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Ueno New Izu Hotel
Ranked #36 of 123 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Reviewed 30 August 2012

I can't possibly tell anyone accurately how to get to the hotel from the Ueno station because we went out of our way to not cross the pedestrian bridge (too many stairs and too much sun). My suggestion is to come out of the main exit and head towards the street with the Nissay building and go down that street keeping the Nissay building on your right. The hotel is on the left on this street just past the first traffic light with a Lawson's next door. We asked a lot of people for help and everyone is very nice and polite even if they didn't know where our hotel was located. It's easy to get to Narita from Ueno station (about 45 mins for 2,400 yen or there is a slower train for 1,000 yen).

The hotel is sometimes a bit smoky in the lobby, but they do have one computer and the wi-fi also worked in our room (on the 2nd floor). They also have a massage chair for free. The room was incredibly small even for big city standards but was clean. They provide a small refrigerator, central A/C (not much way to adjust it), hairdryer, slippers, hot kettle/tea set, and kimono style robes. There is no storage or even a luggage rack only 4 hooks on the wall and a few clothes hangers. We requested a nonsmoking room and it smelled fine even though there was an ashtray on the desk. The TV had a few free channels but we didn't watch much. They give you toothbrush/paste in the bathroom and they had bath sponges and razors at the front desk.

There were a few maps in the lobby, but the best ones were the ones provided at the front desk when we checked in. You have to leave your key at the front desk when you leave which has to be used to manually lock your door.

The location was pretty good, but I think we could have found a hotel a little bit closer to the station. After a long day of walking the street seemed too long and the hotel very isolated but at least it was quiet. There are some great shops/restaurants a few blocks over from the hotel. You should try the octopus balls and get a shave ice. There are not very many tourist type shops in Ueno but found more in Asakusa near the Sensoji temple. One day we purchased a JR rail pass (730 yen) to hit the main areas around Tokyo (Shinjuku - great pastry shop just outside the station, Harajuku, Shinbuya, & Akihabara) but this does not include the metro lines. Our second day we walked around Ueno park/Yanaka and purchased a round trip metro ticket to Asakusa (we did not purchase a day pass for the metro).

Credit cards were less accepted in Tokyo than in Kyoto which was surprising. You must use the post office for an international ATM which was a much better exchange rate than the World Currency Shop.

Overall I don't have any real complaints about this hotel, but I'm not sure that I'd choose it again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

Very good location, only 5min walk to Ueno station. Is in a quiet area so make sure you have a map and the exact walking directions as it is easy to get lost (like I did).
Small rooms but comfortable. Also have a tv. Shared toilets were clean.
Computer in the lobby. Lawsons next door.

The staff were helpful and kind.

Great base for exploring Tokyo.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

Very close (5 minutes on foot) to Ueno Station (less than 1 hour from Narita Airport). The location is very good to go around the town.
Staff is very kind, helpful, a very nice people persons. The room (mine was a single room) is just a little small, but comfortable, quiet, and the bed is good.
Into the lobby there is a pc for the guests to browse internet, email, etc. There is a wi-fi, too, but sometime is hard to connect it.
I advice this hotel with no problems.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We arrived in the late afternoon at Narita, and took the train (about one hour) to Ueno station. The hotel is short walk from the train station. Very quiet neighborhood. The rooms are small, but the beds are comfortable. There are numerous restaurants and convenience stores close by, or you can get something to eat in Ueno station. The hotel staff is very nice and helpful. Purchase the Japanese breakfast for the next morning when you check in, it is excellent. I would highly recommend this hotel for a first night stopover after a long overseas flight. We had a very nice stay.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

we stayed at this hotel so many times, during our trip to Japan. what I like about this hotel is first location, close to Ueno both Hibiya & Ginza line, and a bit walk to JR Ueno & Keisei line. So travel from Narita to this hotel is very cheap, just take Keisei line abotu 1,xxx yen.

Lawson convenient store is nice and next to hotel, so it does as its name, very convenient :)

Staff are generally helpful, most can speak basic English, some are very good in English, surprisingly. Recommended for all couples or family.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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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.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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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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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
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Taito
Price Range: £38 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ueno New Izu Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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