About a 10-minute drive from Ikebukuro Station, Family Inn Saiko offers comfortable Japanese-style rooms. In all guest rooms, there is free WiFi.
After a day of sightseeing in the city, guests can unwind in rooms with tatami (woven-straw) flooring, traditional futon bedding, and Japanese-style sleepwear (Yukata robes), as well as private bathroom and toilet facilities.
Guests can unwind in the hotel’s large public bath, which can be reserved in advance. This property has complimentary luggage storage.
Shiinamachi Station, the nearest train station to Saiko Family Inn, is a 3-minute train trip from Ikebukuro Station. It takes 15 minutes to walk to Kanamecho Subway Station. By train, travelers may get to Shinjuku Station in 23 minutes and Harajuku Station in 33 minutes.
A traditional Japanese inn is known as a ryokan. Bathhouses, multicourse dinners, social spaces where guests can rest, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats are also common features. A variety of ryokans (from economy to luxury) are available, just like hotels. What began as a free rest stop for long-distance travelers centuries ago has evolved into a popular relaxing resort surrounded by medicinal mineral springs.
A ryokan is more than simply a place to sleep, unlike a hotel, where the guest room is only a place to sleep for the night. Many tourists travel long distances in Japan to soak in a hot spring bath and dine on a traditional multicourse meal; staying in a ryokan is an experience in and of itself. Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon beds are typical of these ryokans (no Western beds and carpeting). You should also take your shoes off at the door or before entering the room. More traditional ryokans serve in-room dinners, whereas modern ryokans may serve buffet-style meals in a dining area. Some ryokan rooms come with a private bathroom, while others have a shared bathroom.
Kaiseki is a ryokan’s culinary highlight, consisting of elegantly prepared dishes that thrill the palate as well as the eyes. Every one of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multicourse Japanese meal is cooked in such a way that the textures, colors, and flavors of the featured seasonal foods and regional specialties are highlighted. A classic kaiseki supper usually consists of bite-size appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish, similar to sushi), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot-pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert, and is most commonly served at special restaurants and ryokans.
A yukata is a light cotton kimono or robe used throughout the summer. During their stay, many ryokans give visitors with yukata robes. Guests wearing yukatas can be seen roaming across the neighborhood in some sections. The loose-fitting top is ideal for napping and lounging.
Put your arms through the sleeves as if you were wearing a robe. Wrap the right-hand side of the yukata around your body. Then, wrap the left side of the robe around the right, ensuring that the garment is level at your ankles. Wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and tie a bow after pinning the yukata closed on the right side. For ladies, the bow is usually knotted around the waist, while for men, it is tied around the hips.
The term onsen (meaning “hot spring”) refers to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that contain them. Soaking and unwinding in the calming geothermal waters of an onsen is a millennia-old habit firmly established in Japanese society, whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor.
Guests are expected to remove all clothing in their separate changing rooms before accessing the swimming area at a bathhouse, onsen or not. Once inside the bathing area, guests are expected to wash and cleanse their bodies properly before discreetly entering the hot water. It’s up to you whether you want to rest in privacy or have a quiet conversation with others, but guests should always be considerate of others. While going about, wash towels are frequently used to conceal one’s private areas. It is important to note, however, that towels should not be placed in the water.
Despite the fact that tattoos have grown in popularity among Japan’s youth, many Japanese people still equate them with outlaws and organized crime. Although not all companies now exclude tattooed customers, entry to bathhouses and swimming pools may still be denied. Waterproof bandaids can be used to hide small tattoos, but keep in mind that each property has the final word on what is permitted.
Address: 2 Chome-34-16 Nagasaki, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0051, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3972-1315