Staying at a Ryokan, which is a traditional Japanese inn, offers a great experience if you want to understand some of the culture of this remarkable island nation. Over the past couple of years, my girlfriend and I have stayed at several ryokans in the Asakusa area of Tokyo. We have stayed overnight, for a few days, or with friends that have visited from outside Japan.
Asakusa Ryokans – Japanese Inns are Different Than any Other
Based on suggestions that friends and family have made, here is a list of the top Ryokans in Asakusa that my girlfriend and I believe are the best.
1. Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu
This is a simple, family-oriented ryokan that offers good amenities, but its real value is the excellent location. It’s right next door to the Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise-dori shopping arcade. The first floor is where you will find Hozuki restaurant, that serves nice traditional Japanese cuisine. Out of convenience, guests here can access internet from their rooms and also the hotel lobby. For those visiting the area for the first time, this is a great place to stay if you want to see the sights and enjoy some excellent shopping. You can choose between traditional Japanese or Western-style rooms and on the top floor is a large bath for public use. Soothing baths are wonderful and you can see the spectacular views of Tokyo Skytree and Senso-ji.
2. Asakusa Ryokan Toukaiso
This ryokan is in the old section of the city which makes it one of the more unique in all Asakusa. It’s about a 5 min walk from the Senso-ji Temple and 10 mins from Asakusa Station. The room my girlfriend and I stayed in was pretty small but had the traditional tatami-style along with being an en-suite which offers a taste of older Japanese culture all in one location. Staff at Asakusa Ryokan Toukaiso were very accommodating to our needs and were very friendly. We recommend you stay here if you want a cheap, clean, and a cozy place to sleep.
3. Ryokan Kamogawa Asakusa
This humble ryokan is located almost dead center in Asakusa, just seconds from the Nakamise-dori which is where my girlfriend and I shop for souvenirs. It’s also just a few mins from the Senso-ji Temple, another popular stop. There is a Japanese-style bath on the property that can be privately used and all the rooms are en-suite which is a nice touch. A Japanese style breakfast will cost you 1500 yen while a Western breakfast is 900 yen.
4. Sakura Ryokan
This one is located near Senso-ji Temple and Ueno Park, two of Asakusa’s most popular attractions. My girlfriend and I love to stay in this ryokan mostly because of its central location that allows us to see many popular sites that are within walking distance. It also helps that the ryokan is in a quiet neighborhood, so there is very little, to any noise that keeps you awake coming in from the outside. The rooms are traditional Japanese style with laundry facilities, an extra tiny washroom and moderate wifi connection.
5. Sukeroku-no-Yado Sadachiyo
En-suite and tatami-style rooms reflect the traditional culture of Japan in this remarkable ryokan. One of the neatest aspects is the large public baths, one of them crafted from black granite and the other from cypress wood that faithfully recreates the era of the samurai. We enjoy this ryokan for its remarkable atmosphere and loving take on older Japanese culture.
These are the top ryokans in Asakusa, offering a great take on Japanese culture and traditions while all offering a great price for a single night or a weekend stay. My girlfriend and I highly recommend each of these ryokans as being the best in the area and a perfect way to spend the night near some of the best tourist locations and shopping areas in the Asakusa region of Tokyo.