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“Sawanoya is the best!!!”
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Ryokan Sawanoya
Ranked #1 of 121 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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Seattle
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2 reviews
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“Sawanoya is the best!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2008

A wonderful Ryokan to stay at in Tokyo. Very clean and the staff very helpful kind and friendly. Very close to the train station and very easy to get around everywhere to Tokyo. The japanese style baths are a huge reason to stay here. They have two amazing baths that are so nice to relax in after a long day of walking and sight seeing. They even have one bath where you and your partner can bath together. VEry nice. My husband and i took a huge advantage of this. Also i suggest renting bikes they have available too. Ride around Yanaka to Ueno great areas to rget a feel for what the old neighbors in tokyo are like. Highly recommend this place and would stay again. Sawanoya is the very best!!!!

  • Liked — Location, Staff, Very Clean,
  • Disliked — Nothing Sawanoya is number 1!!!
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2007

We loved our stay at Sawanoya Ryokan, its position , its neighbourhood and the family staff. We wanted to experience Japan in a way that was different from a holiday in one of the large cities of the world. Japan was our final stay after a round the world trip. We also purchased the book that the owner of the hotel had published , he has it for sale in his hotel lobby and his story brings alive the history of Sawanoya Ryokan in the most delightful way.Should we ever return we would only stay at Sawanoya. Aussies from Newcastle area.

  • Liked — the Japanese style baths , the Japanese style rooms and robes to wear..
  • Disliked — No tablecloth on breakfast table.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank skiingAustralian
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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2007

My husband and I stayed at this Ryokan for 4 nights during a recent holiday in Japan and found that is made an excellent base for sightseeing around Tokyo. The location is reasonably good – it is a pleasant 30min stroll from the JR Ueno station (which becomes a little less pleasant when carrying lots of luggage), the Nezu subway station is approx 5 min walk, and from that line you can change to other lines to carry you all around Tokyo. The thing that we liked about the location that it was in a quiet neighbourhood – a great haven after a busy day sightseeing in downtown, and there were plenty of options for dinner locally.
The owners of the Ryokan were very friendly and all of our needs were catered for (dining room, free tea/coffee, free internet access, sightseeing information on site, breakfast available on request). We were able to book by email from home in English with no difficulties, and could pay by VISA, which was very convenient. The ryokan’s main doors are locked at night but its no problem to obtain a night key for a late return or early departure.
The rooms were a decent size and had their own sink and mirror, with shared toilets on each floor and 2 private-use shared bathrooms downstairs. These were the best bathrooms we encountered during our trip – recently refurbished with lovely wooden baths and view over the garden.
Overall we would highly recommend staying in this Ryokan when in Tokyo as it is comfortable and pleasant without stretching you budget too far!

Stayed July 2007
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2007

This is a good option for having a nice experience in a traditional-style Japanes accomodation, without losing the basic western facilities of a good hostal, and at a reasonable price.
THE ZONE:The hostal is situated 10 mins walking from Ueno park (north bound), so visiting the National Museum, the Park, the Zoo and the Ueno area with its interesting markets and temples results really easy.You can reach easily also the Asakusa zone, for seeing the Sensoji Temple and the Asahi Flamme d'Or nightlife zone. The zone is a Tokyo traditional one, with small buildings,tiny and clean streets,lots of bikes and stores and true Japanese residential area feeling.
COMM:The only way to get to the hostel in metro is stopping at Nezu station (Chiyoda Line) and walk 7 mins, nearby there are all sorts of Japanese restaurants and izakaya (Jap pubs). The only thing is disliked is that the Chiyoda Line isn't really well connected to Ueno station (Keisei line) and the other main stations in the surroundings. Actually is easier to go to further important zones,such as Ginza,Roppongi,Shinjuku or Shibuya (no or only one train change needed).
THE ACCOMODATION: Japanese style rooms are really confortables and not that small. They provide you a nice yukata(Jap style pyjama),towels and toothbrush,rooms have TV and a small entrance with a sink.
THE BATH: there are 2 Jap style common baths,having two showers and one nice bath tub each of them.So, if you don't like Jap style bath,you can still have a large private shower room.The bathtub is nice, small and very well furbished, with a small window which gives you a lovely view of a inner Jap-style garden..you can lie in the hot-water tub and stay ages relaxing and staring at the rock statue of the frog...that's pure inner-city Zen!
THE PEOPLE: very nice guys,especially the man and the women running the hostel.They speak quite good English and know it all about solving your problems.I really wanted to have more time to stay at the hostel and talking with them (they also seemed interested in socializing...)but Tokyo need lots of time to spend to see all its beauties and crazy stuffs.
FACILITIES/SERVICES:the hostel offers a large common room for having breakfast (until 930,900y Jap style,about 600y western) or eating the food you buy and take in.There is a curfew at 11pm, but you can ask for the key and come back later without problems(Nezu station closes at 0030,anyway);they care especially the cleanliness,and always want to get in your room and clean it not later than 10 o'clock, so advice them if you're staying in until late morning(they won't break in the room,anyway..I guess that as all Japanese people they just want the cleaning job done quickly and early morning).
THE PRICE:very reasonable for staying in the centre of Tokyo,near areas of interest,in a clean-friendly-typical location. Even if there are more traditional and typical resorts all around, probably this hostel offers you less enchant but more services and reasonable fares.
TARGET: young people,most of them Europeans.Also saw few Asian girls, but mostly this hostal is for youn travellers (20-30) looking for a good deal between a cheap accomodation and a good taste of Japanese style guesthouse.

  • Liked — convenient location for sightseeing and nice taste of japanese style living
  • Disliked — chiyoda line isn't the best way to visit tokyo, even if it depends upon what you want to see..
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Pinnato
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swindon,england
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2007

Was a few years back now a group of 7 of us stayed there for 8 days,we were over for the karate comp and training,the smells and sounds of our stay were unique,the friendliness of the sawanoya was excellent,just taking a bath was an experience never forgotten,even the toilets lol.truly rememorable stay.

  • Liked — japanese feel,
  • Disliked — had to leave it.
  • Stayed August 2004
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3 Thank scaffolder1888
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Singapore
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65 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2007

We moved to this quaint Ryokan Sawanoya from a 5star hotel in Akasaka and I've no regrets. Nothing wrong with the 5star hotel of course but it was a great experience staying at a traditional Japanese inn (sleeping on tatami - not as uncomfortable as it looked at first). Ryokan Sawanoya was recommended by a Japanese friend so that bode well. Choose the room with the attached bath and toilet (why do they build them so small?), not so much for the facilities but because you will be spending the night in one of the (only two) largest rooms. Our 1 night stay coincided with the Chrysanthemum festival. The friendly ryokan owner, Sawa-san, was kind enough to bring us to see the Japanese dancers and even treated us to flower-fragrant sake (cheers). Short 5-10 mins walk to Nezu metro station, which is opposite a supermarket. The japanese bath is a must. Great food at nearby yakitori restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Angelk8
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san diego, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2007

My husband and I stayed here for four days the first week of September. The owners of the inn are super friendly and helpful. The location of this inn is perfect if you don't want to stay in a noisy part of Tokyo. Also, it is a five minute walk to the subway. There were also plenty of restaurants, markets and post office nearby for any of your needs. Our room did not have a bathroom so if you want one you might need to book a good ways in advance because there were none left. However, even if you room has a shower I HIGHLY recommend the public bath they have. It was awesome! There were two, the one on the right being big enough for two. You can lock the door so its completely private and the bath is simply amazing. You can soak in the tub with a beautiful view of a small private garden.

The rooms are simple and basic but clean. If you are looking for a fancy room, don't book here you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for modest accommodations, beautfiful bath, friendly inn owners and a great location, then this is the place. Also, they serve a western breakfast every morning without the need for a reservation so it made it super convenient the day we left to grab some breakfast before our journey to Kyoto.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank wee_sassie_lassie
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Property: Ryokan Sawanoya
Address: 2-3-11 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Taito
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Ryokan Sawanoya Hotel Taito
Ryokan Sawanoya Tokyo, Japan

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