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The Square Hotel Ginza
2 Chome-11-6 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061
From ¥15,000 /night

What’s The Square Hotel Ginza like?

The Square Hotel Ginza is a tastefully decorated and reasonably priced hotel with the upscale Ginza neighborhood on its doorstep. It has great access to the city, and is a perfectly comfortable budget hotel.

What amenities does the hotel have?

The Square Hotel Ginza has a couple of useful amenities: a tiny gym room plus a small traditional public bath (sento). The gym only has a couple of treadmills and a cycle machine, but since Ginza isn’t a particularly good area for running and exercise, it’s a welcome extra. The traditional sento (just hot water not a hot spring) bath area is a nice perk, although quite compact. You can wear your room slippers and dressing gown down to the bathing areas, which are separated into male and female.

There’s also a small cafe/restaurant area on the ground floor.

the square ginza cafe terrace
Nice to have a bit of outdoor seating, albeit at road level.

Is there anywhere to hang out in the hotel?

The cafe restaurant area has both indoor and outdoor seating. During our stay, people were always coming and going, so even though this is a fairly small hotel, it has a bit vibrancy.

What are the rooms like?

The rooms are either double or twin. The smallest size rooms still have a little sofa seating space with a table, so you’re not limited to sitting on the bed.

There are plenty of plug sockets and USB ports for charging or plugging in your devices. There’s a large TV in every room, and just enough space for working on a laptop.

The Japanese yukata-style dressing gowns are nice and colorful, which pair well with the tastefully decorated rooms. For a hotel of this price range, the rooms definitely have a good standard of design.

the square ginza bed
Nice yukata room wear. | Photo by Chris Kirkland

Are the rooms comfortable?

The rooms have good quality ventilation and are quiet, seeing as the hotel is located away from any particularly busy nightlife and rooms go up to a fairly high level (16 floors).

What’s the view like?

From the higher floors, there’s a moderately nice view of the east side of Tokyo Station and Tokyo Skytree. You may not have any view at all on the lower floors, though.

What’s the location like?

The Square Hotel Ginza is a few minutes’ walk from Ginza and Tokyo Station, making it an excellent base from which to explore Tokyo. You’re a 5-10 minute walk from multiple metro lines, and just over 10 minutes from Tokyo Station for JR lines and the Shinkansen.

the square ginza hotel wall mural of Tokyo skyline and Mt. Fuji
Murals on the walls throughout the hotel | Photo by Chris Kirkland

How do I get there from the airports?

You can easily get to both Haneda and Narita Airport, with a direct train from Higashi-Ginza Station to Haneda, and the Narita Express from Tokyo Station.

What’s the surrounding neighborhood like?

Ginza and Yurakucho are on your doorstep, so there’s no shortage of shopping, entertainment, food and culture. There are plenty of convenience stores near the hotel too, if you need any quick supplies.

Ginza can be very busy in the day, but it’s quieter at night. There are still bars and nightlife, although catered towards an older and more professional crowd.

What points of interest are within walking distance of the hotel?

Apart from all of Ginza’s shopping and department stores, for traditional sightseeing you have the Kabukiza theater, Tsukiji Market and the Emperor’s Palace nearby.

Should I order the breakfast?

The breakfast buffet is semi-Western style, but we recommend it as an option, not pre-paying for it. You might consider an early super fresh sushi meal at Tsukiji Market or breakfast from one of the many nearby cafes.

Who should stay here?

The Square Hotel Ginza would suit couples of most ages. Perhaps the main consideration for younger travelers is that there are other cheaper options. Ginza is a more of a high-end district, so there’s less of the cheapo friendly dining and thrift shopping as there is on the west side of the city.

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Chris's Tokyo favorites are: Tomoe Sushi, Borne, Udagawa Cafe Suite