Top Ryokan in Tokyo

Photo by theCarol.

Photo by theCarol.

Ever since it was brought to my attention that the Tokyo ryokan that I recommended in my article Top 5 Ryokan in Japan was actually no longer open (oops!) I’ve planned to do an update. But since Tokyo is so big and such a tourist destination I thought it deserved its very own post. So here we go…some of the best choices for Ryokan in Tokyo!

What Qualifies as a Top Tokyo Ryokan?

I’d like to give a bit of quick background for how I came up with my selection for top Tokyo ryokan. Since there is such a wide variety of choices, I haven’t just selected the most expensive or extravagant ryokan to make the list. I took into consideration the price, location and whether the selection would give the average traveller a nice ryokan experience without necessarily breaking the bank or requiring a trek to the middle of no where.

Ryokan Shigetsu

Tokyo Ryokan Shigetsu

I love Asakusa. It’s such a charming area that is wonderful to stroll around in during the day and evening. Packed with plenty of shopping and eating opportunities it feels like a haven tucked away from the hustle and glitz of down town Tokyo.

Shigetsu is just a short walk from the Asakusa subway station and is very affordable option as far as ryokan go. The Japanese restaurant serves excellent Japanese breakfasts and mini-kaiseki meals which you’ll get a discount on if you are a guest.

You cannot miss a relaxing time after your hectic schedule in an authentic wooden made bath, which commands an extraordinary view of the five-story pagoda of the Asakusa Temple. You hardly believe that you are still in modernized megalopolis of Tokyo, and you will feel that time is slowly passing around you.

Homeikan

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Only a short walk from several subway stops (3-10 minutes), Homeikan provides a traditional ryokan experience in a quaint traditional Japanese neighbourhood.

Homeikan’s history spans over a hundred years and provides lots of character and atmosphere. While you may not be getting the pampering of the more expensive ryokan, you will be getting a wonderful traditional experience. As a bonus, Homeikan does not have a curfew like many other ryokan. So if you’re out too late enjoying the Tokyo karaoke scene, don’t worry, you won’t be locked out when you get back :)

Sadachiyo

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Also located in the beautiful Asakusa area, the Sadachiyo is only a short 10 -15 walk from the subway station. This ryokan also serves a traditional meal that was eaten by townsmen in Edo. Since the merchants had much wealth during the Edo period, this townsmen meal was actually much more extravagant than what the samurai class was eating at the time.

The lobby, hallways, and dining area are all decorated with wonderful antiques from the Edo period. All 20 Japanese-style rooms in this four story ryokan are also decorated with antiques and woodblock paintings.

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