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- 76%Local Culture
- 76%History Buffs
- 76%Family Travelers
- 73%Budget Travelers
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- Ryokan SawanoyaMember ofAdventure TravelersArt & Design LoversOct 14, 2013
This is a nice medium sized "ryokan" with cute men's and women's baths, free Internet, and everything you would need to help you plan a trip in Tokyo or in the rest of Japan. It's family owned, and situated in a cute neighborhood where you can buy sweets and watch kids walk home from school. If you've never stayed in a "ryokan" this is a good place to start. They are used to foreign guests so there are signs in English describing how to bathe, and the atmosphere is not as intimidating or formal as some "ryokan" can feel. I think the grandma and grandpa who own the place do a lot of the day-to-day work here. And, the detergent for the washing machine is free. I have never seen that before in Japan. Ueno Park is within walking distance and has lots of museums to visit. From the second floor you can kind of see Tokyo Sky Tree, which is being completed this year.Recommended for:
- Ryokan SawanoyaMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2Apr 22, 2014
Nezu and the surrounding area give off the impression of being both a smattering of both old and new. There are shrines and plenty of cheap local Japanese restaurants and bars of all shapes and sizes. Likewise this traditional hotel is certainly old fashioned, but with accommodating foreigners in mind.
The hotel itself is kept extremely clean and has two different traditional baths to enjoy. It also has a wide variety of tourist information as well as computers and internet for guests to use and free Wi-Fi coffee and tea.
Rates are very cheap making this a great place for students and backpackers to stay and experience a bit of old Japan. The location also does have easy access of central Tokyo from the nearby subway station.
The hotel is also LGBT friendly as well.Recommended for:
- Ryokan SawanoyaJul 05, 2012
If you like Japanese culture, you'll like this hotel . It's a "ryokan." This hotel isn't that expensive and you can get into the traditional Japanese spirit, having a bath, wearing a "yukata," drinking green tea, and sleeping in between futons on tatami mats.
Also you can take a walk or bike ride around this hotel to find hidden Japanese places which are really interesting and beautiful! Ueno has a few museums and a zoo, and the family who own this place have recommendations for places to eat dinner in the neighborhood.
- Ryokan SawanoyaFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
This traditional Japanese Inn is one of my all time favorite places I have ever stayed. We slept on bedrolls on the floor (surprisingly comfortable) and the room was so comfortable and peaceful. The Ryokan is located in a residential neighborhood so you really get a good feel for a non-tourist area. Sawanoya is family owned and operated. This family is so kind and gracious. They even put on performances for their guests. I would advise that you ditch the predictable hotel and book a room at Ryokan Sawanoya. You won't regret it!
The staff at Ryokan Sawanoya are multilingual. Property amenities include two computers with Internet access in the lobby, bicycles for rent, many tourist brochures from different prefectures of Japan, and two baths.
Guestrooms are Japanese style with tatami floors and futon bedding. Each floor has a mens and
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc.). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and to keep the photocopy on file.
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