One of the few ryokan in Tokyo to cater almost exclusively for foreign visitors, Sawanoya has a small library of English-language guidebooks and provides its own map of the old-fashioned Yanaka area, plus cheap bicycle rentals. Rooms are small but comfortable, and there are signs in English reminding you how to behave and how to use the bath. More expensive rooms have en suite bathrooms (¥10,080 for a double); cheaper ones have access to the communal Japanese-style baths and shower. There’s also a small coffee lounge, and all rooms have free LAN internet. The couple who own the place do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable.



2-3-11 Yanaka, Taito-ku

Transport Nezu Station (Chiyoda line), exit 1

Telephone 03 3822 2251

Open Check-in 3pm, check-out 10am

Admission Single (without bath) ¥5,040; double (without bath) ¥9,450; double (with bath) ¥10,080; triple (without bath) ¥12,915; triple (with double bath) ¥14,490


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

Restaurants & Cafés near Sawanoya Ryokan


Put your head around the door at Couzt and you'll notice they're selling everything from light ...


There's a distinctly shitamachi (downtown) feel to this cosy Japanese-style café, first ...

Tabi Bagel

Deep in the heart of Yanaka you'll find Tabi Bagel, a specialist bakery so small that you'd ...

Yoshibo Rin

Our favourite thing about soba is its versatility. Perfect on a hot day, perfect on a cold day; ...


Kushiage (skewers of meat, fish or vegetables) is not gourmet fare, but Hantei almost makes it ...

Books & Cafe Bousingot

Shinobazu-dori in the Yanesen area is renowned for its many second-hand bookstores, but not ...


Add your comment

Copyright © 2014 Time Out Tokyo