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Best Places To Stay In Tokyo For The Tokyo Olympics

If you’re coming to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, you’ll want to stay somewhere close to the main event venues, but also convenient to shopping, restaurants, transport and other sights. Here are the best places to stay and a handy map.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Editorial credit: Martina Badini / Shutterstock.com

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building: Martina Badini / airtripgo.com

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Tokyo Olympics Best Places To Stay Introduction

Tokyo is huge, and while public transport is great, it’s going to be very crowded during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games. So it’s a good idea to choose your hotel or vacation rental very carefully. Needless to say, you want to stay close to the main event venues, but you also want to be in an attractive area that has lots of great hotels, restaurants and shops. And, of course, it should be close to good transport options.

Fireworks over Tokyo Bay from Odaiba. Editorial credit: tak-photo / Shutterstock.com

Fireworks over Tokyo Bay from Odaiba: tak-photo / Shutterstock.com

Where Are the Main Tokyo Olympic Venues?

As you can see on our Map, the Olympic venues are grouped into two clusters:

(Full sized version of Best Places To Stay In Tokyo For The Olympics Map)

  • 1) The Heritage Zone (blue shaded zone on our map): Central and western Tokyo, stretching from the Imperial Palace, through Meiji-gaien Park and over to Harajuku, with another clump in the western suburb of Chofu.
  • 2) The Tokyo Bay Zone (green shaded zone on our map): On the artificial islands of Odaiba and Tatsumi in Tokyo Bay.

The opening ceremony and track and field events will be held at the Olympic Stadium in the Heritage Zone at Meiji-gaien Park, while the thickest concentration of event venues are located in the Tokyo Bay Zone.

National Stadium under construction for the Olympics. Editorial credit: Ned Snowman / Shutterstock.com

National Stadium under construction for the Olympics: Ned Snowman / Shutterstock.com

So, Where Are the Best Places to Stay for the Olympics?

Conveniently, the best places to stay in Tokyo for sightseeing/shopping/dining are also close to a lot of the venues. ShinjukuShibuya and Roppongi are all near the Heritage Zone. If you want to see the opening ceremony and the track and field events and be well located for sightseeing, this area is a good choice.

If you want to be relatively close to BOTH the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone, then the Tokyo Station AreaGinza and Nihombashi are good choices and they’re also convenient for sightseeing.

If your main interest is aquatics or other events being held in the Tokyo Bay Zone, then you might want to stay on the islands of Odaiba or Tatsumi, where you could walk to some of the venues. However, these islands are a little far from the rest of Tokyo, making them inconvenient for sightseeing. Furthermore, there aren’t many hotels on these islands, but you can try.

Skyscrapers in Shinjuku. Editorial credit: taka1022 / Shutterstock.com

Skyscrapers in Shinjuku: taka1022 / Shutterstock.com

Our Neighborhood-by-Neighborhood Picks for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

Tokyo Station Area (Great): The area around Tokyo Station is our top pick because it’s convenient to both the Heritage and the Tokyo Bay Zones, and it’s loaded with shopping, dining and entertainment options. It’s also the transport center of the city. This area includes Marunouchi, Yurakucho, and parts of Ohtemachi, the Imperial Palace Area and Nihombashi.

Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station. Editorial credit: Richie Chan / Shutterstock.com

Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station: Richie Chan / Shutterstock.com

Roppongi and Akasaka (Great): This is our second choice, because it’s in the Heritage Zone, making it convenient to the Olympic Stadium and it’s not too far from the Tokyo Bay venue zone. It’s loaded with hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions.

Roppongi view from Roppongi Hills. Editorial credit: Naoto Shinkai / Shutterstock.com

Roppongi view from Roppongi Hills: Naoto Shinkai / Shutterstock.com

Shinjuku (Very Good): This is our third choice because it’s close to the Heritage Zone and it’s a great area for shopping, dining and sightseeing. It’s also a major transport hub and it’s packed with hotels.

Shinjuku in the evening. Editorial credit: Em7 / Shutterstock.com

Shinjuku in the evening: Em7 / Shutterstock.com

Ginza (Very Good): Very close to the Tokyo Station Area, this upscale district has the same advantages: It’s close to both the Heritage and Tokyo Bay Zones, and it’s got lots of hotels, restaurants and shops. And, it’s convenient to transport.

Ginza shopping street. Editorial credit: ParrySuwanitch / Shutterstock.com

Ginza shopping street: ParrySuwanitch / airtripgo.com

Shibuya (Very Good): This district is very close to the Heritage Zone and it’s a major center for shopping, dining and sightseeing. And, it’s also packed with hotels and has good transport options.

Shibuya Crossing. Editorial credit: Osugi / Shutterstock.com

Shibuya Crossing: Osugi / Shutterstock.com

Nihombashi & Kanda (Good): Just north of the Tokyo Station area, these neighborhoods are home to many good restaurants and hotels. They’re quite close to the Tokyo Bay Zone and not too far from the Heritage Zone.

Nihombashi. Editorial credit: Manuel Ascanio / Shutterstock.com

Nihombashi: Manuel Ascanio / Shutterstock.com

Shimbashi, Shiodome & Hamamatsucho (Good): These three adjoining districts offer good access to both the Heritage and Tokyo Bay Zones and have lots of good hotels and restaurants.

Shiodome from Hama Rikyu Gardens. Editorial credit: Benny Marty / Shutterstock.com

Shiodome from Hama Rikyu Gardens: Benny Marty / Shutterstock.com

Odaiba (Good): This island in Tokyo Bay is home to many Olympic venues, including the aquatics (swimming/diving) venue. There are a couple of hotels down here. But keep in mind that it’s a bit of a trek to get to the rest of the city.

Gundam statue on Odaiba. Editorial credit: Phurinee Chinakathum / Shutterstock.com

Gundam statue on Odaiba: Phurinee Chinakathum / Shutterstock.com

What If the Above Areas Are All Booked Out?

Obviously, hotels, vacation rentals, ryokans and guesthouses are going to book out early for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. So, in some ways, the best place to stay for the Olympics will be any place you can get (especially if you’ve left things until late).

As a general rule, if the above places are booked out, try to stay as close as possible to the Heritage Zone or the Tokyo Bay Zone. Try to stay near a train station or a subway station. If you cannot find a place in Tokyo itself, some other places to try are as follows:

Yokohama: A large and attractive city in its own right, Yokohama has tons of hotels and is connected to Tokyo by several train lines, including the shinkansen, which takes only 15 minutes between the two cities.

Yokohama at sunset. Editorial credit: Nattee Chalermtiragool / Shutterstock.com

Yokohama at sunset: Nattee Chalermtiragool / Shutterstock.com

Chiba: This city, about 50 minutes from Tokyo by train, has quite a few hotels.

Kawasaki: This industrial city, about 25 minutes from Tokyo by train, and has several good hotel options.

Kawasaki skyline. Editorial credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

Kawasaki skyline: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

If you can’t find any rooms in the above cities, you should check cities on the shinkansen lines that radiate out from Tokyo, starting with the Tokaido Line. If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you can take unlimited rides on most shinkansen (the Nozomi is not covered). This makes it possible to stay quite far from Tokyo but still within reasonable travel time.

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Where Are These Places Located?

See these places on the Truly Tokyo Google map:

  • Open the Tokyo map
  • You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
  • Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
  • Map pins are color coded – BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
  • If you’re using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.

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