This ryokan deserves its excellent reviews. A reasonably priced room which is spacious by Tokyo standards, clean and functional. The managers/owners were pleasant and helpful, and spoke good English. Excellent maps and brochures are provided to help you plan your sightseeing. What was great for us was the location: right in the middle of lovely Yanaka, and easy walking distance to everything. We walked (winter's evening) with our suitcases (on wheels) from Nippori station. It took about 10 minutes.
For people like us, who are having a stopover before heading out to Nagano for skiing, this is a perfect location. We caught the Keisei Skyliner from the airport, and Nippori is the first stop (only 40 mins). On the day we left for Nagano, we decided to catch a taxi to nearby Ueno. Annex Katsutaro is a 100 m walk to a main road with plenty of taxis - very easy. The shinkansen to Nagano stops at Ueno (you don't have to go to Tokyo station).
I thoroughly recommend Yanaka as a good alternative to staying in the heart of Tokyo. It is a quaint, historical area.
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- Also Known As:
- Annex Katsutaro Hotel Taito
- Annex Katsutaro Tokyo, Japan