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MrThrill
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A peaceful haven in Tokyo.

Review of Tokyo Ryokan
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 Nov 2011
My wife and I stayed here for 7 nights in October 2011. We were originally going to Japan in May 2011 but due to the tsunamai in March and subsequent travel warnings we decided to postpone until September. Unfortunately the ryokan requires you to pay in advance and doesn't offer a refund if you vary your dates unless they are able to rebook the room. I'm not complaining, I knew the fine print when we first booked but you need to be aware of it.
Okay,the nuts and bolts. The ryokan is in Asakusa, a not too touristy part of Tokyo. The local metro station, Tewaramachi, is about a 10 minute walk away. The ryokan is on a quiet street but is also a 2 minute walk from Kappabashi-dori, a kitchen-ware, restaurant supplies street about 1 km long and full of great stuff for your home or as souvenirs. The ryokan is run by Kenichi-san and Fusako-san. They are nice people who speak good English. Kenichi appears reserved at first but once you get to know him and he,you the laughs flowed. Fusako is a bit shy but very friendly.
The room we stayed in was small with little space for our mountain of baggage and souvenirs. The futons are a bit thin and the pillows small but probably authentic. The bathroom facilities are shared between 3 rooms. Upstairs where the bedrooms are is a toilet, urinal and handbasin. Downstairs is a communal room for eating or whatever, a shower and 2 handbasins. The shower is a push-button type which you need to keep pushing if you want.There is no running hot water in the handbasins. There isn't coffee/tea making facilities or a fridge which would both be assets.
Anyway, we liked staying there very much. The hosts, the location, Kappabashi-dori and numerous eating places made it feel very comfortable for us in a city that we struggled to keep up with. Any criticism is minor.
Date of stay: October 2011
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

Stayed here for 10 days in december of 08

was such a beautiful little place.

it's incredibly basic - don't expect room service and a bar fridge

but i'm pretty sure for this price the only other accomodation available in tokyo is a backpacker dorm or a capsule hotel.

the walls are paper thin so bring ear plugs.

we had to bang on the wall because a snorlax next door kept us up with his snoring.

we also had the wall banged on us one night when we came home really drunk - whoops!

it's incredibly clean and the design is so beautiful and minimalistic. in such a gorgeous area of tokyo, i can't wait to go back.

if you have back problems be warned that this place is traditional japanese tatami matt beds and the pillows are stuffed with rice!

Date of stay: October 2011
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

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!

Date of stay: April 2011
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8  Thank LuckyTommy7
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

We stayed here for one night and found it to be a nice and comfortable stay. Compared to the prices of some of the other Ryokans this really is the best your going to get for the price you pay - 3500 yen. Owner is friendly and very informative and chatty!

Date of stay: May 2011
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

For travellers on a limited budget, Tokyo Ryokan is a great option. There are some fairly strict house rules and some slightly frustrating quirks (30 second bursts of hot water in the shower; rice pillows unfamiliar to my western sleeping habits), but most of which I suspect are to ensure harmony amongst the guests in the three rooms who all share the one bathroom in this tiny ryokan (and to ensure the ignorant gaijin don’t wreck the tatami mats). However, the ryokan is extremely clean and presents like new. Its proprietors are helpful and friendly, and given the compact nature of the ryokan, it feels more like you are a guest in their house, than a tourist in a hotel. Tokyo Ryokan offers basic accommodation, with no frills. This is excellent value for money at this price point

Date of stay: February 2011
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1  Thank TCphonehome
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

This hotel is a little oasis of calm. The room was small, but if you're in Tokyo, you'll probably not be spending much time in it anyway. The hosts are charming and helpful. And to find somewhere this inexpensive in the second most expensive city in the world is quite remarkable. It's conveniently located for Ueno, with its fantastic park and zoo, and there are plenty of places to eat nearby (Vin Chou, two side streets away, is particularly good - try the grilled chicken kneecaps). I wouldn't stay anywhere else if I were in Tokyo again.

Date of stay: February 2011
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