I was in Tokyo for a few days with my kids (18 &21) and they wanted to explore the Ueno area so based on TripAdvisor reviews we chose the Ueno Touganeya Hotel. Great choice! It was just minutes from the Ueno station- take the elevator to the 1st floor, then the walkway on your left (head to the sculpture with the big gold ball) as you leave the station because it has escalators (if you don't want to lug your luggage up/down stairs). Go one street and turn right- the hotel is on your left. It's really nice looking- modern yet somehow traditional at the same time.
I did have to take a cab to the hotel several times and even with GPS the taxi drivers had a little difficulty finding the place- one driver actually pulled over and used his phone mapping system to find it.
We booked 2 rooms easily on online- the only hitch was that the double room didn't have twin beds as requested- just a double bed. The receptionist was quite apologetic and explained that the hotel was full the first night but that we could change rooms the 2nd night. The rooms were both the typical size for a Japanese hotel- similar to something you'd find on a cruise. Enough room for the bed and a teeny desk. Both rooms had hot water kettles and a mini-fridge. They were spotlessly clean and looked newly painted.
The front desk staff all spoke fairly good English and were able to give me directions on where to find an International ATM (7-11 by the way- most ATM's are for Japanese cards only) and how to find several other locations. They had a map of the area (in Japanese) that was quite useful.
There is wifi in the rooms but no English channels on the TV. My kids watched movies on the laptop using the ethernet cable and it worked smoothly. I used the wi-fi to stream on my tablet and it stopped and started occasionally- but worked well enough.
There's a convenience store on the corner. I had a delicious curry steamed dumpling as a snack one day. My kids loved the baked goods. My son also stocked up on the large bowls of ramen to make in his room for a late night snack.
If you head past the hotel and turn right (towards the station) there's a military surplus store that kept my son entertained for ages.
There are many small restaurants in the area and one in the hotel that smelled delicious. But if you're looking for Western food there's a Hard Rock Cafe located inside the Ueno Station. My kids ate dinner there one night and were thrilled to find a limited edition panda with cherry blossoms pin that was released that day.
Ameyoko is about a 5 min walk away, so is the fabulous Ueno Park.
The Keisei electric railroad is about a block further than the Ueno station. For 2400 yen you can take their Narita Syliner (leaves every 30 min or so) that will get you to the airport (with one stop) in about 40 minutes and all the seats are reserved- no standing on a crowded train. You can buy the tickets ahead of time at the station. For about 2000 yen you can take a slower train.
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- Also Known As:
- Touganeya Hotel Taito
- Ueno Touganeya Hotel Tokyo, Japan