Sawanoya Ryokan

2–3–11 Yanaka, Tokyo, 110-0001, Japan

The shitamachi sub-area of Ueno is known for its down-to-earth friendliness, which you get in full measure at Sawanoya. This little inn's a family business: everybody pitches in to help you plan excursions and book hotels for the next leg of your journey. It is very popular with budget travelers, so reserve online well in advance. On occasion, the staffers, who manage to keep the facilities and rooms very clean, perform various traditional dances and ceremonies in full costume in the lobby. Japanese bathtubs are near small windows that overlook a small garden. Coffee and tea are complimentary, but the rooms don't have TVs. Smoking is not allowed on the premises. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. Bicycles can be rented.

PROS

  • traditional Japanese experience
  • affordable rates
  • friendly management

CONS

  • rooms somewhat small
  • a bit of a hike to the subway station
  • must book well in advance
  • many rooms share Japanese baths

Location

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-3822–2251

HOTEL DETAILS

10 rooms, 2 with bath
Rate Includes: No meals

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