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6 Budget-Friendly Tokyo Hotels for Cherry Blossom Season (2022)

6 Budget-Friendly Tokyo Hotels for Cherry Blossom Season (2022)

Date published: 15 March 2021
Last updated: 10 March 2022

In Japan, the blooming of cherry blossoms is one of the year's most anticipated events. Tokyo generally sees cherry blossoms between mid to late March, with millions of residents flocking to famous viewing spots to enjoy their enchanting hues.

While the continuation of COVID-19 in 2022 means that many events and such have been canceled or are still undecided, usual years would have seen the entirety of Japan come alive in a profusion of festivals, events, and parties.

We’ll introduce hotels within walking distance of some of Tokyo’s most renowned cherry blossom hotspots. You can avoid super-crowded trains while coming and going as you like by staying in a hotel. Plus, each of these hotels has stringent COVID-19 countermeasures, making them extremely safe places to spend your downtime!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Hotel Risol Ueno: Enjoy Cherry Blossom-Viewing at Ueno Park, a Popular Place with Locals!
  2. 2. Villa Fontaine Tokyo Kudanshita: Near Chidorigafuchi Moat, Tokyo's Famous Cherry Blossom Tunnel!
  3. 3. Hotel Mid In Meguro Ekimae: Near the Meguro River Cherry Blossom Promenade!
  4. 4. Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo: Right Next to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden!
  5. 5. Asakusa Tobu Hotel: Near the Cherry Blossom Hotspot of Sumida Park
  6. 6. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae: Walk and Enjoy a Picnic in Yoyogi Park!

1. Hotel Risol Ueno: Enjoy Cherry Blossom-Viewing at Ueno Park, a Popular Place with Locals!

1. Hotel Risol Ueno: Enjoy Cherry Blossom-Viewing at Ueno Park, a Popular Place with Locals!
Ueno Park is crowded with many flower lovers every year.

Ueno Park, located about 10 minutes from Tokyo Station by train, is home to about 800 cherry trees of more than 50 varieties, including Somei Yoshino and Yamazakura, and has been a popular cherry blossom viewing spot since the Edo period.

The Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival is usually held from late March to early April (currently undecided for 2022). During the festival, you can enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms at night, under the lights of bonbori (Japanese lanterns).

Opened in July 2020.

Hotel Resol Ueno is a new hotel that opened in 2020. It's located 10 minutes walking from Ueno Onshi Park and a one-minute walk from Ueno Station on the JR and Tokyo Metro Ginza and Hibiya lines.

There are English-speaking staff members in the building, and those who can't speak foreign languages can communicate by using translation machines. In addition, the hotel distributes information with pamphlets in English.

While the service is currently unavailable as of March 2022, guests will eventually also be able to have their luggage sent from the hotel directly to Haneda Airport and Narita Airport (implementation date undecided).

Art is displayed in the front lobby.
Standard Room Modaret

The concept of the hotel is creativity. Original artwork inspired by Ueno is displayed in the front lobby. The hotel offers two types of guest rooms, double and twin. All rooms feature a shoe-off-style room, and the bedding is carefully selected to ensure a good night's sleep. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms free of charge.

An international guest who stayed at the hotel commented:
"The hotel staff is kind and polite. There was coffee in the lounge, and it was delicious. I would like to stay here again if I have a chance."

A protein or vegetable sandwich + a sweet sandwich and a drink are included.

For breakfast, guests can get stuck into the “Bagel Set” (half-size), which features a bagel sandwich designed by the food coordinator, or the “Bread Set,” which boasts three kinds of freshly baked petite breads.

The bagel sandwich alternates every day from a selection of five, including the protein bagel with meat or fish and the vegetable bagel. The petite bread also changes with the seasons. Both sets include a side menu of soup (changes daily), yogurt, and a drink.

Guests who did not book the breakfast plan can join for a separate fee of just 700 yen (including tax).

Health & Safety Measures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizer installed / Plastic partitions installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / Social distancing measures in place / Staff wear masks, disinfect, and monitor their temperature and physical condition / Guests asked to wear masks, disinfect their hands, and have their temperature and health status checked / Cashless payments encouraged

  • Hotel Resol Ueno
    • Address Taito-ku Ueno 7-2-9, Tokyo-to, 110-0005
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      4 minutes on foot

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2. Villa Fontaine Tokyo Kudanshita: Near Chidorigafuchi Moat, Tokyo's Famous Cherry Blossom Tunnel!

2. Villa Fontaine Tokyo Kudanshita: Near Chidorigafuchi Moat, Tokyo's Famous Cherry Blossom Tunnel!
You can also enjoy the cherry blossoms from the water

About 260 trees, including varieties like Somei-Yoshino and Benishidare, are planted around Chidorigafuchi, located about 20 minutes from Tokyo Station via the Tokyo Metro.

The Chiyoda Cherry Blossom Festival, usually held from late March to early April, attracts more than one million cherry blossom lovers from Japan and abroad (canceled in 2022).

The 700-meter long Chidorigafuchi Moat is brightened by cherry blossoms during the festival. At night, the trees are illuminated, and they are gorgeous when viewed from a boat in the water. Events are also held at Yasukuni Shrine.

Good access to both Kudanshita and Jimbocho areas.

The hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo Kudanshita is a 15-minute walk from Chidorifuchi Greenway, one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo, and is also a 3-minute walk from Jimbocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Toei Mita Line, and Shinjuku Line.

The hotel has English-speaking staff, and displays, information, and direction in the building are also in English. The hotel offers a luggage delivery service to the airport (Haneda/Narita) for a fee (accepted until the day before check-out).

Standard Double
Twin

There are three types of rooms: double, twin, and the ladies' room. They are comfortably built for convenience and are fully equipped with bath amenities like slippers, pajamas, and bath salts.

In addition, the hotel provides free breakfast “ochazuke” tea poured over rice (this breakfast service may change in the future), as well as HDMI cables, massage chairs, and other services to make your stay more comfortable. The hotel is also equipped with Wi-Fi, which can be used free of charge.

A foreign guest who stayed at this hotel commented:
"The rooms are clean and just the right size, and the staff is polite. I would stay in this hotel again."

Besides the regular accommodation plans, there is also a convenient day-use plan that allows you to take a short break between viewing cherry blossoms during the day, and enjoying the light-up trees at night.
Regardless of whether you're visiting to sightsee or for business, you will be able to enjoy a fulfilling stay at this hotel.

Health & Safety Measures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizer installed / Plastic partitions installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / Buffet-style breakfast suspended / Staff wear masks, disinfect, and monitor their temperature and physical condition / Staff wear gloves when handling guests' luggage / Guests asked to wear masks, disinfect their hands, and have their temperature and health status checked / Automated check-in (4 languages supported), non-personal support

3. Hotel Mid In Meguro Ekimae: Near the Meguro River Cherry Blossom Promenade!

3. Hotel Mid In Meguro Ekimae: Near the Meguro River Cherry Blossom Promenade!
Cherry blossom trees along the Meguro River, stretching far into the distance.

Along the 4-kilometer Meguro River stretch from Ikejiri Ohashi to Kame-no-Ko Bridge, as many as 800 Someiyoshino trees bloom every year. During that time, the shopping streets of Meguro, Nakameguro, and other areas, hold various events to celebrate the cherry blossoms.

Also, illuminations and food stalls appear, and there are also stage performances by local groups and dances (events have been canceled for 2022, paper “bonbori” lanterns will be displayed instead. Other elements have yet to be decided as of February 27).

It is said that the atmosphere of the rows of cherry trees changes depending on whether you stroll upstream or downstream, so it is recommended to take a walk and enjoy them fully.

Operating near Meguro Station with convenient access to Shibuya.

Hotel Mid In Meguro Ekimae is just a 3-minute walk from Meguro River, one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo, and a three-minute walk from Meguro Station on the JR, Tokyo Metro Namboku, Toei Mita, and Tokyu Meguro lines.

English-speaking staff are available. The hotel can arrange for luggage delivery to the airport (Haneda/Narita) upon request (chargeable, accepted until up to two days before check-out).

Standard Single
Standard Double

There is a large assortment of rooms to select from, including singles, doubles, connecting rooms holding up to 4 people, along with “barrier-free” rooms for those in wheelchairs. Guests can even select the color of their desired room, although you’ll have to let them know in advance. There are three kinds of room patterns available; red and black, pearl and pink, and black and blue. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms, free of charge.

"The building is very close to Meguro Station, and there is a convenience store two doors down from the hotel entrance. The elevator has a card key system for security. I had a single room, but the bed was large enough for me to sleep comfortably," commented a foreign guest.

To provide you with a good night's sleep, the hotel focuses on beds and bedding, and collaborates with Nishikawa Corporation, which has been in business since 1566, to provide wide beds with pocket coil-mats.

The hotel also uses the ERGO-STER, a functional under-cover futon that won the Gold Prize in the Good Design Award for the first time in the bedding industry.
There are two types of pillows to choose from: feather and buckwheat, so you can experience the most comfortable sleep.

Health & Safety Measures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizers installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / Morning service suspended / Staff wear masks, disinfect, and monitor their temperature and physical condition

4. Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo: Right Next to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden!

4. Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo: Right Next to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden!
Entering Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden costs a fee (Image: PIXTA).

The historical Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was established in 1906 as Imperial parkland and boasts a whopping 68 different species of cherry blossom - including the classic Yoshino cherry and adorable Yae cherry. The number of trees is equally incredible - around 1,000!

This makes it one of the most esteemed cherry blossom viewing spots within the 23 wards of Tokyo.

With so much variety, the cherry blossoms here bloom in succession over a surprisingly long period of time, with the “Kanzakura” blooming as early as mid-February before the Yoshino burst into color in late March and the Yae from around April.

In April 2019, the park held its first-ever cherry blossom light-up festival, creating an otherworldly after-dark spectacle focusing on the Yae cherry attracting visitors from across the country. During this period, food trucks and stage performances of traditional art gave the event a fun, festive atmosphere (2022’s rendition is currently undecided).

Despite being in the middle of the city, you can enjoy a surprisingly quiet, peaceful stay here.

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo is an apartment-style hotel located just 7 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and 15 minutes from Shinjuku Station, which is connected to a host of lines, including JR, the subway, and private railways. It’s also a quick 5-minute walk from Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, making it a great base to explore Tokyo.

The main selling point here is the fully-equipped rooms aimed at longer-term stays. Each room has a built-in kitchen set up with cooking utensils and cutlery alongside a Simmons Bed for restful sleep. Guests can also use the fitness corner and business assistance services like FAX and printing (additional fee), making it an ideal base for a workcation.

Each room has a kitchen.

There are four room types: Double, Twin, Executive Double, and Executive Twin. Excluding the twin, each room has a fold-out bed allowing up to 3 people to stay (additional fee). Those with pets can also stay, with cages, food bowls, toilet trays, and more, available for rent (conditions apply). Naturally, the entire facility has free Wi-Fi.

*Pets cannot be brought into Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

The Executive Twin.
The lounge is open and bright.

The hotel has bilingual staff on duty 24/7 with English signage and information on nearby facilities and hotel guides in several languages available.

An international visitor who stayed at the hotel said, “the rooms were extremely spacious and comfortable, and the simple kitchen was very useful. The staff were kind, and all sorts of thoughtful services were available. Even though the rooms were on the main street, I could hardly hear any noise at all!”

Covid-19 Countermeasures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizer installed / Coin trays used / Plastic partitions installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / Staff wear masks, disinfect, and monitor their temperature and physical condition / Social distancing measures in place / Guests asked to wear masks, disinfect hands, and have their temperatures and health conditions checked / Limits on staff room service

5. Asakusa Tobu Hotel: Near the Cherry Blossom Hotspot of Sumida Park

5. Asakusa Tobu Hotel: Near the Cherry Blossom Hotspot of Sumida Park
Enjoy the fully blooming cherry blossoms at the nearby Sumida Park (Image: PIXTA)

Asakusa is one of Tokyo’s most iconic neighborhoods. One of its biggest draws is Sumida Park, which stretches alongside the Sumida River within walking distance of the famous Senso-ji Temple.

On the Taito City side of the river are around 600 cherry blossoms, while the Sumida City side has over 300, forming a continuous line along both banks running for a whole kilometer.

The Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival is generally held between late March and early April (canceled in 2022) and features food stalls, taiko drum performances, and after-dark illuminations.

Conveniently located right near Asakusa Station.

Just 2 minutes on foot from Sumida Park is the Asakusa Tobu Hotel, which offers unrivaled access to many of Asakusa’s most famous attractions. It is also a mere 30 seconds walk away from Asakusa Station on the Tobu and Tokyo Metro Ginza Lines and just 3 minutes from Asakusa Station on the Toei Asakusa Line. The hotel employs English-speaking staff along with floor information posted in English, Chinese, and Korean.

The Deluxe Triple.
The spacious Japanese-style bathroom.

Guest rooms are divided between the double and twin accommodating two people, the triple for up to three people, and the “Forth” housing for up to four people (some twin rooms can hold three people).

There are several types of double and twin rooms to choose from with different atmospheres and sizes, meeting various needs. The bathroom is also noticeably spacious, with many boasting a dedicated area to wash oneself before hopping in the bath as per Japanese custom, which is rare for hotels even in Japan. Of course, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi.

One international guest who stayed at the Asakusa Tobu Hotel said, “I was thankful for the spacious and impeccably clean bathroom. The location was also fantastic - I was right by the station, which made it easier to get around Tokyo.”

Hello Kitty Room (Sakuratennyo)
Hello Kitty Room (Japanese-Modern)

Of course, no introduction of the Asakusa Tobu Hotel would be complete without showing off the “Hello Kitty Rooms.” These are one-of-a-kind in the Tokyo hotel industry and are split between the Sakuratennyo (Cherry Blossom Maiden) and “Japanese-Modern” styles.

The Sakuratennyo room features a pastel pink aesthetic with Hello Kitty dressed up as the aforementioned cherry blossom maiden, while the Japanese-Modern flaunts a relaxing, toned-down ambiance incorporating elements of both Japanese and western design centered around a kimono-clad Hello Kitty. Both can accommodate up to four guests.

“Onigiri” rice balls are made by a professional right before your eyes.

Guests can enjoy dinner and breakfast at the hotel’s “SEASON’S RESTAURANT.” The breakfast buffet, which runs between 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., hosts a smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat customizable onigiri rice balls, obanzai, and more, made from top-quality ingredients.

In addition to Japanese food, there is a hefty helping of fresh Danish pastries sure to lure you in with the fragrant smell of butter.

The Western Prix Fixe Course (image for illustrative purposes).
The Hello Kitty Cafe Menu, served only on weekends and holidays (image for illustrative purposes).

Between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., a prix fixe course is served at the restaurant using top-tier seasonal ingredients. This course incorporates table-side service allowing you to choose from and be presented with various appetizers, soups, western and Japanese dishes, and desserts.

Plus, on weekends and holidays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. is a special Hello Kitty-inspired cafe menu featuring sweets and drinks recreating Hello Kitty's cute, colorful world.

Covid-19 Countermeasures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizer installed / Plastic partitions installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / Capacity limits on crowded places and guidance from staff / Staff wear masks, disinfect, and monitor their temperature and physical condition / Social distancing measures in place / Guests asked to wear masks, disinfect hands, and have their temperatures and health conditions checked

  • Asakusa Tobu Hotel
    浅草東武ホテル
    • Address 1-1-15, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032
    • Phone Number 03-3843-0111
    • Direct Booking Line: 03-5809-7320
      Check in: From 2:00pm
      Check out: 11:00am
      Accommodation fee: From 6,500 yen (including tax)

6. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae: Walk and Enjoy a Picnic in Yoyogi Park!

6. Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae: Walk and Enjoy a Picnic in Yoyogi Park!
Yoyogi Park, one of the most popular flower viewing spots in Tokyo (Image: Photo AC)

At roughly the size of 11 Tokyo Domes, Yoyogi Park is naturally adorned with around 600 cherry blossoms of all varieties. The early blooming varieties will begin flowering as soon as mid-February, while the regular Yoshino cherry blossoms will peak around late March to early April.

Highlights include the gorgeous cherry blossom tunnel at the “Cherry Blossom Garden” situated between the Shibuya Entrance and South Entrance along with the “Central Space,” whose grassy lawn is encompassed by a tapestry of delightful pink perfect for a picnic.

While Yoyogi Park doesn’t hold regular cherry blossom festivals or events, there are numerous stalls and such around the area to enjoy street food amongst the festive atmosphere (2022 is currently undecided).

Within walking distance of Shibuya, Harajuku, and Omotesando.

A 10-minute walk from Yoyogi Park is the Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae, a 6-minute walk from the well-connected travel hub of Shibuya Station and Meiji-jingumae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and Tokyo-Metro Fukutoshin Line. You’ll also be able to walk to Harajuku and Omotesando.

The hotel has English-speaking staff and a foreign currency exchange machine on the 1st floor. There is also a hotel information guide in English, Chinese, and Korean.

The Double.
The Hollywood Suite.

There are five types of rooms: single, double, queen, standard twin, and Hollywood twin. Each has free Wi-Fi.

The hotel also boasts a shared hot-spring-style bathroom, the only one of its kind in Shibuya. Guests can thoroughly soak in spacious, luscious baths filled with super soft hot water to re-energize for another day of sightseeing. The shared bathroom is also equipped with a sauna and cold-water bath.

Guests can unwind in the shared bathroom.

One international guest who stayed at the Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae said, “Despite being a single room, it was spacious and felt like my very own apartment. There were free washing machines, an elegant shared bathroom, and more, making for a fantastic stay all round!”

Charge up for the day with a nutritional breakfast.

The 1st-floor restaurant serves breakfast between 6:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Dishes burst with local delicacies and colorful arrangements, such as the thoroughly simmered beef stew and omelets cooked up by the chef right before your eyes.

In addition, guests can chow down on late-night ramen for free between 9:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Covid-19 Countermeasures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizer installed / Plastic partitions installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / Rules for sauna use implemented / Staff wear masks, disinfect, and monitor their temperature and physical condition / Social distancing measures in place

Cherry blossom viewing is a springtime tradition in Japan. By staying at the right hotel, you can enjoy this seasonal wonder to the fullest without worrying about the time or dealing with the inevitable crowds of sightseers.

Use this article as a guide to find a hotel near your favorite Tokyo cherry blossom spot and make 2022 the best year for “hanami” yet!

*Please note that the cherry blossom season event schedule and contents are subject to change.
*Due to the effects of COVID-19, there may be changes in business hours, temporary closures, and alterations to service.

Written by:

Mae Kakizaki

Mae Kakizaki

Active as a freelance writer and editor since 2019. Utilizing her background as a monthly magazine and portal site editor, she currently contributes walk-around-town articles to websites.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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