Three of the Best Hotels Packed with Essence of Japan
Last updated: 23 May 2018
You may just want to unwind yourself at hotel after a long day. However, why don't you stay at hotels where you can also experience Japanese culture during stay? Here are ideal hotels for to experience the best of Tokyo!
SHIBUYA HOTEL EN, cherishing Japanese spirit
A 7-minute walk from Shibuya Station, a city hotel conveniently located for both shopping and sightseeing. Once you enter the hotel, you will find calm space without noise of Shibuya city. The biggest advantage of this hotel is all 9 floors designed differently based on own theme. According to the development concept, "Something Happens!?", its exciting and bold world is presented to guests. Must see Japanese traditional beauties displayed everywhere in the premises including guest room floor and wall! Hotel receptionists speaking English are available.
Each floor symbolizing many elements of Japanese culture
You can find elements of Japanese culture on each floor. Their decorations are symbolizing Japanese traditional beauties. For example, on the 4th floor, you can experience the Kyoto atmosphere while staying in Shibuya. On the 7th floor, a torii-gate usually situated in the entrance of an approach of shrine is welcoming guests. The design in red and black colors is stylish. Additionally, on the floor inspired by Manga, Manga characters are dynamically drawn on the entire walls.
Elaborate unique guest rooms
On the 9th floor, there are guest rooms designed inspired by old folk house, orientalism or cave. 2 types of rooms, Japanese Modern and Factory Modern are available from 2nd floor to 8th floor. They are lavishly decorated with quality materials such as wood, stones, tiles and bricks. Its stylishly designed rooms will make your stay memorable.
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- Address 1-1, Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0044
Shibuya Station （JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line / Keio Inokashira Line）
Simple Japanese atmosphere! Sawanoya, a family run Japanese inn
A Japanese inn located in Yanaka, Taito where old houses still remain in Tokyo. This family-run calm and neat Japanese inn receives 90% of their guests from foreign countries! Its kind and thoughtful Japanese style hospitality is appreciated. Since they started to accept foreign guests, they have had more than 150,000 guests from about 100 different countries (as of January 2016). Free Wi-Fi is available to use in the premises. Yanaka and Ueno area maps as well as English newspapers and guide books are also available. A coin-operated washing machine is equipped. You can expect very well-considered services for travelers. English speaking receptionist will look you after.
Essential for Japanese sprit! All the guest rooms are floored with tatami mats
All guest rooms have the floor with tatami mats. They are located in a quiet residential area away from the main street and very quiet and comfortable. Each room is equipped with an air conditioner, a telephone and Wi-Fi connection. You can also stay overnight without breakfast. The inn serves only breakfast to the guests. If you wish to have Western style breakfast, you need to pay an additional charge.
Having a bath while enjoying a view of garden
There are two public bathrooms in the premises. One is Hinoki-no-yu whose bathtub is made of Japanese cypress and the other is Toki-no-yu whose bathtub is made of ceramics. There is no male-female time slot system. You will lock a door when you use a bathroom. If a bathroom is available to use without locked, you can use. If not, you have to wait. These baths have a good reputation since you can have a bath while enjoying a view of garden.
- Address 2-3-11, Yanaka, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0001
Nezu Station （Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line）
7 minutes on foot
- Phone Number 03-3822-2251
Taito Ryokan close to Senso-ji Temple
The owner renovated the original inn built in 1950. However, you can still find the original soil walls, pillars and windows with an atmosphere of that time. About 6-minute walk from Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa which is a representing sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Despite of an ideal location, room charge (without meals) is very reasonable. You need to use communal shower room and toilets and to make a bed on your own. English speaking hotel receptionist is available.
Tasteful genuine Japanese style interior decoration
You can spot remains of Japanese traditional architecture in the premises. Colors and appearance of wooden floors and staircases are showing signs of age. Some rooms have an original round window (decorative window with ornaments) and original tiles. Through a spot garden and ornaments of the handrails you can have a closer look at Japanese traditional techniques.
Japanese style bedding. Put a futon on tatami floored room
There are 7 tatami floored rooms in total suitable for 2 - 4 persons. You need to put your futon on your own. If you are group travelers, you may be able to stay in the same room. However, when it is busy season, the inn might ask you to share a room with other guests. You will definitely experience the downtown spirit in here, in the center of very famous Japanese downtown, Asakusa.
- Address 2-1-4, Nishiasakusa, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0035
Tawaramachi Station （Tokyo Metro Ginza Line）
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