Researching and finding the best family hotels before booking your lodging can make a world of difference when traveling somewhere new.
And, even though traveling abroad is an exhilarating experience (regardless of lodging options), knowing the best and safest places to stay with your family is crucial.
If you want to make the most of your family vacation in Japan, take advantage of our list of the best family hotels in Tokyo.
1. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo – City Center of Tokyo
This high-end hotel in a modern-day fairy-tale tower is 11 km from the Tokyo Imperial Palace, and only a 9-minute walk from Shinjuku Station as well. Boasting more than 1,400 rooms, 20 restaurants and bars, and two rooftop pools (one of which is for kids), the upscale Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is a mega facility spanning two high-rise towers in the center city.
All rooms are equipped with modern amenities including air purifiers and humidifiers, minibars, WiFI, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Dining options are nearly endless, with nearly two dozen restaurants to choose from. Selecting ranging from traditional Japanese restaurants, in stone and bamboo settings, to international buffets, and live show cooking.
The facilities house a parking garage, spa, gym, shopping mall, arcade, convenience store and much more in addition to rooms and restaurants. More than enough to keep your entire family engaged for the span of your vacation in Japan. Room service is also available, of course. The hotel’s rooms (especially the upgraded ones) are also known for offering up some of the best panoramic views of Tokyo.
2. Hilton Tokyo Bay – Downtown Tokyo Area
The Hilton Tokyo Bay is an official Disney franchise hotel, a perfect lodging option for families with young children. It hosts a large outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and fitness equipment. This hotel also features huge family rooms that accommodate up to seven guests, making it a great selection for larger families.
The Hotel Tokyo Bay is highly accommodative for kids, offering plenty of entertainment options, and is located at the epicenter of Tokyo too. The majority of Tokyo’s districts are easily accessible from the hotel via subway and public transit.
Featuring Japanese, fairy tale or pastel themes, these impressive rooms come with all modern amenities including flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Furthermore, suites come with living rooms and separate themed kids’ bedrooms.
If you are traveling to Tokyo with children under five, you’ll be glad to know that they’ll stay for free thanks to Disney policy. You can’t beat that!
3. Ginza Grand Hotel – 4 Minutes Walk From Shimbashi Station
The Ginza Grand Hotel is another family-friendly mega hotel located near Tokyo’s Shimbashi Station. From it’s kid-friendly room themes, such as Hello Kitty decor, to babysitting services, free breakfast for kids under six, a children’s pool, and even a bowling alley, there are few lodging options as kid-friendly in Tokyo.
But, the Ginza Grand Hotel is also excellent for adulting as well. So don’t worry folks, there are plenty of sites and things to do within walking distance of the hotel. For example, less than five minutes walking distance lies the Tsukiji fish market and the famous Tokyo Tower. And, for the ladies and little princesses of the family, there is a beauty parlor on the premises as well.
Rooms are plush, with all the normal comforts you’d expect from an upscale hotel (and then some). Getting around Tokyo is also easy from this location, only five minutes walking distance from one of Tokyo’s central public transit hubs, Shimbashi Station.
4. Imperial Hotel Tokyo – Hibiya District of Tokyo
The 931-room Imperial Hotel Tokyo is another of Tokyo’s massive and upscale lodging options, this one located in Hibiya. Housed in an original structure that dates back to somewhere around 1890, the hotel is host to all modern amenities including an indoor pool, a spa, and a salon, and several dining options.
Sushi, Chinese, fine French cuisine, international buffets, and, of course, traditional Japanese restaurants are what’s for dinner while lodging at Imperial Hotel Tokyo (unless you prefer to eat off the premises). You can also experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the hotel if you so wish.
The hotel’s rooms are modern, comfortable, and spacious. Each room comes with a large bathroom. Some rooms even have Bluetooth speakers and a smart console to control curtains, lights, TV and air conditioning.
In addition, if you have younger kids in the family, there is an on-site daycare center, with specially trained staff who you can trust your children with.
5. Hotel East 21 Tokyo – City Center if Tokyo
The East 21 Tokyo Hotel is a large, lively lodging establishment east of Tokyo’s primary metropolitan center. It’s very close to Tokyo Disney as well. The high-rise hotel has three magnificent pools to choose from. The two bigger outdoor pools even have private walkways and gardens but come with an extra access fee. swim fins, fins, and kick-boards are available.
The 396 rooms are sleek, modern, and host to simple yet classy decor. They come with all the amenities you are used to in a good hotel such as free Wi-Fi, free flat-screen TVs, coffee maker, AC, and much more. The facility also houses a gym, parking garage, 24-hour-a-day help desk, and eight bars and restaurants. Everything from steak to sushi as well as room service (which is available 24 hours a day) is on the menu.
Whether you’re looking for a hotel with a family-friendly pub where you can relax (with a drink) after exploring Tokyo, or want the ability to order food delivered to your room (regardless of the time or day – with very little wait), Hotel East 21 Tokyo is one to consider.
6. The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda – Haneda International Terminal
The upscale Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda is not only conveniently located inside the Haneda international terminal, it is the only one. This makes it perhaps the most convenient hotel for families visiting Tokyo (let alone travelers taking overnight trips or on a long layover).
The 313 rooms include a spacious family room, which has four beds, sofas, and armchairs, as well as bathrooms with wet room showers and tubs. This makes perfect sense for families who plan to stick around for a few days and want to feel at home. Furthermore, all rooms are carefully designed for traveler convenience and come equipped with all modern amenities.
If you are after one of the most convenient and comfortable lodging experiences in Tokyo for families, look no further than The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda. There are few hotels that make it so easy for families to spend time together and to get around Tokyo so conveniently.
7. Shinagawa Prince Hotel Tokyo – Next to Shinagawa Station
The Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a huge mid-range hotel complex offering 3679 rooms spread over four high-rise towers. If you and the whole family want to experience Tokyo in style, this hotel is definitely an impressive one to lodge at. Not only does the hotel offer everything your family could possibly need during the trip, it is also within walking distance of most of Tokyo’s tourist sites and popular attractions.
The hotel rooms are more than family-functional (and comfortable), they come with everything from mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs to modern bathrooms, AC, WiFi, and more. That said, some of the older rooms may not have as many options.
The hotel’s complex includes two swimming pools, more than a dozen food and beverage options, tennis courts, a shopping center, a cinema, an arcade and bowling alley, and even an on-site aquarium. Another giant plus is that the hotel sits directly next to JR Shinagawa station.
8. Four Seasons Hotel at Marunouchi – 2 km From Tokyo Imperial Palace
Four Seasons is a well-known and trusted lodging option around the world. Four Seasons Hotel at Marunouchi features large family-sized rooms and is very welcoming to kids. The staff speaks English and Japanese and are extremely knowledgeable about the area.
Furthermore, the staff are very much kid-friendly, unlike many hotels. That said, kids have a welcoming cookie gift to look forward to upon arrival (and kid-sized slippers are available as well). However, there are no pets allowed on the property. So, if you have four-legged friends, you’ll have to leave them at home, find them a kennel, or skip this lodging option altogether.
The rooms are all modern and plush and offer great views of the main Tokyo Station. Plenty of tourist attractions, shops, restaurants, and museums are within five to ten minutes’ walk from the hotel. Room service is also available, so you can order from the on-site restaurant.
9. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku – Shinjuku District of Tokyo
If you want to experience the middle of Tokyo’s Shinjuku District, the Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel is a very popular lodging choice for the area, attracting families, couples, large groups of tourists, solo travelers, and businessmen. The modern upper-range chain hotel has a chic Italian restaurant and cocktail bar on-site, as well as hot tubs, a fitness center and more. It is also within walking distance of numerous additional restaurants, cafes, and shops.
The hotel’s 624 rooms are smaller than many of the rooms on our list, but, nonetheless, they are comfortable and elegantly designed. Amenities include mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs, beautiful bathrooms, comfortable beds, and much more. And, parents (or grandparents) with young children will love the fact that kids under six years old stay for free as well.
The facilities also include a spa for the ladies and little girls, as well as a conference space which is an excellent solution for an on-site family-reunion or birthday party. Furthermore, the hotel is conveniently located near many tourist attractions, as well as minutes from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and the Shinto Meiji Shrine.
10. Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku – 500 Meters From Taisō-Ji Temple
If your family is looking for the best family hotel in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku is a real consideration. Only 500 meters from Saikōan Shrine and Taisō-Ji Temple, there is much to see and do for the family who loves to explore. The hotel is in a nice, quiet area, but only about 10 minutes’ walking distance from the hustle and bustle of the Shinjuku area.
The hotel’s rooftop offers up a unique and fantastic view of Tokyo, and gives the whole family a place to relax outside of the room, but away from the crowded Tokyo streets. The hotel rooms are all modern, very clean, and quite large for what is normally found in Tokyo (perfect for families). That said, there are no pets allowed, no parking, and no fitness center or pools.
Additional noteworthy features of the Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku include a minimalist restaurant and an old-school open-air bathhouse with the whole natural hot spring water vibe going on. The hotel could be considered as pretty basic compared to others on our list, but, regardless, it is more than suitable for you and your family’s visit to Japan.
11. Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu – Cosmopolitan Neighborhood With Two Train Stations
The 487-room Akasaka Excel Tokyu Hotel is another upper-middle-range lodging option in a bustling cosmopolitan area. Centrally located, with two metro stations, and numerous shops and restaurants within a five-minute walk, the hotel is situated perfectly for families visiting Tokyo.
The actual rooms are nice and simple as far as furniture and decor go. That said, they do include basics such as TVs, Wi-Fi, minifridges, and private bathrooms of course. There is also an expansive buffet breakfast available, which is free for children under the age of six. Family-friendly suites are available as well and come with living rooms and even more amenities in general.
However, one negative aspect of the hotel (or positive, depending on your view) is that most of the hotel allows smoking. If you want a non-smoking room for your family, you expressly request this upon booking. There is also no pool, no gym, and pets are not allowed either.
A metro station and a shopping arcade are only mere minutes from the property as well. If your family is looking for a hotel in a safe and enjoyable cosmopolitan neighborhood of Tokyo, with easy access to the rest of the city (and beyond), Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu is a good stay.
12. Lightning Hotel Asakusa – Taito District of Tokyo
Lightning Hotel Asakusa is one of the most conveniently located family-friendly lodging options in the Taito district of Tokyo. Situated just 400 meters from Honpō-ji Temple and the Drum Museum, and only 100 meters further lies the Eiken-ji Temple. That said, the facilities are basic at best, so pass on to another selection if you’re looking for something fancy.
The hotel is a bit of a minimalist option compared to the rest of the list, but it does provide everything you need: comfortable sleeping arrangements for full families, a place to shower and do your business, and secure lockers to store valuables while visiting the city. Free WiFi, AC, and a 24-help desk are also included in your stay.
The hotel maintains a serene environment that is convenient for families with kids of all ages. And, there is so much to do around the hotel, they will hardly notice how basic the place actually is. Within a short walk, you’ll begin to experience some of the greatest sites in Tokyo, including the Kaminarimon and the Sensō-ji Temple. Even more, museums, restaurants, monuments, shops, and just about anything else you can think of are all reachable in under 30 minutes walking from the hotel’s location.
13. ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi – Taito District of Tokyo
The Ici Hotel Asakusabashi by Relief enjoys a privileged location in the Taito district of Tokyo, 200 meters from Ichogaoka Hachiman Shrine, and only 300 meters from the city’s main conference center. The location is strategic and very close to Akihabara. The service of the hotel is known to be top-notch, the staff very attentive and professional.
Kombini, bars, restaurants, tourist attractions, and kid-friendly establishments lie close by. The Asakusabashi metro station is five minutes’ walking distance from the hotel as well, making it more than quick and easy to further explore the city and all it has to offer.
Only two km from the hotel is the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and 3 km further is the famous Tsukiji Market boasting some of the best shopping and seafood selection in all of Japan. The rooms are sleekly designed and modern, with an industrial sort of vibe about them. All of the rooms come with regular amenities such as coffeemakers, mini-fridges, desks, TVs, WiFi, and more.
Set in a venerable district renowned for traditional doll, bead and handicraft shops, this modern hotel is a 5-minute walk from Asakusabashi metro station. It’s 2 km from the Edo-Tokyo Museum and 5 km from Tsukiji Outer Market, with shops and seafood restaurants.
On the downside, there is no pool, no hot tubs, and no pets allowed. Furthermore, there are no parking spaces either. In case you rent a car, you will need to arrange to park elsewhere. That said, the hotel does offer bike rentals, and there is paid parking nearby.
14. Hamacho Hotel Tokyo– 2 km From Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art
A lovely, elegant hotel with comfortable and family-sized rooms, the 3-star Hamacho Hotel Tokyo offers air-conditioned accommodations with private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and more. The building itself is modern and appealing, with trees and plants woven throughout its facade. The accommodations within are excellent for families, with comfortable beds and all the amenities you are used to getting in a good hotel.
The attached bar and restaurant are a nice touch when you want to stay in with the family on those rainy days, or to enjoy a family meal at the end of the night. Set on a busy street, this modern hotel is just 2 km from the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Additionally, It’s a only 13-minute walk from the tranquil 19th-century Kiyosumi Garden and less than ten minutes walking distance from the Suitengu-Mae metro station.
Specific accommodations range from basically minimalist rooms with beds, a desk, and a chair, to fully-upgraded rooms with wet bars, record players, sitting areas, and balconies with spectacular city views of Tokyo. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs as well. The hotel also offers apartments, which are always a great choice for families working with a nice budget.
15. Hotel Ueno Tokyo – Less than 5-Minute Walk From Shrine Shitaya
Located 500 meters from the shrine Shitaya, is another great family-friendly hotel option, the Nohga Ueno Tokyo Hotel. Not only does the hotel have family-sized rooms, it has a restaurant, private parking, a gym, a common lounge, and a 24-hr service desk with staff available around the clock.
The restaurant on-site offers a blend of local and foreign cuisine options, and have a friendly staff that speak English as well as Japanese. Set in the Ueno district of Japan the hotel is only 2 km from Ueno Park, one of the main reasons it is on this list. The park is home to a beautiful lake and zoo.
And, even more, the Ueno train station is only a five-minute walk away, so getting around is a breeze. Shops, restaurants, and plenty of kid-friendly activities and tourist attractions are all located within minutes of walking distance from the hotel aside as well.
Rooms include posh furniture, comfy bed, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and more. There are also upgrades available such as coffee machines, extra sofas, kitchenettes and more. Another bonus point is that kids age 9 and under stay at no charge with an adult in existing beds.
16. Mimaru Tokyo Nihombashi Suitengumae – Within 15-Minute Walk of Edo Tokyo Museum
Setting just over a mile from some of Tokyo’s best family-type tourist attractions is our last family-friendly hotel suggestion, the Mimaru Tokyo Nihombashi Suitengumae hotel. Modern and comfortable rooms are only one great aspect, the hotel is also close to the Tokyo Haneda International Airport (less than ten minutes by car), and even closer to the Kachidoki Bridge and the Imperial Palace (less than three km).
The Hotel offers free WIFI throughout the property and each of its units is equipped with a flat-screen TV and a kitchen as well. All rooms also come with a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries, in addition. Rooms also feature a convenient seating area.
There is no parking available, and pets are not allowed on the premises either. However, the facility is safe and secure, monitored by CCTV, and the room doors operating via key card access, making it a good option for your family if security is a major concern. Another downside, though, is that the staff may not have the best understanding of English as they speak mainly Japanese and Russian.
That said, it is still a great choice for families, especially those who speak Japanese. Board games, puzzles, and other forms of family entertainment are available as well. There is a luggage storage space for leaving gear behind while exploring, as well as a coin launderette and vending machines. And, for those who prefer, housekeeping and room service is also available on a daily basis for an extra charge.