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Globe Trotter: Best Places to Stay in Japan Travel Guide 

Megan Simpson

Best Places to Stay in Japan, Travel Guide  The sights, sounds, smells, and cuisine of Japan have enticed millions of world travelers to her shores. There’s an energy—not to mention, a clear aesthetic—to the country that draws you in. It truly lets you know: you’re in a place like no other. While some gravitate to the adventurous countryside to stroll through thick forests and hike up towering mountains, others prefer to vacation in the other fast lane: city living. Both Tokyo and Okinawa are world-renowned for their technical innovation, superior restaurants, and unique accommodations. You get almost everything you’d want in these big cities, including any kind of specialized Japanese food tour you could imagine, breath-taking performances from street shows to packed theaters, and a whole lotta’ culture. Additionally, for those travelers who aren’t fluent in the language, you’ll find a decent concentration of English speakers in Tokyo and Okinawa… though, we highly recommend learning some common phrases and brushing up on your Japanese etiquette before your trip. When it comes to your hotel, it can seem overwhelming to pick from the thousands of offered accommodations—but fear not! YRH has put together a short-list of best places to stay in Japan for every kind of traveler.

Places to Stay in Tokyo

photos via The Millennials

For the Young & Trendy Traveler: The Millennials Shibuya

Welcome to the future of youth hostels, friends! Upscale and on-trend, The Millennials hotel chain is gaining traction all over Japan. The Shibuya hotel—located on the east side of Tokyo near Midtown—is nestled in the heart of the bustling city that expertly combines historic landmarks with new-age accoutrements. 20% of the facility is made up of swanky common spaces to interact with fellow travelers and make lasting, meaningful connections.
Working remotely? No problem! Shibuya offers quiet spaces specifically dedicated to the workaholic on-the-go. Additionally, you’ll find a large kitchen, play zone, dining areas, and a bar (featuring a daily happy hour, 5:30pm-6:30pm—make sure you swing by and grab a free beer!)
When night falls, you have the chance to embrace a particularly popular hotel trend in Asia: capsule beds! The Millennials hotels offer modern sleeping areas with far more space than you’d typically see in a capsule hotel. With plenty of storage, a wide bed, reclining abilities, and total control of your space via a device, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the future of communal hotels. The whole building is painstakingly clean, the staff friendly and accommodating, and the vibes… immaculate
photos via Prince Hotels

For the International Sophisticate: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo

Just north of Minato City on the east side of Tokyo, you’ll notice a strangely familiar structure rising up amongst the skyscrapers—a beautiful, red replica of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Just steps away, sitting amongst a lush garden, is The Prince Park Tower Tokyo. As the flagship of the Prince Hotels chain, this location prides itself on representing “the epitome of modern elegance.”
The Park Tower features eight highly praised restaurants and eateries in addition to its in-room dining option… making it an idyllic option for a Japanese food tour you can experience from the comfort of your hotel. You can enjoy access to the on-site bowling alley, boutique shops, pool, and fitness center. 33 floors and varying room types give guests plenty of options for customizing their stay. A great bonus: though the hotel is Tokyo-based, it’s location inside peaceful Shiba Park creates a far more tranquil experience than its nearby counterparts. You get all the city access… with about half the city noise. Truly a “best of both worlds” in one of the best places to stay in Japan.

Places to Stay in Okinawa

photos via Vessel Hotel

For the Seaside Stroller: Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa

After the metropolitan leg of your journey, hop on a flight from Tokyo (on Japan’s mainland) and head south to the island prefecture of Okinawa. The Vessel Hotel Campana is located toward the southern tip of the island, just north of Ginowan in a picture-perfect seaside town. You’ll have direct access to the beach and the surrounding amenities of the local “American village.” The town features American influences with distinctly Japanese culture and architecture. Your group can stroll the sandy streets, play in the water, take a dip in the on-site pool, even rent a DIY facial steamer for your room… for free!
Though the hotel is ideal for all kinds of travelers: this accommodation likes to, specifically, market to groups of women traveling together. Girls’ trips, bachelorette parties, a weekend away with mom—Vessel Hotel Campana brings special attention to free amenities, a relaxing atmosphere, and incredible security measure to make female visitors feel comfortable and secure. This practice is a culture commonality: we recommend taking advantage for your next sorority reunion and beyond!
photos via Halekulani Okinawa

For the Refined Tropics Aficionado: Halekulani Okinawa

On its own peninsula in the northern part of Okinawa, the Halekulani reigns supreme in this swanky section of the island. If your group is looking for that splendid mix of island serenity, luxury treatment, and natural beauty—stop your search here. Guest rooms, suites, and full villas are available to match your ideal vacation, along with a sprawling pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and an upscale spa with a variety of treatments.
Plan your trip over a weekend and you may catch a glimpse of a wedding taking place on property: Halekulani is a popular destination for sophisticated couples from all over the world. Sign up for adventurous excursions through the concierge: snorkeling, diving, kayaking, sailing, yachting, and beyond! Though the hotel’s nickname “House Befitting Heaven” begets its romantic atmosphere, Halekulani is also perfect for families, as it offers a variety of kid-centered activities.
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