The main sightseeing spot in Tokyo would be Asakusa. This article introduces the top 10 guesthouses that are conveniently located near the tourist areas and offer stays at a reasonable price.
1. Guest House Denchi
Guest House Denchi is a convenient guesthouse just 8 minutes away from Sensoji Temple. Designed to resemble an artist’s studio, it has various creative works on exhibit, making for some truly unique accommodation. Here you won’t just rest, you’ll also be able to view Japanese art. You may access either the male and female mixed-dormitory or the female-exclusive dormitory, both of which come with a shower and bathroom. The guesthouse charges for breakfast, but Wi-Fi is free throughout the establishment. There are staff who speak English and Chinese.
Example of Accommodation Fee: Approx. 3,600 JPY for 1 Night for 1 Bed at the Dormitory
2. Book and Bed Tokyo Asakusa
Book and Bed Tokyo Asakusa is newly opened as of October 2017. Inside, you’ll find beds burrowed among bookshelves, making for a cozy ‘bookshop you can sleep in’ feel. Separate to this is the cafe/bar setup, which has a genuine cafe menu with original cocktails, making for a ‘bar you can sleep in’ instead.
There are 46 beds altogether, while the toilets and shower rooms are communal. You may opt to read a book as you relax at the lobby. Free Wi-Fi is available in each room. Sensoji Temple is accessible by foot. There are English-speaking staff.
Example of Accommodation Fee: 3,800 JPY (excl. tax) for 1 Night per Person
3. IZA Asakusa Guest House
This popular guesthouse is only 4 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station. Tokyo Skytree is visible not only from the rooftop, but also from most individual rooms. This guesthouse has made its name for being different to typical guesthouses in Japan, as the staff offers housekeeping and breakfast is included. You may choose from the mixed dormitory, the female-exclusive dormitory, or individual rooms. The guesthouse sports shower rooms, a coin-operated laundry, and a lounge with an attached kitchen, where guests can mingle. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the establishment. There are staff who speak English and Chinese.
Example of Accommodation Fee: 3,500 JPY (incl. tax) and up for 1 Night for 1 Bed at a Dormitory
4. Kitsune Shippo
The Kitsune Shippo is within walking distance from Asakusa Station. This guesthouse only offers a male and female mixed dormitory, but the beds are well-spaced from one another which gives the feel of a private room and protects the guests’ safety and privacy. The guesthouse offers a lounge and cafe on the first floor, which transforms into a bar during the evening. Guests, who come from within Japan as well as overseas, can enjoy mingling here. The lounge offers lunch and/or dinner. There are also communal bathrooms. You may access free Wi-Fi throughout the establishment. There are English-speaking staff.
Example of Accommodation Fee: 3,000 JPY and up for 1 Night for 1 Bed at a Dormitory
5. Taito Ryokan
The Taito Ryokan is established in a renovated building that was built originally in 1950. This guesthouse has a nostalgic old feeling to it and is located at a convenient spot within walking distance from Sensoji Temple. This traditional Japanese guesthouse offers rooms that are reflective of that style. Here you may avail of the communal bathrooms and a lounge, where you may enjoy free coffee and black tea, as well as an open library, coin-operated laundry room, and computers. This guesthouse is also popular for its free bicycle rental service.
Wi-Fi is accessible within each room. There are English-speaking staff.
Example of Accommodation Fee: 3,000 JPY and up for 1 Night for 1 Person
6. Gajyun Tokyo Asakusa
The Gajyun Tokyo Asakusa is right by Asakusa Station, with a total of 15 rooms including mixed dormitories and private rooms. Each room offers a flat-screen television and an electric kettle. You will also have access to a communal bathroom, as well as a kitchen (with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator), laundry room, and a bar/lounge. You may access free Wi-Fi at the communal areas as well as in certain rooms. There are English-speaking staff
Example of Accommodation Fee: 2,586 JPY for 1 Night for 1 Person
7. The Edo Sakura
The owner of this guesthouse was actually an architect specializing in traditional Japanese buildings in Kyoto. As a result, the attention to detail to evoke that traditional style is clear. Each room brings out a warm Japanese atmosphere. You may choose from the standard Japanese room, which uses a futon (Japanese-style bed) or the western room that comes with a normal bed. Each room comes with a bathroom, television, and a refrigerator. You can also reserve a time in a larger bath. There’s also a tea room that serves tea and other refreshments from 10:00 am each morning. You may enjoy a view of the garden from the lobby and dining area. Wi-Fi is available throughout the establishment. There are English-speaking staff.
Example of Accommodation Fee: 16,000 JPY (incl. tax and of service fee) for 1 Night for 1 Room (Western, for 2 People, etc.)
8. Sato-san's Rest
The Sato-san's Rest is about 15 minutes by train to Asakusa and is in the shopping area of Minowa, which is a working-class district for local people. You may choose from the mixed dormitory, the female-exclusive dormitory, or the private rooms. The first floor serves as a communal space, where computers are available. Other communal facilities include bathrooms, refrigerators, and microwaves. Wi-Fi is available throughout the establishment. There are English-speaking staff.
Example of Accommodation Fee: 3,500 JPY and Above for 1 Night for 1 Bed at a Dormitory
9. Ikidane House
The Ikidane House is about 15 minutes to Asakusa by train and is located conveniently in the Tabata area, which is close to other places such as Ikebukuro. This guesthouse offers rooms in mixed dormitories, separated dormitories for each gender, and private rooms. Communal facilities include the bathroom and lounge, as well as a snack stand. Wi-Fi is available throughout the establishment. There are English-speaking staff.
Example of Accommodation Fee: 3,000 JPY (incl. tax) and up for 1 Night for 1 Bed at a Dormitory
10. Guest House Wagokoro
This guesthouse has just recently opened on August, 2017. Guest House Wagokoro is located about 15 minutes by train away from Asakusa, in the Nippori area. They offer rooms in separated male or female dormitories, but you may also choose from the chic Japanese-styled private rooms, which have views of the garden, or from the modern Western and Japanese-styled private rooms, which come with normal beds. There is a communal living room within the guesthouse, which sports a kitchen and refrigerator. There’s also an accessible rooftop floor, a laundry room, and bicycle rental service. Wi-Fi is available throughout the establishment. There are English and Chinese-speaking staff.
Example of Accommodation Fee: 3,500 JPY (excl. tax) for 1 Night for 1 Bed at a Dormitory
What is special about these guesthouses is that you may enjoy some interaction with other guests. How about staying at one of these places for your visit to Asakusa?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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