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1. Ryokan Kamogawa

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It’s location is a minute walk to Sensoji, just a little way from Nakamise, which is always bustling with tourists. It’s also just a 4 minute walk to the Sumida river water bus. As a matter of fact, there’s a way to have fun even when all the shops at Nakamise are closed: Drawn on all of the shop shutters is the “Asakusa Picture Scroll” which is about 380m in length. You can use the free wi-fi offered in the guest rooms which are all Japanese-style and come with a bath and toilet attached. They also have smaller, one-person rooms so even the single traveller can savor the feeling of staying at a Japanese ryokan. There is a large bath house and tearoom in the building as well as a breakfast service for an additional fee.

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Nakamise.

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[Ryokan Kamogawa Information]

Address: 1-30-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 5 minute walk from Asakusa station exit A4 on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Toei Subway Asakusa Line. 5 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Tobu Isesaki Line. 

Estimated price : ¥7000~

Check-in: 4:00 PM

Final check-in: 11:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.f-kamogawa.jp/english/index.html

HP: www.f-kamogawa.jp/ (Japanese Only)

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2. Homeikan Honkan Daimachi Annex

 

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 Standing in a quiet residential area, this historical building is registered as a “tangible cultural property”. The inside of the building has a pure Japanese-style, calm atmosphere and gives off the feeling of having slipped back in time to a Japan of days past. The guest rooms are equipped with everything you need to spend your time comfortably, including an air conditioner/heating unit, TV, safe, free Wi-fi and more. There’s also a large, 24-hour mineral hot spring where you can cure the tiredness from your travels. In Hongo there is Tokyo University and lots of old historical buildings and secondhand bookstores in the area. The area around Tokyo University has cafes and restaurants so you can enjoy eating for reasonable prices.

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A picture of Tokyo University. 

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[Homeikan Honkan Daimachi Annex Information]

Address: 5-10-5 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 10 minute walk from Todaimae Station on the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line. 12 minute walk from Hongo Sanchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. 

Estimated price : ¥5000~

Check-in: 3:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.homeikan.com/

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3. Ryokan Mikawaya Honten

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This inn is located in the heart of Asakusa, just a short way from Nakamise and only a 2 minute walk from the nearest station. Even though Nakamise is always crowded with people, it’s recommended to wake up early while there isn’t many people and take photos in front of Kaminarimon. Also, Sensoji lit up at night is incredibly magical and the atmosphere is very different from the way it is during the day. This Japanese-style ryokan which blends in with the downtown atmosphere is a surprisingly calm inn where you can forget the clamor of the city. There is free coffee, green tea and black tea in the lobby and all the rooms have a bath and toilet attached, as well as free Wi-fi. It’s a 1 minute walk to the convenience store and a 5 minute walk from a 24 hour supermarket making it an agreeable environment for travellers.

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A photo of Kaminarimon during the quiet hours. 

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[Ryokan Mikawaya Honten Information]

Address: 1-30-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 2 minute walk from Asakusa Station exit 1 on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. 3 minute walk from the Asakusa Station, South exit on the Tobu Isesaki Line. 5 minute walk from Asakusa station exit 3 on the Tsukuba Express line. 

Estimated price : ¥7000~

Check-in: 3:00 PM

Final check-in: 11:00 PM (prior contact necessary)

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.asakusamikawaya.com/ (Japanese Only)

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4. Sawanoya Ryokan

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This inn still has the atmosphere of the Showa era and is located in Yanaka. The surrounding area has many temples and areas where you can feel Japan’s history. A nearby popular spot is “Nezu Shrine” which is famous for their azalea gardens where you can enjoy Senbon Torii gates and different varieties of azalea flowers. If you walk a little further there is the Yanaka Ginza downtown shopping street, which has shops selling folk crafts and small Japanese-style accessories, restaurants, souvenir shops and more. Every part of this street gives off a nostalgic feeling. The family-run, cozy inn has free Wi-fi, a coin laundry and free coffee/tea and occasionally they might perform a traditional Japanese “shishimai (lion dance)”. You can comfortably while away the hours while gazing at their traditional Japanese garden from their wood and ceramic baths.

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A photo of the Senbon Torii gates and azalea gardens at Nezu Shrine. 

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[Sawanoya Ryokan Information]

Address: 2-3-11 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 7 minute walk from Nezu station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line.

Estimated price : ¥5000

Check-in: 3:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.sawanoya.com/eigo.html

HP: www.sawanoya.com/nihonngho.html (Japanese Only)

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5. Sukeroku no Yado Sadachiyo

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In an excellent location for sightseeing in Asakusa, you can savor the atmosphere of Edo. The exterior is as you would expect but the interior is also carefully planned with Japanese-style guest rooms as well as a room made to look like a warehouse (the kinds of buildings used for storing goods in the old days). There is also free Wi-fi that you can use. They also have a paid service called “Edo shumi plan” which consists of games from the Edo period as well as a tour of famous places and historic spots. In addition to being within walking distance of famous Asakusa places like Sensoji and Kappabashi Kitchen town, you can get to Akihabara easily from Asakusa station on the Tsukuba express. Also there is a shuttle bus running every day that connects Ueno, Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree.

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Akihabara station.

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[Sukeroku no Yado Sadachiyo Information]

Address: 2-20-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to (Google Map)

Nearest station: 1 minute walk from the Kita Chuurinjou ext at Asakusa station on the Tsukuba Express. 8 minute walk from Tawaramachi station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line. 10 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Toei Asakusa line. 

Estimated price : ¥5600~

Check-in: 4:00 PM

Final check-in: 10:00 PM (anytime after 10:00 PM must have prior contact)

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.sadachiyo.co.jp/en/

HP: www.sadachiyo.co.jp/ja/ (Japanese Only)

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6. Taito Ryokan

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This Japanese-style ryokan is situated in the heart of the Asakusa area. Built in the 1950’s and remodelled in 2011, it still gives off a strong impression of that bygone era. The natural onsen bathhouse “Jakotsuyu” is extremely closeby. It’s a historical building that has continued since the Edo period. Inside the building has all sorts of facilities to make your stay comfortable including a common room with cable TV that has about 60 foreign TV channels as well as free wi-fi, coin laundry and free coffee/tea service. It’s located just a 3 minute walk from Tawaramachi station on the Ginza line so foreign guests can visit the popular Ginza area in just 15 minutes.

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A photo of Jakotsuyu in the neighborhood. 

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[Taito Ryokan Information]

Address: 2-1-4 Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 3 minute walk from Tawaramachi station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line. 8 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Toei Subway Asakusa line. 

Estimated price : ¥3000~

Check-in: 3:00 PM

Final check-in: 10:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.libertyhouse.gr.jp/

HP: www.gotokyo.org/jp/kanko/taito/hotel/t0130.html (Japanese Only)

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7. Ryokan Seikou

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This inn is situated in the residential area of Ogikubo which was voted Tokyo’s no.1 area where people would like to live and the building has been registered as one of Japan’s tangible cultural properties by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Built in the early days of the Showa era, it still retains that nostalgic atmosphere. Although it’s an old building, the inside has been well kept and all the rooms are designed to give you a view of the garden. It has a different flavor to a modern hotel and without a doubt, the inn has been meticulously designed to give you the feeling of having slipped back in time to the start of the Showa era. It’s convenient to go anywhere from Ogikubo station, there is a shopping center adjoining the station and there are many shops in the area.

 

 

An image of the bright and bustling Ogikubo station. 

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[Ryokan Seikou Information]

Address: 3-38-9 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 7 minute walk from Ogikubo station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi and JR lines. 

Estimated price : ¥6000~

Check-in: 4:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.ryokan.or.jp/inn/28600 (Japanese Only)

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8. Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu

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This inn is located a little way off from the ever lively and crowded Nakamise in Asakusa. It’s a convenient area for shopping and dining. In particular, the tendon restaurant “Daikokuya” which has been in business since the Meiji era. It’s recommended as a great in for landscape views. The interior of the inn has rooms which gives you a view of Sensoji temple at night and there is a hinoki bath where you can see Sensoji’s 5 story pagoda, Skytree and more. For an additional fee you can have a Japanese breakfast service and there is also free Wi-fi available in all the rooms. No matter where you need to go, this is a convenient area. Using the Tokyo Metro Ginza line, you can get to Ueno and Ginza (of course) and areas like Harajuku and Shibuya are also easily accessible.

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A photo of Sensoji at night. 

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[Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu Information]

Address: 1-31-11 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 3 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Tokyo Metro Asakusa line. 5 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Toei Subway. 7 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Tsukuba Express. 

Estimated price : ¥7500~

Check-in: 3:00 PM

Final check-in: 11:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.shigetsu.com/e/index.html

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9. Miyabiyado Takemine

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This inn is constructed in such a way that you forget you’re in the heart of the city. It’s entryway is modelled after a hot spring hotel, calming their guests and putting them at ease. Located along the Seibu Shinjuku Line, it’s only one station to Takadanobaba station on the JR Yamanote line. Along the train line is spacious Shakujii Park that is surrounded by greenery and nature. In spring, the cherry blossoms bloom there quite magnificently. Designed to suit various needs, all the guest rooms have a bath included as well as free Wi-fi. There are Japanese-style and Western-style rooms and even a luxury room that comes with its own exclusive open-air bath. Also there is also room service available for an additional fee and they offer everything from luxury cuisine like Japanese kaiseki ryori (several course meal) and Wagyu (Japanese beef) shabu shabu to reasonable offerings like ramen and curry rice.

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An image of cherry blossom season at Shakujii Park. 

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[Miyabiyado Takemine Information]

Address: 1-1-3 Nakaochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 1 minute walk from Shimo-Ochiai station on the Seibu Shinjuku line. 

Estimated price : ¥8200~

Check-in: 2:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

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10. Andon Ryokan

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Although this might not be an area that first time visitors to Tokyo are familiar with, it’s in the same Taito-ku as areas like Asakusa and Ueno and the neighborhood has many restaurants and convenience stores. You can walk to Asakusa and Ueno and experience the feeling of the shitamachi that still linger at the many streets and shops along the way. Minowa station on the Hibiya line is closeby so you can access Ueno, Akihabara and Roppongi directly. All the rooms are comfy tatami mat Japanese-style rooms with free Wi-fi and there is a lounge with free drinks. For breakfast, they offer a selection of set meals for a reasonable price. Also, inside the building you can have fun discovering the various antiques curated by the owner.

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A picture of Roppongi, which is directly accessible. 

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[Andon Ryokan Information]

Address: 2-34-10 Nihonzutsumi, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Nearest station: 5 minute walk from Exit 3 at Minowa station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line. 

Estimated price : ¥4000~

Check-in: 2:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

HP: www.andon.co.jp/

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In Japan, there are certain types of lodgings called “ryokan” which are commonly seen in hot spring areas. However, even in Tokyo there are still some in the downtown areas that have retained their Showa era appearances. Wouldn’t you like to spend your time in such a cosy space in these nostalgic areas?

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