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Homeikan
Ranked #10 of 21 Hotels / Ryokan in Bunkyo
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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22 reviews
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“fantastic place to stay”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

I stayed at the Morikawa Homeikan (there are three, all quite close together) in September for 3 nights, and it was great. They bring the breakfast to your room, the breakfast was really good, and quite large. The wi-fi was hit and miss in my room, but it worked in the lobby.

For a cheap(ish) place to stay, I really recommend it. It's near the University of Tokyo (~10 min from a subway) and so it's easy to get to any other part of Tokyo through the subway system.

The staff do not speak very much English, but we managed to communicate and they were very friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Arrived late at night to be greeted by a grumpy little woman. we were led to our rooms which were so basic that there wasn't even a chair to sit on., Just futons on the floor (and thin ones)

The toilet was down the hall and was so small that you couldn't shut the door whilst seated. The shared bathroom was in the basement for the ladies. Old and smelly. cleaning your teeth was also a communal activity. Long troughs in the hallway with other residents walking past.

No....this was not for this Western couple. Need a little more comfort than that!!!!!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

It's a rather large hotel spread over two floors. The rooms are nice, traditional japanese with tatami mattes on the floor and a futon to sleep on. (you can lock your door here – which is not always the case in ryokans). The staff is nice. The only letdown were the bathing and specially toilet facilities. There are two bathrooms available (one in the cellar and a family bathroom in the basement). The normal one is filthy, while the family bathroom is very nice though you usually have two wait as it's often occupied. The toilets were extremely filthy and smelly (I actually usually went to the toilet in the subway station before returning as it was cleaner than the one in the hotel). And don't use the supplied slippers (I know you usually should in Japan), as it took me weeks afterwards to get rid of the athlete's foot again! Besides that the hotel is a really nice place to stay. The location is good and it's safe to walk home even late at night alone as a woman.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

As you go up the hill you will start to be a witness of the balance of the green and walking back in time. Big walls, the green of nature, and the smell of old traditional wood. Its like going back in time. From the moment you walk in you would be encouraged to let go your shoes and connect with the elements. Sleeping in a traditional room is not only the beauty of spending a night at this place, but the way that traditions coexist at this hostel. You would be delighted by the way that you go to sleep and the way that the morning comes. It is like breathing the fresh air of such a wonderful culture in one place. Don't leave the place without exploring the gardens around the neighborhood, you will find yourself at peace.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mississauga, Canada
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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).

Room Tip: There is Wifi but it doesn't reach all the rooms. But you can always move to another part of the...
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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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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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