If you are traveling in Tokyo as a tourist, you may wonder where you should stay during your trip. The most famous areas to stay in Tokyo is Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, and around Tokyo station. Or Ikebukuro may be your option. To be honest, these areas are convenient but too crowded at times. If you want to enjoy Tokyo and at the same time experience relatively quieter time after a long day of shopping and sightseeing, I would recommend a place not too close to a large rail and subway hub.
For example, Ryogoku which is a district of Tokyo where the sumo stadium and other sumo attractions can be found, is only 15 minutes from Tokyo station 4 minutes to Akihabara station but much quitter than other hub stations. In Ryogoku, there are a lot of good restaurants that serve traditional Japanese cuisine and shops that sell local products. Most importantly, Ryogoku station has both JR line and Oedo line (subway), which makes your travel much easier in Tokyo.
Another area that I recommend is Ebisu which is only one station away from Shibuya but is a trendy spot with a lot of pretty shops and restaurants. If you are into cultural stuff, Ebisu may be your option as it is very close to Roppongi where many good museums are located. Also, Ebisu is one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in Tokyo, so it may be suitable for people who are staying in Tokyo for a longer period.
Unfortunately, Airbnb is not that big in Tokyo yet, but you can certainly find a private house or room to stay which is comparable to Airbnb. One website that I recommend for finding a private house or room in Tokyo is “Stayway” which gives you search results from more than a multiple travel search engines with the lowest price option.
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Thank you for the suggestions on Tokyo neighborhoods. It will be helpful in planning our next visit to Tokyo! Your blog is a great resource on Japan. Thank you for sharing!