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TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

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TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

Hello ----

I'm going to Tokyo from March 27th to April 3rd - with my husband and teenaged son. It's our first time. I've tried to get reservations at three nice, budget hotels, but all are booked. Toyko Inn seems like a reasonable choice and they have availability. But I don't know which to pick! can you tell me from this list which is a good location? We want to be central to many sites but we don't like a lot of noise and touristy commercialism.

Thank you!!! here is the list: (maybe you could give the Top Five locations??)

Ikebukuro Kita-guchi No.2

Haneda Otorii Shinkan

Shinjuku Kabuki-cho

Haneda Otorii Honkan

Asakusa-bashi Kosaten

Nihon-bashi Bakuro-yokoyama A1

Ikebukuro Kita-guchi No.1

Nihon-bashi Hamacho Koen

Tozai-Sen Nishi-kasai

Minami-Shinagawa Aomono-yokocho-eki

Oimachi-eki Chuo-guchi Nishi

Monzen-nakacho Eitaibashi

Asakusa Senzoku

Otsuka-eki Kita-guchi No.2

Akabane Iwabuchi Ekimae

Korakuen Bunkyokuyakusho-mae

Uguisudani Ekimae

Nihon-bashi Ningyo-cho

Thank you --

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1. Re: TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

Check this thread from the past:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g298184-i861-k1827…

As someone who has stayed there a number of times, first thing I would suggest is you go to their reservations site and pick the dates you plan to be in Tokyo and type of room that you want.(twin, double etc--not all hotels have twin rooms, for example). For example, if you pick double room for that time period you will find a lot of the hotels are sold out or only partially available. You have less choice if you want non smoking as well. The problem is the better locations sell out first,.

Also, be careful because some of the locations are actually quite far from the normally visited parts of Tokyo .You may want to consider breaking your stay into 2 different components based on what rooms are available and where.

Are you planning on getting 2 rooms, one for you and husband and one for son? If don't really see how you can fit 3 people into a double or twin room (and in fact the hotel may not allow it at all)

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hi,

I want to get 3 single rooms. It would be SO helpful, since most of the hotels do have single rooms available for my dates, if you could possibly tell me a few names that ARE centrally located. MUCH appreciated, thanks.

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3. Re: TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

Ok, great now that I know you want 3 single rooms. The other slightly complicating factor is if you have a JR pass or not. If you do, you would always prefer to be near a JR station.

To me these are the central hotels: (not in any order and these are always the first to sell out):

Shinagawa-eki Takanawa-guchi (this seems to be the preferred one)

Shinjuku Kabuki-cho--I don't actually like this one-I like to be right beside a JR station. Near adult entertainment type area if that is an issue for you.

Ikebukuro Kita-guchi No.2 and 1-close to a major JR station and subways--easy to get to from most parts of Tokyo.

Less Central but still OK

Toyoko Inn Club Nihon-bashi Kobuna-cho

Toyoko Inn Club Nihon-bashi Hamacho

Asakusa Senzoku

Asakusa Komagata

Toyoko Inn Monzen-nakacho Eitaibashi ( I have stayed at this one-it is a subway ride to the east of Tokyo and in a fairly quiet area). I had to take it as the more popular locations were sold out.

PS-on my next trip to Tokyo I have actually picked one that others might not It is the Oimachi Toyoko Inn-it is one station south of Shinagawa so easy to get to Shikansens and the Yamanote line for access to the rest of Tokyo and it is a 2 minute walk from the train station (which probably really means a 5 minutes walk!). I always prefer hotels as close as I can get to the train/subway station.

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4. Re: TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

thank you so much for that great great answer! I posted the same question to another site and I was told that Tokyo is large so it doesn't matter, which, even in my ignorance, I don't believe is really true! You've given me a great place to start clicking away on Availability now!

Have a great day.

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5. Re: TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

Of all the one's you listed, I would say Korakuen Bunkyokuyakusho-mae or Ikebukruo.

Many of the Toyoko Inn locations you listed, while IN Tokyo are located in the outskirts, or not located for tourist purposes in my opinion.

However the Korakuen Bunkyokuyakusho-mae location is right smack in the middle of Central Tokyo (ok not exactly smack in the middle, but it is very centralized compared to the rest on the list) and very easy access to 4 subway lines.

Some might say because they are not JR lines it is a minus, but the Subways can get you to most tourist spots in Tokyo, also being Central you're not too far from the major sites.

Though I don't stay at Toyoko-inns anymore.

Edited: 07 February 2010, 17:12
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6. Re: TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

I just confirmed this:

"Otsuka-eki Kita-guchi No.2"

It seemed to be in a decent location for my dates and need for non-smoking rooms. Thanks again!

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7. Re: TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

Otsuka-eki Kita-guchi No.2 would seem to fit what you want (I don't know that one as I always pick one with twin rooms and they don't have them there).

In any case, it is on the Yamanote line, so you have easy access to many places quickly. It is also a fairly quiet station which may be good for you on a first trip.

It has 54,000 people use it a day, but one station South at Ikebukuro 2.7 million people use it per day. Quite a difference!

(Wikipedia has an interesting article on the Yamanote Line --it says http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamanote_line

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>>>I would say Korakuen Bunkyokuyakusho-mae or Ikebukruo.<<<

I totally agree with this. Too bad the op didn't listen. Otsuka is not convenient and undesirable.

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Otsuka is convenient to Ikebukuro, relatively convenient to Shinjuku, less convenient to Ueno and Shibuya but it is a quiet, slightly adult-oriented neighborhood. To a foreigner, you would not even notice the adult businesses unless you went looking for them, but this goes for almost all areas of central Tokyo.

Another convenient location is Uguisudani which is one stop from Nippori and one stop from Ueno on JR. You can catch local Keihin-Tohoku line trains there, too. There is a dense concentration of love hotels in Uguisudani but if you exit the south side of the station, cross the bridge and walk to the hotel you will not even see any love hotels until you come right up to the Toyoko Inn where there is one next door. It's very discreet and there is really nothing to see. The concentration of love hotels that everyone talks about are behind and to the north. Uguisudani is not the type of place you do things at, it's just a convenient place to stay, far more convenient than Otsuka but a little more busy and less quiet. The rooms are sound-proofed, the hotel is spotless and you will not have any issues with the neighborhood. I chose it because I wanted convenient access to the Skyliner on my way back to the airport.

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10. Re: TOKYO INN locations in Tokyo: which one should I choose?

route246 - I never knew there was a TI at Uguisudani. I was actually in that neighborhood last year when I was visiting Tokyo as it is near a Calligraphy Museum. Is that a new TI? I saw the love hotels but the neighborhood seemed fine.....a good option I think particularly if you take the Keisei to Narita....