Ryokan oases in the city

Traditional Japanese inns take the stress out of Tokyo

Ryokan oases in the city

Homeikan Honkan

While the summer holidays are now underway, getting away from it all is still a year-round goal. But Tokyo's busy living doesn't always make it possible to take more than one or two days off at the end of a work week, which means it's not easy to escape very far out of town. Instead of making a snap decision to head to a luxury city hotel, why not choose a chic Japanese ryokan (Japanese-style inn) instead? Not only will you be able to enjoy a luxurious space away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but you'll get a sense of the history of Japan. Check out some of these Tokyo ryokan, where each stay is steeped in traditional Japanese style. They’re perfect not only for those who just want a bit of downtime, but also for those visiting from out of town.

Homeikan Honakan and Daimachi Bekkan (Hongo)

Located on a quiet street in Hongo, this long established ryokan still has the feel of the Showa period. The ryokan is comprised of the Honkan (main building) – which is a registered tangible cultural property – and two Daimachi Bekkan (annexes), all surrounded by an elegant garden. This ryokan is imbued with both serenity and charm, as well as a sense of history. Non-staying guests can enjoy a banquet meal, which also entitles them to use the baths.
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Ryokan Kangetsu (Chidori-cho)

This lush ryokan is surrounded by a ‘designated protected forest’ in Ota ward. The ryokan has a summer house amidst a grove of trees, and also features both indoor and open-air baths. Nearby is Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple as well as the popular sightseeing spot Sakurazaka. Breakfast is included and various room types are available starting at ¥5,150 yen per night. A deluxe room costs about ¥8,400 per night.
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Sawanoya Ryokan (Nezu)

This ryokan is located in Yanaka, in shitamachi (downtown) Tokyo. The staff are able to provide customer service in English, making this ryokan a popular choice among international guests. What the rooms lack in size they certainly make up in comfort. If you’re looking to save a bit of money, book a room without an en-suite shower and use the communal shower facilities. The owners are a very sociable husband-and-wife team who cannot do enough to make sure their guests are satisfied. Nearby are a number of sightseeing spots including Nezu Jinja Shrine, the Taito City Shitamachi Museum and Ueno Park.
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Ginza Yoshimizu (Ginza)

This Japanese ryokan is located behind the Kabuki-za theatre. It’s a small ryokan with only 11 rooms. There are four types of rooms, ranging from 4.5 tatami mat rooms (without en-suite toilet) to eight tatami mat-sized rooms (with en-suite toilet and shower). While packages do not include dinner, a home-cooked breakfast using organic vegetables is provided. From the interior design to the linen and food, Ginza Yoshimizu puts an emphasis on natural and organic materials.
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Sukeroku no Yado Sadachiyo (Asakusa)

This sophisticated and modern ryokan is conveniently located about five minutes from Asakusa temple. On the outside, the ryokan looks like a cross between a European mountain cottage and a Japanese castle. But take a step inside and you'll be greeted by a kimono-clad front-desk attendant in a space permeated with chic Japanese style. All the rooms are Japanese style although their sizes vary, with the smallest being five mats. Take some time to soak in the communal baths to round off your relaxation.
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Translated by E. Kavanagh
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.



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Hi,Ginza Yoshimizu was cloed in Aug.2011. Ryokan Kangestu was closed a few years ago. we miss many good Ryokan for recent years.

Posted by Kunio on Mar 30 2013 21:35

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