Where to Stay in Tokyo with Family
Where to stay in Tokyo with a family? A potentially difficult question answered right here. We've got area guides and hotel recommendations sure to take the stress out of planning your Tokyo family vacation.
Tokyo is a city of many faces, famous for diverse reasons and loved by diverse sets of people. What can often be neglected, however, is Tokyo’s suitability to families looking for a vibrant, fun and safe vacation destination. Despite this, where to stay in Tokyo with a family is a question that needs considering carefully. In a city so large and with such limited space, finding the perfect location to stay in can be a challenge.
That’s where we come in with our definitive guide on where to stay in Tokyo with a family. Area by area we’ll show you what Tokyo offers – allowing you to make an informed, personalized decision.
Where to Stay in Tokyo with Family – Area Guide
Our principle concerns in putting together this guide have been suitable room sizes, facilities for children and safe, convenient locations. All our recommendations are within easy reach of major train stations and tourist hotspots, but each has its own unique up and downsides. We’ll guide you through the area and even give you some specific hotel recommendations – how about that?
Situated in the northeastern part of the city, Asakusa offers a slice of old Tokyo and as such is highly popular with tourists. Find here Sensoji Temple (also known as Asakusa Kannon temple), one of the countries oldest, as well as Nakamise Dori, a shopping street specializing in traditional Japanese crafts and souvenirs. Asakusa is also the location of Sanja Mastsuri, one of Tokyo’s most popular traditional street festivals held every year on the third weekend of May.
West of Asakusa, Ueno is another busy part of Tokyo with a bustling street market, Ameya Yokocho, a former post-war black market. The main draw of Ueno, however, is its large park, the site of many of the city’s most notable museums and galleries including the National Museum, The National Museum of Western Arts and Ueno Zoo. It is also a beautiful spot for cherry blossom viewing (hanami) in the spring.
Hotels in Asakusa/Ueno
A Japanese style hotel within a five-minute walk of Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple. The deluxe rooms, suitable for a family of three to five, would be a great choice. Japanese breakfasts and dinners are provided upon request.
Price: 8,800 – 16,200 yen per person, per night (Child rate age 3-7 50% off, 8-11 70% off and 2,000 yen extra for baby bedding)
Said to be the biggest hostel & guesthouse chain in Japan, Khaosan World offers a homely and laid back environment perfect for families. The hostel offers both traditional and modern Japanese rooms, each suitable for two to five people with a private shower in each.
Price: private family rooms (deluxe two bed) start from 10,800 yen per night
This hotel in the heart of Ueno offers contemporary style and all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Suite rooms come with two beds and one sofa bed. Style, comfort and close proximity to the station – ideal.
Price: an economy double room starts from around 12,000 yen and a standard family room starts from around 43,000 yen per night.
This hotel, near Ueno park and about five minutes walk to JR Ueno Station offers both Japanese and Western style rooms within a welcoming, family-friendly environment. A family plan is also available (free of charge for children under age of six).
Price: family room rates start from 17,800 yen per night.
A busy commercial district home to Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace – the residence of the Japanese royals. Marunouchi today is a chic neighborhood popular for shopping and dining. Whilst not particularly cheap, the convenience and amenities available here make it a good family choice. Easily reach anywhere in the city without the crowds.
Hotels in Marunouchi
A luxurious night is guaranteed at any Four Seasons and this one is no different. The hotel is linked directly to Tokyo Station for ultimate convenience and the facilities – gym, spa, salon, onsen and baby sitting service – are all included in the price.
Price: a deluxe room start around 101,000 yen per night
Within walking distance to Tokyo Station plus easy access to several subways nearby makes this highly convenient for families. There are hotel plans which offer 20 to 40% discounts for up to 2-night stays.
Price: triple rooms start from around 28,000 yen per night
Located in central Tokyo, Ginza is considered one of the most exclusive shopping districts in Japan. Find here famous international brands, lavish restaurants, five stars hotels, art galleries and a grand Kabuki theatre: Kabukiza. Seafood lovers should know that Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world’s largest wholesale fish markets, is only two stops away. Although a somewhat expensive area, it is an ideal HQ for visitors, especially those with families.
Roppongi, a famous Tokyo nightlife district and ever popular with foreigners, is another ideal spot to stay with a family. At the heart of the area is the Roppongi Hills complex, a huge mix of offices, apartments, shops, restaurants and attractions. Roppongi Hills is sleak and family-friendly, evidenced by the high volume of expat families in the area.
Hotels in Ginza/Roppongi
A concept hotel in the centre of Ginza designed by contemporary artists including award-winning interior designer Shigeru Uchida. Stylish definitely, but also convenient at just one minute from Shimbashi Station.
Price: a quadruple room with four twin beds starts from 45,000 yen per night.
Millennium hotels guarantee deluxe holiday accomodation, with unbeatable facilities and a prime location. Millenium Mitsui Garden is located near several subway stations and some rooms even come with a view of Kabukiza, one of the city’s most prized Kabuki theatres.
Price: a corner triple room with three twin beds starts from around 78,000 per night.
The B Roppongi is located only one minutes walk from Roppongi Station (Toei Oedo Line) and is close to attractions including Roppongi Hills and the National Art Center. The hotel offers excellent amenities and can also offer guests discount tickets and special offers on many of the city’s top tourist attractions.
Price: an exclusive twin room with one sofa bed (for three people) start around 26,000 yen per night.
Shinjuku is another of Tokyo’s major business and entertainment districts. Find here skyscrapers including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building with its free observation desk, Kabukicho, the city’s red light district and much much more. Shinjuku is known for its nightlife but its abundace of daylight hour attractions and unbeatable transport links makes it another ideal spot for families.
A little less crowed than Shinjuku, Shibuya is a hub for students and young office workers as well as visitors. There are several famous universities, shopping malls and hangouts in the area which has come to acquire a cool reputation. One of Tokyo’s most easily recognized landmarks, Shibuya Crossing, is right outside the station which, like nearby Shinjuku, has excellent transport links. A busy district but again, the abudnace of entertainment and dining options makes it an exciting spot to stay with a family.
Hotels in Shinjuku/Shibuya
Roughly two minutes from Shin-Okubo Station which is itself two minutes by train or 10 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station, this hotel is very foreigner friendly and has rooms to fit all party sizes. What’s more, it’s very reasonably priced.
Price: a quadruple room (for four people) starts from around 19,500 yen per night.
Also about a two-minute walk from Shin-Okubo Station, this family-friendly hotel offers large rooms able to accommodate up to seven guests and all come complete with a private bathroom. The rooms are traditional Japanese in style, with futon beds alongside the standard hotel amenities.
Price: a quadruple room for four guests starts from 18,500 yen, and a family room for up to seven guests is around 28,700 yen per night
Decorated in a contemporary style, the Shibuya Excel hotel offers a perfect panorama of Tokyo from its elevated location. The hotel is directly connected to Shibuya station, giving it a prime location in the heart of this vibrant district.
Price: a standard triple room starts from around 45,900 yen per night
A man-made island off Tokyo Bay, Odaiba, whilst a little further from downtown Tokyo than our other suggestions, has much of its own to give. The island, connected to Tokyo by the iconic Rainbow Bridge, is brimming with shopping malls, entertainment centers and attractions – perfect for families. Kids will especially love the giant Gundam robot and Joyopolis, Japan’s premier virtual theme park. For a full guide to Odaiba check out our guide to the top 23 things to do in Odaiba, here.
Hotels in Odaiba
The Grand Nikko offers guests easy access to Daiba station (two or three-minute walk) and DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. The hotel’s facilities include a gym, spa, salon, outdoor swimming pool and a free daily shuttle service to Tokyo Disney Resort.
Price: a quadruple room for four guests starts at around 61,000 yen per night.
About a seven-minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Seimon Station, the highlight of Hotel Trusty is the Cuole Lounge, a daytime restaurant serving international cuisine which turns into a jazz bar in the evening.
Price: a triple room starts from around 31,000 yen per night.
Tokyo Disney Resort
How could we neglect to mention Tokyo Disney Resort? Comprised of Disneyland and DisneySea, there’s days of fun to be had here with a family. The appeals of a Disney Resort hardly need to be spelled out, but what marks the Tokyo version out is its cleanliness, the ever helpful staff and the range of attractions for kids and parents alike. If you’re in Tokyo for an extended stay, a couple of days here is a must.
Hotels at Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disney resort hotels (full list of official and partner hotels)
There are both official and partner hotels surrounding the park. Mostly, the Disney hotels inside Tokyo Disney Resort provide distinct Disney themed interiors that kids will love. Partner hotels, though without the outlandish interiors, do offer more affordability.
Price: For official hotels inside the resort, family room rates (for five guests) start at around 110,000 yen per night (rising during peak seasons). For partner hotel rates, a family room is around 40,000 yen per night.