Japan is one of the favourite travel destinations in the world, with a record of over 20 million foreign visitors travelling to the country in the first 10 months of 2016. As the dynamic capital of Japan, Tokyo is one of the most popular destinations. Are you planning a trip to the world’s most populous metropolitan area too?
Rather than booking a stay in conventional accommodations that merely provide you with a place to rest, why not consider some of the more unique hotels and guest houses that will leave you with special memories of Japan?
This article will guide you to a list of the top 5 exquisite hotels and guest houses catering to different budgets that you can find in Asakusa for that one-of-a-kind Japanese experience. From traditional ryokans to unique capsules, check out these top accommodations in Asakusa.
If you do not already know, there is a special type of hotel that has developed in Japan since 1979, known as the capsule hotel. Unlike conventional hotels, a capsule hotel features a large number of extremely small rooms, or capsules, to provide cheap and no-frills overnight accommodation. This is a uniquely Japan invention which you may want to consider for the novelty, on top of great cost savings.
Asakusa Hotel Wasou is one such compact hotel that you can find in the old downtown of Tokyo. The oldest temple in Tokyo, Sensoji Temple, is just 5 minutes on foot from the hotel while the tallest landmark in Japan, Tokyo Sky Tree, is a 15-minute walk away.
The capsule room may be tiny, but the tatami-style bedding and blankets ensure you have a comfortable rest at night. A telephone and small TV are also provided in the capsule. The shared bathroom and sauna facilities are also kept clean all the time, with basic toiletries and towels provided for your use anytime. Furthermore, the staff are friendly and speak fluent English if you need assistance. This is certainly a unique Japanese stay to consider, in addition to significant accommodation cost savings.
Asakusa Hotel Wasou
Address: 3-7-2 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo 111-0032 (see map)
Price: from 19 USD per night
Number of Guests: 1
Access: 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station / 5-minute walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station
Contact: +81 3-3872-8897
Asakusa used to be the downtown of Tokyo in the past, and it still evokes a nostalgic Tokyo atmosphere even today. Not only can you feel the retro vibes when exploring this old neighbourhood, a stay at Taito Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn (ryokan) built in 1950, will complete the unique old Tokyo atmosphere. Although Taito Ryokan has been around for more than 60 years, it was renovated in 2011 to keep up with the times. Therefore, do not worry that the ryokan is too old or in a shabby state for an enjoyable stay.
While no meals are being served in the ryokan, there are plenty of delectable meal options within a 5-minute walk away. Major sightseeing spots such as Sensoji Temple and Hanayashiki Amusement Park are also a short walk away. Bicycles are also provided free for guests who wish to explore the city on wheels. Feel the warmth of great Japanese hospitality in a budget ryokan-style hostel like Taito Ryokan.
Located in the neighbouring Kuramae district just 1 train stop away from Asakusa, Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse is a cosy homely guest house offering both dorm beds and private rooms. Gone are the days when Kuramae was used as a warehouse to store rice. Nowadays, this is one of the most fashionable spots in Tokyo that many trendy locals frequent. In fact, Kuramae is sometimes referred to as the Brooklyn of Tokyo.
Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse may only be 2 years old, but it has gained quite a following with the young and fashionable, especially those who love to be surrounded by chic cafes and modern indie shops. It is also a great place to stay in to escape from the more touristy Asakusa, yet still within convenient reach to major sightseeing spots.
Furthermore, the hospitable English-speaking guest house owners conduct a free guided tour to Tsukiji Fish Market every Tuesday morning, as well as sushi-making classes and various DIY workshops which you can take part in. Take this opportunity to meet new like-minded friends and feel at home with the warmth in Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse!
Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse
Address: 2-1-29 Kuramae, Taito Ward, Tokyo 111-0051 (see map)
Price: from 63 USD per night
Number of Guests: 2
Access: 1-minute walk from Kuramae Station on Toei Metro Asakusa line/ Oedo line
Contact: +81 3-5829-4694
4. Modern comfort in a traditional Japanese setting - Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hostel (from 129 USD per night)
Originally a love hotel, Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hostel is now the biggest hostel in Tokyo. You can choose to stay in a Japanese-style room with futon bedding, a private room with bunk beds or a dormitory room. While Khaosan World Asakusa is housed in an old Japanese building, it is a contemporary-style lodging designed with the comfort of guests in mind. All rooms are tastefully furnished with different traditional Japanese themes.
Furthermore, help yourself to the complimentary coffee, tea and Japanese tea in the common lounge or prepare your own meals in the shared kitchen. There is also an exclusive Khaosan World Bar open only for guests from 7 pm to midnight daily. Come here to chill and relax and meet new friends from all over the world. Every Thursday, enjoy the live jazz performance in the bar.
Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan
Address: 3-15-1 Nishi Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo 111-0035 (see map)
Price: from 129 USD per night
Number of Guests: 4
Access: 1-minute walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station / 12-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station
Contact: +81 3-3843-0153
5. Enjoy a traditional ryokan stay with round-the-clock public bath access - Sadachiyo (from 167 USD per night)
Located in central Tokyo with great access to trains and major sightseeing spots, Sadachiyo is one of the few remaining ryokans where you can experience authentic Edo atmosphere in the heart of the city. As you enter the traditional inn, admire the many Japanese fine antiques and art pieces, making you feel like you have travelled through the time machine to the Edo period. Featuring traditional “tokonoma” decor in all rooms, the sliding Shoji paper screens and a low table with floor cushions exemplify the classic Zen style. Sleep on the tatami floor in Japanese-style futon bedding. Yukatas are also provided so that you can wear as a bathrobe or pyjamas and relax in the room.
You will be delighted to know that there are two public baths whereby you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the ryokan. After that, check out the variety of nice restaurants within a 3-minute walk from the ryokan for a scrumptious dinner. In the morning, wake up to enjoy a delicious and healthy Japanese breakfast set menu included in your stay. It is certainly worth paying just a little more to enjoy a traditional ryokan stay with public bath right in central Tokyo, without travelling too far out!
Address: 2-20-1 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo 111-0051 (see map)
Price: from 167 USD per night
Number of Guests: 2
Access: 3-minute walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station / 12-minute walk from Tokyo metro Asakusa Station
Contact: +81 3-3842-6431
Create unforgettable memories with a stay in these unique accommodations
Staying in an accommodation boasting one-of-a-kind features is like the icing to your long-awaited vacation. Being unique does not mean you have to splurge on a luxurious hotel. As you can see from the list above, these top 5 exquisite hotels and guest houses in Asakusa cater to a variety of budgets. Choose what matters most to you when deciding on the perfect accommodation for your next Tokyo vacation. Let these unique accommodations provide you with not just a safe and comfortable place for a good night’s rest, but also inject excitement for an unforgettable vacation!
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