The Best Family Hotels to Book in Tokyo
As one of the world's most populated cities, it might be a surprise that Tokyo is incredibly family-friendly. Its excellent, accessible public transport, clean reputation, affordability, high levels of safety, and plenty of attractions for young and old make it a must-do for any fun-loving family looking for their next international adventure. The high quality and abundance of family-friendly hotels dotted throughout the city only add to the list of reasons to visit. From the sumo center of Ryogoku and the anime hub of Akihabara to the wonderland that is Tokyo Disney Resorts, here are some of the best areas to explore and hotels to stay.
1. Hilton Tokyo Bay
With rooms that can fit up to six guests, easy access to Tokyo Disney Resort and central Tokyo, and the comfort and familiarity of a Hilton-brand experience, Hilton Tokyo Bay is the perfect hotel for those who want to take the guesswork out of booking an international holiday. The facility features all the conveniences you could want right on-site, including a 24-hour shop for snacks and refreshments, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and fitness center, and a Disney Store. Hilton Tokyo Bay is also an official Tokyo Disney Resort® hotel located beside Disneyland and DisneySea. It also features fairytale suite rooms for those wanting to fully embrace the magic of the Disney experience in Japan; we won't say much because we don't want to ruin the surprise, so take a look at the guest room options to be delighted and surprised.
2. Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Positioned just a two-minute walk from Shinagawa Station, the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is perfect for the family that wants to be in the heart of the action but still appreciates a little slice of tranquility. An ideal spot for those looking to explore wider Japan, Shinagawa Station is also a key transit station for many of the country's bullet train (shinkansen) routes and is less chaotic than Shinjuku and Shibuya. The hotel offers the perfect balance of comfort and luxury, which is excellent for families with younger children who want to relax in style without feeling out of place. On-site, you'll find plenty to keep the kids happy, including a diverse range of restaurants, an aquarium, a movie theater, and a bowling center. The hotel's Dining & Bar Table 9 Tokyo is the perfect parent date night destination, and as a bonus, the hotel offers licensed babysitting services too.
3. Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama is another Disney-inspired destination perfect for kids and the young at heart. It's a wonderland of architectural exploration and adventure with spaces like the hotel's atrium interior, which houses Le Jardin, a 400+ capacity restaurant – designed in the likeness of a pretty south European-style townscape – making you feel like you've gone for a holiday within a holiday. As part of the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels collective, Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama promises family-friendly fun and comfort. There are complimentary shuttle buses to the Disney Resort Line, spacious guest rooms, Disney-branded stores, convenience stores on-site, and even a photo studio if you are inclined to capture your precious holiday moments.
4. The Tokyo Station Hotel
Standing proud in the center of Tokyo's sleek business district, The Tokyo Station Hotel may not seem like the top-of-list choice for families looking to book a room, but it can be. The hotel boasts a perfect balance of understated luxury. It's not too high-end to feel out of place with kids but is punctuated with European-inspired sophistication. Its location is ideal; right at Tokyo Station, a central national transit hub, it is serviced by the metro/ subway, JR rail routes, bus, and bullet trains (shinkansen). The hotel's spacious rooms tick all the boxes for families who want to travel in style. A highlight of the facility is the 65sqm Maisonette room, which occupies two levels and offers space and privacy. The former is an ultimate luxury in densely populated Tokyo. There's plenty to explore nearby by foot, like the Imperial Palace and gardens, but for on-site attractions, there's also a gallery, restaurant, spa, and fitness center.
5. The Gate Hotel Ryogoku by Hulic
Sumo, the official national sport of Japan, is an icon of Japanese culture, and witnessing the mighty clash of superhuman strength in action is one bucket-list item for most travelers to Japan. The Ryogoku area, located right by the Sumida River, is sumo's home and the perfect place to stay with the family when exploring this centerpiece of Japanese culture. The Gate Hotel Ryogoku by Hulic is an ideal, family-friendly choice. The hotel boasts airy rooms, a sleek restaurant and bar, and easy access to the Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Arena and JR Ryogoku Station, which will get you into central Tokyo.
6. Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay
Just 17 minutes by train from Tokyo Station, and three minutes from Tokyo Disney Resort, the Tokyo Disney Resort® Partner Hotel, Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay offers the best of both worlds in terms of centrality and convenience. Shopping facilities with three major outlets also surround the hotel with atre Shin-Urayasu MONA Shin-Urayasu aeon Shin-Urayasu all accessible from the Oriental Hotel tokyo bay by foot. One of the biggest draw cards for Oriental Hotel tokyo bay, however, is the variety of guest rooms and suites. The hotel has rooms catered to more specific needs, including couples escapes, girls' retreats, and families. As a nice added touch, the 11th and 12th floors have rooms specifically designed for families by mothers of young children.
7. Hotel MONday Apartment Premium Akihabara
MONday Apartment Premium Akihabara is a hybrid apartment-hotel accommodation making it an excellent option for families looking for the comfort of a hotel and the convenience and privacy of an apartment stay. The facility is located in the heart of one of Tokyo's most vibrant districts, Akihabara, home to anime, manga stores, and neon-lit game centers that'll keep the kids hypnotized. MONday Apartment also offers long-stay options for those wanting to set up a more solid home base while exploring everything Tokyo offers. The larger-than-average rooms come complete with a small kitchen featuring a stove, toaster oven, and fridge. There are also rentable Bluetooth speakers, clothes hangers, and washing facilities, making it the epitome of 'home away from home.'
8. Hyatt Regency Tokyo Bay
Sweeping sea views flanked by palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze, Hyatt Regency Tokyo Bay isn't what you'd typically expect from a Tokyo stay, but in all the best ways. The facility is located just out of the city's center in the picturesque surrounds of the Shin-Urayasu / Maihama Bay area. It's still close enough to central Tokyo, so close that the city's sparkling skyline is visible from the facility. On-site are three restaurants serving sushi, teppanyaki, and European dining, a rooftop bar for quiet adults-only retreats, and an on-site store selling hotel-made sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Across the hotel's 350 rooms, there's something for all family styles, including three-twin bed kid-friendly rooms with stuffed animals and a play tent for a little extra fun.
9. Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel
Nestled proudly on the bay from which it gets its name, Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel is a sleek hotel-resort hybrid offering a retreat from downtown Tokyo city life with the accessibility of having Tokyo Disney Resorts at your doorstep. One of the highlights of this hotel is the variety of family-friendly room options, which are both spacious and well-furnished to match diverse tastes. From tatami mat twin rooms, like the 'Family Room,' connecting rooms, a princess-themed room, and an under-water 'Submarine' room, it's sure to set the scene for a unique family experience that blends luxury, comfort, and fun in equal style.
10. Onsen Ryoken Yuen Bettei Tokyo Daita
For a truly authentic Japanese stay experience, it's worth considering a night or two at a traditional Japanese inn known as a ryokan. Very classical, imbued with tranquility and an air of quiet, understated sophistication, a ryokan doesn't always feel like the most welcoming place to bring a family. Onsen Ryokan Yuen Bettei Tokyo Daita, however, is open to groups of all types, including young families. Located in the backstreets of Shimokitzawa, a trendy inner-city neighborhood, this ryokan is a newer facility and combines traditional style with contemporary comforts. The Maisonette twin room is a great choice for small families as it has two floors, with twin beds on the top floor and space to lay down some futons on the first.
11. Asakusa View Hotel
Classic upmarket Tokyo style and a position right in the middle of one of the city's most vibrant and iconically traditional Japanese districts, Asakusa View Hotel is great for those who want to explore the more historical side of Japan by foot. A scenic four-minute walk from Sonsoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple, and a leisurely 10-minute stroll to Kappabashi Shopping Street, home to Tokyo's best food outlets, the location alone is worth booking a room for. The twin and quad-sized rooms are best for smaller families, and with scenes of the city skyline – including Tokyo Tower – from the bedroom window, you'll find it hard to pull yourself away from the view long enough to explore all the wonderful things right at the hotel doorstep.