I visited Japan in the beginning of April and stayed three nights in Tokyo. Wanting to save money and have a "Japanese experience," my friend and I opted to stay at a ryokan - a traditional Japanese inn, which tend to be cheaper, and sometimes nicer, than hotels. The first night we stayed at Taito Ryokan, which wasn't necessarily horrible, but definitely wasn't somewhere we would have stayed had we known about it before going. Anyway, they didn't have rooms available for us for all three nights, so we had made plans to move onto the Ryokan Sawanoya near Asakusa. Thank god, because Sawanoya is WONDERFUL!!!!
Ryokan Sawanoya is a family run establishment, and the owners were hospitable and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and serviced. For example, we got in to Sawanoya early in the morning before our room was available, and they let us leave our bags with them so we could explore Tokyo unhindered. When we came back later that afternoon, our bags were neatly lined up in the closet in our room. They provided maps of the local area as well! While they do not have a curfew, they do lock their doors at 11:00pm. After telling them we planned to stay out late, they gave us a key to the front door so we can come in as we pleased. Then, I needed to ship a few things home to the USA and inquired where the nearest post office was (right around the block) and the owners even went into the back room to find me a box and tape I could use. They were great.
The rooms are gorgeous - Clean tatami mats on the floor, a coffee table with a tea set and water heater, a TV and a spacious closet. The bedding (which goes on the floor) was clean, white and SO cushy!!! There is a little "foyer" area right inside the door to the room with your own sink and mirror...the toilet is down the hall, a men's and women's stall, and although shared by the whole floor, was always pristine and smelled so nice (like apples). The toilet was one of those cool high tech ones too that offer a bidet, spray, or music!
The showers are located downstairs, and there are two of them that include a shower and a japanese style bath. These rooms were clean and even offered complimentary shampoo and conditioner and soap!
Also downstairs is a refrigerator from which you can help yourself to cold water, and there is also a dining area where you can order snacks or breakfast. In that area are two computers you can use the internet on and check email free of charge as well.
This is a FANTASTIC place to stay - everytime we came back to the hotel for the two nights we stayed there after a long day out, we always said, "i am SO glad we are staying HERE." I highly recommend this place.
- Also Known As:
- Ryokan Sawanoya Hotel Taito
- Ryokan Sawanoya Tokyo, Japan