Over the next year and a bit, Japan - and particularly Tokyo - will become a major focus for those who love sports. With the autumn of 2019 bringing the Rugby World Cup to the country for the first time, 2019’s final few months will take numerous sports lovers to the cities of Tokyo, Sapporo and Kobe among others. Then, in 2020, we will see the Olympic Games begin in the capital - so people looking to take in the events will need to be planning trips, match tickets, and not least of all a place to stay while they take in the sporting action. Therefore, it’s time to take a look at our list of the best hotels for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other events.
Where better for a sports buff to spend their Japanese break than in a hotel right next to a stadium? The Nihon Seinenkan Hotel is located right next to Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, home of the major league club Jingu Spiders. There’s plenty of luxury to be had here, too - the rooms are filled with amenities such as a mini-fridge, water bottles and a flat-screen TV, while many of the rooms offer a view of the stadium itself. Japanese and Western breakfasts are available in the on-site restaurant, as are public baths for male-only and female-only groups.
A simple hotel that offers the guests all the things they could really want from a place to stay - the APA Hotel at Shinjuku Gyoemmae doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, it just does everything perfectly. Warm and comfortable beds, plush towels in the private bathrooms, and a flat-screen TV with On-Demand channels ensure your stay will be to your taste, while the location of the hotel in the city centre puts you close to all the action, and offers convenient onward travel to events taking place further out. In short, this is the perfect hotel for travellers who know what they want.
This modern hotel offers a lot of freedom to its visitors, with a key part of the offering being the fully equipped studios that feel much like a rental apartment for the duration of your stay. This means you’ll have ample seating space and kitchen facilities for the duration of your stay - so while you can dine in the on-site restaurant, you can also visit a supermarket just across the road, buy groceries and cook your own meals. You’re also just three minutes’ walk from the nearest subway station, and each apartment has both free WiFi and wired internet to offer.
Located in the heart of the Minato District, the Hotel Vista Premio Tokyo Akasaka is a perfect hotel for visitors who like a little art, culture and nightlife while they’re in town. By day, it’s an ideal base from which to travel out and see some sporting events, and in the evening, there are plenty of bars and clubs that are sure to take your fancy. Nearby, you’ll also find the wonderfully lit Rainbow Bridge, and you can take in stunning views of the city from the Tokyo Tower. Each room has a flat-screen TV for you to watch and an ensuite bathroom with free toiletries.
This palatial hotel is located in the serene Chiyoda district of Tokyo, famed for its peaceful, clean streets. It’s just a minute on foot from Akasaka-Mitsuke station, and with countless excellent restaurants in the surrounding area, it offers a great chance to get out and see some of the city. The rooms are luxurious, and all are air-conditioned as well as offering free WiFi, and there is a flat-screen TV with satellite channels in each. The hotel also offers a spa and wellness centre, with chances for guests to use the on-site sauna for relaxation.
Located in Minato, the Centurion Hotel Grand Akasakamitsuke Station is a simple but stylish hotel in the finest tradition of Japanese accommodation. With tastefully decorated rooms each providing a flat-screen TV and ensuite bathroom facilities, you can be sure of getting everything you need from your stay, and it is close to public transport options which put you close to attractions such as the Imperial Palace and the upmarket shopping district of Ginza. For a small surcharge, you can also avail of a massage at the hotel, for the ultimate in relaxation.
If you arrive in Tokyo at the Akasaka Subway Station, then there can be few better choices for your lodging than the Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Akasaka. It’s literally 50 yards (45 metres) from the station, and is an extremely well-appointed hotel; the rooms are modern and modestly decorated, and each one has a flat-screen TV, free WiFi and air conditioning. You’ll also have slippers and nightwear laid on when you stay here, and as a nice touch, you can rent a laptop from reception - ideal if you’re travelling for business and don’t want to bring too much luggage.
The cosmopolitan Akasaka Granbell Hotel is an ideal place to stay for international travellers, and perfect for visiting sports fans who want to be at the heart of the action. Visitors from the UK will particularly appreciate the Mermaid bar on the ground floor, a British-style pub that doesn’t overdo the synthetic patriotic touches. There’s also an excellent traditional Japanese restaurant, and the rooms - although not the biggest you’ll find - are comfortable and decorated in a sober, comforting way. Each room also has an LCD TV, and continental breakfasts served in the lobby can be eaten in your room.
Anyone who appreciates a hotel with a view will love Tokyo’s Park Hyatt. You’ll find excellent panoramas of Mount Fuji, and the presence of a restaurant on the 52nd floor means you’ll have an unrestricted view of both the mountain and the city around you. As it’s a Park Hyatt, the rooms also have that touch of class, with wood panelling throughout and Egyptian cotton sheets. Food and drink options include a Japanese restaurant, a French-style brasserie and a delightful cake shop, while the Peak Bar is a relaxed space offering stunning sunset views.
Guests at the Hotel Mystays Premier Akasaka are sure to feel well looked after. In the rooms alone, there are air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, fridges, kettles and each room even has its own air purifier. On the ground floor, you’ll also find a convenience store, while guests have free use of the on-site fitness centre and WiFi. You can dine at the on-site restaurant, or if you feel like venturing out, can find plenty of fine restaurants in the surrounding area. 25 minutes away by public transport, you’ll also find the Mori Art Museum and Imperial Palace, making this a perfect place for culture vultures.
Tasteful Tokyo accommodation for sports fans
Convenience is always at the forefront of any stay in Tokyo, and these hotels will put you in a relaxed and comfortable space with plenty of transport connections should you be in town for a month-long festival of rugby or the biggest multi-sport gathering in the world. With your personal comfort prioritised, you can take your pick from any one of the above hotels and be sure of a relaxed, enthralling stay in the Japanese capital.
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