Shin. Ju. Ku. Nowhere better to hang your hat. Shinjuku! Let’s go!
- Huge station.
- Buses and Trains direct to/from the airport(s).
- Yamanote line will take you to at least half the places you’re determined to go, and is very easy to get the hang of, compared to the myriad subway lines.
- That said, the subway lines will get you to the “other half” of your travel destinations very quickly.
- Vast selection of little shops, medium chains, and full-on department stores.
- Mind-bogglingly awesome nightlife in some of the neighborhoods, including the infamous Kabuki-cho.
As for accommodation… I recommend the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku:
As you can see, it’s clean, modern (only 4 years old!), and welcomes foreign guests with open arms and reasonable prices (no, no, REALLY).
Rooms are on the smaller side, but include internet access, and even Wifi (still not common enough in Japanese hotels):
For best results, make sure to pack your own Ethernet cable!
Location-wise, you can’t really do better in Shinjuku – it’s a quick walk up the street to the central shopping areas and department stores, and just across the street from Shinjuku station itself:
That said, it’s still somehow tucked just far enough back from the main thoroughfares that it has a very quiet/peaceful ambiance while you’re in the lobby/your room.
It even has it’s own fairly swanky bar, if you’re too tired to venture out:
For those who really miss home, there’s even a 24 hour McDonald’s 100 meters from the front door, when “cultural exposure” starts to overwhelm:
I realize I may have a different idea of what “best” means for this question… But unless you want to luxuriate in your hotel room rather than see Tokyo and all it has to offer, you really can’t go wrong with staying at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku.
Disclaimer – I’m pretty sure no hotel would ever hire me, but I definitely don’t work at or get kickbacks from the Sunroute. 😉 But, you know, tips appreciated!