Let me repeat that Tokyo is a large city. You will find more than 4000 hotels in Tokyo on Booking.com. Things to see do not gather in one single main street in Tokyo, so even a 5-Star luxury hotel located in ONE OF the attractions is NOT ALWAYS convenient for you.
I strongly hope that international travelers to stay at the best hotel to make your trip better. It depends on each’s purpose and places to visit in Tokyo which hotel is the best for you.
Well, Shinagawa is a district that few people will regret staying in.
- Want a good hotel life for relaxing holidays
- Visit many places in Tokyo such as Asakusa, Tsukiji Market, Shibuya, Harajuku, Odaiba, Ueno, etc.
- Plan to take a Shinkansen (= Japanese bullet trains) to Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, etc.
- Want a good access to Haneda Domestic and International Airport
1. Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa
There is a stylish aquarium inside Shinagawa Prince Hotel. It means a lot that it’s inside the hotel, doesn’t it? Even in the worst case scenario such as terrible weather, you can enjoy cool things in Tokyo!
Aqua Park is not very large, but its feature is the modern, urban, romantic atmosphere with lights and decorations. You meet sharks to anemone fish, crabs to penguins. Dolphins and sea lions hold shows. There are events to learn the animals at the stages as well.
After the renovation in 2015, the aquarium reopened as Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa. I must say it became greater – You can see it!
|Renewed into Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa|
|Jellyfish in Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa – So cool!|
If you want to see more, please open Best Photos of Dolphins & Jellyfish at Aqua Park Shinagawa.
You can enjoy something fantastic inside your hotel – that’s just great, isn’t it?
2: Attractions inside Prince Hotel
Prince Hotel group is a big trustworthy chain in Japan. 2 hotels near Shinagawa Station are Prince Hotels. They offer a lot of facilities inside.
Not only Aqua Park, there are movie theaters, bowling alleys, swimming pool, tennis, golf, beauty & relaxation center, convenience store, karaoke rooms and a lot of souvenir shops. The hotel itself is a center for tourists. I see many international tourists enjoying their stay in the hotel facilities.
Talking about one of the facilities, this is Food Court Shinagawa Kitchen.
I really feel that it is a great collection of casual food. You can try fast food pizza, tako-yaki, ramen, okonomi-yaki (these three are Japanese soul food,) etc, and the brands are all famous. Eliminate your efforts to find a good restaurant on your laptop screen. You can try all here.
|Food Court Shinagawa Kitchen|
Hotel guests in Shinagawa, including other hotel guests, have some discounts in many places. (Details are below.)
I think some of you really want to stay in Shinagawa now. More reasons are coming below!
3: Beautiful Places in Mid Tokyo
The next comes an interesting place which is especially brilliant in Christmas season.
Princess Garten shop and The Terrace Takanawa, which is an independent restaurant, are known as cozy places to have a party and casual meetups by some locals. In the middle of houses in normal streets, you suddenly find a place like this. You’ll say, “Is it really Tokyo?”
The Terrace Takanawa is a famous French restaurant. Lunch is 2,500 yen – 5000 yen.
Inspired from Rodenburg in Germany, the owner has been particular about genuine Europe. (Tell me whether it is really so or not if you are from Germany!)
Actually, this house used to be known as Christmas Shop, which used to offer imported Christmas ornaments all the year around. Unfortunately, they stopped selling them some years ago to pursue weddings and classic concerts there, but you can still meet Santa Clause on the roof all the year.
And they sell Christmas items as they used to only in November and December. It’s worse seeing especially in Christmas season.
You see, Shinagawa is a district where something fashionable can be!
4: So Many Good & Interesting Restaurants
Shinagawa is the last place to have troubles in good meals, no matter which you are looking for luxury restaurants, international cuisine, casual restaurants for families, fast food or Japanese soul food that I wrote above in this article.
There has been a Singaporean restaurant for long. I once entered there and it was fantastic!
If you are an adventurer who cannot be satisfied with normal things that everyone does, I’ll show you one place which offers you unique experience.
|Akita Bisaikan, a restaurant & local souvenirs of Akita Prefecture|
Akita Prefecture in Northern Japan has an official shop in a building named Wings, which is located just across Aqua Park.
Local foods and crafts are very interesting to see (& buy, of course) because we can have the real feelings of North Japan. At the restaurant, you can have Akita’s local noodles and plates served as the originals.
You can get tourist information on Akita, too. Akita is famous for Shirakami Forest the world heritage site. Northern Japan is an interesting district with Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture as well.
Where is a beautiful romantic luxury restaurant? They are in the high floors in the hotels – I don’t need to explain!
11:00 – 23:00, Closed on New Year’s Day
5: How Convenient Shinagawa is!
At last, I’ll explain why transportation in Shinagawa is so convenient by simplifying Tokyo’s spider-web-like route maps.
To understand Tokyo’s complicated transportation, understand JR Yamanote Line, the loop-line that connects all the main districts in Tokyo, first. Shinagawa is one of Yamanote Line stations, so the trains with yellow green lines will take you to Tokyo’s attractions such as…
- Shibuya in 13 minutes
- Harajuku in 15 minutes
- Ueno in 19 minutes
- Shinjuku in 20 minutes
- Ikebukuro in 29 minutes
VERY SIMPLE. No need to change trains.
See The Easiest JR Train Map of Tokyo City, and you see what I am saying.
Moreover, Shinagawa is a hub, so…
- To Tsukiji Fish Market, just get on Keikyu Line (through into Asakusa Subway Line, via Aoto, Narita Airport)
- To Asakusa, take Keikyu Line, pass Higashi-Ginza Station of Tsukiji Fish Market, and get off at Asakusa Station.
- To Odaiba, Odaiba Rainbow Bus will take you there directly.
- To Roppongi, get on a bus in front of Shinagawa Goos.
- Take a Tokaido Shinkansen (Japanese bullet trains) at Shinagawa to Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, etc.
- Take Keikyu Line at Shinagawa to Haneda Airport
I believe that you see how convenient Shinagawa is.
If you have Lonely Planet and a plane ticket to Tokyo in your hand, (and Tokyo Direct Guide on another window on your screen,) there is no reason to hesitate to book your favorite hotel in Shinagawa.
If you don’t have a concrete travel plan right now, keep this post in your mind for the future!
Hotel List near Shinagawa Station
- Shinagawa Prince Hotel
- The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo
- Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa
- Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
- Takanawa Tobu Hotel
- Keikyu EX Inn Shinagawa
Guests of these hotels have special discounts for Aqua Park.
Prince Hotel Group is one of Japanese leading luxury hotel chains. Everything is pleasant in the hotel. Keikyu EX Inn Shinagawa and Takanawa Tobu Hotel are run by railway companies. From my point of view, they are relatively cheap as hotels for both tourists and business people, and comfortable enough to stay.
There are also…
- The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo in Shinagawa Station
- Toyoko Inn, one of Japanese leading business hotel chains
- Tokyo Marriott Hotel
- and more.
Oimachi, the neighboring district, is also travelers’ town.
Surely one of these hotels will make your travel exciting and memorable.
Have a good trip with Tokyo Direct Guide!