There is no one official “conference hotel” this year. Hotels in Tokyo tend to be small, and tend not to give out discount rate codes or reserve large blocks of rooms. Your choice of hotel will depend on your budget as well as what you want to see and do in Tokyo, and how near you want to be to the school. There are three general areas where conference attendees will likely wish to stay:
- Musashi-Sakai (Google Map Link) is the closest major train station to ASIJ. Two train lines run through here: the Seibu-Tamagawa line which goes to ASIJ and the Chuo line which goes downtown. There are a decent number of restaurants and bars in the area, but the real compelling reason to stay in or near Musashi-Sakai is the convenience of being 15 minutes away from the school and still only 30 minutes away from the nightlife of Shinjuku (downtown Tokyo.)
- Kichijoji (Google Maps Link) is a bustling and fun part of Tokyo located on the Chuo (the central train line.) There are many fun bars and restaurants as well as several reasonably priced hotels. Kichijoji is about a 30-minute train ride away from ASIJ (switching trains at Musashi-Sakai) and about 25 minutes away from Shinjuku.
- Shinjuku (Google Maps Link) is the “Times Square” of Japan – the neon and noise that you think of when you imagine downtown Tokyo. There are many hotels in Shinjuku, ranging in price from reasonable to extremely expensive. It will take about an hour to get from Shinjuku to ASIJ. You may prefer to take the train, so that you can leave at your own pace and experience Tokyo at rush hour. (You’ll be going away from downtown, so you will witness the extreme cramming into subway cars without necessarily being part of it.) There will also be a bus from a central location of Shinjuku for conference attendees who register for the bus.
Here are a list of hotels that you might wish to consider. For each location, the hotels are listed in rough price order, from more expensive to more affordable. You might find other hotels on an online booking site, or a short-term rental apartment on your own. The best way to determine how close your desired hotel is to ASIJ is by using Google Maps transit directions.
When booking a hotel, consider the time it will take to get to ASIJ in the morning. In general, taxicabs in Tokyo are only affordable for very short distances. First-time visitors to Tokyo will find the train system easier to navigate than the bus system.
Daichi Kichijoji (breakfast begins at 7:00)
METs Hotel Musashi Sakai (breakfast begins at 6:30)