Dragging a huge piece of luggage through the subways in Japan can suck, especially when you find yourself at a station that does not have escalators or elevators (or if you can't find them). Nothing sucks more than arriving at your hotel and finding more stairs to heave your luggage up. This happens a lot more than you might think.
Enter Ueno Touganeya Hotel. It is right across the street from Ueno Station and there is a pedestrian overpass with elevators and escalators. Just find the main gate exit at Ueno, go straight over the pedestrian overpass, down the escalator, make an immediate right and you are there. Easy peasy Japanesey!
Hotel is cute and clean. The front desk staff is super-nice. They have an elevator. The price is right, about $110 USD/night for a room that can could sleep two rather snuggly. The rooms are SMALL, but that is Japan for you. My bed was really comfortable, much softer than the typical Japanese bed, but not too soft. Rooms have a fridge and hotplate for tea/coffee making, the fridge came in very handy for the various Japanese pastries I always came back to the room with. There is free WiFi throughout the whole property, not just the lobby, which is not very common. There is a Lawson Station convenience store (ATM) right around the corner that has really delicious store brand "Tokyo bananas" in the refrigerator (a banana flavored sponge cake with whipped cream and banana slices inside). Breakfast is included in the price of the room but I did not try it, I was up and out before it was served (7-9 AM).
Ueno Station is a major station where you can catch the many the JR Yamanote (Tokyo loop) and other JR lines, including a few of the Shinkansen. The Ginza and Hibiya Metro lines also stops here. Most convenient is that you can catch the Kaisei Skyliner to Narita from here...it technically leaves from Keisei Ueno Station, but it is connected to Ueno Station through a tube.
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- Also Known As:
- Touganeya Hotel Taito
- Ueno Touganeya Hotel Tokyo, Japan