One of the best parts about vacations is the time spent in your lodgings, wouldn't you agree? Sure you can go for a simple room at a business hotel for as cheap as possible, but staying somewhere where you can feel the local atmosphere of Japan, and where the staff are warm and friendly, can make for a wonderful memory on its own.
If you're looking for lodging like that then Sawanoya in Yanaka is the place for you. The inn has a 71-year long history, and the area it's situated in (Yanaka) is one of the best spots in Tokyo to experience the classic 'Shitamachi' atmosphere. The design of the building itself is sure to enchant, it's an elegant example of traditional Japanese architecture. You can choose between rooms for 1, 2, or 3 people, each one a relaxing space of traditional Japanese design that almost make you feel like you're in some kind of simulation of old-fashioned Japanese living.
Also, if you're not confident in speaking Japanese, rest assured you can still make a reservation. The inn has an extremely high rating on Trip Advisor, and so far it appears that it has been host to over 190,000 foreign guests from 92 different countries. It's a family-run inn that offers a warm welcome to tourists & travelers.
The best part about staying at Sawanoya is probably their baths. They have 2 communal baths, the first is a bathtub made from delightfully fragrant cypress wood, while the other is a large pot-shaped ceramic bath. The doors to these bathrooms can be locked, so there's no need to worry about anyone barging in. What better way to experience the bathing culture of Japan than by enjoying a relaxing hot-water soak in one of Sawanoya's bathtubs.
Inside the inn you'll find a brochure rack that has sightseeing brochures for not just the Yanaka area, but for spots all around Japan. Sawanoya makes for a great hub spot for your trip to Japan. You can relax in comfort as you plan your next destination. Sounds fun right?
Address: 2-3-11, Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Please check in advance for business hours and holidays if you want to visit it.