Ueno Touganeya is a perfect option for a short stay in Tokyo, if you don't mind staying in a microscopically small room, which is (sadly) a norm in Japan.
The hotel is a 2-minute walk from Ueno station, which incidentally makes it very easily accessible from Narita airport as the fastest, most frequent and least expensive trains from Narita to central Tokyo ("Keisei line") terminate at Ueno. In fact this probably makes it one of the most easily accessible hotels (from Narita airport) in the whole of central Tokyo. As an aside, do not plan a late arrival at Narita as public transport from there stops practically at 11pm, and taxis are mind-blowingly expensive.
The hotel staff were good on email (responsive and precise) before our arrival. The room was quiet, clean, nicely decorated, and everything worked as it should. Toiletries were of high quality. The TV only had Japanese channels - or we were not able (without trying too hard) to find international ones.
We did not try the wireless connection. There were two internet-enabled computers in the lobby, one PC and one Mac. Usefully, there was also a small, easy to use and inexpensive launderette on one of the upper floors. Breakfast seemed overpriced, which was also why we did not try it (there are several breakfast options - Japanese and western - in the area). Free maps and guidebooks of Tokyo (in several languages) were displayed in the lobby.
Our biggest concern was the size of our (double) room - it was really towards the "uncomfortable" end of small. In particular there was no wardrobe (well... there was no space for it, anyway!) so most of our clothes had to stay in our suitcases, which were themselves a challenge to place on the floor. However, I have to say again that the room had some 'character' despite (or maybe because of!) its size - the decor and lighting were very good.
Last but not least, Ueno Touganeya was certainly very affordable, at least by Japanese standards.
Overall, I would definitely go back, and recommend it to others.
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- Also Known As:
- Touganeya Hotel Taito
- Ueno Touganeya Hotel Tokyo, Japan