Our stay here was nothing short of amazing.
Tokyo Ryokan's website was our first taste of what to expect from the lovely couple Kenichi-san and Fusako-san who owned and ran this ryokan. Chock-full of useful information about Asakusa and Tokyo in general, it became the basis of planning our own itinerary and exploring Tokyo. It was also obvious that a lot of thought, wit, and charm was put into the website - which we would then see for ourselves when we did arrive.
Kenichi-san and Fusako-san are the most welcoming couple you will ever meet. About a week before our arrival, I panicked because my trusty DSLR of many years suddenly quit on me so I hurriedly shot off an email to Kenichi, asking if I could order a camera online to be delivered to their ryokan. He said it would not be a problem, and then gave me precise directions and a complete address to put into the japanese website's order forms. Kenichi-san then kept me updated on tracking status and then emailed us a picture of the box when it was delivered.
They have absolutely redefined "hospitality" in my book.
Bear in mind that Tokyo Ryokan offers spartan facilities at reasonable rates and is located in one of the most interesting areas in Tokyo: Asakusa. As long as you keep these things in mind, and don't expect a 5-star hotel, you won't be surprised.
By spartan, I mean this in the full sense of the word: no buffet breakfast, no complimentary toiletries or items, free wifi only until midnight. You have to bring your own towels, soap, shampoo, toiletries. But the place was always always clean and tidy, the futons comfy, the blankets warm, and the heater just right. The bathrooms and the rooms were all kept spotless and cleaned every single day.
What was amazing was the location.
Asakusa is basically where the locals seem to go on their food trips IMHO because all of the places nearby are fascinating in their uniqueness and delicious with their food selections. You literally cannot possibly eat at every place more than once because there is just too many to try out. Very nearby is the restaurant supply street (where you can buy sushi boats, bowls, tea sets, chopsticks), Sensouji Temple, and the Tokyo Skytree. Lovely little places to visit and discover all around the area too.
I will most definitely stay here again when we visit Japan.
- Also Known As:
- Tokyo Ryokan Hotel Taito
- Tokyo Ryokan Hotel
- Tokyo Ryokan Japan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tokyo Ryokan has 3 ( three ) Japanese-style rooms, all laid out with tatami floor mats. Couples/Groups/Families can enjoy one of the rooms for private use. Each room is heated in winter, cooled in summer. There is no extra cost for the air-conditioning. ... more less