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Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu

1–31–11 Asakusa, Tokyo, 111-0032, Japan

If you want to be in the heart of old-world Asakusa while experiencing an Edo era-style inn, than Ryokan Shigetsu will suit your needs. This six-story spot is mere minutes away from all the major Asakusa attractions and provides guests with authentic living arrangements with traditional Japanese accoutrements.


You have myriad choices for rooms with giant suites decked out in tatami mats and rolled futons to western-style options with standard beds and drab carpets. There are only 18 rooms here and all come with small TVs, yukata pajamas, complimentary water, and tea. We'd recommend a traditional Japanese style room - why else would you come here?


Bathrooms here are pretty cramped and if you want to take a bath you’ll have a lot of trouble stretching out. But in the tiny space you'll find small sinks and shower/tub combinations.

One of the highlights of the ryokan is the communal Japanese bath on the 6th floor. With windows that look out over Tokyo SkyTree and Senso-ji’s five-story pagoda, it’s a calming oasis that refreshes the mind, body, and soul. There is also a posted sign that can help westerners follow the etiquette of Japanese bathing rituals.


The simple lobby has a black leather couch and some tourist reading material. There's also a walled in Japanese garden that seems Instagram-ready.


A small dining area dubbed Ajidokoro Hozuki serves both a traditional Japanese breakfast and western style varieties for those less adventurous travelers.


Getting Around

Asakusa is made for walking and you’re only 5-minutes from every major attraction in the area. Additionally, subway access is just down the street, so it’s easy to get around the city as well. This area is incredibly safe and usually packed with tourists.


Tokyo isn’t known as a street-food hub, but this is one area that bucks that trend as you’ll find stalls serving up all kinds of local delicacies. For something more substantial – don’t miss out on the unagi (eel) at Oyanagi (1-minute walk) famous for its slippery supper. Rice ball aficionados should head to Onigiri Asakusa Yadoroku (9-minute walk) for a wide-range of sticky goodness.


Whiskey hounds shouldn’t miss out on Samboa (3-minute), famous throughout Tokyo for some of the best brown-liquor options in town. If you want to sip on sake instead, check out Daimasu Sake Bar (2-minute walk) with a great selection and bar bites to boot.


Location, location, location. Smack dab in the heart of Asakusa, you couldn’t ask for a better spot for exploring this historical neighborhood. Inside, the rooms are traditional (but western options are available) and a stellar communal bath awaits achy travelers on the 6th floor. There aren’t a ton of other amenities, though the Japanese breakfast is solid, but being in the heart of old world Asakusa while staying in an authentic inn will help take you back to a different era.


15 Japanese-style rooms, 3 Western-style rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No


Phones: 03-3843–2345

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