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“Perfect homebase for exploring”
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Ueno New Izu Hotel
Ranked #35 of 119 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Netherlands
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21 reviews
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“Perfect homebase for exploring”
Reviewed 28 May 2012

First time in Tokyo and it took me a lot of thinking and planning to decide which area to stay. Tokyo is big and has many different districts with various hotels. Eventually I chose this hotel and I'll explain you why. I stayed in a single style western room with priv bath/toilet.

Let us begin with the most important aspects: Location and position + getting around. If you're landing on Narita Airport you're in luck. For just about 2800円 there is a Skyliner rapid train going from the airport to Ueno. It stops 100m from Ueno JR station. The hotel is a 5-10 minute walk and is very do-able with heavy luggage because of elevators and escalators.

Now to get to the hotel is a little tricky for the first time, but if you're good at navigating you will manage it. I read people complaining about the walking distance, it isn't that bad really. There are escalators and elevators to get you over the "Jewelry bridge" (the bridge that crosses the busy road). New Izu Hotel's sign is kind of written in Japanese on the street sign but still easy to navigate.

Travel tip: Outside the Skyliner station, go towards the bridge, get up to it (there is an elevator, use it). Cross the Jewerly bridge straight with your back towards the JR station. (You will go under the highway and see display window cases with fashion stuff inside). Go down the escalators at the other end (there is only one pair, so it is hard to miss). At the first road-split, go right then left at the next intersection (This should be a stone paved road, not asphalt). Now keep walking straight towards the building with "Sanyo" on top (good navigation beacon) go straight until you get past "Pronto Cafe" (on your right) at the intersection. 25m ahead on until you hit the Lawson Convenience store, Izu Hotel is right next to it.

The Hotel itself is small and moody. You're in Tokyo Ueno, so unless you desire luxury you shouldn't be here. This hotel grants you what you need depending on your room. If you like space and sleeping on the floor: Go for the Japanese room. The extra you pay really grants you more space than the smaller single rooms and you got your own Air conditioning. The western rooms seem to have central controlled Air conditioning. And as I said before: You're in Tokyo, everything is small because the city is just crammed in these areas. I didn't had any issues my self while I had quite some luggage with me. A major plus, the hotel is away from the main road so you will have peace and quiet from traffic. The beds are average, not too hard. The pillows were my only issue, but I had a sleeping bag with me to support the comfort.

There is breakfast being offered inside the hotel which you need to register the day before. It is classic Japanese breakfast. I didn't eat it due to diet restrictions, but I am sure you can try it out. If you feel like not eating it, you can either hit Lawson next door or hit Pronto. They serve western style breakfast with various types of morning food. Cheap and tasty. For simple dinner you don't have to go far. If you return towards the same route you came from the Skyliner station, you will run into many small restaurants with various styles. If you go left into the small market area that follows the rail road above, you'll hit even more smaller shops and take-out shops. Ueno is very easy to orientate and peaceful.

Facilities are basic and useful. You got free internet in every room (bring a Lan cable or get one at the counter with a small deposit). There is Wifi in the lobby and you will also get signal on the upper floors if you're near the elevator. Rooms contain a water boiler, bedroom light, mirror and so on. Best of all also the rooms are equipped with automatic toilets. I just love the rear-washers in this country.

So, there you have it folks. If you want an hotel that is close to everything and provides your basic needs, both inside the hotel as outside. Logically Tokyo is expensive, so be prepared.

Conclusions:
+ Excellent homebase to start exploring anywhere in Tokyo. Close to JR station Ueno (5min walk without any luggage).
+ Simple hotel with all your basic needs. Don't expect luxury.
+ Lawson next door.
- Rooms might be small for most people who are tall/big. I would advise Japanese room for them. Regular solo travellers probably have no issues no matter what room.
- Central Airco for the western rooms, consider your time of year when you're going. Again Japanese rooms have their own airco for this.

Room Tip: Get a Japanese room if you're comfortable with sleeping on the floor. The standard single rooms...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2012

I booked this hotel at the last minute as I had a couple of nights in Tokyo before flying out. I was very happy with it overall, as it is clean, good value, and is in a good location for getting around and to the airport. It was slightly tricky for me to find initially, but one of the approach roads has a sign pointing you in the right direction. It is next to a Lawson’s convenience store on that road it points you to – I found the exit tricky to spot as “New Izu” was written in a funny font and it wasn’t obvious as to where it was!

The hotel is fairly small, as are the rooms (though this is typical in Tokyo). But it was very clean, and you had all the basic amenities like a fridge, free LAN internet in the room, TV, kettle etc. The bathroom was one of these small ready-made units, but the shower was warm and had plenty of pressure to it. The rooms are comfortable enough if you are planning just short stays.

The location is a key selling point. Once you know where you are, it’s only about 5 minutes’ walk to Ueno station. You have two reasonable metro lines, and then there is the JR station where you can get the Yamanote line (circles all the key stops around Tokyo city centre), mainline trains and Shinkansen (bullet trains) heading North of Tokyo. There is also the Skyliner train that gets you straight to Narita airport in about 40-50 minutes. There isn’t a great deal to see in Ueno directly, other than a nice park with lots of museums in it (not my sort of thing!).

So if you are planning to go out and explore the city (rather than spend a lot of time in your room), and want somewhere convenient for the likes of Ginza, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Shibuya, and places north of Tokyo like Nikko, then I’d highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Singapore
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Checked in to this hotel in December 2011 for 2 nights.

Location: Near JR Ueno station. Behind the station, you will find Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo and Tokyo National Museum just to name a few. Located diagonally to the hotel is a hospital and Lawson convenience store is adjacent to the hotel. Nearby, you will find Ameyoko, a market that sells cheap stuffs.

Room: Room is fairly small. I booked a Japanese style room. The room smelled great upon entering. Tatami and Futon were clean and so were the attached toilet and bathroom. Slept soundly as the surrounding were very quiet. Basic amenities were provided.

Service: Room was cleaned daily by friendly and shy cleaning aunties. The counter staff could speak English and they were very helpful. I couldn't comment on breakfast as I woke up after breakfast hour.

Verdict: This room is for those who are just looking for a "no frill, good night sleep". I'd definitely choose this hotel again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Small hotel within a short walk from the Ueno train station (use the 2nd floor overpass from the station and stay to the right). As many already notede, the rooms are small. I checked a few other hotels in the area and their rooms were about the same size for a similar price. Anyhow the bed wais fairly large but hard as a rock although I slept well. There wsa a small refrigerator in the room as well. I booked this room from a travel place at Narita airport and it worked out okay.
The employees at the front desk were very friendly and someone always knew English. There is a free motorized massage chair in the lobby and wi-fi internet. The sign at the front desk said something about a Japanese breakfast at the restaraunt in the basement (for a price) but I never ate there.

Room Tip: I stayed on the 3rd floor and it was nice and quiet
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2012

Ive stayed here multiple times and this hotel fits the bill perfectly for a perfect base in Tokyo. New Izu is a small hotel with personal service by very friendly staff. The rooms have all conveniences ie. TV, hairdryer, kettle, bathrobe, slippers etc and with coin operated washing machine and a convenience store next to the hotel it pretty much covers all your needs.
Ueno has both JR and metro lines allowing you to jump on many lines to get over Tokyo quickly and conveniently. Comfortable hotel in a great location with friendly staff and at a good price.

Room Tip: Single rooms are very small but at a good price considering they have ensuite.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

This small hotel provides adequate rooms near Ueno station. Just what I expected when I booked the room. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

New Izu Hotel has a great location right near the Ueno Station. It has easy access to the trains heading to the different parts of the city, and the Ueno line links directly to the airport and the snowfields which cuts down on transfers. Ueno itself has a great market area, and a wonderful park with a zoo and museums. Despite this, the hotel is on a quiet street. Our first impression of the hotel was that the decor was a little tired-looking, but we soon overlooked that because the service was friendly and our rooms were clean and comfortable. We four adults booked one Western room and one Japanese room so we could take turns trying both. The Japanese room was certainly a commitment to a new experience! The staff here are friendly and helpful. We left some bags at the hotel while we went skiing and they were happy to mind them for us. Even though it is an economical hotel, you can get wifi in the foyer which has comfy couches. There is even a massage chair which is a bit of kitchy fun. We did not try the hotel breakfast, but there is a good coffee shop a few doors away (Pronto) and a convenience store next door.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Ueno New Izu Hotel
Address: 3-13-1 Higashiueno, Taito 110-0015, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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#10 Best Value Hotel in Taito
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Hotel Class:2 star — Ueno New Izu Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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