As the Japanese government is trying to increase the number of foreign visitors, many hotels and service apartments are opening up or under construction nationwide. As we want our client families to enjoy their time here in Japan, we often visit favorite hotel concierges in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka and try to provide our English-speaking babysitting service whenever requested. If you visit Tokyo with your children for the first time, it will be a little challenging to know which area is most suitable. To help you pick a good are and accommodation, we divide the city into 7 districts for your reference. Hope these information is helpful.
Shinjuku is Tokyo’s most bustling town. You will find big names such as Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hilton Tokyo and Keio Plaza. These hotels are located about 10-15 minutes walking distance from the world’s busiest train station and you can enjoy some green area in the nearby Shinjuku Central Park. If you are with small children, however, you must avoid any hotel in the loudest district, Kabukicho. It is Tokyo’s sleepless town with countless nightclubs and bars (you also find homeless day and night unfortunatley…). It is extremely loud and stinky so not recommended at all if you are traveling with children. Instead, pick a nicer hotel in much quieter area. For example, if you would still like to be near Shinjuku, Citadines Shinjuku is one of our top recommended accommodations in the area. You can still walk 15 minutes and enjoy shopping in Shinjuku. Other than that, we recommend you to find your accommodation in other area…
Shibuya undergoes major redevelopments and is expecting to attract even more people and business for the coming years. If you are looking for a luxury hotel in the area, the Cerulean Tower Tokyu might be the best option. It is only 5 minutes away from the station and your children can walk there easily. Our second choice is Trunk Hotel which is located in a fashion street between Shibuya and Harajuku. A nice boutique hotel but only 15 rooms are available so you should check the availability directly with the hotel. In Ebisu, one stop away from Shibuya station with JR, you can also find a very upscale luxury hotel, The Westin Tokyo. Located in the peaceful neighborhood of Ebisu Garden Place, your children will be safe and you can still enjoy local and international restaurants and bars in a short stroll.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Hyatt, ANA InterContinental are the 3 most popular hotels among our guest families. You will find beautiful parks, shops, restaurants and bars and they are all foreigner-friendly so nothing to complain. In Akasaka which is more commercial and residential town, Centurion Hotels and Mimaru Akasaka are also highly recommended and popular among our guests.
If you would like to stay somewhere close to Tokyo Tower, we recommend The Prince Park Tower Tokyo and Andaz Tokyo. You can wake up early and visit the Zojoji Temple, Shiba Park and Atago Shrine in a quiet morning. They are so picturesque that we are sure you and your children will have a very refreshing morning to start the day.
You will probably go through Tokyo Station if you are heading to other destinations by the Shinkansen. It is not just a hub station, but it offers a variety of five star luxury hotels around. The Peninsula Tokyo, Shangri-La, AMAN Tokyo, Four Seasons Marunouchi, Hoshinoya Tokyo and also Mandarin Oriental Tokyo are the tops of our clients’ choices.
Tokyo’s most touristic spots are all centrally located so finding a good accommodation for your children is not too difficult. Please make sure to check directly with the hotels you would like to stay. Even if you find no vacancy on the internet, the front desk or reservation desk might be able to hook you up with a great room.