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“Authentic Japanese Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Edoya
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels / Ryokan in Bunkyo
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“Authentic Japanese Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2009

This hotel was perfect for us. We wanted to experience a Japanese-style hotel but didn't want the run-downess that seems to accompany ryokans. Our room had one area to hang in and one to sleep in, along with a toilet room (with its own pair of sandals!) and a separate bathing room. Our room had a cedar tub which was fun. In addition, there is an onsen upstairs. We were the only ones using it on the night we went. Our room had a big kettle of hot water which stayed hot all day. Western style rooms are available too. Location was easy to get to. We took a cab initially, but it could have been managed by foot.

My only issue was that I never had a response to my emails. I ended up phoning the hotel to confirm the reservation. We ended up being there a day early and I had to just keep my fingers crossed that they had a room as I didn't bring a phone number with me.

Overall, easy to recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Black Country
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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2009

We stayed her over Easter for a week, had a room with separate sleeping are for the 4 of us in nice clean futons. Hotel is a little old fashioned but that adds to the charm, most guests we saw were foreign visitors. The room had a wooden bath tub which the kids liked but was a bit cramped for a 6 footer and the basin was by the entrance door. The complimentary breakfast was fine with a filling mixture of Japanese/Western staples, we actually got a free meal in their restaurant as we'd stayed 5 nights +. There's 3 or 4 metro stations within 15 minute walk which gave us access to everywhere we wanted to go in Tokyo. There's plenty of Japanese restaurants in the area but didn't see any English menu's, having young kids we ate a few times at a 'Jonathans' chain restaurant 10 minutes walk away which was open 24 hrs. Akihabara and Ueno were within walking distance, Ueno park was great with the cherry blossom in bloom. We'd definately stay here again, but with the exchange rate as poor as it is Japan isn't a good value as it was in recent times and the room was £100 + a night.
In Tokyo go to Disney, both of them, it's not just for kids [it is but i feel more comfortable with them], go to Asakusa, Ginza at night, Shibuya on a Saturday, Ameyoko market and Odaiba.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2009

I go to Japan two or three times a year for personal and business reasons. I have found that the traditional inn Hotel Edoya is the best deal overall in Tokyo. Not only is the price reasonable, including a Japanese and Western-style breakfast, but the hotel itself, located in the traditional merchant quarter of Tokyo, retains a taste of old Japan, as its name suggests. (The Edo period is when the Samurai last ruled Japan.) It is an older hotel, and the rooms are traditional Japanese-style tatami (straw-mat flooring) rooms. My room was spacious and the traditional futon bed was nice, fresh, and comfortable.

The location of this traditional inn is excellent: it is in the neighborhood of the famous shrine Yushima Tenjin, and near historical and modern sightseeing and shopping places such as Asakusa, Ueno Park, and Akihabara. Ginza and the Imperial Palace are not at all far, either. The subway is very convenient to the inn, which makes getting anywhere else in Tokyo very easy. The staff is helpful in giving directions to the subway, and the brochure in the lounge, Getting to and from Hotel EDOYA, is helpful. I also found that Edoya is the easiest place to get to, and from, Narita Airport. Because it is very close to Ueno Station, it is easy to take the Airport Express Skyliner, the fastest and least expensive reserved-seat train to and from the airport. A ticket costs 1920 yen, and the trip takes 65 minutes. Better yet, if you want to cut expenses even more, you can take an express commuter train to and from Ueno Station: it costs 1000 yen and takes 75 minutes to get to and from Tokyo! A minor complaint is that the hotel is located in the middle of a historic hill called Mikunizaka, so when you arrive at Ueno Station from Narita Airport, make sure to take a taxi to the hotel. (The fare will be minimal, about 800 yen.) One time we walked to Ueno Station from the Hotel Edoya, because we had time and just felt like walking.

My favorite part of what the hotel has to offer is the public hot springs bath on the top floor – especially the outdoor bath or Rotenburo! Rotenburo is one of the traditional ways to relax in Japan, and after a long day in Tokyo, it turned out to be a special treat for me. The coin laundry next to the baths is also very convenient.

I like the atmosphere of the teahouse in the lounge. It’s a good place to meet other travelers and exchange information and travel tips. And, as I mentioned before, the breakfast is free! It was great to have the chance to taste a traditional Japanese breakfast as well as a Western-style one.

I am always looking for an affordable and clean traditional Japanese inn with indoor/outdoor baths, in a good location, anywhere in Japan. Edoya was the perfect fit in Tokyo. All in all, I recommend this inn for anybody looking to stay in a nice, convenient, affordable place with a friendly staff, right in the heart of Tokyo.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rotenburo
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NJ
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2009

We stayed at Hotel Edoya March 25th - April 7th, 2009. It was our belated honeymoon. In short we totally loved Hotel Edoya and were very, very satisfied!!! After some lengthy research we booked the hotel because of its affordability, the option for suite style rooms, close proximity to several subway stations (by foot Yushima only down the street, Ueno station about 10 minutes away, and a JR line about 10 minutes away), and the rooftop hot spring.
 
The room:
We booked the traditional style double room. It was very affordable. We decided on this because of the extra space. With clothes for two weeks, we had a lot of luggage with us. You'll need the extra space to spread out. Instead of only a bedroom, you had your own living room and small dining area. The rooms were furnished in the traditional style: tatami mats, sliding paper screens, and some Japanese wall decor. It had a ryokan (rustic Japanese bed and breakfast) feel to it, which is what we wanted instead of a western style hotel room.
 
The toilet was in its own room, it was your basic western toilet--no electronic features, wet spray, or warmed seats, etc.. The bathroom has a small tub and a shower, the room is completely tiled.
 
Everyday our room was tidied, new towels provided, linens changed, and cleaned without a problem. Everyday they give you razors, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, which was really neat. They also provide you with hot water, in a hot water container that stays warm for 24 hours and some green tea bags (there are also some other different types of tea in the lobby or coffee is available there for free as well). They also give you a little welcome gift. We received Japanese socks/tabi and I think some chopstick rests. Everyday you get a clean and pressed yukata (cotton kimono) to lounge around in. We saw several other guests wearing these around the hotel (to the hot spring and at the restaurant for breakfast).
 
There was a TV, with about 15 channels. Our Japanese is limited, but we did catch some anime and goofy game shows during our stay. I'm assuming they were just the basic channels (like ABC, NBC, CBS in the USA). Also, there was a fridge in the room, which was great to store some buys from convenience stores (7-11, Family Mart, Lawson are a brief walk from the hotel).
 
The bedroom is separated by sliding doors. There were two futons on the tatami floors. There is an extra pad added to the futon to give it some cushion. Didn't have a problem sleeping and it was actually very comfortable. There is also a radio feature available in the bedroom, that plays soothing instrumental music.
 
 
The Hot Spring/Onsen:
So the hot spring was on the top floor. There is a separate one for women and men. Before you enter the hot spring, there is a changing room, with lockers, hair driers, a vanity with mirrors, sinks, and a private toilet room. You can store your clothes in the lockers and then enter the washroom. I'm not sure what the technical word for the wash room is called. But basically you sit on the plastic stools provided to wash yourself off before you enter the hot spring. They have shampoo, body rinse soap, and conditioner by the stools. Apparently, the men's washroom has a sauna, too. Both have a colder hot spring pool indoors.
 
The real hot spring/onsen is outside. It could probably hold about 2-3 adults. The area is completely fenced in by a bamboo wall, so you don't feel too vulnerable outside naked. There weren't any tall buildings close by (at least on the woman's side).  If you're shy like me, definitely visit the hotspring at night when most people are at dinner. It was really peaceful and relaxing to take a bath outside. :)
 
The hot springs were open 24 hours, I believe. It was closed down only in the afternoon an hour or so each day for cleaning.
 
 
The top floor:
This area held the hot spring/onsen area and also a common area. The common area has a television with dvd player, about 6 relaxing recliners, a low table for food. Across the way is a vending machine. One side held ice juices/coffees/energy drinks, and the other side had beer! There's nothing like drinking a beer after visiting the hot spring, btw. Totally recommended. There was also a screened off area for massages, we didn't get one, but I assume you make an appointment with the front desk to arrange one.
 
You also have access to a veranda, there are some stools outside and a table, with some pretty shrubbery. You have some views of the buildings nearby. It's a pretty quiet area, so there's not a lot of noise at night, if any.
 
The restaurant Umejaya:
Your stay includes free breakfast, which was also a deal maker. Each new day you're given a breakfast coupon to turn in at breakfast. It's held at the restaurant attached to Hotel Edoya. It's on a sub floor, you can reach it also on street level. Breakfast had some western options: hard boiled eggs, coffee/tea, bread w/ jelly/butter.. We ate mostly the Japanese items: rice, two kinds of soup (misou and a spicy onion one), grilled fish, raw eggs (to put with the rice, I believe), pickled items, sweet salads, tamago (sweet egg), and lots of condiments. One time we went at opening and they had clementines. But each time after that we arrived too late for fruit.
 
In addition we received a free dinner coupon for each week of stay, so two for our two weeks. One person was allowed either the bento box dinner (whatever is in season) or two free dishes from the regular menu. The sushi there was excellent.
 
 
The Lobby:
The first floor area had the reception desk. They were able to check you into your room, answer any questions you had. They also helped us with finding stores in the area, exchanging money, and calling a taxi. This is where you also turned in your key before leaving the hotel to go about your day. There is a lounge area nearby that had lots of maps, magazines, newspapers, and other items. Around the corner are two PCs you can use. I also, think there is one slot for internet access for a laptop as well.
 
Nearby the elevators is an area with filtered drinking water and a microwave. Again, you can use the microwave to heat up food purchased at the convenience stores in the area, or leftovers from your fridge.
 
 
Miscellaneous Stuff:
There weren't very many Americans at Hotel Edoya. Most of the guests were Europeans. Lots of Spaniards and Germans. Most were young adults, probably college or grad school aged. There were a couple of danish families, with young children that we saw during our time there. We did see a couple of Japanese businessmen as well.
 
The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They answered all our questions very politely and with a smile. Mostly everyones English was very good and conversational.
 
Walking around: Ueno park is about 10 minutes away, as is Okachi-machi. Akihabara was closer than we realized (if you're an anime fan you'll want to check this out), being about 10 minutes away. 
 
The Ueno/Okachimachi area had lots of department stores, some fun neons lights, lots of restaurants, karaoke, and shopping. It's not as crazy as Harajuku or Shinjuku, but there were a wide variety of places to shop/see/eat at. There were also some arcades/game centers close in the area, which were loads of fun. There was a McDonald's nearby the hotel if you're craving something greasy from home.
 
The hotel is located north of Tokyo Station which is the central area of Tokyo, so transfers from there are easy.
 
We took the Keisei skyliner from Narita airport to Ueno, then a taxi (with all the luggage) to the airport. The skyliner took about 40 minutes, and was a pleasant ride. The taxi ride to the hotel is about 2 minutes (depending on the time of day and traffic) to the hotel.
 
The hotel is situated on a hill. Japan seems to be lots of hills, steps, and steep inclines. if you're walking around for 8 hours a day sightseeing and come home late, it was always the final challenge for me!
 
 Hotel Edoya is an awesome and affordable place to stay in Tokyo! The Hot Spring/Onsen is a really awesome feature. If you have any questions please let us know. We have a very long and detailed trip report with more pictures available at: http://www.thebigjapantrip.blogspot.com

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LordJezo
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Rome, Italy
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2009

It was our first time in Tokyo and in Japan, and we were quite afraid to be disappointed by the city and the accomodation, but it was definitely a great stay!
I can confirm the good rating of this hotel, room and cleanliness are really very good.
We had a japanese style room (208) quite big with table and seats (japanese style of course!).
The only flaw was the pillow: hard as rock! From the second night I arranged a pillow with my own shirts!
Breakfast is good, even if food choice for japanes breakfast is far richer than for the continental one. Anyway it's a bargin because most of the hotels in Japan don't include breakfast.
The open air bath on the top floor is really lovely, I went twice and I was the only guest, it was really a great experience, don't miss it!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cibernella
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Forlì
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294 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2008

If you're looking for a great mix between ryokan and normal hotel than Hotel Edoya is the solution you're looking for!
It's located near Ueno and Akihabara areas and both are easily reachable by foot.
Price includes eastern/western breakfast and staff give us a voucher to have dinner on the restaurant situated outside the hotel (where we had breakfast every morning).
Rooms are little but very comfortable and crystal clean.
On the upper floor you'll find the onsen (one for man and one for women) and a relax room with TV; that's the best way to relax after have walked all day.
On the lobby you can meet up with other vacancy group to plan you trip, drink tea on the beautiful tea room and use internet for free on the internet point.
There's only a computer so you'll have to join the queue especially on high season.
The tube/underground station is on 5min foot distance and on 10 minute foot distance you can find the great Yamanote Station (Okachimachi stop).
Remember to print the hotel’s map in order to find it easily; and if you have very heavy luggage remember that there's a big climb to do if you arrive on Yamamote station.

  • Liked — The onsen on the upper floor and the rooms
  • Disliked — you have to climb on a big hill if you arrive on Yamamote station!!!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Cris T
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singapore
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2008

We took a very long time looking for the hotel, as we tried to navigate by subway. Ochanomizu is a very long walk from the hotel, the nearest station, Yushima, isn't on the main subway lines. It took some navigating and changing trains to find it.

The hotel is located up a rather steep hill. Its a long walk up at the end of every day. Didn't look forward to it.

There's only ONE free internet access terminal, and unfortunately during my entire 2 weeks' stay, it was hogged by some really inconsiderate caucasians.

Many inconsiderate visitors smoke at the lobby lounge, and it can get unbearable.

On the other hand, Hotel Edoya's location makes it very quick, convenient, and easy to get to the usual tourist places. Ueno, Asakusa, Tsukiji Fish market, Ginza, Akihabara, are all a direct line and mere minutes away by train.

There are coin laundry services, a large relaxation lounge on the top floor, an open roof lounge, a hot sauna room, male & female baths, and a basement restaurant. In short, the facilities are great.

The staff are wonderfully friendly, and some of the best I've ever met. They are incredibly helpful, speak a modest amount of english, and served us with an enthusiastic smile for the entire 2 weeks of my stay at Hotel Edoya.

I stayed at a Japanese-style room, as is my preference. It was larger and better than I expected, and great value for its price. The attached room-bath was large enough for 2 people to use at once, never had a problem with the hot water, though the toilet did look a bit old. No problems at all with the aircon, cleanliness, and room cleaning.

The great location, spacious, clean, and comfortable rooms, great service, combined with the affordable price makes Hotel Edoya one of the best accomodations I've found in Tokyo yet.

The hotel even provides free breakfast daily to all guests. This saved me a lot of time and hassle of going out in the morning to look for a place for breakfast. Although I did get sick of the breakfast after a week.

The breakfast consists of both Japanese and Western style every morning, at the basement Japanese restaurant.

The Japanese menu consists of: Tamago (egg), Salmon Shio (salmon fillets fried in salt seasoning), cabbage, various japanese plums and appetisers (not sure what they are), rice, and a different soup every day (miso, seaweed, etc.)

The Western menu isn't as good. Though its the choice for all the caucasians I've seen at the hotel: eggs, toast, sausages, jam, butter, bread.

The funny thing is, the breakfast menu never seemed to change, and you can quickly get sick of it. Also, don't spill anything as the lady in charge (little lady in apron) can get quite fierce. I did, and she won't talk to me for the rest of my trip. The restaurant staff seem entirely separate from the hotel staff though, so I wouldn't discredit the hotel for this. Also, every 5 days you stay gets you a free "Kaiseki Japanese Dinner" worth 3500 yen at the basement restaurant. For this meal, you can choose from a number of items, of which all are of pretty good quality. The meal is good. Enjoy it. Also the staff (old ladies) are in formal kimonos during the evening. They mainly serve japanese salarymen (office workers).

There is a laundromat located 1 min's walk away from the hotel, and at least 2 or 3 convenience stores located in the vicinity. The hotel doesn't provide clothes-iron, so I had to sought a laundromat.

My advice to get there: Take the cheapest (no reserved seats) train or the Skyliner from Narita Airport straight to Ueno, take a taxi from Ueno. Its so near the taxi metre will hardly tick. It costs just 800 yen or less. This is the fastest+most convenient+cheapest way I have found to get to Hotel Edoya.

I'd probably be going back to Edoya next year, so if you stayed there because you read my review, look out for a Singaporean-Chinese couple and say Hi!

  • Liked — Location, service, and price.
  • Disliked — Located on top of a hill, need to climb it everyday. No view from room. Corridors rather dark.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank tnightwind
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Property: Hotel Edoya
Address: 3-20-3 Yushima, Bunkyo 113-0034, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Bunkyo > Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Edoya 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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