In a way I am tempted to write a bad review of Homeikan, simply because the place was so fabulous, that I am afraid of the secret getting out.
I spent four nights in Tokyo, and staying at this ryokan was one of the highlights of the trip. Somehow, this charming, traditional Japanese inn is right in the center of Tokyo, but is tucked away in a quiet little neighborhood that gives you the impression that you're in a small town. The staff is very, very friendly and helpful, and about half of them speak fairly good English (which is actually pretty good for Japan).
The decor is very typically Japanese (unlike some ryokans today, which are housed in ugly, modern buildings), with a lovely little Japanese garden. The breakfast, if you like Japanese cuisine, was wonderful and copious, although I did not try the dinner. The best part about it all was the price. In total I paid just a little over 7,000 yen per night, which would be a steal just about anywhere in Tokyo, much less in a place this great.
Notwithstanding the above, this ryokan may not be for everyone. First of all, for those not familiar with a ryokan, it is a typical Japanese inn, where you take off your shoes at the entrance, sleep on futons on tatami mats, there are no chairs in the rooms, and there are communal bathing facilities (which you can use privately though). Certain people accustomed to more traditional western-style hotels may have difficulty with this. If you want to sample how a traditional Japanese inn works, however, (and there were mostly Japanese guests), it can be the highlight of your trip. It should also be noted that the inn is somewhat old, and the facilities are not exactly state of the art -- e.g. an analog dial telephone, small, old television, etc.
This ryokan was so wonderful, that my Japanese friend, who has lived in Tokyo his entire life, was amazed that I was able to find such a great place at such a low price. I will certainly stay there again next time I'm in Tokyo.
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