Lonely Planet review
The Sawanoya is a budget gem in quiet Yanaka, with very friendly staff and all the traditional hospitality you would expect of a ryokan – even origami paper cranes perched on your futon pillow. The shared cypress and earthenware bathrooms are the perfect balm after a long day of walking. The lobby overflows with information about travel options in Japan and bicycles are available for rent; biking the quiet temple lanes of the Yanaka area is highly recommended.
Our independent authors have visited Sawanoya Ryokan and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Tokyo.
Services & facilities
- Internet access
- Family friendly
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