Ryokan Annex Katsutaro is surely one of the best places to stay in Tokyo, it offers so much, its location in the Shitamachi (old Tokyo) area of Yanaka wonderful in itself and we found it close to so much around it.
Our eight tatami mat sized Japanese style room was clean and modern as was the bathroom. As an introduction to Japanese style living Annex Katsutaro is an excellent choice.
Wifi is available in the lobby where two washing machines and dryers are also located. The English speaking manager Arakawa San was very helpful with information when we asked and provided detailed maps of the area (and soap for the washing machines). He was the perfect host.
The attractions of Ueno Park are just two stations or an interesting walk away through local streets and shrines to the south east. The main Ueno station connects to the rest of Tokyo and beyond. The nearest JR station (walkable), Nippori connects directly to Narita airport.
Also close by are the fascinating Kappabashi Dori "cooking street", Nippori Chuo Dori "fabric Town" and the Asakusa Jinya Shrine. The Taito city loop bus stops outside the front door and runs various routes around Yanaka, Asakusa and Ueno for 100 Yen per trip.
The main street of Yanaka is that of a real Japanese neighbourhood, narrow and traffic free it buzzes with local life. Small restaurants and takeaways are all around. More than just great place to stay in Tokyo, Annex Katsutaro is a real introduction to life in Japan.
This was my 4th trip to Tokyo and I will never stay anywhere else but here.
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