Stay in which area in Tokyo?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 24, 2012 7:38 PM Last Post By: shakester
Nov 14, 2012 5:17 AM
Stay in which area in Tokyo?Hi,
we are planning to stay 4 nights in Tokyo end march/beginning april.
In which area should we book the hotel?
I guess we will do kind of typical tourist things:
visit the fish market
check out the cool architecture and the people
if the cherry trees are in bloom, visit some good cherry blossom viewing point
visit tokyo tower and tokyo sky tree
eat nice but not that expensive food
visit a fleamarket
We are not that into shoping electronic stuff though...
Budget: $150 / 11000 JPY per night
Nov 14, 2012 5:38 AM
Nov 14, 2012 7:52 AM
Nov 14, 2012 8:18 AM
Nov 14, 2012 12:57 PM
4I would stay in Shinjuku.
If you want to save some money I'd stay in Ueno.
Explanation of areas here:-
If you wish to see the tuna auction at Tsukiji then you should queue up before 4am or so. You cannot get there at 4am by public transport so your only option is taxi or walk (or bike). Taxi from Shinjuku is around 3500-4500 yen. Taxi from Ueno is 3000-4000 yen. Alternatively, you can spend the night before in a hotel within walking distance. Shiodome, Shimbashi, and Higashi Ginza are within walking distance.
If you just want to see Tsukiji Market, have sushi, and not see the tuna auction then public transport is fine. I'd still get there around 7am or 8am especially if you wish to have sushi.
Tokyo cherry blossom spots
If you want to see the cherry blossoms early April is usually better than late March
Although Tokyo is not as popular as Kyoto for cherry blossoms I would still try and book your hotel in advance once you have your dates set.
Nov 16, 2012 1:01 AM
5Thanks a lot!
We will be staying 2 week all together in Japan so hopefully we will see cherry blossom somewhere.
I have heared that cherry blossom starts earlier and earlier because of the global heating?
Can anyone confirm that?
Nov 16, 2012 1:25 AM
Can anyone confirm that?
No. Read the links that I posted for useful information on timing. With two weeks you should be able to catch the cherry blossoms somewhere as long as you pick reasonable dates and are flexible with where you go to see them.
Nov 16, 2012 6:25 AM
I have stayed several times at the Toyoko Inn Shinjuku - Kabukicho and I definitely recommend it
Not expensive, good breakfast included and in the heart of it all
Nov 16, 2012 10:14 AM
You might want to fix the link as that hotel is in Nihombashi 12km away!
Nov 16, 2012 1:59 PM
9yup, you are right, thanks for the correction
I also stayed at Nihombashi and put the wrong link
this is the correct one
Nov 24, 2012 7:38 PM
11I'd agree with acc, Shinjuku if you can afford it as its very central - you want to see people, there are a million at Shinjuku station at any given point :). If not Ueno (where we stayed), we found the area more residential, quiet and quite lovely without compromising too much on accessibility. Our semi ryokan was 15 min walk from Ueno station, and very handily 5 min walk from Nizu station.
Edited by: shakester
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