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Ryokan Sawanoya

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2-3-11 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Kluang, Malaysia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can feel the experience of the great Japanese master bedroom. With tatami floors and sliding windows ala japan. You definitely satisfied. You can meet tourist from all over the world here. The price is also quite affordable. Just breakfast provided just western option only of toast. Coffee and tea are free. Refrigerators can also be used by guest to... More 

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear affarrell san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. We are sorry, our hot bath is not onsen. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My niece and i stayed here for 9 days and absolutely adored it. Wonderful hosts,great eggs in the morning for breakfast if you wanted it,always clean everywhere and room was so authentically Japanese and comfortable. We loved sitting in the onsen/hot tub looking out over the garden after a long day sight-seeing. Do explore the local Ueno park and area... More 

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear meeksy1972 san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. We are sorry, our hot bath is not onsen. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sawanoya Rokyan is located in Tokyo but feels like surrounded by the nostalgic Showa-era atmosphere . The room was small but tidy and clean enough to stay. The best part of Sawanoya was the owner and all his family members are very helpful and kind. They are not only running their Ryokan hostel business but also trying to keep passing... More 

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear makkoiro san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to Japan.... More 

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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in a Japanese-style room. Shared toilet was in the hallway - always always very clean. Shared bath was downstairs - super clean and enjoyed nice soak in the tub a few times a day. Very professional and personable service was attentive. Highly highly recommend a stay here - so much better than hostels or other cookie-cutter hotels. Neighbourhood is... More 

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear swangogo san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to Japan.... More 

New Plymouth
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi stayed here late Feb, what a gem. The room is small but perfectly formed. Loved the neighbourhood and take time to grab the bikes and head out. The local restaurants are amazing tried a new one every night. Take the time to book and try this Tokyo gem

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear ClelandClan54 san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to Japan.... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved every second of our 2 night stay at this gorgeous family run Ryokan. It's located in a quiet, more traditional part of Tokyo and yet still has access to great bars, cafés and restaurants nearby. The staff are very warm, friendly and accommodating and cater well to foreigners. If you're visiting Tokyo and want a traditional ryokan experience... More 

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear mcsweenster11 san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to Japan.... More 

Stockholm County, Sweden
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the location in the old neighborhood,but still very easy to go around to other places in Tokyo.Great restaurants nearby. The family is very friendly and cool to see the daily life on the streets. Very small rooms, but normal and was nicely decorated and very clean,the bath is great and we loved that it was open and no... More 

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear S G san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ryokan Sawanoya is a lovely traditional japanese hotel in a cosy area in Tokyo! The staff is helpfull and very friendly. We stayed in one of their rooms without private bath, but you will end up using their hot baths instead, so that is no problem. Close to the subway and there are many restaurants just around the corner. We... More 

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear Anna H san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We (2 adults and 1 child) picked this hotel simply because we want to taste the old japanese style hotel, aka Ryokan, on our first trip to Tokyo. I must say this was the shinning point of the whole trip and I continue to miss hotel Sawanoya after I am back. Even though 90% of the guests are foreigners, we... More 

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Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya, responded to this review

Dear Ray S san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to... More 

Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Friendly and inviting. My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights to begin our Japanese holiday. It is located close to shops, the metro and lots of interesting sights, including Ueno parklands, in an older more traditional neighbourhood. If you are looking for somewhere to stay just out of Tokyo, but within easy reach, then this is perfect. This... More 

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Dear Lynn E san, Thank you very much for staying with us and for writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. Unfortunately,we do not provide a Japanese style breakfast. We only have western style breakfasts at the moment. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for... More 

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.

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