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Wondering where to stay in Tokyo? This is the hotel we highly recommend! Part 2

2019.03.01

Every time when you visit Japan, where to stay would be the issue. I found two great Japanese inns when my friend came to Japan. One is “Family Inn Saiko,” which I had already introduced in the previous article. And the other one is “Sawanoya Ryokan” nearby Ueno. So, this time, let me introduce Sawanoya Ryokan (*) and its charms, which are a bit different from traditional hotels or Japanese inn in Japan.
*ryokan: Japanese inn

“Ryokan Sawanoya” - a Japanese inn in Tokyo welcomes guests with warm simile like family

When you were a child, how did you feel when you got home? Probably, you felt warm and relieved. Today, I remembered that feeling when I visited “Sawanoya” in Ueno where my friend chose as the tonight’s accommodation.

“Ryokan Sawanoya” - a Japanese inn in Tokyo welcomes guests with warm simile like family
It takes about 7 minutes on foot from the nearest subway station “Nezu,” you will see the signboard of “Sawanoya” along the way, so you can easily reach there.

“Ryokan Sawanoya” - a Japanese inn in Tokyo welcomes guests with warm simile like family 2
After walking on a quiet narrow street for a while, I found Sawanoya with simple wooden exterior. It makes you feel warm even from the appearance.

“Ryokan Sawanoya” - a Japanese inn in Tokyo welcomes guests with warm simile like family 3
When was checking in, I felt like back home because of the interior using plenty of wood and warm lighting. In the lobby, there is a shared PC and self-served complimentary tea and coffee. Breakfast for 324 yen (tax included) that has not been raised since its opening, is also offered in the morning.

The owner of this inn is a couple, and sometimes they cannot communicate with foreigners, but it doesn’t mean that we cannot keep smiling.

Is it rare as a hotel in Tokyo!? There is a bath, clean and healed by smell of wood


Is it rare as a hotel in Tokyo!? There is a bath, clean and healed by smell of wood
The genial landlady showed us around the inn. The tour started with a bathroom on the first floor. There was a very tidy wooden bathtub, and sunlight was coming into the room. It seemed that I could relax and immerse in hot water.

Is it rare as a hotel in Tokyo!? There is a bath, clean and healed by smell of wood2
I got into a single room where my friend stays for tonight. The room was big enough, and Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.

Is it rare as a hotel in Tokyo!? There is a bath, clean and healed by smell of wood3
If you stay in a single room, you will use a shared bathroom and toilet, which are located at the side of this sunny corridor. The washbasin is in the room, so you can wash your face and brush your teeth in your room. In addition, the landlady showed us a room for two, just for us. The room was larger, and has a wooden bathtub where has smell of wood.

Is it rare as a hotel in Tokyo!? There is a bath, clean and healed by smell of wood4
On the top floor, there are coin washing machines. So, you can wash and dry your clothes in your room. An ironing board and other things are also equipped. These would be great help if you plan to stay a long period of time in Japan.

Is it rare as a hotel in Tokyo!? There is a bath, clean and healed by smell of wood5
You can also dry your clothes on the rooftop. Tokyo SKYTREE can be seen from there too.

Enjoy staying at the inn downtown of Tokyo, which filled with hospitality and coming-home feeling.


Enjoy staying at the inn downtown of Tokyo, which filled with hospitality and coming-home feeling.
I got back to the lounge and talked with the owners. According to them, most of their guests are from the U.S. or Europe. The couple doesn't speak English at all, but their smile and genial hospitality seem to bring a coming-home feeling to all guests across the world. After visiting my friend there, I thought staying in a big hotel or a business hotel isn’t the only option for accommodation in Tokyo for tourists. Because there is such warmth and comfort in the inn of Tokyo downtown where is hearted-filled.

“Ryokan Sawanoya”
●2-3-11, Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
●03-3822-2251
http://www.sawanoya.com/nihonngho.html
●7-minute walk from Nezu Station on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda-line
●Payment: major credit cards (VISA、MASTER CARD、American Express, etc.) accepted

*The above information was last updated March 2, 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.

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