Ryokan Sawanoya

2-3-11, Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture
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#1 of 2 ryokans in Yanaka
Location
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Cleanliness
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4.8
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4.7
If you’re looking for a quaint ryokan in Taito, look no further than Ryokan Sawanoya. For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Taito, Ryokan Sawanoya is located a short distance from Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda (0.4 mi) and Toshogu Shrine (0.5 mi). Rooms at Ryokan Sawanoya provide air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi. You can also enjoy a hot tub while staying at Ryokan Sawanoya. While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the Japanese restaurants, including Soba(Japanese noodle), ramen, and Yakitori, all of which are a short distance from Ryokan Sawanoya. There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular parks such as Ueno Park, Nezu shrine, and Tenshin Okakura Memorial Park. The staff at Ryokan Sawanoya looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Kids stay free
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Vending machine
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared lounge / TV area
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Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
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Telephone
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Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

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Marie F wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia28 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There is a reason why SR continue to impress travellers who keep coming back. They are helpful, warm and friendly in a low key manner; the tatami rooms are lovely - clean and comfortable as are all the other amenities such as bathroom and common room. The bathroom is a traditional style with helpful instructions for first time users. The location is very convenient and nice walk from the subway through the backstreets; they also provide helpful maps and brochures as well as Subway passes. Also the neighbourhood is lovely and quiet which is surprising considering how close it is to the centre and the prices are very reasonable considering that it is Tokyo! I will return again next year and really appreciate the discreet efforts they make to ensure the comfort and convenience of their guests.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Most of the rooms face onto the street, but it is not noisy
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Response from Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Feb 14, 2020
Dear Mari2022 sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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Odette A wrote a review Jan 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed six nights at this Ryokan and it has been our favourite accommodation during our stay in Japan. It is great value for money, peaceful and clean and offers a traditional stay in a quiet area of Tokyo. The staff are friendly and welcoming and this would be our first place to stay should we visit Tokyo again. We highly recommend this accommodation.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Jan 5, 2020
Dear 357odettea sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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Opal wrote a review Feb 2020
Quebec City, Canada26 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Sawanoya in January of 2020. It is a lovely, quiet traditional japanese inn in a quiet residential area, but with great access to public transportation. It's great value for money and a perfect base from which to explore Tokyo.
The hot bath downstairs was a great highlight and lovely at the end of a long and chilly day. The owners are very welcoming and helpful. Rooms are immaculately clean. There is tea in the room, free wifi, and a western breakfast downstairs (but we recommend going out for a japanese breakfast, there are so many options nearby!!!).
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: We chose a room with a private bathroom. Some rooms have shared bathrooms.
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Response from Sawanoya, Sawa family at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Feb 14, 2020
Dear Opalito sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you and your family during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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pierrebD4471FP wrote a review Oct 2022
Makati, Philippines186 contributions90 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A fantastic family run place. I’ve stayed there 3-4 times over the years.

Has a peaceful feeling and the baths are great.

Laundry on the 4th floor with free detergent so you don’t have to go out and buy it.

Often books up due to its very reasonable rates. A little patience is required working out your reservation request on their website and awaiting confirmation. I think I paid $42 usd for my single with shared bath.

The place attracts peaceful and quiet fellow guests

The neighborhood is great and Yanaka Ginza is a few minutes walk away.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Only on hood place for a caffe latte nearby that opens early and on Mondays: Expresso Farctory....
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Response from Sawa Arata, オーナー at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Nov 6, 2022
Dear pierrebD4471FP sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. And we are grateful for your stay while there are few customers due to the influence of COVID-19. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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Tabby wrote a review Nov 2023
187 contributions159 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a family run ryokan that evoke the feeling of going to my grandparent's home for the holidays. The Sawa family were very welcoming, professional and hospitable. They even gave us a hand drawn map of the area upon check-in and during our departure they got us a taxi and they made sure that the driver would be able to drop us off at the correct entrance of Tokyo station.

The ryokan is located in the peaceful Yanaka district of Tokyo about 700 m away from Nezu station and about 1.7 km from Ueno station. It is also close to Nezu shrine, Ueno parks, and Ueno zoo.

We were not able to book the rooms with private toilet and baths, but we never had any problems with the common toilet (it was always spotlessly clean) and we loved soaking in their common baths which have a lovely view of the zen garden. As for the room, the room was a bit small but is very cozy and quiet and has its own wash area. Wi-fi is available with speed of almost 200 mbps.

We got the Japanese breakfast of Onigiri and the best tasting miso soup that I ever had. Cafe area and reception were decorated by a lot of local art and crafts, and there were also a lot of travel brochures available for reading.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Sawa Arata, オーナー at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Nov 15, 2023
Dear Tabbybugs sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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Annie wrote a review Apr 14
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I absolutely loved this ryokan. Run by a quietly attentive family, the accommodation and service offered gave insights into traditional Japanese life that are unlikely in a hotel. My room didn’t have a bathroom, but a spotless toilet was opposite and bathing in the onsen (hot tubs) downstairs was a highlight of my day. The tubs look out into the garden, and I’d slide open the window and watch goldfish swimming up to check me out (perhaps hoping I had food). A yukata (robe) was supplied for guests to wear to the tub rooms and seeing others wearing theirs in the mornings gave a sense of family. The location is wonderful: a historic, quiet area of narrow lanes, boutique cafes and shops, museums, shrines, near to metro stations and a 30-minute stroll from Ueno Park, with its museums and galleries. Many locals get around on cycles. I can’t wait to return to this utterly charming place.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Make sure you walk up River Rd to Yanaka Ginza, a quaint little shopping area.
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Drew T wrote a review Nov 2022
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here with my two kids late November 2022. I know things were tough for them with Japan's strict COVID measures in place, but they were just as supportive and friendly as my last two stays with them (2002 and 2012). Mr. Sawa is 85 now and still mans the front desk and it was so good to see him again.

We stayed in the bathroom-attached family room and it was perfect for me and two little kids ages 4 and 7. The inn has yukata for adults, as most do, but they also had little jinbei for the kiddos which they LOVED wearing around the building and down to the public baths.

Even though we had our own bath the kids insisted on going down to the public baths twice, since that bath is big enough for all of us and has a nice view of the garden. The rooms as always were quiet and very clean, with housekeeping coming through daily from 10-2. The Sawa family is super helpful, helping us find kid-friendly restaurants nearby and even making a few calls for us even though I speak decent Japanese. Breakfast was also perfect for our little family. The kids ate just enough of the toast and scrambled eggs to keep them going through the first part of every day.

My only quibble is the location. If you're going to stay here be aware that it is a smaller residential area on a train line that is not particularly convenient for traveling to the more touristy areas. It was a bit tough with the kids to always be transferring or taking the bus to Ueno station, but the flipside of that is you always have quiet surroundings and it feels more like the Japan that people live in than staying in a place like Ginza or Shinjuku.

Can't wait to see them again in another 10 years! Be sure to book EARLY if you want this family room, since there is only one of this size with attached bath. I strongly suggest at least 1 year in advance.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Quiet, family-friendly Japanese inn in Shitamachi
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Response from Arata Sawa, Owner at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Dec 3, 2022
Dear Capnhist1 sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having your family during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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Sally M wrote a review Jun 2023
Los Angeles, California612 contributions347 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
All of my research really paid off and I feel so lucky to have gotten to spend my first ever three nights in Japan at this very special ryokan! Arata and his family have run this ryokan for 4 generations. His mom is an absolute doll, with her little Pokémon doll attached to her waistband. I absolutely loved seeing her every day. Such a warm and happy woman. The first two nights I had a single room. I loved it. Tatami floor mats, futon and a big cozy comforter on top. The room had a vanity mirror and sink and the toilet was across the hall. Never any problem with that at all. The two baths downstairs, one wooden and one ceramic, were soooo peaceful and relaxing. Soaking in the tub, looking out at the little zen garden with the sunshine streaming through. It almost seemed unreal. Every morning I had a freshly made Japanese- style breakfast of Onigiri, miso soup, and Japanese tea. Just the perfect way to start each day. I think I saw everyone in the family at some point during my stay. I absolutely adored my stay here and when they all came outside to wave goodbye to me after checking out, I almost got a tear in my eye. This place is pure gold! The location is perfect for those who don’t want to be right in the center of all the craziness of Tokyo, but easy access when desired. I walked to the glorious Ueno park, and strolled around exploring Yanaka. I loved this area!! The ryokan is extremely well priced for the experience. I could not have picked a more perfect or authentic spot for my first visit to Japan and I will most definitely stay here next time I visit Tokyo.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Take any room they have available! You will never forget this experience!
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Response from Arata Sawa, Owner at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Jun 6, 2023
Dear SallyM265 sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us and the neighborhood. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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Allison C wrote a review Feb 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Four words: Stuffed Animal Friendly Ryokan
In all seriousness though, this was my favorite of the 4 hotels that we stayed at during my trip around Japan. From the moment of check in, the experience was phenomenal. The man who checked us in also pulled out a map of the area and made sure we knew where the nearest stations and convenience stores are, as well as a few nearby restaurants. Then he helped us bring our luggage upstairs, to our room, and into the storage area in the wall. The room was a nice and cozy size, very good for the price and location! The tatami was also very well cared for. The futons were surprisingly soft! Excellent if you're like me and like to roll in your side in your sleep.
Now, for my favorite part: They offer small futons for your plushies. Bring your nuis. Your ball jointed dolls. Your cherished stuffed bear. The owner will help you find the right size futon and pillow for them, and you can have your plushies take a picture with the Ryokan's mascot. There are also little photo taking booths for your plushies.
We had the breakfast, and it was very well priced! It was a simple and light breakfast, just what we needed to start the day. The baths are shared, private baths that are clean and offer a nice view of a little garden. Seriously, don't worry about getting a room with no bathroom here, because the private shared bath is a must. The smallest bath easily fits two people.
Every member of the family that owns this Ryokan was so friendly and kind to us. We had an amazing time here and are planning on coming back when we can schedule our next trip.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: There is no elevator, so it's better to have two lighter luggage than one heavy luggage (the...
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Response from , 支配人 at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Feb 17, 2024
Dear F7245CRallisonc sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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urszuladjames wrote a review Nov 2023
9 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot imagine a more perfect place to stay while visiting Tokyo. The Sawanoya family are the nicest people one could ever hope to meet and made me feel right at home. My room was charming with a traditional futon and tatami mats, breakfast was delicious and the public bath was such an incredible addition to my stay. I hope to return with my family! Thank You Sawanoya family!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Try to stay for at least a couple of nights as there is so much to explore in this area
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Response from Sawa Arata, オーナー at Ryokan Sawanoya
Responded Nov 21, 2023
Dear urszuladjames sama Thank you very much for staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying with us. The Sawanoya family hopes to continue offering comfortable lodging for visitors to Japan for a long time. We look forward to having you during your future visit to Japan. Sincerely, Sawa family
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Lita Wolf asked a question Jun 2020
Lebanon, Indiana31 contributions4 helpful votes
Do the rooms have outlets to charge electronica devices?
Answer from Sawanoya
Tokyo2 contributions
Thank you very much for your question. yes, we have.
Kruger1stTime asked a question Nov 2018
Virginia17 contributions6 helpful votes
Hello, can you tell me if you have blow dryers in the rooms?
Answer from Sawanoya
Tokyo2 contributions
Thank you very much for your question. We have a hairdryer in our guest rooms.
Answer from James H
London, United Kingdom11 contributions4 helpful votes
Hey Julie - the baths are used individually. They have two private, unisex baths (or they did a year ago!) - they have occupied signs as you’ve seen in the pic and privacy curtains as well. James
Answer from fambamm2017
Wellington, New Zealand58 contributions13 helpful votes
We were upstairs in the larger room with ensuite. I am really allergic to dust - I was GREAT had no problems with asthma at all. Did not experience anyone smoking inside either. although that does happen in restaurants and bars! It can be tricky but if you shop around you will find good places to eat without smokers.
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東京1 helpful vote
Dear Sherly W Sama, This is Ryokan Sawanoya. Thank you very much for your question. Please send to us email. Sincerely, RYOKAN SAWANOYA Arata Sawa
Annie wrote a tip Apr 14
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you walk up River Rd to Yanaka Ginza, a quaint little shopping area. "
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Alexandra P wrote a tip Mar 2024
Bucharest, Romania2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to buy an "IC Card" from the airport (Suica, Pasmo, ICoca etc), they are extremely helpful, and it may be difficult to buy them in the city."
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sfm wrote a tip Mar 2024
Chamonix, France94 contributions40 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid having lots of luggage, there is no lift. Suggest bring ear plugs to sleep. I wish I'd brought a soft small pillow."
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Allison C wrote a tip Feb 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is no elevator, so it's better to have two lighter luggage than one heavy luggage (the owner will help you bring it up either way)"
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urszuladjames wrote a tip Nov 2023
9 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to stay for at least a couple of nights as there is so much to explore in this area"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ryokan Sawanoya
Which popular attractions are close to Ryokan Sawanoya?
Nearby attractions include Gallery Marusan (0.2 miles), Nezu Shrine (0.2 miles), and Otome Inari Shrine (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ryokan Sawanoya?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a hot tub, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Ryokan Sawanoya?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Ryokan Sawanoya?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ryokan Sawanoya?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kamachiku, Hantei Nezu, and Sushinoike.
Is Ryokan Sawanoya located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Yanaka.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ryokan Sawanoya?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ryokan Sawanoya?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Ryokan Sawanoya?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Hozomon (1.9 miles), Tokyo Central Railway Station (2.7 miles), and Nezu Shrine (0.2 miles).
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