Tokyo Notes: Cherry Blossoms and Fall Foliage

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Some of the best cherry blossoms and fall foliage viewing spots in Tokyo. Includes each place’s most picturesque features and short instructions for how to get there (especially for JR Pass holders).
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Sakura, Chidorigafuchi moat, Tokyo Imperial Palace (public domain)

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There’s something about the Japanese culture of appreciation for flowers and leaves. I was in Tokyo last November to view the fall colors, and when I went to the Momiji Kairo (Maple Corridor, or the “Walkway of Red Leaves”) near Lake Kawaguchi, most of the people there with me weren’t foreign tourists but the Japanese themselves. And you could tell it wasn’t just for something to post on Instagram — many had no cameras in hand. A spry white-haired lady was there with her granddaughter. There were elderly couples. Families. Many of them walked slowly, taking their time. Appreciating without feeling the need to keep. It reminded me of a poem we learned in freshman year of high school (hi Mrs. Aranduque!) — if, as Ralph Waldo Emerson writes in his Rhodora, beauty is its own excuse for being, then the appreciation of beauty ought also, by itself, to be enough.
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Momiji Kairo is in the Kawaguchiko district, 2 hours away from Tokyo (directions at the end of this post). However, there are spots within Tokyo itself that are perfect for viewing both the cherry blossoms and the fall colors.
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Rikugien Garden

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Known for:

  • Japanese landscape garden considered Tokyo’s most beautiful
  • Weeping cherry trees near the main gate that typically bloom from late March to early April
  • Autumn colors particularly beautiful around the stream that runs by the Tsutsuji no Chaya teahouse, around the Togetsukyo Bride and from the Fujishirotoge viewpoint

How to get to Rikugien Garden:

  • Take the JR Yamanote line to Komagome Station — 5-10 minute walk south leads you to main entrance gate

Hotels near Rikugien Garden

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The 32 Best Tokyo Hotels Under P8,000/Night (Cherry Blossom Season) – Part 2

This is the second (and final) part of The 32 Best Tokyo Hotels Under P8,000/Night (Cherry Blossom Season). Please see the first part for the criteria used to make this list. Click on the hotel names to find out more about each hotel.

Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza | Image from Booking.com

Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza | Image from Booking.com


Hotels from P6,000 – P7,000 per night

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Flexstay Inn Iidabashi

  • 162-0814 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku Shinogawamachi 3-26
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 24,473
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,118.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.6
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #42 of 76 hotels / ryokan in Shinjuku
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Hotel MyStays Gotanda Station | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Gotanda Station | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Gotanda Station

  • 141-0031 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinagawa-ku Nishigotanda 2-6-8
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 24,620
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,155.00
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • No TripAdvisor ranking

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the b sangenjaya Hotel Tokyo

  • 154-0004 Tokyo Prefecture, Setagaya-ku, Taishido 2-17-9
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 24,705
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,176.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #2 of 4 hotels / ryokan in Setagaya

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Ochanomizu St. Hills Hotel

  • 113-0034 Tokyo Prefecture, Bunkyo-ku Yushima 2-1-19
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 25,025
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,256.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.6
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Bunkyo
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Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya | Image from Booking.com

Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya

  • 160-0004 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku Yotsuya 3-14-1
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 26,497
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,624.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.2
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #38 of 76 hotels / ryokan in Shinjuku
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Hotel Wing International Ikebukuro | Image from Booking.com

Hotel Wing International Ikebukuro | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel Wing International Ikebukuro

  • 170-0013 Tokyo Prefecture, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro 3-10-7
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 26,497
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,624.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #20 of 54 hotels / ryokan in Toshima

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Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza

  • 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Ginza 1-10-18
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 26,762
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 6,690.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #27 of 82 hotels / ryokan in Chuo

Hotels from P7,000 – P8,000 per night

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Hotel MyStays Asakusa

  • 130-0004 Tokyo Prefecture, Sumida-ku, Honjo 1-21-11
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 28,485
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,121.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #4 of 13 hotels / ryokan in Sumida
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Hotel MyStays Gotanda | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Gotanda | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Gotanda

  • 141-0022 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinagawa-ku, Higashigotanda 2-5-4
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 28,742
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,185.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.3
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #26 of 42 hotels / ryokan in Shinagawa

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Kuretake Inn Premium Hamamatsucho

  • 105-0014 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku Shiba 1-8-18
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 28,853
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,213.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #68 of 98 hotels / ryokan in Minato

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Hotel Villa Fontaine Kayabacho

  • 104-0033 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Shinkawa 1-8-2
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 29,441
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,360.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.1
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #34 of 82 hotels / ryokan in Chuo
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Hotel MyStays Kamata | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Kamata | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Kamata

  • 144-0052 Tokyo Prefecture, Ota-ku Kamata 5-46-5
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 29,441
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,360.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.1
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #4 of 45 hotels / ryokan in Ota

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Hotel Monterey Ginza

  • 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Ginza 2-10-2
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 29,677
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,419.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #23 of 82 hotels / ryokan in Chuo
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Hotel MyStays Haneda | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Haneda | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Haneda

  • 144-0043 Tokyo Prefecture, Otaku,Haneda 5-1-13
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 31,730
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,932.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.8
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #1 of 45 hotels / ryokan in Ota

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Hotel MyStays Nippori

  • 116-0014 Tokyo Prefecture, Arakawa-ku, Higashinippori 5-43-7
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 31,797
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,949.25
  • Free cancellation? NO
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.6
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #3 of 7 hotels / ryokan in Arakawa
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the b Roppongi | Image from Booking.com

the b Roppongi | Image from Booking.com

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the b Roppongi

  • 106-0032 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku, Roppongi 3-9-8
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 31,815
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,953.75
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #50 of 98 hotels / ryokan in Minato
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Hotel MyStays Kanda | Image from Booking.com

Hotel MyStays Kanda | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel MyStays Kanda

  • 101-0032 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Iwamoto-cho 1-2-2
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 31,925
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 7,981.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #45 of 65 hotels / ryokan in Chiyoda

I will be going to Tokyo for the first time ever later this year and I’m staying in one of the hotels on this list. I’ll let you know then how it goes. In the meantime, based purely on reviews and prices, my picks for each price range would be:

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The 32 Best Tokyo Hotels Under P8,000/Night (Cherry Blossom Season)

APA Hotel Tokyo Ojima | Image from Booking.com

APA Hotel Tokyo Ojima | Image from Booking.com

Tokyo used to be the most expensive city in the world, and although it has since been toppled from the top spot by Singapore, it still ranks way up there among cities with the highest cost of living. Naturally, Tokyo hotels tend to be expensive as well, even more so during peak tourist season: spring, when people from all over the world come to see the blossoming cherry trees. That said, there are still relatively affordable options for the frugal. Airbnb is a particularly good idea in Tokyo, but for this article, we’ll focus on hotels.

The list below is based on a search in Booking.com for accommodations for 2 people (either double or twin) staying on April 1-5, 2016. Hotels with no available rooms for these travel dates were excluded; prices pertain to those dates and may actually be lower during off season. For quality purposes, only hotels with a Booking.com review score of 7 and above (out of 10) were included; ratings were then cross-referenced with TripAdvisor to make sure none of them scored below 3 (out of 5) in the TripAdvisor ratings. Just click on the hotel names to find out more about each hotel.

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Hotels from P3,000 – P4,000 per night

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Chisun Inn Kamata

  • 144-0052 Tokyo Prefecture, Ota-ku Kamata 4-23-13
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 12,984
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 3,246.00
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #20 of 45 hotels / ryokan in Ota

 

Flexstay Inn Machida | Image from Booking.com

Flexstay Inn Machida | Image from Booking.com

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Flexstay Inn Machida

  • 194-0013 Tokyo Prefecture, Haramachida 4-15-16
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 14,169
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 3,542.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.6
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #4 of 11 hotels / ryokan in Machida

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Urban Hotel Morishita

  • 135-0004 Tokyo Prefecture, Koto-ku Morishita 3-20-15
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 15,898
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 3,974.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.9
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #30 of 33 hotels / ryokan in Koto

Hotels from P4,000 – P5,000 per night

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APA Hotel Tokyo Shiomi Ekimae

  • 135-0052 Tokyo Prefecture, Koto-ku Shiomi 2-8-6
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 17,900
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 4,475.00
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.5
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #7 of 33 hotels / ryokan in Koto
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Flexstay Inn Higashijujo

Flexstay Inn Higashijujo | Image from Booking.com

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Flexstay Inn Higashijujo

  • 114-0032 Tokyo Prefecture, Kita-ku Nakajujo 2-10-2
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 18,125
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 4,531.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.0
  • Not found in TripAdvisor

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Hotel Horidome Villa

  • 103-0012 Tokyo Prefecture, Chuo-ku Nihonbashi Horidome-cho 1-10-10
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 19,873
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 4,968.25
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #18 of 82 hotels / ryokan in Chuo
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Sakura Hotel Jimbocho | Image from Booking.com

Sakura Hotel Jimbocho | Image from Booking.com

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Sakura Hotel Jimbocho (Triple Room)

  • 101-0051 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Kanda-Jinbocho 2-21-4
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 19,902
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 4,975.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? YES
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.8
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #30 of 65 hotels / ryokan in Chiyoda

Hotels from P5,000 – P6,000 per night

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APA Hotel Tokyo Ojima

  • 136-0072 Tokyo Prefecture, Koto-ku Ojima 1-5-7
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 20,278
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,069.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #25 of 33 hotels / ryokan in Koto
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Flexstay Inn Shirogane | Image from Booking.com

Flexstay Inn Shirogane | Image from Booking.com

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Flexstay Inn Shirogane

  • 108-0072 Tokyo Prefecture, Minato-ku Shirogane 5-10-15
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 21,198
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,299.50
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.8
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 3.5
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #75 of 98 hotels / ryokan in Minato

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Hotel MyStays Shin-Urayasu

  • 279-0014 Tokyo Prefecture, Meikai 2-1-4
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 22,339
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,584.75
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #18 of 22 hotels / ryokan in Urayasu

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Flexstay Inn Kiyosumi-shirakawa

  • 135-0006 Tokyo Prefecture, Koto-ku Tokiwa 1-12-16
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 22,375
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,593.75
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 8.0
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #9 of 33 hotels / ryokan in Koto
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Hotel Mid In Akabane Ekimae | Image from Booking.com

Hotel Mid In Akabane Ekimae | Image from Booking.com

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Hotel Mid In Akabane Ekimae

  • 115-0045 Tokyo Prefecture, Kita-ku Akabaneminami 1-5-4
  • Price for April 1-5, 2016: PHP 22,375
  • Price for 2 pax per night: PHP 5,593.75
  • Free cancellation? YES
  • Free breakfast? NO
  • Booking.com Review Score (out of 10): 7.7
  • TripAdvisor Review Score (out of 5): 4
  • TripAdvisor Ranking: #5 of 13 hotels / ryokan in Kita

 

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