travellers and creatives or get some work done over a masterfully crafted brew. Perfect for young and more mature travellers alike, it’s easy to predict that this hangout will soon be one of the city’s hottest hostel hangouts.
Conveniently nestled between Shibuya and Harajuku stations, Hotel Emit Shibuya is a minimalistic hotel with high-end hotel service. It’s within walking distance from both Shibuya Crossing and the vibrant streets of Harajuku. If you’re looking for a central city hub with a relaxed atmosphere, this is it. Perfect for remote workers, the hotel also has an on-site café.
Backing on to Harajuku, the neighbourhood of Aoyama is like Harajuku’s slightly older, more sophisticated sibling. It’s an excellent place to stay if you want high-end lodgings with easy access to Harajuku. The hotel is located an 11-minute walk from Takeshita Street and is surrounded by endless nightlife and dining experiences.