[travelling] Where is the most convenient area to stay when you visit Tokyo?

To name a few of the most popular area in Tokyo you will probably think of Shinjuku, Ginza, Shibuya, Aoyama, and so on; and to tell you the truth, these aren’t exactly the most convenient places you would like to stay when you visit Tokyo.

Instead, check out Shinagawa.

Shinagawa is probably not a popular shopping/sightseeing district but definitely the most convenient place to stay when you’re either trying to get into the city from Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport.

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If you’re heading to the city from Haneda International Airport, taking the Keikyu Limited Express line will arrive straight to Shinagawa JR station in less than 15 mins.  From Narita International Airport, taking the Narita Airport Express train passing through just one stop at Tokyo station and takes about 60 mins to arrive at Shinagawa JR station.

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In addition, Shinagawa is on one of the most important line in the train system — Yamanote Line.  This green circle runs around the major districts in Tokyo area and its the most used line for all tourists and locals.  Shinagawa is a few stops away from Tokyo JR station and Shibuya JR station, as well as one of the stops in major shinkansen lines that runs across the country.  If you’re considering riding the bullet trains to visit other areas in Japan, Shinagawa is no doubt in any way the most convenient location to stay when you visit Tokyo.

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Another reason why I suggest staying in Shinagawa instead of other popular spots, with also bigger train stations like Shinjuku or Tokyo station is, Shinagawa is less crowded and there are highly rated hotels within minutes of proximity from the station that makes it so much easier to get to.

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Here are some highly rated hotels that are minutes away from Shinagawa JR station:

Shinagawa Prince Hotel

Shinagawa Prince Hotel N Tower

KEIKYU EX Hotel Shinagawa

The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo

If you’re looking for hotels with in-room kitchenette, check out my previous post here!