Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tokyo Hotel with Ideal Location: Koraku Garden Hotel

Looking for an accessible business hotel in Tokyo? Try the Koraku Garden Hotel located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. It's around the Japanese-Chinese Friendship Center just beside the historical Koraku Garden (hence the hotel's name).

Koraku Garden's facade
photo credit:  http://www.travelpod.com/hotel/Hotel_Takebe_No_Mori-Okayama.html

With the price of commuting in Tokyo, it's important to choose a hotel that can be accessed by JR Trains. The JR Lines are the cheapest, next to biking, mode of transportation in Japan.

1. Nearest Train Stations

Iidabashi Station
photo credit:  http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%95%E3%82%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AB:Iidabashi_Station-West_Exit.jpg

Koraku Garden Hotel is about 10 minutes away from JR Iidabashi Station if you walk to the right side. There's also another Iidabashi Station which is a stopping point of the TOEI Subway Line. Walking to the left leads to the Suidobashi Station just in front of Tokyo Dome. 

The good thing about Koraku Garden is that even if the stations are walking-distance, you wouldn't hear the passing trains. It's located behind another building and is not directly on the main street so guests can still quietly rest at night. 

2. Surrounding Areas by Walking

Ramla Pathwalk

photo credit:  http://tokyo.blog.lemonde.fr/2008/05/20/aiguiser-lacuite-du-present/iidabashi1211261632jpg/
a street in Iidabashi, across Ramla
photo credit:  http://www.tokyoluv.com/a-walk-in-iidabashi/

A 10-minute walk to the left from the hotel will lead you to Iidabashi Station. In front of this Station is the Ramla mall or plaza where you can find Daiso, some cafes, shops and restaurants. Across the street where Ramla is are more shops, cafes, convenience stores. You can buy almost anything you need at this area. The street is lovely decorated with hanging red lamps. There's also a Y100 shop up on the street. 

Tokyo Dome rollercoaster

On the other side, a 10-minute walk from the hotel will lead you to Tokyo Dome. It's hard to miss to miss this place since the dome can be seen from the hotel. You can watch baseball games here. There's also an amusement park in this place with a big-looped roller coaster. You can choose from a wide array of shops and restaurants that they have there. 

McDonalds, Starbucks and 7 Eleven can be found on both sides. 

Koraku Garden Hotel is also near important areas in Tokyo such as Shinjuku,  Tokyo, Shinagawa, Akihabara, Ueno and Ginza. 

Shinjuku is a yuppie-filled business district in Tokyo. It's about 10 minutes  and 2 stations away from Iidabashi Station. Ride the Chuo Line (the yellow one) going to Shinkjuku. 

Akihabara is the anime and electronics center of Tokyo. Hundreds of electronic shops can be found there. It's about 10 minutes from Iidabashi Station. Just get on the Chuo Line. 

Ueno, if I'm not mistaken, is the next stop after Akihabara. Cheap clothes, shoes, bags and accessories can be found here. There's also a park, a zoo and a museum just outside the station. Just ride the Chuo Line then Transfer to Yamanote Line at Akihabara Station. 

Shinagawa is the home of the Immigration Office so it's an important area for foreigners. It's about 30 minutes away from Iidabashi Station. Ride the Chuo Line going to Ueno. Transfer to Yamanote Line (the green one) at Akihabara Station. This will stop at Shinagawa. 

For accessibility coupled with a quiet location, book at Koraku Garden Hotel!

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