It's one of the commercial centers of Tokyo, which explains why Akasaka boasts a lion's share of swanky, upmarket hotels – many of which count as attractions in their own right. Chill out in their cocktail and Champagne bars, not to mention the wealth of restaurants serving everything from exquisite tempura dishes to traditional Japanese barbecue, or yakiniku. Prices can be high, but you can bag great deals at lunchtime.
There's one major reason why Asakusa should be on your Tokyo to-do list: the ancient Buddhist temple Senso-Ji, which is the largest in the city and dates right back to 645 AD. Entering through the iconic Thunder Gate, you'll be dazzled by the Nakamise arcade, with its colorful stalls selling everything from kimonos to decorative fans. You can also admire Senso-Ji's ornate pagoda and the nearby Asakusa Shrine.
Fashionistas flock to this part of Tokyo, and with good reason. It's the place to find high-end department stores as well as boutiques emblazoned with the names of the world's best-known fashion houses. Ginza's not just about splashing the cash, though. Iconic structures can also be seen first hand, from the clocktower on the Wako Building to the towering, neon-lit glass cylinder of the San'ai Building.
Taking its name from the Nihonbashi Bridge (stone now, but the original wooden one was built back in 1603), this is one of Tokyo's business hotspots. And you'll be able to tell that just from looking up at the magnificent buildings, including the sleek Mitsui Tower. It's also the headquarters of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, though casual travelers will probably be more interested in the district's department stores and restaurants.
Shinjuku train station is the busiest in the world, which gives you an idea of just how buzzing this district is. It's a place of contrasts – there are the alleys of Golden Gai, whose bars are a haven for artists and musicians, and then there are the whopping skyscrapers of the Nishi-Shinjuku business zone. For serenity amid the urban sprawl, relax amid the cherry blossoms of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Definitely comfy beds and lovely pillow and bedding. What was lacking though were some dishes and cutlery in the room. Also we like coffee and traditional western teas. The pay TV was poorly described and the note in the room folder could have explained it clearly. We needed more hangars for clothing. We booked a NON-SMOKING ROOM and were given a SMOKING ROOM that smelled foul from previous occupants. It was definitely a very good value for money hotel. We will stay again if we return to Tokyo.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 12, 2013
Great room at reasonable prices. (Mid Range Holiday Expense, i.e not cheap, but there are far mor expenisve places)
Awesome view over the imperial Palace Gardens out to Maranouchi and Ginza.
The hotel is ideally situated for walking tours of the centre of Tokyo.
Also very close walking distance to at least 2 Metro stations on different lines so very easy to get to further out areas of the city.
Staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
Service was fantastic.
The hotel itself is in a quiet area, which is nice if you;re looking for a peaceful surrounidng to base yourself.
There are a fair number of noodle bars/restaurants and convenience stores all within short walking distance.
I recommend this as a first choice accommodation if you are looking to spend a few days in Tokyo.
"Comfortable room and outstanding bathroom"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 8, 2012
Friendly staff with good English capability; a little distance to station if your luggage is heavy; but the best bathroom (spacious and not clinically designed) I found in the hotels in the same price range and even better than some hotels in the higher priced range.