Welcome to the Sawanoya Ryokan. This traditional Japanese inn, located in Yanaka, near Tokyo’s Ueno district, offers tourists a relaxing stay in a rustically attractive residence. Sawanoya Ryokan, which has been in the service sector for more than 70 years, offers pleasant living in a warm, welcoming environment.
Sawanoya’s interior is just as welcoming as its appearance, which would not be out of place in an old Japanese film. Visitors can relax in the tatami-mat suites’ beautiful futon mattresses for a sense of authentic Japan, or enter the private bathing place to bathe in two separate pools.
If you need a break during the day but don’t want to stop for the night, Sawanoya also rents out rooms for a daytime stay. You can use this Japanese area for telework, an afternoon of relaxation, or a taste of Japan while on the road, whether you’re traveling alone or with someone.
When you book a room throughout the day, you’ll get reserved access to the hot springs, which is a terrific way to relax. These day rooms are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink while using the complimentary Wi-Fi.
Of course, full-night stays are also available.
Of course, if you don’t want to stay in a Japanese-style hotel, you can use the hotel’s dining room. You won’t feel cramped or crowded by other visitors because there are only a few chairs available for rent.
Unlike many ryokan inns, Sawanoya includes two private baths that can be reserved by phone for a 45-minute bath period between 2 and 10 p.m. Gaze out at the private garden space and let zen wash over your body and mind as you simmer in the hot waters.
There are two bathing options: one is a cypress bath, which emits a woody scent, and the other is a ceramic bath, which is ideal for warming up. Allow the warm waters of either of these baths to relax and heal your aches and pains. Because these are not community baths, you may relax and enjoy yourself more than you would in a huge bathhouse. If you’re a little shy, this is the perfect place to go.
A word from the owner
Isao Sawa, who was born in 1937, is the second generation of Sawas to run this ryokan. With the help of his family, they all work together to keep the ryokan running smoothly and for the benefit of the guests. Sawanoya is unique in that it allowed foreign visitors to stay at their ryokan long before the rest of the area did. Sawa also welcomes guests from the LGBT+ community with open arms.
A stamp rally is now being held in Sawanoya Ryokan. Guests can get a tenugui (stamp booklet) and collect stamps from other inns that are suitable. Show your tenugui card to the hotel concierge after collecting six stamps for a free gift. The stamp rally and gifts are subject to change depending on the hotel and season, and may not always be offered.
Address: 2 Chome-3-11 Yanaka, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0001, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3822-2251:http://www.sawanoya.com/