What is the best ryokan in Tokyo
The best ryokan in Tokyo
This family owned ryokan takes hospitality to new heights. The owner was once appointed Ambassador for Tourism by the Japanese government and has published a book in Japanese and English on Japanese culture and customs. Today his son is learning everything and hopes to continue running Sawanoya Ryokan in such a way that his father is proud. Some of the salient features are the cypress baths, along with the little touches that make a stay in Sawanoya special, such as paper cranes on the pillows and the polished wood details of the entire inn. They accept most major credit cards.
Prices: 12,000 for two or more people.
2-3-11 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0001, Japan, +81 3 3822 2251
Homeikan Honkan Ryokan
Homeikan Honkan Ryokan has been operating for half a century and has been named a Listed Tangible Cultural Property. They operate two other ryokan houses on the property, Daimachi and Morikawa, each with different types of baths available. The ryokan is in a quiet area away from shops that might operate at night. Thus, it is a unique, quiet and comfortable place to enjoy traditional Japanese ryokan culture. Like most ryokans, Homeikan is able to accommodate large groups in their tatami rooms. Check-in is from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and check-out is 10:00 a.m.
Prices: 6,500-8,500 per person.
113-0033, 10-5,5-Chome, Hongo Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 3811 1187
Homeikan Honkyo Ryokan Tokyo | © Deborah Austin / WikiCommons
In this small and cozy boutique hotel, the tatami floors, sliding doors, futons, and minimalist decor give the modest accommodations the look and feel of a real ryokan. Hotel Fukudaya is located in the upscale Daikanyama district, near Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine. Rooms come with or without a private bathroom, and a shared bathroom is available for those who haven't stopped upgrading. Check-in is from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and check-out is at 10:00 a.m.
Prices: 12,100 for two people with a private bathroom.
4-5-9 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042, Japan, +81 3 3467 5833
Kimi Ryokan claims to be the best place for budget travelers in Tokyo. It has everything you could want in a ryokan, from wooden baths and tatami floors to polished wooden doors and traditional decor. But Kimi Ryokan also prides itself on its mix of old and new: the structure was built in the 1980s and includes an elevator, wifi services (many ryokans don't), and coin laundry. It is a great stepping stone to ryokan life as you can enjoy traditional Japanese hospitality with the modern conveniences that you are used to. As a bonus, Kimi Ryokan has both indoor and rooftop guest lounges.
Prices: 6,500 for two people, 14,000 for four.
2-36-8 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0014, Japan, +81 3 3971 3766
The indoor lounge at Kimi Ryokan in Tokyo | © MiliMo
The small and cozy Ryokan Sansuisō lets visitors experience a bit of old Japan in fast-paced, ultra-modern Tokyo. The ryokan is run by a friendly old couple who have owned the business for decades and to be honest, it could work with a little updating. However, the room rates are reasonable and they accept most major credit cards, making this a convenient and sensible choice for the busy traveler. Prices are per person and you can have up to five in a room.
Prices: 6,000 for one person, 9,400 for two.
2-9-5 Higashigotanda Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0022, Japan, +81 3 3441 7475
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