We spent a weekend at Tokyo Ryokan in early April and it was a really good experience. At the time, it was not too long after the earthquake so we were very concerned about the conditions in Japan. The owners Kenichi san and Fusako san were extremely helpful and responsive in their communications prior to our trip, taking care to answer all of our questions and concerns. A+
When we arrived we found a charming little traditional Japanese ryokan. The interior was constructed out of high quality wood complete with the traditional Japanese sliding doors. The atmosphere was minimalist yet stylish and travelers who frequent a lot of B&Bs and hostels should feel very comfortable. Furthermore, I want to add that the entire place was exceptionally clean. I did not see a single spec of dust or stain anywhere the entire time I was there, no exaggeration.
As for rooms, they are very no-frills so no beds but you do get a large comforter on top of the tatami which is cleaned every day.
The neighborhood is nice in the sense of that it has easy access to the airport, is quiet, and has many cheap places to eat near-by. Asakusa is probably the most backpacker friendly neighborhood in Tokyo with many B&Bs and old fashioned restaurants near-by, as well as the famous Sensoji temple. Foodies should take note that the most famous tempura place ( Daikokuya tempura ) and the most famous kaiten sushi place ( Magurobito ) are both in this neighborhood.
Also regarding location, keep in mind that Tokyo is a very spread out city so still expect to commute for at least 30 minutes between attractions. From Tokyo Ryokan, it was a 30-40 minute subway ride to Shinjuku station (the major transport hub), 30 minutes to Shibuya (main attractions), and about 1 1/2 hours to Narita airport depending on the line you take.
Overall, we were very happy with our stay at Tokyo Ryokan. As many of the other reviewers mentioned, this is probably the best no frills B&B in Tokyo. The location is right, the atmosphere is charming, and it is exceptionally well kept. Kenichi san and Fusako san are the nicest most helpful B&B owners I've ever met so you're definitely in good hands when you stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tokyo Ryokan has 3 ( three ) Japanese-style rooms, all laid out with tatami floor mats. Couples/Groups/Families can enjoy one of the rooms for private use. Each room is heated in winter, cooled in summer. There is no extra cost for the air-conditioning. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tokyo Ryokan Hotel Taito
- Tokyo Ryokan Japan