This is a brilliant hotel. Its a convienient little Ryokan-like inn in a beautiful residential part of Tokyo. Its a few minute's walk from the train station which will get you all around tokyo, but bear in mind there are lots of steps, which makes moving luggage hard! This is pretty much the only problem with this hotel.
The owners speak English and are very friendly. The rooms are small - but its Tokyo, so all rooms are small! They are comfortable, however. Hotel rooms come with yukata, a television with the very entertaining Japanese channels, and all the equipment for making tea and coffee. The tatami mats and futons are a nice touch. Downstairs there is a reasonably priced washing machine and drier - I think its about 200 y for each? Bear in mind, to dry a load of washing you will need to use the drier twice. Next to the washing machine is a vending machine selling a range of alcoholic drinks.
Downstairs there are two computers with free internet. Its a great way to download photos from your camera, and keep in touch with those back home. You can print stuff too, for a small fee, I think 10y. They also supply handy maps etc - get the tokyo metro map - when you are in a station with no english translations, you will be sooo glad!!!
the area is wonderful - they will supply you with a map that includes a few great places to eat (go to the Japanese pancake place - you will NOT regret it!) and a nice little supermarket. The place is full of nice little shops, and people going about their lives. Try get out of the hotel in the early hours of the morning, and hear everyone greeting eachother a good morning - its great! Also, walk down to the fish shops, complete with flock of patient cats! Some of the stores are excellent places to look if you want to get gifts a little different from standard.
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- Annex Katsutaro Tokyo, Japan