One of the most important things when traveling in Japan is choosing the right place to stay. The right place means convenient location, quiet and clean rooms, comfortable bed and, of course, a reasonable price! Higashi Shinjuku area can offer all of the above, plus a great atmosphere!
First of all, Higashi Shinjuku (Eastern Shinjuku) is located within walking distance of Shinjuku station (directly connected to the airport) and multiple tourist destinations, such as Shinjuku-Sanchome shopping area, Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building , Hanazono Shrine, Kabukicho, Robot Restaurant, Golden Gai bar district and many more. At the same time, Eastern Shinjuku area is more reasonable in terms of food and entertainment. There are unlimited options for local Japanese restaurants, but if you are craving other Asian foods, there is a considerable amount of Korean, Thai, Chinese and other Asian restaurants. You can try new cuisine every day!
Sunset view at Higashi Shinjuku, next to Hanazono Shrine.
Let’s explore my best hotel picks for staying in Higashi Shinjuku area.
Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho
160-0021 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku Kabukicho 2-39-9, Japan
View of Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho and the arcades.
Opened in 2014, Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho is in a lively entertainment area next to many bars, the VR zone and the Robot Restaurant. Despite its buzzing location, the hotel itself is quiet and features a large clean onsen (public bath), a great choice of pillow shape and firmness and free Wi-Fi – all to ensure you will sleep like a baby! It also provides a delicious complimentary breakfast with freshly baked bread and free coffee, which is a great bonus since coffee and snacks can be expensive in Japan!
Ladies also get to choose from a variety of cosmetics and personal items every day.
There is a batting cage/game center across the road, so you will never be bored there! A double room starts from just 12,000 JPY per night.
Hotel&Spa AN Shinjuku Kabukicho
160-0021 Tokyo Prefecture, Kabukicho 2-7-5, Japan
Secure yet chic entrance to Hotel&Spa AN Shinjuku Kabukicho.If you feel a little more adventurous, staying in a love hotel (hotel for couples) in Japan is definitely an amazing experience! I can recommend Hotel&Spa AN Shinjuku Kabukicho for the perfect balance of the price and the quality of service. In addition to a perfect location – not too close and not too far from a bright and lively Kabukicho area, the staff speaks perfect English and goes an extra mile to make the experience accessible and fun. The rooms are quite chic and each of them features a private tub with water jets, a variety of toiletries for men and women, sweets, sake and even a game console! The rooms start from 15,000 JPY with a late check-in time at 19:00.
The following love hotels are also located around Higashi Shinjuku.
Shinjuku Urban Hotel
160-0021 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku Kabuki-cho 2-8-12, Japan
If you prefer a classic hotel, Shinjuku Urban Hotel is a good deal for the price and location.Shinjuku Urban Hotel and a great ramen place next door.Starting from 12,000 JPY, it features both Western rooms with spacious double beds and traditional Japanese tatami rooms, so you can choose the one you and your partner prefer. The staff speaks limited English, but in the true spirit of Japanese hospitality – “omotenashi”, they will go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The rooms are relatively spacious and the hotel is close to major sights, shopping and entertainment areas. There is a large drugstore across the road, and the ramen restaurant next door is a must-try!
Interested in staying at a casual family-owned hotel?
Then Kyu Kyu is a perfect opportunity to meet a Japanese host family and experience living in an authentic Japanese household.
169-0072 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku, Okubo 1-11-23, Japan
The entrance of Kyu Kyu.Although Higashi Shinjuku is a bustling area, as soon as you turn to one of the small streets off the main road, you will be surrounded by two-story houses where the locals live. Kyu Kyu is in one of those houses and is owned by a very sweet family, giving your stay a personal touch and a family-like atmosphere. For a humble price of 10,000 JPY per night, you will enjoy a traditional Japanese tatami room in a real Japanese house instead of a hotel. The neighborhood has a Don Quijote store that carries almost any goods and souvenirs you can imagine as well as numerous restaurants next to this residential area!
Imano Tokyo Hostel
If you are looking for a very affordable accommodation, you can’t go wrong with Imano Tokyo Hostel.
160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku 5-12-2, Japan
Coffee shop at Imano Tokyo Hostel.For a reasonable price of 10,500 JPY, you will get to experience staying in a Japanese room with tatami while enjoying the perfect location in the heart of Tokyo, just 5 minutes from Hanazono Shrine, next to several convenience stores. Imano Tokyo hostel is situated on a quiet street and features a cosy and bright café in the reception. The free breakfast also includes hot drinks, and guests appreciate the friendly atmosphere, as the staff is famous for being exceptionally helpful if you need anything.
Hotel&Spa J-MEX Shinjuku Kabukicho
160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjyuku-ku Kabukicho 2-5-6, Japan
View of the The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building at the entrance of Hotel&Spa J-MEX Shinjuku Kabukicho.Finally, I am introducing something special for when you and your significant other feel like treating yourself and are willing to spend a little bit more for the experience! Even though the room price at Hotel & Spa J-MEX Shinjuku Kabukicho starts at 28,000 JPY for a night, it is well worth every yen, because you and your sweetheart will feel like superstars! Each room is massive and in addition to basic amenities like toiletries, Wi-Fi and TV, you will have a private sauna, a jacuzzi, an in-suite karaoke, rentable cosplay costumes, yukatas (traditional clothes), a jukebox, the mood lighting and movies, all free of charge and available in your own room!
The staff speaks good English and is very discreet, however if you stay several nights you will get a chance to meet Mister Suzuki, the welcoming owner of the hotel, who is always happy to chat and give you suggestions for exploring the area!
As you can see, Eastern Shinjuku can offer an extraordinary variety of accommodation starting from a budget stay in a cosy family house or a youth hostel, to a classic reasonable hotel or a gorgeous love hotel. What they all have in common is the location that is perfect for every traveling couple!