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Reviewed 28 April 2013

This hostel is definitely in a good location, only 5 minutes walk from the Tawaramachi subway stop and 10 minutes walk from the Asakusa temples. 2 blocks away from the hostel there's a big shopping center with a 100yen shop and a 24 hours supermarket. All very handy!

The hostel is cheap and I think that's what you need to keep in mind. My boyfriend and I stayed 5 nights in a twin room, which wasn't much bigger than a shoe box and felt like a bunker. Once the mattresses are rolled out, there's no space in the room: but again, this is Tokyo, and it's what you should expect. The toilet is very small and dated. Both the toilet and the shower room weren't particularly clean. In the 5 days stay the room was cleaned only once. But the staff is friendly and helpful, there's free wifi, plus the free use of a computer. A fridge, microwave are available free of charge, and on the rooftop there's also a coin-operated washing machine for ¥200, a dryer for ¥100 (for 30 minutes), and washing powder for ¥50/pack.

Overall it has been a good experience, and if you're on a tight budget, I'd definitely recommend this place.

Room Tip: The walls are very thin, so if you have a light sleep, bring some hearplugs! Rooms on the ground floor have only a very small window and have a bunker-like feeling: if you can, try to get a room on the first floor!
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Claudietta_86
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

I have been staying at Toukaiso since 2006, so obviously I am very happy there. The staff are friendly and helpful, and it is also very cheap for Tokyo! You can email them or call them on the phone in English.

The rooms are small but cosy and comfortable, and all have en-suite with air conditioning and free wifi for internet access. Asakusa is a good location to stay in. There is a temple complex near by and it only takes about 20 minutes to get to the Sky Tree. The Tsukuba Express line is 3 minutes walk from the hotel and from there it is only two stops to Akihabara (Electric Town) where you can buy anything electronic, anime/manga, doll, computer and hobby related item. In the other direction you can visit the massive LaLa Port shopping centre or Tsukuba itself.

Toukaisou is also only 6 or 7 minutes walk to the Ginza Metro (subway) line, which is a couple of stops to Ueno and Ginza itself. You can also go all the way to Shibuya on it easily. From Ueno you also have easy access to Kawasaki and Yokohama. Basically you can get pretty much anywhere easy from Asakusa. If you are coming from Narita airport with a lot of baggage you can get a taxi from Ueno to Toukaisou for about 1,500 yen if you don't want to take the train.

Asakusa itself has a lot of restaurants and shops, including a 24 hour supermarket that is only a few minutes walk from Toukaisou. There is also a bath (onsen) nearby, very handy when your legs are tired from sight-seeing.

I really couldn't be happier with Toukaisou, which is why I go back there every year for two or three weeks at a time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank mojo-chan
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Pretty decent hostel . . . **note that there are TWO DIFFERENT SECTIONS of this hostel: one side has a shared common room with a few shared 4-6 person rooms and a couple twin rooms, and the other section (not as nice) has double bed rooms. The latter was not as clean or nice…

Overall, the beds were comfortable and clean, but we had no place to sit in the room, as the bunks were pushed back around the corner (so you really couldn’t sit on them to write or go on your computer), and there were no chairs or anything else in the room to sit on.

Main area was nice to mingle, there was a TV, but was painful to always have to sit on the hard floor (there were no chairs.) We paid to “rent” towels, and they were SOOOO SMALL and smelled moldy, ick! Kitchen was VERY small, but there were a few dishes, utensils, and a microwave.

Bathrooms and showers were VERY clean, had towels, and nice clean furry bathmats as well. Location was OK . . . close to the temple in Asakusa, and close to the Ginza line, but a 20 minute walk from the Ueno line (and not too close to any main club/bar area.) Staff was nice and helpful and spoke decent English.

It all evened out for negatives and positives, but would probably stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank breazey
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

We booked this hotel by the main reason it comfort and cheap. We booked by agoda in advance 1-2 months but before our flight not 24 hours. The hotel cancelled our booking we very upset.Hotel offer change to the other room day by day. We booked for 3 nights with double room and non smoking. At first night need us stay in twin room second night offer us stay in mixed-dormitory and the last let us move to twin again it not professional by the way we cancelled whole period and try to find new hotel. So if you book this hotel just consider might be hotel will cancel your booking immediatly before your flight not 24 hours.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Supanida P
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浅草旅館東海荘, マネージャー at Asakusa Hostel Toukaisou, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2013

We are truly sorry for our mistake and for the inconvenience it caused you.
As you have written, we offered you another option to replace 1 Double room from the 2 Double rooms that you originally booked but we also understood and we are aware that the rooms we offered were not your original request and transferring from one room to another is troublesome on your part. But we would like to clarify that we did not cancel your reservation, it was your party that cancelled it.
Nevertheless, we apologize for the incovenience caused, and we hope to have another opportunity to have you here at the hostel in the future.

Please accept our apology again and we will do our best not to commit the same mistake again in the future.

Warm regards,

Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

I stayed there for 2 nights. I was looking for a not expensive place but comfortable enough, and I found the right place. Nice, clean, simple. There are many rooms (maybe it's more a hostel than a ryokan) but it wasn't noisy. The bed was comfortable. Maybe the bathroom was a little small: shower room perfect, basin and wc room too small.

The location is great: I enjoyed walking at night time around the Senso-ji. The temple is beautiful at night time. There are also many small restaurants with good food, bars and jazz clubs.

You can access your room only after 3pm, keep this in mind, but they can store your luggage until then. They give me slightly incorrect info on the timetable for the Narita express, check them yourself!!

So: nice place, great location, value for your money. I enjoyed staying there but I cannot compare it with other places.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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