Had an excellent experience with Andon Ryokan - I was a solo female traveler on a tight budget, and I didn't expect to stay somewhere so cool at my price range. It's not a traditional ryokan - I think it can be more accurately described as the world's fanciest youth hostel. It is very stylish - the tatami mats in the room are very cool. The service is excellent, without being overbearing. The room's are relatively small, even by Japanese standards, but as a solo traveler I had no problem. Breakfast is nice, and doesn't need to be ordered in advance. Its probably worth including it. I had to check out early for a 10am flight, and I had no problems at all. It is very close to Minowa station, which is two stops from Ueno, but the location may be the only drawback. If you are familiar with London, it is probably the equivalent of staying somewhere like Upper Holloway/Finsbury Park. Tip: It can be quite difficult to find from the station because it is on a residential street. Make sure you have the address written in Japanese! I had to ask directions. There are good directions on the website, but I followed google maps which took me an incredibly roundabout route. Overall, I had a great experience and I would recommend for another solo traveler like myself.
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- Also Known As:
- Andon Ryokan Hotel Taito
- Andon Ryokan Tokyo, Japan