Ryokan Sawanoya

2丁目3−11 Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo, Japan


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  • Ryokan Sawanoya
    Crina L.
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    Art & Design Lovers
    5 Oct 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:BackpackersFamily TravelersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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  • Ryokan Sawanoya
    Pablo Miyasaki
    5 Jul 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.

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  • Ryokan Sawanoya
    First to Review
    5 Jul 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!

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Reviews Summary

Excellent!7 reviews across the web.

    • Price
      Excellent value for money, said 100%.
    • Hotel
      100% thought it was clean.
    • Ambiance
      100% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
    • Service
      98% found the staff to be very friendly.
    • Food
      76% found the breakfast to be wonderful.
    • Internet
      Internet works perfectly.


    This Ryokan is located near Ueno Park, among other attractions.

    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 men’s and women’s toilet, but some rooms also have a private toilet.

    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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