Ueno has a diverse array of cool things to do, yet it strangely remains an overlooked accommodation destination. Here are nine great hotels that might convince you to buck that trend and find a place to stay in Tokyo’s northeastern suburb.
Ueno is home to a sprawling park full of cherry blossoms in spring and a dense population of museums. Explore the back streets and you’ll find hidden shrines and cosy restaurants. Head to Ameyoko, and you’ll find a busy open-air market lined with stores selling discount goods, beauty products and fresh food. The neighbourhood is one of the most diverse and accessible areas in the city, and here are some great hotels that will allow you to experience it.
Hotel Park Side
Hotel Park Side is a short stroll away from Ueno Park | Courtesy of Hotel Park Side / Hotels.com
Hotel Park Side’s location is unbeatable. Sitting on the banks of Ueno Park’s lotus-filled pond, it’s an ideal spot for those who want inner-city accessibility but don’t want to live in a concrete jungle. The property is expansive, with three on-site restaurants and a bar. Although the aesthetic is a little unintentionally retro, it’s a fine spot to rest your head for those who want to get out and explore the city.
One of the major perks of Japanese hotels are the spa facilities, and Centurion Hotel and Spa Ueno Station is home to some of the best in the neighbourhood. The public onsen features wood-panelled sento baths and a relaxing area with massage chairs. The hotel’s interior mixes contemporary Japanese decor in the rooms with traditional touches elsewhere. Positioned just a five-minute walk from Ueno Station and Ameyoko markets and with a view of Ueno Park, it’s a perfect harmony of all the elements.
Visitors choose Mimaru Tokyo Ueno North for its prime location. The property is situated just a 25-minute walk from Asakusa’s iconic Sensō-ji and all of Ueno’s most famous attractions. The decor is a mixture of modern design and traditional aesthetics, which combine to create a space that has one foot in the past and the other in the future. Mimaru is an apartment hotel complex, which means you can have both the privacy and independence of apartment living with the ease of hotel service, which is great for larger groups and families.
Candeo Hotels Uenokoen, next to Ueno Park, is a hotel designed for those who want to live the luxury life on a budget. The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving up a buffet breakfast every day, but the location is so central you’ll hardly have time to linger. As it’s five minutes from Ueno Park by foot, three minutes from JR Uguisudani Train Station and one stop away from Ueno Station, it’s a perfect place to set up a home base while getting out and exploring the sights.
Hotel Coco Grand Ueno Shinobazu is a hotel as luxurious as its name suggests. As the hotel is only a five-minute walk from Ueno Station, and with picture perfect views of Ueno Park, the only downside to staying here is that you won’t want to leave the complex. It features a world-class spa with sauna and onsen facilities, a choice of Western-style and Japanese breakfast options and unique decor in every room. If you want to explore the neighbourhood like a local, the hotel also offers bike rentals.
Hotel Comfact is one of the newest players on the Ueno hotel scene, opening in 2018. With its striking modern design, stylish interior and excellent facilities, you can tell it wanted to make a splash. Admire the neighbourhood below from the floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows while trying to keep a lookout for Tokyo Skytree, which is just three kilometres (1.8 miles) away. The hotel also has a sun-drenched Skylounge, so you can let the day melt away as you enjoy the long, warm Tokyo afternoons admiring the city skyline.
Sometimes all you want from your accommodation is someplace that’s accessible, comfortable and reliable; Hotel APA Hotel Keisei Ueno-Ekimae is this kind of a place. Not compromising convenience for style, this hotel offers all the creature comforts you need as well as an on-site restaurant and well-designed rooms. The property sits next to Ueno Station, Ameyoko and the sprawling Ueno Park.
Ueno is one of Tokyo’s most artistic neighbourhoods, and Hotel Graphy Nezu is a hotel embodiment of the area’s new creative take on things. Design-wise, the spaces are modern and stylish but with a fun retro ambience. The hotel is great for solo travellers, as it has an open communal kitchen, café, fitness space and a lounge ideal for meeting like-minded friends. It also offers bike rentals at the front desk so you can get out and explore this fascinating area like a local.
Hanare is the epitome of Ueno and neighbouring Yanaka’s charm – a place where tradition and modern ideologies come together to create something extraordinary. Located in the old-world town of Yanaka, next door to Ueno, this minimalistic guest house-hotel lies in a classic renovated Japanese home. Hanare has private tatami mat-style rooms, futon bedding, a communal lounge area and offers vegetarian-friendly breakfast options. A 25-minute walk from Ueno Station and Ueno Park, it’s a little farther out of the neighbourhood, but well worth the journey.