Best Hotels to Stay in Tokyo: Nohga Hotel, Ueno

The hotel is located down a quiet side street in Tokyo’s Ueno area

Nohga Hotel – At a Glance

Planning your first visit to Tokyo can often seem quite daunting. There are 62 municipalities in the world’s biggest city, with thousands of hotels to choose from. If you have never visited, how do you even begin the search? How do you find out the best hotels to stay in Tokyo?

I recently stayed at one of the city’s latest openings, the Nohga Hotel in Ueno. If Marie Kondo did hotels, they would probably look a lot like the Nohga. From the room-wear—pajamas available for free to guests in all Japanese hotels—to bedside notepads, bathroom amenities, wall art, all items have a deep connection to the local community, designed to spark joy among their guests.

Nohga Hotel – Clientele

A mix of young domestic urban professionals and trendy tourists. The Nohga attracts local and visiting businessmen looking for a more of-the-moment meeting destination.

During my time in the hotel’s versatile restaurant/lounge area, I spotted small groups of businessmen meeting over coffee, and non-Japanese couples enjoying breakfast before a day of sight-seeing.

Nohga Hotel – Location

In an area almost as understated as the hotel itself, the Nohga is situated along a quiet side-street in Ueno, a traditional neighborhood filled with small family-owned restaurants and businesses. It’s also home to Ueno Park and the 1627 Ueno Toshogu shrine. With a direct train from nearby Keisei Ueno station to Narita airport, it’s easily accessible for tourists.

The hotel has views of the Ueno …continue reading