Tokyo Ryokan

Tokyo Ryokan

2-4-8 Nishi Asakusa, Taito 111-0035 Tokyo Prefecture
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Tokyo Ryokan has 3 ( three ) Japanese-style rooms, all laid out with tatami floor mats. Couples/Groups/Families can enjoy one of the rooms for private use. Each room is heated in winter, cooled in summer. There is no extra cost for the air-conditioning.
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kc4travel_nyc wrote a review Mar 2013
NYC75 contributions93 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is my third visit to Japan and I chose to stay at the Tokyo Ryokan because I want my daughter (14) to have an authentic Tokyo experience, one you won't find at hotels. And we weren't disappointed.

The ryokan is located right off the Kikusui Dori, which connects to the artery of Asakusa- Asakusa Dori and Kaminarimon Dori (where the popular Kaminarimon Gate awaits). The convenient Ginza line is about 4 minutes walk (Tawaramachi station), and the massive Asakusa station is a good 8-10 minutes away, which connects you to both Haneda and Narita Airports and the JR train system. Behind the station is the pier where you can hop on water bus, one of its many lines is shaped like a space craft designed by an animation master, perfect for a visit to the futuristic Odaiba Aqua City. And from many corners of the immediate neighborhood you can see the Skytree building, which is walkable in 30 minutes time.

Among the numerous tourist attractions, hidden in the traditional lanes and valleys are the dining treasure of what I like to call the Sake/Tapas bars, typically run by a single female host, with very small number of seating from 6-12 people. The intimate dinning experience is homey, authentic, warm and pleasurable. The host knows everyone that walks in her door, and is very welcoming to new comers. Her offerings are limited to the freshest and best local ingredients, with high quality sake (or beer) to pair with each dishes. We found such a treasure on our first night eating out right off the Kikusui Dori less than 50 meters from the ryokan. The place doesn't have an English sign (to be expected), but has a small English menu posted outside. It is covered by tasteful bamboo fence with maples planted around to give a seasonal decor. The host was charming and warm, and after some gesturing, she figured out I wanted hot sake, and suggested a most delicious sake for me to try. The food was fresh and delectable to my sensitive palate. There was some singing going on between her and two other female patrons, as they enjoyed a TV broadcast of a traditional Japanese ballads singing competition. We enjoyed the non-pretentious intimacy and was more amused than being annoyed. And if you are more into larger eating places, you will find so much options right along the Asakusa Dori and Kaminarimon Dori that it would be impossible to try them all even if you live here for a year.

The ryokan was everything you would expect from looking at the website, and much more. For every minute we spent in Kenichi and Fusako's home, there was peace and tranquility in the most care-free manner. My 14 year old daughter thought they were (and by extension all Japanese people) the nicest people she had known. The cleanliness of the space was impeccable, permeated in the gentle scent of Sugi-Japanese Cedar-that was used for all the wooden surfaces of their lovely home. The bedrooms (three) are small and clean with tatami mats which Fusako wiped and tighten up every day when we were out and about. There is no sound insulation, but all the guests that were here during our stay were courteous and considerate as if we were in some kind of secret pact out of respect for the owners.

With only three rooms to offer, advance booking is highly recommended, and if you are lucky enough to get in, expect an unusual and authentic Tokyo experience in the best possible form.
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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LuckyTommy7 wrote a review Jun 2011
Shanghai, China27 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a weekend at Tokyo Ryokan in early April and it was a really good experience. At the time, it was not too long after the earthquake so we were very concerned about the conditions in Japan. The owners Kenichi san and Fusako san were extremely helpful and responsive in their communications prior to our trip, taking care to answer all of our questions and concerns. A+

When we arrived we found a charming little traditional Japanese ryokan. The interior was constructed out of high quality wood complete with the traditional Japanese sliding doors. The atmosphere was minimalist yet stylish and travelers who frequent a lot of B&Bs and hostels should feel very comfortable. Furthermore, I want to add that the entire place was exceptionally clean. I did not see a single spec of dust or stain anywhere the entire time I was there, no exaggeration.

As for rooms, they are very no-frills so no beds but you do get a large comforter on top of the tatami which is cleaned every day.

The neighborhood is nice in the sense of that it has easy access to the airport, is quiet, and has many cheap places to eat near-by. Asakusa is probably the most backpacker friendly neighborhood in Tokyo with many B&Bs and old fashioned restaurants near-by, as well as the famous Sensoji temple. Foodies should take note that the most famous tempura place ( Daikokuya tempura ) and the most famous kaiten sushi place ( Magurobito ) are both in this neighborhood.

Also regarding location, keep in mind that Tokyo is a very spread out city so still expect to commute for at least 30 minutes between attractions. From Tokyo Ryokan, it was a 30-40 minute subway ride to Shinjuku station (the major transport hub), 30 minutes to Shibuya (main attractions), and about 1 1/2 hours to Narita airport depending on the line you take.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay at Tokyo Ryokan. As many of the other reviewers mentioned, this is probably the best no frills B&B in Tokyo. The location is right, the atmosphere is charming, and it is exceptionally well kept. Kenichi san and Fusako san are the nicest most helpful B&B owners I've ever met so you're definitely in good hands when you stay here!
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Date of stay: April 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jessica C wrote a review Sept 2015
Tucson, Arizona8 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying at the Tokyo Ryokan was instrumental for the beginning of our trip to Japan. The inn keeper is extremely helpful and very concerned that you have the best trip possible. He pointed out many things for us to do and even a great ramen shop close by. The Ryokan is in a quiet neighborhood which was nice for us, out of the hustle of the busier parts of Tokyo. The Ryokan is also very clean.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Travelingcity wrote a review Jan 2015
1 contribution16 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The location is undoubtably in a great place! It's near a subway (3mins walk) and near a lot of popular attractions including temple, hotspring etc. The room is spotless and always clean! The owners are extremely helpful and kind.
However, before you decide to book there are other places that's worth more for your money and here's why:
The place is "extremely" energy saving. At times, our room was very cold and uncomfortable to sleep in. This extends to the living room when you want to go to the toilet at night or the morning and you have to wear so much clothes which is inconvinient.
The lights are usually off everywhere apart from your room - A major safety hazard on the stairs! And sometimes just plain creepy (at night...)
The wifi switches off after 12AM which could be an issue for you if you want to contact family after coming back late. But the major issue is that the wifi is extremely weak in your room which means is practically useless. You'll have to go to the cold and dark living room to use your wifi.
There are NOT many facilities! No kettle, no hand soap, no plates/cups etc.
Also, there is no hot water in the sink! So uncomfortable when is already freezing in the morning. But the shower is very powerful!

The place is very traditional. So you must be quiet at most times. But I had a okay stay, just maybe not worth the money.
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Date of stay: December 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MarcinWZ wrote a review Apr 2015
Wetzlar, Germany405 contributions169 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed there with my family for a couple of nights before our return flight to Europe. And for the most part it was a good stay. Like some previous reviewers noted, this isn't your typical ryokan/hotel you may have been expecting. It is well located near the Ueno park (a couple of metro stops away) and hear some quieter parts of Tokyo. There are plenty of small food joints around and it feels like nice relaxing area. Also for those of you leaving from Narita, it is easily accessible from the Ueno park station via Skyliner train (not JR though but that other private line), The hotels owners were happy to help getting the tickets for it.
The ryokan itself is pretty small and has a distinct hostel feel to it. The washroom is a common one, so are the shower and toilet. This may be an issue when you expect more privacy and/or travel with a kid which makes routines and waiting less predictable or when there is a nappy/potty emergency. Taps or on an eco mode meaning you need to keep pressing them to keep water flowing. While commendably ecological, it is cumbersome as it it keeps water temp fluctuating a lot. The common room/area is nice albeit small. Lots of books to peruse and sit down for a chat with other travelers. The rooms - well, they are small. Neatly outfitted but very small. We were as three with one toddler and luggage and there just wasn't enough space to unpack and keep stuff in. The walls double up as dividers so they are paper-thin. Again, an issue when you either want privacy or, as in our case, when you wanted to minimise our son's squeaks, shouts and cries that may be annoying to other lodgers.
So there it is - it is a place nice for the backpackers type who don't mind/care about creature comforts and can live with the limitations outlined above.
The huge plus of the place are its owners - super helpful, kind and knowledgeable people who went extra mile to help us with luggage, local food joints, laundry, train and taxi connections.
If I were in the area on my own for a short visit I'd probably give it another go, if however you are with kid(s) and/or want a nice, comfy wind down night before your long flight back home, it may be better to stay in a full-service hotel.
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Date of stay: March 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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mbaas wrote a review May 2014
Halle (Saale), Germany372 contributions271 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have to start this review by stating that this place was simply not for us. We usually stay in four/five-star hotels but Japan being quite expensive and our experiences with business hotels in Tokyo and elsewhere not always positive we decided for a ryokan this time. Tokyo Ryokan comes well-recommended and in many ways justifiably so. It's an elegant small building in Asakusa (Taito), very near the metro station and many great restaurants. Of course the temple district of Asakusa is quite near as well which is another plus. Service is excellent, the hosts are extremely friendly and very happy to assist you with whatever you might need or want to know. There are only three rooms in the ryokan and we stayed in the one that is right next to the toilet. The room was very small, even by Japanese standards. We have stayed in quite a few of them outside Tokyo before and this was absolutely the smallest by a stretch. If you put the two futons down you will find it quite hard to place your luggage. The futons themselves were very thin, in fact much thinner than what we were used to. When we mentioned this the next day one of the hosts did offer to make it a double ('a burger') but by then we had already decided to move to a different hotel so we did not actually try it out (though I am sure it would have improved the sleeping conditions somewhat). Another problem with the room is that it is very noisy. Now, the noise you will experience largely depends on the other guests (it's not road traffic noise). For instance, every time a guest will open the door of his room you will hear this, and you will also clearly hear him opening the door to the toilet and flushing it. If you are a light sleeper this could be an issue. There is only one bathroom, downstairs, which has a toilet and shower. The shower was quite spacious but you will have to bring your own toiletries though you can rent towels. I had to wait for one other guest to finish which did not particularly bother me but if you are in a hurry it might be an issue. All in all it felt like camping. We had booked and paid for three nights but after one night we no longer felt like staying and moved to a nice hotel nearby (Richmond Hotel). Tokyo Ryokan offered to refund us if another guest took the room but this did not happen which is of course not their fault. In fact Tokyo Ryokan is quite honest on their website about what they offer so don't read this three-star review as an overtly negative one. It is just a small warning: this is a very, very simple place, think carefully if it is for you. It was not for us and we have plenty of ryokan-experience having stayed in (excellent) budget ryokans before.
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Date of stay: May 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karen B wrote a review Jul 2015
Hobart, Australia7 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 4 nights and booked 2 rooms (2 adults, 2 kids). We loved the minimalist eco-style of the ryokan, the wonderful neighbourhood and particularly the welcome of Kinichi and Fusako, who went out of their way to help us out and have fun with our kids. For the price, it was an excellent stay and a great introduction to Tokyo. Highly recommended for like-minded travellers who want an authentic, cheap and friendly experience in a wonderful part of Tokyo.
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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happycatlady123 wrote a review Dec 2014
Australia23 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the most wonderful time here in Tokyo. Our hosts were friendly and the facilities were clean and spotless. The ryokan is located in a convenient place in Tokyo, with easy access to public transport. Would definitely recommend to small groups or couples.
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JMG1981 wrote a review Jul 2013
Washington DC, District of Columbia3 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I had never been to Japan or Tokyo, and Tokyo Ryokan was the first place we stayed during our 12-day trip around the country. We loved it and would recommend it very highly -- but would also caution travelers unfamiliar with this sort of place to read its description carefully before booking.

Here are some key points about the place:
- It's located in Asakusa, near Ueno, Ueno Station, Kappabashi Kitchen Street, Sensoji temple, and Asakusa Station (convenient for cheap access to Narita Airport via metro). For all that, it's also in a fairly quiet spot. The combination of these things, i.e., accessibility and quiet, is fantastic.
- Even though it was 100 degrees (F) / 35 degrees (C) when we arrived, we slept very comfortably.
- Unlike most lodgings -- and certainly unlike any lodgings in this price range -- Tokyo Ryokan's interior is beautiful (in addition to being spotlessly clean). This might not be important to you, or you might think it unimportant until you arrive, when you'll realize you should seriously consider emulating the decor in your own home!
- There are several excellent, small restaurants in the neighborhood (meaning less than 3 blocks away) -- ask Kenishi for suggestions! Don't miss the tempura around the corner in particular.

And here is one small point of caution:
- At least one of your room's walls/door will be made of paper, through which sound and light travel. This wasn't a problem for us (once the chatty Spanish trio left on our second day), but it might be an issue if sonic privacy is really important to you.
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Date of stay: July 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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gaijin1_5 wrote a review Apr 2008
Vancouver10 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here three nights in Tokyo in March 2008 and had a great experience. The owner and his wife were both lovely and welcoming and super helpful. The owner researched our next destination and gave us information that we could not access as most of the website was in Japanese.

This small ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) is in a residence and features only three rooms. It is located in a quiet neighbourhood of Asakusa, there is not much of a nightlife there but the subway is 5 min. walk from the Tawaramachi station on Ginza subway line which can take you almost to Ginza, Shibuya and Shinjuku.

The building is beautiful, modern Japanese architecture which I believe was designed by the owner. The rooms are petite - but space is a premium in Japan so this is really the norm. Tokyo Ryokan is pretty new and super clean which is great. The rooms have tatami mats so there are no shoes allowed and you sleep on futon.

Also positive is that there is no curfew, you can come and go as you please with an access code. There is an onsen (public bath) in the neighbourhood but only a shower at the facility. You need to provide your own soap, shampoo etc and can rent towels if you don't have your own which we did not. The website provides very detailed information about the area including a great map of restaurants.

On the negative side - the walls are paper so you really feel kinda like you are sleeping with your neighbour. Also not so awesome was that the sinks only expelled cold water so face washing is not nice.

But overall - we would definitely recommend Tokyo Ryokan to anyone looking for a modern traditional Japanese experience.
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Date of stay: March 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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