Sleeping

  • BnA STUDIO Akihabara Spacious studio apartments with cool interiors created by local artists.
  • Hanare Hip guesthouse in an old Yanaka house, renovated by Tokyo University of the Arts students.
  • Aman Tokyo Gorgeous retreat with excellent views over the city, in Ōtemachi.
  • Mustard Hotel New designer hot spot convenient for Shibuya, Ebisu and Daikanyama.
  • Sawanoya Ryokan Long-running traveller favourite with wonderfully kind service, in Yanaka.

By Budget

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  • Citan Flashpacker style without the price upgrade.
  • Mustard Hotel This design hostel in Shibuya also has budget-traveller friendly dorms.
  • Bay Hotel Ginza Great value at this capsule hotel in a typically pricey neighbourhood.

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  • Park Hyatt Tokyo Palatial high-rise atop a Shinjuku skyscraper.
  • Hilltop Hotel Art-deco style and literary cred (and not really all that expensive).
  • Aman Tokyo Go big or go home: this is the ultimate Tokyo splurge.

Ryokan

  • Sawanoya Ryokan Hits all the right notes, from the thoughtful service to the relaxing traditional baths.
  • Hoshinoya Tokyo The ultimate luxury ryokan experience.
  • Kimi Ryokan The gracious hospitality of a high-end ryokan, without the price tag.
  • Hōmeikan Atmospheric 100-year-old ryokan near Ueno.

Art & Design

  • BnA STUDIO Akihabara Each room is the work of a single artist or studio, who shares in the hotels' profits.
  • Park Hotel Tokyo Original paintings adorn the walls of every room on the 31st floor.
  • Andon Ryokan Minimalist modern ryokan with a solar-powered rooftop Jacuzzi, near Asakusa.
  • Reversible Destiny Lofts Stay in a landmark of experimental design in west Tokyo.

Capsule Hotels

  • 9h Nine Hours Takebashi Contemporary capsule hotel that looks like a space station, near the Imperial Palace.
  • Millennials Larger 'cabin' rooms and a contemporary vibe in the heart of Shibuya.
  • Bay Hotel Ginza Classier than your average capsule hotel, suitably located in classy Ginza.

Hostels

  • Citan Hipster hostel with DJ events in up-and-coming Bakurachō.
  • Kaisu Bed down in a former traditional Japanese restaurant, where geisha once performed.
  • Book and Bed Shinjuku Bunks built into well-stocked bookshelves – need we say more?

For Families