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“Wonderful traditional ryokan”
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Homeikan
Ranked #13 of 21 Hotels / Ryokan in Bunkyo
Mississauga, Canada
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33 reviews
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“Wonderful traditional ryokan”
Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Stayed one night in September. The building is large and sprawling and upon entering you immediately feel like you are in a traditional Japanese Inn with the smell of incense in the air. Beautifully appointed with polished wood posts and frames with rice paper walls. Our room was spacious. The sento was a good size and very clean and bright. A beautiful garden sits in an interior courtyard.

Had the nice breakfast for 1000 yen which was traditional Japanese style elegantly presented within with steamed rice, miso soup, sausage, pickled vegetables, tofu, green tea.

The staff were extremely gracious and polite.

The only mishap we had was finding the place. We followed what appeared to be simple directions on a map but couldn't initially find it so I asked a teenager in my halting poor Japanese if he knew where this place was and he had a perplexed look on his face and pointed to the building directly in front if of us :)... In our defence the building had absolutely no English writing out front

Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Sydney
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Homeikan (Daimachi Bekkan - there are two other Homeikan in the same area, the Daimachi Bekkan seems to cater mostly to foreigners, but there are Japanese staying there as well). The staff were especially thoughtful and kind. We were there for 2 days, then a further 3 days towards the end of our 3 and a half week trip to Japan. Unfortunately it was very hot and humid, but the staff thoughtfully had our rooms air-conditioned and cool when we arrived. Only the rooms are air-conditioned, the hallways and rest of the Ryokan isn't - only a problem when it's very hot.

So with the wonderful staff, great old ryokan atmosphere (something of old Japan) it was a pleasant and interesting change from modern business hotels, where we'd been staying. Well located in the Bunkyo area of central Tokyo, plenty of metro stations nearby, close to famous 'Todai' (Tokyo University).

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

My sister and I stayed at Homeikan (Daimachi Bekkan) for two nights; from May 24 - May 26. I can't speak for the Honkan and Morikawa Bekkan properties, but I can say that the Daimachi Bekkan property is, hand's down, FANTASTIC. Staying at the Daimachi Bekkan was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Tokyo. The staff are SO nice; they're incredibly attentive and always willing to help. The rooms themselves are beautiful and have a nice, kind of retro, aged vibe going on. What's more, the garden on the property is a great place to reflect and relax in the mornings and late at night. What I loved the most, though, about the property was the private bath. It's spacious, clean and an all-around great place to spend some time and relax after a long day on the road. The public baths in the basement, on the other hand, are a little barren and could probably benefit from being spruced up a little. But, they're still nice. That said, try your best to at least check out the private bath once or twice before checking out. Regarding cost, I think it's safe to say this place is a ~steal~; especially, considering it's in Tokyo. Two individual rooms at the Daimachi Bekkan cost less than 140 USD. There are cheaper places, maybe, but I don't think they can compare.

It's worth noting that the walls, like some reviewers said, are "thin." If you've got a noisy party next door, as I did the first night, be prepared. Though, it's no big deal. It's easy enough to fall asleep just the same.

Last but not least, if you have time and 10 USD to spare, try the breakfast. You have to tell the staff before 8 PM the night before that you'd like to be served breakfast, but, other than that, there's nothing to it, and it's well worth it. The breakfast is hearty and complex, and the staff set you and your party up in a spacious room. You can take your time and just enjoy the environment.

One last plus about the hotel is that it's close to the Tokyo Dome and to Tokyo Dome City, and Ueno Park is also not too far away; though, visiting the latter of the three requires a little bit of walk. If you're not up for it though, there's always the subway or the JR line. The hotel is very close to the Marunouchi line too, so you can get to Tokyo Station in a flash. From there, it's pretty easy to go anywhere.

The only downside about the Daimachi Bekkan is that the doors close at 10:30, so you have to start weeding your way back to the hotel a little early. That said, I'm sure that, even if you showed up late, there'd be someone on hand (somewhere) to help you. I can't imagine, not with how nice everyone was, that they'd ever leave anyone out just because they came "home" a little late.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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New Jersey
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

My friends and I were searching for a ryokan to stay and found this gem in the middle of Ueno. It's located in a suburban part of town where there are not too many people wandering about. There are two subway stops in the area so it is easy to get around the city. The inside is surprisingly traditional, as if you walked into a nice traditional Japanese house. Within there are a few courtyards where you can relax. The rooms are also a very traditional style and completely furnished. The futons take a little to get used to but were much softer than I expected. The bathing facility was also an experience in itself.
The most surprising thing was the breakfast service that was available. Without spoiling anything, it is definitely worth the extra $10 or so dollars.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Warragul, Australia
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We always stay here with school groups. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We have never had a bad experience at this ryokan. It is in a great location from Tokyo station, take the subway and get off at Hongo San Chome. The Homeikan is a 10 min walk from the station, but be careful there are two exits. You should head towards Tokyo University. There is a block of units on the left with a big bill board sign in front. Turn left there and follow the lane around to the Homeikan. YOu will quickly learn the route. Homeikan is located around the corner from Tokyo Dome. We went there for a meal and a quickl look around the shops. There is a lovely musical fountain and some amusement places at night. The area is very safe. The students all enjoyed the experience of a traditional breakfast each morning. On the first day the name of our school was printed in Japanese on the disposable chopstick covers. The students were given a bag of sweets when we departed. Lovely experience every time.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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65 reviews
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

The place is not that easy to find, hidden in a neighbourhood of small houses, but once you get there, what a delight! I stayed in the Daimichi Bekkan building, a beautiful, old wooden structure with a delightful garden. My room was equally atmospheric. Very friendly welcome, and the simple Japanese breakfast was good. The only potential drawback is noise (e.g. you can hear people next room talk), but I had a quiet, relaxing night.

Location is fairly central, with good metro connections, though the neighbourhood is not as inspiring as Yanaka, for instance. But the ryokan itself is such a great place!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed here to experience what a traditional ryokan is like and we definitely felt we got that. The rooms are really traditional and the entire place feels authentic. It is not very easy to find but it is only 7 minutes from the station so once you find your way it isn't too bad. We had to find it in torrential rain so I think that made it harder. The room can be a little noisy as the rooms are divided by paper doors but we slept beautifully with the sound of the rain outside and the noise from the other rooms didn't really bother us. For a light sleeper though, you might want to bring ear plugs just in case. Overall great traditional experience and an excuse to see a different side of Tokyo.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Homeikan
Address: 5-10-5 Hongo, Bunkyo 113-0033, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Bunkyo > Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
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Number of rooms: 72
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