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“The Suigetsu Hotel Ohgaisou in Tokyo - When in Rome…”

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Suigetsu Hotel Ohgaisou
Ranked #102 of 120 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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“The Suigetsu Hotel Ohgaisou in Tokyo – When in Rome…”
Reviewed February 3, 2012

Furtively nestled in an overgrown, tropical-like section of Ueno Park in the nethers of northern Tokyo, this rather tarnished concrete establishment does one service with butterfly beauty. If you’re an indigenous wayfarer travelling with just a single overnight suitcase, and arriving on a domestic tour bus - to which you will quite religiously repatriate, after one day or two, - you will be just fine. You have the advantage, when in Rome, do as the Romans – i.e. be a link in a mechanistic, if not, robotic MO.

But, right now, let’s examine the basics – the hotel staff is courteous, yet quite reserved, but – surprise - will converse with you in Japanese, provided you have a fairly good command of the language. The hotel’s main attraction, its onsen (hence, the vast number of domestic tour buses) is scrupulously clean, albeit unimaginative in decor. But, be ready for the big marketing signature: the famous Japanese author/physician Ohgaisou, whose home this establishment once was, is as omnipresent as Wolfgang A. Mozart’s image is in Salzburg.

Now, the coin’s verso: If you are an international traveller, solo, and toting a 20 kg check-in and a 38 kg carry-on, the scenario above may have a bit of a bitter lemon twist.

Bound for your room, ascending to your floor in the tight, stuffy little elevator, and keying into what will be home for a few days, you will pause after opening the door, and take stock. Manoeuvring your suitcase and that carry-on (which at 38 kg, is essentially, Samsonite no. 2), might prove to be a test, since the Western style room width including the bed, will measure 1.5 widths of an International Samsonite, and, in its length, slightly more than two Samsonites end-to-end.

The contents of your carry-on (Samsonite no.2) will be more than enough to commandeer the entire desk surface with no room to spare. So, Toto (the Wizard of Oz, here, not the domestic toilet brand), you aren’t in Kansas, or Minsk or anymore with oceans of space. The advantage, however, is that the plastic bathroom cell is only ½ step away from the bed. So, there is a built-in convenience of sorts.

The next morning, when you produce your Breakfast Voucher (don’t forget this one, the staff gets slightly derailed, if you do) to the hand-covering-mouth giggling waitress staff, you will be greeted to a fare, which is more or less standard staple – fish, cucumbers, pickles, and rice. And a bancha. Not a bad way to start the day, by any means.

If your trip itinerary, notes, research on Japan, etc. is not on hard copy or archived seamlessly between your ears, but finds itself floating around in some iCloud, you will be in for Test no. 2.

When I stayed at Suigetsu Hotel in 2009, the internet for hotel guests constituted two coin-operated, DOS-era Compaq machines. Maybe this setup is still the same now in 2012. So, with a large stack of 100 Yen coins, and feeding these hardware albatrosses like nickel-and-dime slots in Vegas, you can tend to your internet needs, perched atop a mushroom head stool, in the privacy and comfort of the hotel lobby. Additionally, if you are not versed in how a Japanese keyboard can abruptly slip into Kanji, whoops, well, be sure to have another stack of 100 Yen coins for figuring out that one – not exactly easy if you can’t read the keyboard.

Logistics may prove to be Test no. 3. Of course, you can squeeze your way on the Metro or densha for travel into town. If memory serves, it’s about 20 or so minutes to Ginza, and 40 min to Roppongi. When (or if) you return to Ueno late at night - the hotel, happily, has no evening curfew (remember summer camp?) – and, on a bitter cold night (or early morning), you might opt to hop into a warm taxi (warm because all taxis at all stations all over Japan are always waiting with their engines long running – the Kyoto Protocol alive and engines revving), cabbing back to the hotel is simple.

However, if you want to scrimp on the cab fare and hoof it back to the hotel at night, wending your way there through Ueno Park may prove more than you bargained for, unless you know your way very well.

Sleeping could be chalked up as Test no. 4. Sound travels on cold, pristine November nights and the nearby Ueno Zoo is within easy earshot, i.e. yours. Caged in an urban jungle environment, the wild animal residents of this traditional establishment may amply voice their opinions about being held hostage and none are particularly keen on being there. Like denizens at any zoo (or prison), they do tend to get vocal about their misfortunes at night. Call this a serenade if Lost-in-Translation-jetlag-induced insomnia (which you may well experience) grabs hold.

OK. Let’s recap. The bottom line, really? There is nothing inherently wrong with the Suigetsu Hotel. If you are in Tokyo specifically for the museums, exhibits, and the Zoo, (already discussed - in part), Ueno is an address. If you travel very lightly and prefer that section of town, fine.

However, if most of your travel memory (or collective memory, anyway - be honest) resides on the internet and demands convenient log-on access, and if you are carrying the entire inventory of a camera store in your carry-on, well - wake up - accommodation downtown, i.e. Ginza, is more geared to the international traveller, offers more space and amenities and is closer to the action. (And, guess what, not that much more expensive).

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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New York, NY
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

First of all, this hotel can't be beat if you have an early flight out of Narita. It is just a short walk away from the Keisei Skyliner Station at Ueno, from where it takes less than 40 minutes to get to the airport. Another good thing about this hotel is it's got an actual hot spring bath inside which is open til midnight. There is also a public bath (sento) virtually around the corner which also has actual hot spring waters and costs only about $3-4 dollars (when you come out of the hotel, make a left and it's down small street a couple of hundred feet on the left.) Try both. As for the rooms, if you're a large person, I'm 6'2" you will feel like a giant walking along the hallway from the elevator. The rooms, however, are not tiny by Tokyo standards (i.e. I've stayed in places in the same price range that were a lot smaller.) Amenities are pretty run-of-the-mill but OK. And it includes breakfast. If you can snag a room for under US$100 it's a very good value and I'd easily stay here again. The only drawback is if you have business in Shibuya or Shinjuku areas...it's far...allow 45 minutes on the train. But for an "old Tokyo" experience...this is good. Finally, it also helps if you speak a little Japanese...the front desk staff spoke some, but not very much English. Also, because I arrived early in the day, left my bag, and didn't come back until very late at night, they decided on their own that I wanted American-style breakfast. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE JAPANESE STYLE!!! While the restaurant staff was very accommodating, the American-style breakfast was terrible, and the Japanese style breakfast looked very nice.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 30, 2009

Stayed two nights here in a roomy Japanese style room for 12,000 yen (double). The Western-style rooms are decent, much smaller but also cheaper (a friend of ours had a single). Our room had one of those capsule bathrooms (great shower pressure) with sink, toilet and bath, as well as a larger sink adjacent. And a fridge. The hotel has a hot-spring-fed public bath which is great (and much less busy in the morning than at night). There is a free washer/dryer in the basement, though Internet access from the lobby is pricey (100 yen/ten mins). Gorgeous courtyard garden. The on-site restaurant is fancy but we didn't eat there. They serve Japanese breakfast only (for 1500 yen). A very nice hotel for the price -- we booked it from the airport after a cancelled flight and I was expecting much worse! I would certainly stay again. Location is a short walk through the park from Ueno station, but the hotel runs a free shuttle mornings and evenings.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2007

We stayed one week in this small and convenient hotel. It is the perfect hotel for those who plan to visit Tokyo the whole day and don't spend most of their time in the hotel. 15 minutes (on foot) away from the big Ueno Station, very close to the Ueno Park, Japanese Museum and Tokyo Zoo, the location is almost ideal (closer to the station could be better). The staff is friendly, speaks a little bit of English. The rooms are convenient and clean. The city block is quiet.
If we go back to Tokyo we will stay there again, as the price is affordable and the quality is good. You can only have traditionnal breakfast, try at least once it is surprising. We warmly recommend the Suigatsu Ohgaisou hotel in Tokyo.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed November 28, 2007

A great hotel in Ueno area which is away from the bustle and noise of Tokyo. It about 17 mins walk from JR Ueno station and 12 mins from Keiko station. It is situated near a park and a zoo. You see a lot of greenery while walking to the hotel. It has also a beautiful garden. There is also a free shuttle bus from the hotel to the train station. We had a triple room. We had 4 baggages in the room but had not much walking space. I enjoyed the food very much in its restaurant. Strongly recommend to try the restaurant for those who stay in the hotel. To me it caters more for the Japanese as their spoken English are very poor. Overall, it's a pleasant stay with a lovely garden and has a fine restaurant. I would recommend for anyone who love greenary which is very rare in Tokyo. A triple room for about US$130, it's really value for money in Tokyo.

  • Liked — Hotel with a lovely garden
  • Disliked — Internet access is chargable at 100yen for every 10 mins
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2006

I stayed at Suigetsu Hotel Ohgaisou only for one night just to try their Japanese tatami room. I travelled with my family of five. The room they gave us was divided into 3 main sections: the greeting hall (to take off shoes, no more than 2 square meters), the main area (a tatami multi-purpose space, during the day the maids set up a coffee table to drink tea and at night they lay out the futon beds, 20 square meters) and the bath room (which is divided into 2 parts, a sink area and then another room with a shower, toilet and another sink). The room does come with sliding shoji paper screens :D. The shuttle bus is very convinient , which runs between Ueno Station and the hotel.
Its hard to rate the room by North American standards, but i'd say only 3 because it was quite small, but very different, highly recommended for the adventurous budget traveller.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2006

Depending on your plans for Tokyo, the Suigetsu Hotel Ohgaisou could be in a perfect location: It is a short, easy walk from Tokyo's Ueno Park and from several options for transportation, including the JR Ueno train station, the Keisei Ueno train station (which has an express line to/from Narita Airport), and the Nezu subway station. My single Western-style room was small, but it met my needs quite well. (Very tall people might find the ceilings a bit low. The hotel also has tatami rooms, which I did not see.) The window could be opened for fresh air and allowed a view of the local city-scape. Desk staff spoke at least some English and were eager to be of assistance. The hotel also has baths and a massage service, which are free to guests. I was very pleased to stay at this hotel!

  • Stayed May 2006
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Property: Suigetsu Hotel Ohgaisou
Address: 3-3-21 Ikenohata, Taito 110-0008, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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Ranked #102 of 120 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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Hotel Class:2 star — Suigetsu Hotel Ohgaisou 2*
Number of rooms: 125
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