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“Fabulous place to stay in Tokyo” 5 of 5 stars
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Annex Katsutaro
2.5 of 5
Ryokan
  |   3-8-4 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001, Tokyo Prefecture (Ueno, Asakusa)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 106 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fabulous place to stay in Tokyo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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A.katsutaro, マネージャー at Annex Katsutaro, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Thank you for staying at our ryokan and for being such a wonderful guest!!

And,thank you for your comment on the Trip Adviser.
We are very glad to know that your stay with us was a confortable and a memorabl one.
We can see that you really enjoyed our neighbour! Your comment means alot to us for more improvement towards our guest.

Please do come visit our place again maybe in another season or so.
Until then, take care!

Yours sincerely,
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

We stayed here 3 years ago and loved it, so when we visited Tokyo again, we booked again without hesitation. This is a ryokan in a hotel building (sleeping on thin mattresses on the floor, tatami mats, no shoes etc). It's a nice way to experience a light version of a ryokan in Tokyo. Annex Katsutaro is amazing value for the location, especially now that there is free wifi in every room. It is just off the delightful main pedestrian street of Yanaka and a short stroll from the subway, JR line and Keisei skyliner train to Narita. The only slight negative on this occasion was that the room was very bright from early morning, because the sunlight tends to stream in through the traditional rice paper blinds (but then that is part of the novelty).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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A.katsutaro, マネージャー at Annex Katsutaro, responded to this review, March 31, 2012
Thank you for your comment.
This means alot to us!! Thank you again for always being such a wonderful guest .
We are very glad to know that you are enjoying your stay with us!
We hope to see you again!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

First time in Japan and had a wonderful stay in the Annex. Here is the feedback.

1. Very comfortable futons (Westerners will be pleased)
2. Very affordable (10,500 yen per night) a bargain in Japan
3. Very clean (Japanese pride themselves on cleanliness)
4. Bathroom is small but the shower head in incredible and the pressure is perfect.
5. Area in town is incredible. From Narita Airport buy a ticket or a pass on the JR line and take it to Nippori. From there its a short 7 minute walk through a gorgeous part of Japan. It's this quaint neighborhood where the real Japanese people leave and it has cute shops and restaurants and people bicycling. It is a quiet neighborhood and great for families and couples.
6. Its also a hop, skip, jump away from Ueno and Tokyo center on the JR line. We paid for JR and subway day pass. You don't need subway pass. Jr Line goes everywhere.
7. We will be back here and will refer everyone we know.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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A.katsutaro, マネージャー at Annex Katsutaro, responded to this review, March 29, 2012
Thank you for your comment and for reccomending our ryokan.
This means alot to us and we are very glad to know that your stay with us was a comfortable one.
We hope there is a chance to serve you in the future again!
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

I found the Katsutaro almost by accident, having arrived into Narita off an overnight flight with no booking for one night and simply picked up a Japanese InnGroup leaflet with it listed (find them on Google as they list others elsewhere in Japan). I simply went there and was able to get a room for that night. I would have otherwise just walked the streets near Ueno as I have done a couple of times before and found an available room in one of the hotels near there. However the Katsutaro proved to be a very good choice which is why I am recommending it now. First of all, it is very close to Nippori station from which you can get the Keisei Skyliner direct to Narita in 36 minutes for 2400Y (the NEX is 2940Y and you also have to then transfer at Tokyo main station to the subway with attendant baggage hassles). You can also use a Suica electronic transport card to cover the Keisei fare and also all your subway trips around Tokyo. The Katsutaro is more importantly in a fabulous "old Tokyo" neighbourhood and you will feel that you have had much more of a "local" experience than staying on Ginza etc. All of the shops in the street down from the station are typically Japanese single purpose, although there is a Lawson's (all purpose 7/11 type store) along the road where you can buy ready-made meals or other snacks. I did not eat dinner in the neighbourhood as I caught up with a friend elsewhere but there are a couple of restaurants on the street to the station (this has steps half way up so detour down the street on left by cemetery to avoid them with luggage). The room was comfortable in a Japanese style with futon on the floor and a self-contained bathroom. In room Internet (LAN cable in my case) is not always generally available in Japanese hotels but you will have to sit on the floor as traditional rooms do not extend to desks! I did not bother with breakfast there as it is so easy to pick up at a Lawson's or bakery somewhere. I would certainly stay there again mostly because of the easy fuss-free access to Narita as detailed above. And at the price it is a relative bargain for Tokyo which can otherwise hammer the accommodation budget somewhat. Book directly through its website as no cheaper elsewhere. The rooms are small, but Japanese hotel rooms generally are. If you want international size, pay international price elsewhere. However if you want to open the hidden door into a Tokyo that tourists do not likely otherwise see, stay here for a great local experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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A.katsutaro, マネージャー at Annex Katsutaro, responded to this review, March 29, 2012
Thank you for your detailed comment.
This means a lot to us and we appreciate it verymuch.
We are very glad to know that you had a comfortable stay with us and thank you for being such a wonderful guest.
We hope there is a chance to serve you again in the future, maybe next time in another season
or so!!
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Orlando, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

I picked this hotel based solely on TripAdvisor reviews, and am so glad I did. The price was VERY reasonable (6300 yen/night) for Tokyo, and the room was a very nice size. The futon was comfortable, room amenities were perfect (you'd be surprised how many hotels in Tokyo don't offer free internet or WiFi- this one does), and, to reiterate others comments, the hotel is clean, organized, and the staff very nice and helpful. I am a female in my 20s and was traveling alone to Tokyo for the first time, so I was a little anxious about getting to the hotel after the 13 hour plane ride plus ensuing jetlag, but it was very easy. Took the Keisei Skyliner from Narita straight to Nippori station, and the hotel is an easy 5-10 minute walk. The neighborhood is very quaint and cozy, with unique shops (a tea shop, basket shop, and paper shop all within walking distance) and fantastic food options nearby. Do some research on Yanaka before you come out here, because although Shibuya and Shinjuku have all the big city action, this neighborhood has some beautiful sights of its own, including the Yanaka cemetary and Nezu Shrine, which turned out to be the most beautiful shrine I saw during my time in Japan (both are within easy walking distance of this hotel). If you are a night owl, be sure to get the code to open the door at after 11 PM. Also, it was very cold when I went and the room heater only works when you are in the room, so when you first get back to your room after a long day of sightseeing, it may take a few minutes to warm up. That is the only minor complaint I had, and it was basically a non-issue. All in all, I will absolutely stay here again and would recommend this hotel to anyone. Be sure to book early, since there are less than 20 rooms available. There are what seems like a million hotels in Tokyo, but if you really want to feel like you are in Japan and not just <<fill in big city name here>>, this ryokan is perfect!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

This is a modern but still Japanese style accommodation. Sleep on the floor but with the comfort of an en suite.

Breakfast is nice, cheaper continental option (toast, tea/coffee, juice) or hot breakfast with eggs. Hotel is immaculately kept.

3 minute walk to Sendagi station on the subway line, 7 minute walk to Nippori on The JR Yamanote line. The Keisei train from Narita stops at Nippori which is very handy.

There are little shops and old houses in the streets surrounding the hotel which makes it a nice area to wander around. You can walk all the way to Ueno park and the museums.

Room Tip: The cheaper room for 2 of us was big enough, no need to spend extra on a bigger room.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

This place is fantastic. It is hard to believe it exists in a bustling place like Tokyo!

You can walk to the ryokan from Sendagai and Nippori stations - very handy having two different lines to choose from.

The street outside is so sleepy and old-style. It is only open to cars for part of the day. Close to all needed amenities such as convenience store, pharmacy, 7-11, tourist info shop, etc. Cats seem to be loved in Yanaka and you'll see some roaming about and lots of store selling kitty goods.

Room is good sized and the bathroom is modern and western. Free wi-fi. Fridge, TV, air con, lots of wardrobe space. Free internet computers - I checked in to my outbound flight and printed my boarding pass. Washing machines too.

Only down side to the ryokan is that the key has a plastic thing attached which turns on the air con - when it's not in the air con slot in your room, no air con. I was there is Summer and it was hot so not nice coming back to a warm room.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3-8-4 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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