This truly was a little oasis in the big city, located in a spot with easy access to public transit and the sights of Tokyo. The dorm rooms were spacious and clean, with big windows and a beautiful view of a small garden. Good, well stocked kitchen facilities, clean showers and sinks and a fantastic little bar in which to hang out when not touring Tokyo.
The building is a historic gem that has survived fires and bombings and it was a great pleasure to walk down its windowed-hall looking out onto the garden every morning. There is a small shrine nearby and sometimes you can hear the clatter of the shrine bell, a nice touch in such a historic atmosphere.
Definitely spend some time in the bar, drinks are well priced and the staff are always on hand for pleasant conversation. The bar regulars are wonderful people too! You can tell the staff and owners of Toco are passionate about what they do.
Only downside-- and this is well warned on the guest house's website-- is that due to the building's age, noise travels A LOT. From the women's dorm on the second floor, I could hear conversations in the first floor kitchen quite well. However, if you're traveling and staying in hostels without ear plugs, then it's really your own fault if the noise gets to you :)
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