The intersection outside Shinjuku JR (Japan Rail) station is the famous one where floods of people cross the street when lights turn green – which is a sight to behold whether it’s day or night. Recently, sports lovers have clamoured for “Basketball Street” replete with high-end boutiques. Of course, there’s multitudes of shopping malls to hang out in (if you’re hip enough.)
Though there is a “Love Hotel Hill” (again, not to stay in) Shibuya’s trendy hotels such as Trunk, The Millenials, or Cerulean City can set up Shibuya as your home base to explore greater Tokyo and beyond. Or a convenient place to set down all your shopping bags!
Kinshicho is a bit of an anomaly – even for Tokyo – adjacent to Oshiage and Tokyo’s tallest building, the Tokyo Skytree. This district in the northeast is home to many Asian migrants from China, Phillipines, Thailand, Indonesia and the like – and is sort of like a mini “Asia-town” that caters to ex-pats. Entertainment such as music and nightclubs are on offer, which have distinct foreign flavour compared to the rest of Tokyo. Kinshicho has modestly priced accommodation as well as capsule hotels. The Moxy Toyko Kinshicho has a library, gym, and dancefloor. All you need for a great night out or in, really!
Ikebukuro is a district that has a “city within a city” known as Sunshine City, centred on the 240m tall Sunshine 60 skyscraper. Ikebukuro is family friendly, boasting huge department stores, an aquarium, planetarium, the Namco “Namja Town” indoor theme park, and the Sunshine 60 Observation Deck. Sunshine City also has its own hotel, the Sunshine City Prince Hotel – moderately priced compared to other hotels such as the Hotel Varkin, with its ultra-luxe touches and futuristic entrance. It also has a Dormy Inn budget accommodation, as well as capsule hotels.
Ikebukuro is also home to the resplendent Rococo-styled Swallowtail Butler Café. As you walk through resplendent French doors, you’re lavished with a special “royal treatment” as butlers fuss over you upon arrival. You’ll have various handsome tuxedoed men serve you high tea, desserts, and pampering fit for an Emperor – in discrete 80-minute increments, of course.
With so much diversity and fun on offer in all the various districts of Tokyo, it’s understandably difficult to pin down one place to stay. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable experience – and one guaranteed you won’t get anywhere else.