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Asakusa Ryokan Toukaiso
Ranked #20 of 120 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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“Best ryokan I've stayed at.”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed here during our recent honeymoon, and I have to say this was the best ryokan I've ever stayed at. The location is nice and quiet, yet near enough to the temple in Asakusa to walk. The owners were very friendly, and could speak very good English. Our room was clean, had our own western-style toilet and shower/bath, digital television, and comfortable futons. In the lobby was plenty of local information to read, such as handouts that gave directions to major destinations in Tokyo, the weeks' weather, or local events. A great ryokan that has the experience of a traditional Japanese inn mixed with the comfort of western utilities.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs would probably be quieter. Some rooms have futons, some have bunkbeds.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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taree, australia
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Easy to find from Ueno Station, 5 minutes by subway, then 5 minute walk. They sent me an email with detailed directions, which was great. Quiet comfy room, not new, but very clean. Tatami room with genkan. Nice green tea set on traditional table with pillow. Rooftop laundry was a fair stair climb, but plenty of space to hang up your washing. Free internet available in the lobby, friendly English speaking staff. You can't get better value for money so close to the Yamanote Line.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Malaysia
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Finding the ryokan was easy with the website given directions but having to carry the luggage through a change of JR trains and subway and stairs was tough. My friend and I stayed in a bunk bedroom with ensuite for JPY6000 per night. The building looks old, room was very small and mattress was thin. The room is suited more for a single rather than twin sharing and was so cramped that we both had to maneuver ourselves within the room with hardly enough space for both of us to sit down. The ensuite with the Japanese bathtub was also very small. We couldn't book a bigger room which only costs JPY7000 because it was fully booked during the peak period. There is a fridge for common sharing located on the 1st floor that we stayed at. Just make sure you label your name and room no. You have to do a lot of self service meaning you have to dispose your own garbage to a common garbage area which are divided into two; recyclable and non recyclable, bring the thermos flask down to the reception for hot water to be refilled and to get a change of new towels. Having said that, the ryokan handed out slips of paper upon checking in and which provided very good tips on tourist sites within and outside the Asakusa area including the transportation mode. The ryokan provides wi-fi throughout the building, is very well located within Asakusa near the Senjoji temple, Rox department store and Kappa-bashi kitchenware Street. The reception staff are helpful and one of them even helped me to carry my heavy luggage up the 1st floor. Making our way to the subway after checking out was tough as it was a distance to walk to the subway which links directly to Haneda Airport. It was value for money in a good touristy but not busy location which my Japanese friend calls it a senior citizens' area because of its slower pace. I enjoyed staying in the area but I don't think I will go back for a repeat stay in the ryokan.

Room Tip: pay more and go for a bigger room, it is worth spending to have a bigger space.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Beijing
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

It seems this place gets mixed reviews. I guess it depends on what you were expecting. We spent one night as Toukaiso and then returned for our final 5 days in Tokyo. Both times we stayed in the same room. The bed was comfy, the bath (Japanese style) and toilet was clean.

The room had a slight musty smell, but I got the feeling that the whole building was like this and it's not that uncommon in Japan.

We spent most mornings sipping tea at the little table while we sorted out our plans for the day. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. The only issue was during our return stay, the bedroom had a slightly eggy smell coming from the drain in the bathroom. We never got round to telling the staff because we always came back late and never had time to point it out as we were leaving.

Asakusa is a really nice area. Senso-ji temple and the area around it was really pleasant ( be sure to check out the studio ghibli shop by the entrance to the sensoji shopping street - sold much nicer gifts than the actual gift shop at the Ghibli museum). However, Asakusa is not very central and can be a bit of a pain to get back to if you stay out late - we actually found we'd missed the last train a few times and had to just go to Ueno and walk about 10-15 mins back to the hostel. However, it's such a contrast to areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku, so lets you break away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo at the end of each day.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Gold Coast
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80 reviews
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

This was our second stay at Toukaiso.
The staff can't do enough to help you with everything you need and make you feel beyond welcome. Such a personal experience.
Asakusa is a great little area of Tokyo to stay. Has the old Japan feel still. 2 metro stations 5 mins walk away, Amazing selection of restaurants and bars close by as well as a handy 24 hour supermarket.
DOn;t miss the 24 hour sushi just round the corner....delightful!

Room Tip: Ground floor was a good choice for us this trip having stayed on the 1st floor on our last stay
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2011

Stayed here with my daughter for 6 nights and all I can say is that it was a nightmare. The place was dirty- and I have a sensitive sense of smell, so the rank stench was almost unbearable. The lights outside on the street shone in all night long- the room was tiny tiny, the floor hard as a rock to sleep on, and the bathroom attached minute.

Couldn't wait to get out.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

We loved this ryokan. Each room had a little tv and tea set, robes and slippers. We got a great nights sleep because the place is off the main street in asakusa. Very close to transport, attractions and restaurants. We will go back!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Asakusa Ryokan Toukaiso
Address: 2-16-12 Nishiasakusa, Taito 111-0035, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Taito
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Taito
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Hotel Class:2 star — Asakusa Ryokan Toukaiso 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Hostel offers affordable and accessible accommodation in Asakusa Tokyo. In the heart of Tokyo you will enjoy an inexpensive, cozy, and convenient stay at the Toukaisou Ryokan. We are located in Asakusa, the heart of the old downtown (Shitamachi) Tokyo, an area reminiscent of traditional Japan, which is quite rare in modern-day Tokyo. ... more   less 
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