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“A great base to explore the sights of Ueno and Tokyo”
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Ryokan Katsutaro
Ranked #60 of 122 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Melbourne
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“A great base to explore the sights of Ueno and Tokyo”
Reviewed January 3, 2010

We stayed 5 nights and had a great time...
- two tatami rooms divided by a sliding door made sleeping with small children easier (day & night!)
- great access to Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, National Childrens' Library, National Museum
- nearby stations connecting to Tokyo train network, including Narita Airport (Keisei Line)
- easy bus trip to Asakusa
- free, unlimited internet access was great - uploaded our photos to Flickr!!
- lots of reasonably-priced restaurants nearby (incl. indian, chinese, italian, french, korean), as well as supermarket, bakery and fruit shops
Would suggest walking from Nezu Station, rather than Ueno Station, if you have lots of luggage (there is a bus from Ueno Station).
Quite steep internal steps (a bit exciting with luggage and an active 4 year old!)
We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Qld
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Reviewed November 6, 2009

We stayed here for a total of 8 nights (went to Kyoto in the middle) for a family holiday. We were met at the door by the mother who motioned to us to take off our shoes and put on some slippers which you take off when you enter your room, wearing slippers or bare feet on the tatami mats. The stairs are very narrow and steep, fun for the kids. Downstairs has a small entry area with shoe racks, a table and tea making facilities, two computers for guest use and many guide books and some novels obviously left by previous visitors, as well as information about local bars and restaurants and day trips. There is a bowl of lollies (kids loved this) and a great map of Ueno - very useful for getting around. Nezu station is the closest subway, but easy walk along the street from Kesei Ueno skyliner from Narita. Our room was large, and although I had hoped for a room with rice paper screen, we had room 1 - no screen, so we were in one big sleeping / living area. There was a clothes rack with lots of coathangers and peg rack for washing. Upstairs there was a washing machine and dryer - 300yen per wash, dryer free, and a sink and a fridge where you could leave your food and drinks. The owners were great - he even dropped us back to the station on our way home and they stored our luggage for us while we spent two nights in Kyoto. They gave us pins and magnets for the kids and were very friendly and nice, without being in your face all the time. Be aware that the password for late entry (after 11pm) doesn't seem to change - a good thing as we were caught out after being at Disneyland too late! Also, the walk from Ueno can feel long (although it is lovely walking past the zoo) when feet are tired, the cabs are all only around 640 or 710Y - good value for four tired people! I recommend this for an easy taste of Japanese ryokan. It is not fancy but clean and friendly and quiet neighborhood with a convenience store across the road. It was good to be able to get a room for four which allowed our budget to stretch in Japan.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Labuan Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed July 5, 2009

I travelled with 2 friends, 3 girls.

It is a bit of walking from the Metro station. We arrived Tokyo at night, and it took us nearly 20 minutes to walk there because we were a bit tired and did not exactly know if we were on the correct way walking on the street at about 10pm.

The room that we stayed was good. Toilet was clean, and everything was in order.

We can actually walk to the station in 10 to 12 minutes, just need to walk through the park, which we found out only after the 3rd day!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
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Washington, DC
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2009

We stayed at Katsutaro after spending 2 nights at Sawanoya Ryokan, which may be the reason for my high standards. Sawanoya was full on our 3rd night so we headed to Katsutaro and were really disappointed. First of all, you should go ahead and book a room at Sawanoya immediately, it is amazing and such a incredible deal. Katsitaro is about US$10 cheaper a night for 2 people and a world of difference below Sawanoya. It seemed very clean here but the toilet room wreaked of urine and the walls are partitions put up to make separate rooms and are as thin as rice paper. The internet service is good, which is the only thing better than Sawanoya. It is also located pretty far from a metro station. The beds are pretty comfortable though.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed April 13, 2009

My girlfriend and I stayed at Ryokan Katsutaro during part of our stay in Tokyo for about 10 days and it was definitely a good experience! Rooms were slightly old, but no worse than any other Ryokan and its surroundings are nice and quiet.

The Ryokan is actually signposted on the local maps near Ueno Park so finding it is pretty easy, it's relatively close to Ueno station too which you can reach the JR Yamanote line from (one of the key transport lines round Tokyo).

Hotel also comes with one handy feature for those with laptops or good phones for internet browsing like the iPhone not advertised as far as I can see: Free wireless internet. They also have 2 computers downstairs like many Ryokans in case you don't have internet-capable equipment with you but want access to emails etc.

Service is fine, though contact with the owning family is very limited usually - but we wanted to stay an extra night and they were happy to arrange that for us even if it meant changing rooms for that evening. So long as you're not expecting room service or wakeup calls you'll be fine :)!

All in all both my girlfriend and I had an amazing time there and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable but nice place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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US
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Reviewed February 27, 2009

Great location near Ueno station which has direct train from Narita, close to Ueno park & zoo, in fact you could hear the seals & big cats from the hotel. Quiet residential neighborhood where you can really see how Tokyo folks live. Since most hotels outside the US don't have rooms designed for families, we tried a ryokan, and would definitely do it again. By western standards rooms are small, and some didn't have baths so check ahead, but we were in Tokyo to see the city not the hotel room so it served our purpose since we could get to train and subways really easily. Rooms are Japanese style with tatami mats & futons which are rolled out & cleaned by staff daily, laundry available on 2nd floor, Kind of reminded me of a European hostel since many of the other guests were either families or backpackers. Kids loved the adventure of sleeping on floor. Across the street was a family owned quick-mart with beer, ice cream, snacks, fruit, etc to take to room after a long day of sightseeing. Hotel has free umbrellas for rainy days, wi-fi throughout, plus 2 PCs in lobby. Night before we left owner gave kids some souvenirs & treats, and the next morning came out while we were getting bags from room to go to train station & drove us to station. Definitely recommend staying here instead of a large corporate place, you will not regret it unless you have no sense of adventure & fun! We've been to a couple of hotels since then and my 7 year old always says she liked this place better!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Steinbach, Canada
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290 reviews
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Reviewed July 21, 2008

For the price, this was a good place to stay in Tokyo. A good location, not too far from the subway. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ryokan Katsutaro
Address: 4-16-8 Ikenohata, Taito 110-0008, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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#14 Top resorts Hotel in Taito
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ryokan Katsutaro 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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