Even if you’ve never been to Japan, we’re sure that you will have heard about Asakusa in Tokyo. It is the area surrounding the popular Sensoji Temple and includes Kaminarimon Temple and local shopping. We love this district, and we’re sure that you will too. There is a lot to do. First, after you stroll along the streets, we recommend enjoying a riverside cruise and relishing the true Japanese traditions that Asakusa is known for. These include arts, crafts, and, of course, plenty of delicious food. The main temples can all be easily accessed from nearby ryokans, so we gathered our favorite inns to create this ultimate list. Without any further delay, let’s find you the best ryokans in Asakusa, Japan, so you can start planning your dream holiday.
Just 100 meters (328 feet) from Kaminarimon Thunder Gate, this ryokan is in the heart of Asakusa. Guests can enjoy an in-room massage service and free WiFi in the lobby area. The rooms themselves all have an en suite bath and shower, with complimentary toiletries. Free hot drinks are available in the lobby, alongside a microwave. You’ll also find coin-operated laundry machines here, but there is no on-site parking.
This traditional ryokan has a history of over 80 years. The rooms boast views of Tokyo Skytree, perfect when it is lit up at night. This ryokan offers both Western and Japanese-style rooms. It’s an ideal choice if you want to dip your toes into Japanese culture but would rather a Western bed than a Japanese futon. On-site facilities include a delicious breakfast, satellite television, yukata robes, and complimentary mineral water. Guests can also enjoy the gender-split baths that have incredible views of Sensoji Temple’s Five-Storied Pagoda. The baths are traditionally made from wood, and the property, as a whole, feels very much like a boutique.
You’ll love the extra touches that you can enjoy as a guest of Tokyo inn Sakura An. Tokyo Origami Museum is just a stone’s throw away, and you can borrow bikes, free of charge, from the ryokan. There is a 24-hour front desk, so you can be guaranteed excellent customer service. Each of the rooms comes with air-conditioning, a satellite television, a microwave, and a kettle. Rather uniquely, the beds are bunk-bed futon style! An en suite bathroom is offered with each room, which includes the use of a hairdryer. On-street parking at an additional cost is available as well.
This is a very popular ryokan in the Chuo Ward area, so be sure to book early. There is a shared lounge on-site, and the rooms are spacious, with both air-conditioning and free WiFi. The rooms are bigger than average, so you’ll have plenty of space to relax and unwind. There is a concierge service available at the property, but the real highlight is the terrace, where guests can relax in the sun. If you prefer, you can even sign up for one of the many cultural classes offered by the ryokan. There are also music performances that you can enjoy at an additional charge.
Address: Chuo-ku Nihonbashiningyocho 2-31-3
Bike tours Smoke alarms Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning Cooking class Cashless payment available Process in place to check health of guests Special diet menus (on request) Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies
Although a little bit farther away from Asakusa than some of the other listings, this ryokan is still very popular. It is roughly a 20-minute walk to the hustle and bustle of the district center—much nearer if you borrow one of the free rental bikes available on-site. This property has award-winning architecture and boasts both traditional Japanese rooms and hot tubs. The rooms all feature, as expected, tatami flooring and futon bedding, along with a television and a DVD player. You’ll also love the fact that you can book many cultural classes online, including tea ceremony and flower arranging.
Nestled in an excellent location, this popular ryokan is traditional in style yet offers modern amenities. The rooms are spacious and bright. There is a mixture of traditional Japanese and Western-style bedrooms. The Japanese-themed bedrooms feature tatami mats and futon beds, along with televisions and air-conditioning. Breakfast is available for guests to enjoy, and there are also on-site coin-operated laundry machines.
This is the first on our list to offer capsule-style rooms alongside traditional ryokan accommodations. Each of the ryokan rooms features tatami mat flooring, air-conditioning, a futon bed, and an en suite bathroom. The capsule rooms are comfortable and welcoming, are stacked two rows high, and have shared bathrooms. There is a shared lounge where guests can enjoy a drink from the on-site vending machine. Additional amenities include a coin-operated laundrette and a sauna. There are a number of different room types, and some are split by gender, so be sure to check carefully before booking.
Asakusa Hotel Wasou
Address: Taito-ku Asakusa 3-7-2
This friendly and welcoming ryokan is just a three-minute walk from Asakusa Train Station. This popular ryokan displays a number of artworks and unique antiques. The rooms are comfortable, there is a 24-hour public bath, and they offer a delicious set-menu breakfast. Free WiFi throughout means that you can stay connected both in the communal lobby areas and in your private bedroom. Guests particularly love the “tokonoma” decorative space in each of the rooms, which are all in Japanese style.
Address: Taito-ku, Asakusa 2-20-1
Just a short walk to some of the most popular tourist sites is Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa. You can reach Kaminarimon and Sensoji Temple in just two minutes. The Japanese-style rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated. Inside the room, you’ll find tatami mat flooring, futon bedding, a Japanese tea set, a fridge, and flatscreen television. There is a public bath on-site and a spacious dining room. You can also arrange to enjoy a relaxing massage, a perfect way to unwind after a busy day exploring the local area.
Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa
Address: Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-30-10
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Staying at one of the best ryokans in Asakusa, Japan, is the ideal way to truly immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Not only can you spend your days exploring the fascinating sites, but you can also continue to enjoy the culture even in your evening accommodation—truly the best of both worlds. Remember to post photos on Instagram so others can join in your once-in-a-lifetime journey. Go ahead and book today.
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