Stay in Style in Tokyo: The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon

Located in the Asakusa area
 of Tokyo, the Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is perfect if you’re looking for a little reprieve from the hustle and bustle of areas like Shibuya, but still want to stay close to the action. With a famous market and the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple just a few minutes away, you could easily spend countless hours exploring the area surrounding the hotel, before refueling at one of the delicious – and tiny – restaurants nearby. We also suggest doing the 20-minute walk to Akihabara if you want to explore some local side streets to really get a feel for a less touristy side of the city.

The hotel itself is a very comfortable base in terms of amenities. The rooms are large by Japan standards, however, asking for two twin beds is probably a good call if you’re traveling as a couple and accustomed to a queen or king at home (the largest beds in Japan are usually a double). Perhaps the most surprising feature of the hotel was the bathroom, with a shower that was basically a small room of its own – a luxury that is far from the norm in Japan.

With a modern aesthetic and pristine common spaces, The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. Their restaurant offers a delicious breakfast buffet, complete with a mix of traveler-friendly foods and more local fares, while allowing you to look out over the beautiful Tokyo skyline
 with a perfect view of the Tokyo Skytree. Their rooftop bar is elegant and unfussy, and the hotel offers little perks like 
free sparkling sake with edible cherry blossoms to make guests feel welcome.

The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon has perfected the combination of comfort, luxury, and value. While it’s not the cheapest hotel in the city, staying here won’t break the bank – and what you get in return puts it at the top of our list.

the author

Esther Rogers

Esther is co-head of IC/ publishing at Idea Couture. She is based in Toronto, Canada.