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2-3-11, Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 Tokyo Prefecture
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#1 of 3 hotels in Yanaka
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2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best

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 Hotel 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 Hotel.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the Asian restaurants, including Asakusa Okonomiyaki Sometaro, Innsyoutei, and Asakusa Imahan Kokusai Dori Honten, all of which are a short distance from Ryokan Sawanoya Hotel.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular parks such as Ueno Park, Sanyabori Park, and Tenshin Okakura Memorial Park.

The staff at Ryokan Sawanoya looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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idv8 wrote a review Mar 2020
Montreal11 contributions3 helpful votes
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For almost 20 years Sawanoya Ryokan has been my home away from home when I travel to Japan. I’ve sometimes tried other guesthouses but for my money I’ve not found one that’s better. The location, in a charming, residential part of old fashioned Yanaka, is fantastic. Not only does it feel like I’ve stepped back in time (in the best way possible) but it’s a short walk to Nezu metro that can get me anywhere quickly and easily. It’s also a few minutes to lovely Nezu Shrine and a longer but pleasant walk to Tokyo’s massive Ueno Park which houses the zoo and great museums. If you stay at Sawanoya, please take all the back streets because they’re so lovely and photogenic. Make sure you visit Yanaka Ginza too, which is really fun! I’ve only ever rented Japanese style rooms and they’ve been extremely comfortable and immaculate, with plenty of out of sight storage and hangers for my bags and clothes. (All of Sawanoya is incredibly well kept.) To save money I prefer a room with a shared bathroom but my room still had a sink, which is so handy. (By the way, I’ve never felt I was sharing the bathroom even though I was. And bonus: the toilet seat is heated!) The futon and memory foam pillow were warm and comfy and on arriving to my room each night I’d find someone had folded my yukuta (light cotton robe) and made my small room look better than I left it. The hallways are very wide and accessible if you’re travelling with large luggage (which you shouldn’t do anyway :-). Ahhh the Japanese bath! When they renovated a few years ago Sawanoya put in 2 gorgeous Japanese bath rooms on the 1st floor. Unless you suffer from real germophobia, I can’t recommend enough this wonderful way to end a busy day! Each room is for personal use and can accommodate up to 2 people. You set the sign to Occupied and enter a lovely, soothing space where you undress before stepping into the steamy shower and bath room. Here there’s soap, shampoo and everything you need to become squeaky clean. Through a small window you’ll see a fountain and sculpture in the tiny private yard that’s there only for your viewing pleasure! Once you’re clean you remove the wood panels covering the deep wooden or ceramic tub beside the washing area and slip into the very hot water. Yes, the bath water is shared (you don’t fill it or drain it) which is why washing well before is so essential. The effect of being in the steamy bath is like a cross between a sauna and a Japanese-style hot tub. I can’t think of a better reason to choose Sawanoya than this fantastic bedtime ritual that feels like a gift. Sawanoya Ryokan is family run and the service is warm and patient. You want to know where to go, what to do, in Japan? They’ll hook you up! They also offer good breakfasts if you don’t want to wing it like I do. The lounge has a wall of pamphlets and maps covering many regions of Japan, a great resource if you’re travelling through the country. Don’t miss an opportunity to see a part of Tokyo most never do and to experience budget Japanese hospitality and comfort at its finest!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Mar 31, 2020
Dear idv8 sama Thank you very much for staying with us for almost 20 years 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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Eric-Wubbo wrote a review Mar 2020
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While staying at the Ryokan Sawanoya, I stayed at two rooms: both beautiful, with the futon made up and an origami crane on the pillow (which I loved!) and a water boiler and tea sets ready to make tea. And when I needed to change the room, the Ryokan also transferred my luggage, so I did not have to drag it down and leave it at the reception for one day. My rooms were also quiet and with good airco, so I slept well. I also enjoyed the public spaces of the rest of the Ryokan: the common room where I could chat with other travelers, the small exhibition of 'girls day' dolls, and most of all, soaking in the bath in the evening, with a view on the lantern-lit garden. The only thing of the Ryokan that I did not consider great was the breakfast, as the offering seemed limited to Japanse-style white bread possibly with (somewhat runny) eggs, which I personally do not greatly enjoy, but to be fair Sawanoya at the first day of arrival handed me a map of nearby places where Japanese and other alternative breakfasts can be found, and I do appreciate Sawanoya's option to at least order some (and very affordable, especially for hotel terms!) breakfast in cases that I was a bit lazy or time-strapped. And definitely, the price of the rooms was very good, especially given their quality; I've also been to a 'cabin hotel' which was only barely cheaper, but the experience at Sawanoya was for me infinitely better. In summary: while I'd warn my taller friends to be mindful of Ryokan Sawanoya being an old-style Japanese building, I definitely would recommend it for anyone who wants to stay in Tokyo. It may not be spectacular, but I found it to be great and very enjoyable, not the most luxurious place I visited, but likely the lodging where I felt happiest.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Responded Mar 16, 2020
Dear ericwubbol sama Thank you very much for 3rd staying with us and writing a review. We are happy when you enjoy staying. 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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jooliecoolie wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York173 contributions71 helpful votes
This was my third stay at Sawanoya and this time I brought my mother with me. Everything is always lovely from the check-in, to the baths, to further exploring the adorable surrounding neighborhood. I cannot express enough how special this place is, and how much I enjoy staying here. It is an oasis within the craziness that is Tokyo and perfect for travelers looking for an authentic experience a bit off the beaten path and away from the craziness of Shinjuku and Shibuya. Thank you again!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Mar 10, 2020
Dear jooliecoolie sama Thank you very much for 3rd 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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kyle b wrote a review Feb 2020
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Charming, quiet, comfortable, family run Ryokan. In a quiet neighbourhood, but close to transit. Loved it here: in fact we cancelled on another place to stay an extra night. Appreciated the fact that it is an LGBT friendly space. Japanese style rooms are lovely, and the hosts made us feel very welcome. The baths are small but nice and it was a nice perk to have them the morning we checked out. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: Some rooms have a private toilet, others do not.
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Responded Feb 19, 2020
Dear username22222222222 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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Marie F wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions8 helpful votes
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
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Room Tip: Most of the rooms face onto the street, but it is not noisy
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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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JapanKantoTokyo PrefectureTokyoTaitoYanakaUeno / Asakusa / Ryogoku / Adachi / Ueno, Asakusa
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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 complimentary tea during their stay.
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).