- BEST HOTELS IN AND AROUND TOKYO
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Last year, my girlfriend and I traveled to Japan to experience the culture I have been fond of for the longest time. A close friend of mine told me to try cool and quirky hotels in Tokyo in order to maximize our experience together. We tried some of the ones here, and by the end of our trip, I was able to come up with 10 of the coolest hotels in Tokyo.
How to Find Cool Hotels in Tokyo?
Tokyo has wonderfully unusual hotels to suit every taste and budget, whether you want to spend a night in a capsule hotel, a historic onsen or a luxury hotel. We can’t leave out the mention of serene ryokans, scattered throughout Tokyo and the amazing over-the-top ‘Love Hotel’ themed rooms. There are also plenty of unique accommodation options that will not cost you an arm and a leg to stay at.
Cool and Quirky Hotels
Listed below are our top places:
1. Andon Ryokan
This inn is a very genius approach to traditional style accommodations. It is still very evident of the traditional style of ancient Ryokans while using some modern industrial facets in the décor. The great rooftop terrace with tatami style rooms offers a great stay at a reasonable cost.
Address: 111-0021 Taito-ku, Tokyo Nihonzutsumi 2-34-10
Now this hotel is a very stylish and playful place with intriguing décor. Claska has eighteen rooms divided into different categories. All rooms in the hotel are meticulously and individually designed to offer a truly unique experience. Japanese contemporary artists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent in these rooms. As a suggestion, advance booking is recommended to avoid last minute hustle.
Address: 152-0001 Meguro-ku, Tokyo center 1-3-18
3. Park Hyatt
If you are a movie fan, this is a must visit hotel. It is one of the most popular and expensive hotels in Tokyo, as it became famous after being used in the movie Lost in Translation. Equally impressive are the lovely rooms, lobby area, pool/fitness amenities, beautiful bathrooms and an extremely professional staff. Our memorable highlight was watching the sun set over Mt Fuji.
Address: 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-1055
4. Sukeroku No Yado Sadachiyo
Commonly known as Ryokan, traditional Japanese Inns, unfortunately, are now going extinct in the increasingly modern Tokyo. In a nutshell, the decors and amenities are usually minimal. However, as a couple on your honeymoon, you will enjoy a great blend of tradition and entertainment with these kinds of accommodations. They offer traditional comedy, geisha dancing, and a range of invaluable courses demonstrating the exquisite traditional Japanese culinary entertainment.
Address: 2-20-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan 111-0032
5. Komadori Sanso
If you love spirituality, visit the Komadori Sanso and find your inner Zen. The popular sacred Mount Mitake, located near Tokyo offers unspoilt sacred company, and you will definitely enjoy the unrivaled scenery. The hotel has a basic style room, and you can share a decent room with your better half at a fair price.
Address: 155 Mitakesan, Oume, Tokyo 198-0175
6. Hilltop Yamanoue Hotel
For history lovers, visiting this place will amaze you. This old school classically designed hotel is a popular hangout for writers, journalists, and scholars. It was established back in 1937, and it still has a lot of class. With decent standards you can only get from Tokyo, visiting the Hilltop Yamanoue Hotel with your better half will be memorable, to say the least.
Address: 1-1 Surugadai Kanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0062
7. The Rock Nine Dragon Castle
Even though this hotel may be located a little farther away from Tokyo, couples who are looking for a crazy adventure should give this hotel a try. Noted as one of the coolest hotels in and around Tokyo. The building itself was designed to look just like Alcatraz, while the guests are also greeted by a warden. Exciting indeed!
Address: 2693-1 Miyadera, Iruma-shi, Saitama-ken
8. Meguro Emperor Love Hotel
This hotel was primarily designed as a ‘love hotel’ perfect for couples traveling together. Opening in 1973, it was known as the Cadillac of love hotels. This hotel is somewhat discreet and themed for a day of romantic fun, while the fairy tale castle exterior became somewhat of a tourist attraction.
Address: 2-1-6 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064
9. Tokyo Kiba Hotel
Due to space constraints in the famous Japanese capital today, capsule hotels are becoming increasingly popular. But you need to keep this in mind, that not all places are equal as some are classier than others. For instance, Kiba Hotel has rooms for couples, females and males alike. You could enjoy a fairly large sized capsule and top of the range amenities including 24-hr sauna, communal lounge and an enormous jacuzzi where you can wind down with a massage.
Address: 1-4-3 Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0042
10. Khaosan Tokyo Ninja Guesthouse
Last but not least, we have the Khaosan Ninja – a popular modern hotel tailored to suit different budgets. This is one of the best cheap hotels in Tokyo that is cost effective and your stay will be truly enjoyable. The cabin rooms are cozy and innovative, with a lively and active vibe throughout. The facilities are well shared, and even though you might find the dorms a bit tight on space, they are still innovatively designed.
Address: 2-5-1 Nihonbashibakurocho, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0002
If you are wondering how to find cool hotels in Tokyo, just take a look at the list above and choose one to explore together with your loved one. Trust me, I have been to Japan several times and have visited some of them, while I have done research on the others. When I was finally able to try them with my girlfriend, she told me she had the best Japan adventure ever!