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3 Budget-Friendly Hotels in Tokyo Near Popular Cherry Blossoms Spots

3 Budget-Friendly Hotels in Tokyo Near Popular Cherry Blossoms Spots

Date published: 15 March 2021

Here we'll introduce some reasonably priced hotels within walking distance to some of Tokyo's best cherry blossom viewing spots. You can enjoy the blossoms at times with no crowds since you'll be staying at a nearby hotel.

In Tokyo, cherry blossom viewing spots usually get crowded as soon as the first flowers start blooming in mid to late March. Many places have announced the cancellation of cherry blossom festivals this year due to coronavirus, and once the state of emergency is lifted, there will likely be a new style of cherry blossom viewing, with more precautions, and smaller crowds.

All hotels introduced are well-equipped against Covid-19.

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!

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 ten minutes from Tokyo Station by train, is home to about 800 cherry trees of more than 50 varieties, including Someiyoshino 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 (Cancelled in 2021). During the festival, you can enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms at night, under the lights of bonbori (Japanese lanterns).

The new hotel just opened in July 2020

Hotel Risol 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.

Luggage delivery service from the hotel to the airport (Haneda/Narita) is not available as of March 2021, but will be implemented in the future (date to be determined).

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.

A foreign 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, the hotel offers bagels (half-size), supervised by a food coordinator. Three types of sandwiches are available each month (from a total of nine choices), including meat and seafood sandwiches, as well as vegetarian options and sweet sandwiches using bananas and strawberries.

Even if you haven't reserved a plan that includes breakfast, you can purchase a set of sandwich + sweet sandwich + drink for an extra 700 yen (tax included).

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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

There are about 260 trees, including varieties like Somei-Yoshino and Benishidare, 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 (canceled in 2021), attracts more than one million cherry blossom lovers from Japan and abroad.

During the festival, the 700-meter long Chidorigafuchi Moat is brightened by cherry blossoms. At night, the trees are illuminated, and they are especially beautiful 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 four types of rooms: double, twin, and king. All of them are comfortably built for convenience and are fully equipped with bath amenities like slippers, pajamas, and bath salts.

In addition, the hotel provides breakfast bento boxes that can be served in the room (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.

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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.

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

In addition to single and double rooms, there are also connecting rooms that can accommodate up to four people, and barrier-free rooms that are wheelchair-accessible.
Herbal tea is available in the rooms as a welcome service. This is the perfect way to relax after a long day of travel. 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 entrance of the hotel. 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.

In order 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.

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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

Cherry blossom viewing is a springtime tradition in Japan. If you stay at the right hotel, you can enjoy it to the fullest, without worrying about the time. There are many different cherry-blossom-viewing spots, such as ones along streams of water, or in a park, or along the street. Find your favorite one.

*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 closing, and changes in 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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