Researching through the labyrinth of hotels in Tokyo was no easy task but I'm SO happy that I finally chose the shinjuku Washington hotel. Not only was it the most affordable but the location can't be beat. It's located in shinjuku, which is a huge transportation hub, similar to NYC's Times Square and penn station combined. So for first time travelers going to Tokyo to navigate the massive transportation system, this neighborhood is the way to go.
As for the hotel itself, it's about a 10 minute walk from the shinjuku station but because there are so many exits and entrances and there is limited signage in English, the easiest way to get to the hotel is as follows:
From narita airport, take Narita express train to shinjuku station (If you purchased a JR rail pass for travel throughout Japan, you can use the JR pass for the Narita express. Just go to the JR information desk to reserve the seat when you arrive).
Once you arrive at the Shinjuku stop (a little over an hour ride), get out at the South exit. You will be totally disoriented with the people and various signage but follow the signs to the Tokyo Metropolitan Building or the Skyscraper district. This will take you across, down, down, across and you'll be walking for about 10 minutes underground. As you get midway to the Tokyo Metropolitan building, you will see an "exit 8 - Tokyo metropolitan building". Follow that all the way to the very end when you can't possibly go any further. That last exit will have signage for the Tokyo metropolitan building to the right and the shinjuku Washington hotel to your left. Exit and you will ind yourself in the B1 level of the hotel.
The hotel itself has good customer service and there is even a foreigner desk for English and Chinese speaking travelers. I booked a day trip to Mt Fuji through the desk and it was very helpful.
My room was small but I was a solo traveler so the size was fine for one person. The room itself was clean and very efficient. I would definitely stay here again!
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- Also Known As:
- Washington Hotel Tokyo
- Shinjuku Washington Hotel Tokyo