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3-8-4 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 110-0001, Japan, ‏‎800-491-6126
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4.1 / 5Excellent

Score breakdown (from 40 reviews)

Average rating for:

  • Cleanliness
    4.3
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.2
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Comfortable Hotel in Great Location"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Comfortable, nice hotel in a quiet neighborhood. Great location and close to subway and train station. Easy access from airport. Would stay here again.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Nov 18, 2014
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Ryokan in Tokyo"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
It is good to be able to stay in a traditional ryokan in modern city Tokyo. Staying in a ryokan is a genuine Japanese experience that all travelers to Japan should try. Annex Katsutaro Ryokan is easily reached from the nearby subway station via walking through an older neighborhood.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 31, 2014
A Traveler
US
1.0 / 5Poor
"Ryokan Stay in Tokyo"
  • Cleanliness
    1.0
  • Service
    1.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    1.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
A stay in a ryokan is an experience every traveler to Japan should try at least once.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Oct 28, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Wonderful ryokan in Tokyo in great neighborhood"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
This was our third trip to Japan and Tokyo. This was our best stay so far- the ryokan proprietor and staff are all very helpful, non-smoking, and have thought out many details needed by travelers. The area is full of interesting sites within walking distance- the loop bus is across the street from the ryokan and can get you easy access to the Ueno zoo. If traveling to and from the Narita airport- the loop bus can get you to the Keisei ueno stop and it's a short walk to the new Keisei skyliner. The ryokan was clean, well laid out, and information about the loop bus was placed by the front door for easy access. The proprietor has a wonderful area map that is incredibly useful for walking the neighborhood. We have a family of four and the room for four was spacious and well laid out. One thing to note is that Japanese silk doesn't always hold up to multiple visitors so there were some stains on the walls here and there- to be expected but just so folks know. We loved our stay and will stay here again.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Aug 24, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Very nice place, great neighborhood."
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Especially appreciate : bicycle rental service. The Room is great. Good advice about visiting tokyo.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 8, 2014
matthieu
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"unique experience"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
cool neighborhood to stay in... away from crowds, laid back, but with plenty of restaurants, shops and shrines within walking distance. also near nippori station which has the convenient skyliner train to/from narita airport. staff was friendly and helpful. room was bigger than i expected it to be and very clean and comfortable. was fun to have a room with traditional furniture but very affordable and with a private bath.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 21, 2014
megan
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Excellent home base in Tokyo"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Could not have been happier with our Annex Katsutaro Ryokan week-long stay! A perfect home base in Tokyo! We chose Yanaka neighborhood for its proximity to Charming walks, Ueno Park & convenient Metro & JR stations. Mieko-san & staff took lovely care of us, providing spotless affordable tatami room with private bath, also laundry machines, countless maps to navigate Tokyo, and assistance with directions, luggage Takubin & tasty friendly local dining. I will recommend this ryokan Highly to economy minded travellers who want a pristine & Kind home base in artistic historic Yanaka-Ueno, with excellent access to all of Tokyo.
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Response by Annex Katsutaro Ryokan
Thank you for choosing your stay at the Annex Katsutaro Ryokan. We hope your stay with us was a comfortable and a memorable one. We appreciate your comment.This means so much to our future improvement .Thank you so much!! We are glad to know that you loved our surrounding neighborhood. There are so much to explore in Yanaka area. Please do come and visit us again, maybe in another season or so. You are always welcome in our homely ryokan!! Yours sincerely,
8 night trip May 28, 2014
Sandra
US
3.0 / 5Good
"A different experience"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
It is a mix of western with Japanese. The room was some sort of plain in Japanese style. I was curious to be in that kind of hotel and I don't regret it. The best part was the neighborhood, it was typical Japanese with ordinary people around.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Annex Katsutaro Ryokan
Thank you for staying at the Annex Katsutaro Ryokan ! We hope your stay with us was a comfortable and a memorable one. We appreciate your comments on guest review. This means so much to our future improvement.Thank you so much!! We are glad to know that your expereince with us was a good one. There are so much to explore in our old fashioned freindly neighbour. Please do come and visit us again,maybe in another season or so! Yours sincerely,
1 night trip with friends May 3, 2014
Nora
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    -
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
A really nice stay in this Ryokan. The area of Yanaka has an easy access thanks to the loop JR rail line, the area itself is really typical, no building, little shops and great temple to visit. The hotel itself is great : we had a huge room for a family of 4 people, very clear and calm. we appreciate the laundry access too and the free access to wifi
Genuine Venere guest review
Other trip May 6, 2014
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Ryokan Meets Hotel"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Annex Katsutaro is a lovely blend of traditional ryokan and Western-style hotel. Conveniently located near Nippori Station, you can explore Ueno Park, Yanaka, and more. Room is simple but very comfortable.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Annex Katsutaro Ryokan
Thank you for staying at the Annex Katsutaro Ryokan. We appreciate your comment !This means so much to our future improvement. We are glad to know that your stay with us was a comfortable and a memorable one! There is sooooo much to explore in our old fashioned neighbour is'nt there?? You are always welcome in our homely ryokan. Please come again. Yours sincerley,
1 night trip Mar 26, 2013
Michelle
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

4.0 / 5Excellent
"Ryokan in charming neighbourhood"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Cosy ryokan in the middle of a charming neighbourhood. Just a few minutes' walk from Nippori station for Narita airport and Yamanote line, or Sendagi Tokyo Metro station. Plenty of shops; the main shopping street closes early though so plan your time accordingly. Futon was comfortable, though it could do with slightly more thickness. Otherwise, nothing to complain about really.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Feb 19, 2015
MuhammadHafiz
SG
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Ryokan"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Great place
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Feb 27, 2015
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great place"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
It was my first time in Japan, and they were really close to Tokyo subway, I had bought the 3 day pass so it was extremely convenient. Great place to stay really comfy and clean rooms and they were really nice and the customer service was a great plus in my case they even sent me an e-mail giving me directions to the hotel from the metro station. Next trip to japan I'm coming back to this place.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Feb 4, 2015
A Traveler
AS
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Hotel located at a nice area"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
10 minutes from JR station and 2 minutes from metro station. Convenience is the key value to this hotel
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Feb 12, 2015
chris
CA
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Our stay at Annex Katsutaro Ryokan idn Nippori"
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Pleasant stay. Nice neighbourhood with little traditional shops in quiet streets, lots of little beautiful pagodas, surprising to discover in such a modern and busy Tokyo. Life in Nippori is relax,calm, people warm and open. The lady receptionist (owner of the hotel?) was lovely and helpful.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night family trip Dec 15, 2014
Hanh
AU
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Good hotel"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Nice and good location.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Nov 27, 2014
A Traveler
SG
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Good hotel"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Very nice and good loaction
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night family trip Nov 27, 2014
A Traveler
SG
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"A Nice Stay"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
A really lovely neighborhood and friendly staff. The train and subway stations being so close was a great help. The rooms are 'Tokyo sized' but very comfortable and clean. Would recommend for any first Japanese experience.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Sep 25, 2014
Sophia
AU
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Really impressed"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
Lovely clean, comfortable rooms, laundry available and friendly staff.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Jul 10, 2014
A Traveler
AU
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Conveniently located"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
The feedback by previous reviewers were accurate so no nasty surprise. I think sleeping on the futons takes some getting used to as they are rather thin and you can feel the floor. Having said that, it was still a novel experience. Location wise, it's really good especially since the Nippori station of the Yamanote line is at most 10 mins walk away, direct connection to Narita airport and popular places like Tsukiji, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku. Would recommend this to anyone who is looking for reasonably priced accommodation at a good location.
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Response by Annex Katsutaro Ryokan
Thank you for staying at the Annex Katsutaro Ryokan and for being such a wonderful guest. We hope your stay with us was a comfortable and a memorable one. We appreciate your comment.This means so much to us for our future improvement.Thank you so much!! We are truly sorry that the futon was not so comfortable.Thank you for mentioning this. However , we are glad to know that you liked our old fashioned neighborhood.There are still so much to explore. Please come and visit us again, maybe in another season or so. Until then, please take care. Yours sincerley,
3 night trip May 27, 2014
A Traveler
SG
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Quiet place in nice area"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Hotel without any specific charm, but very convenient, quiet and in a nice neighbourhood. Typical japanese room, but with a quite big bathroom.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Annex Katsutaro Ryokan
Thank you for choosing your stay at the Annex Katsutaro Ryokan! We aprreciate your guest review.This means so much to us for our future improvement.Thank you so much!! We are glad to know that you had a comforatable stay with us. Please come and visit us again, maybe in another season or so. Yours sincerely,
1 night family trip Feb 9, 2013
Romuald
AS

The following reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

4.0 / 5Excellent
"舒服,會再次住"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
酒店附近有好多食店,門口搭一程100円巴士可以去上野站,非常方便,好舒服。nice trip
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night trip with friends Jun 13, 2015
MEI YEE MAY
HK
4.0 / 5Excellent
"次回も利用したい宿。"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
宿泊客は、私以外全員外国人でした。客室は比較的清潔で、一流ホテルのような行き届いた清掃とまではいきませんが、不快感はありませんでした。浴槽は、一般的なビジネスホテルの浴槽程度の大きさでした。ホテルの客室の暗い照明が苦手なのですが、照明が明るい(昼白色?)ので、圧迫感がなく、快適にくつろぐことができました。谷中ぎんざ商店街や、アップルパイのマミーズもすぐ近くにあり、食べ物にも困りません。
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Mar 25, 2015
SHINOBU
JP
4.0 / 5Excellent
"駅近で小さい子供連れには最適!"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
私と子供たち(15歳、11歳、2歳)の4人で泊まりました。 お部屋は和室で、とってもゆったりくつろげました。小さいお子さんがいる方には、最適ではないかと思います。少し気になったのは、お風呂に溜めたお湯の抜けが悪かった点ですが、それ以外は良かったです。また利用したいと思います。
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Mar 18, 2015
ふうちゃん
JP
4.0 / 5Excellent
"sejour à tokyo de 3 jours"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
hotel idéalement situé proche de la station de metro naporri... à tokyo et en même temps dans un quatier très calme et agréable..
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Feb 23, 2015
jmarc
FR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"地点不太好"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
位置不太好, 如拿重行李,從地鉄去要走很多石级, 很困難. 回程時店主提議坐巴士直達上野駅, 較方便
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip Feb 8, 2015
A Traveler
HK
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"5일 숙박하는 동안은 정말 만족했습니다."
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
혼자서 간 여행이었는데 객실도 혼자쓰기엔 충분히 넓었고 주인 아주머니도 친절하셨습니다. 아마 다음 도쿄여행때도 이용하지 않을까 싶습니다. 정말 만족합니다~
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night trip Jan 31, 2015
이진우
KR
3.0 / 5Good
"交通方便的飯店"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
飯店太小,比四星級飯店還貴,信用卡刷卡,限制種類,不太方便入住,住習慣大飯店,時間太沖促,臨時訂房價錢貴,房間與浴室都太小,這次東京與京都11天住宿最差,又最貴比五星級飯店還貴,
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Feb 3, 2015
shengling
TW
4.0 / 5Excellent
"5 días en Tokio con mi familia."
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Lo mejor de este hotel es la hubicacion, el personal es muy amable y pueden entenderte en inglés aunque el tuyo no sea muy bueno, la habitación cumple las necesidades, sólo algo pequeña pero esta muy bien considerando que es un Ryokan. Ideal como un hotel para dormir y el resto del día andar turisteando. Yo lo recomendaría ampliamente por su precio y su hubicacion.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Nov 20, 2014
Edgar
MX
4.0 / 5Excellent
"一流"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
環境清幽,交通便利。享受日本小區生活係不錯選擇。
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Nov 3, 2014
King To
HK
4.0 / 5Excellent
"쓸만한 위치, 쓸만한 가격"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
여관형태를 띄고 있으나 좁은건 어쩔수 없는듯. 위치는 닛포리역에서 가깝다고 하기보다는 센다기역에 가깝고, 내부는 괜찮았음. 단점이라면, 호텔스닷컴에는 흡연방으로 예약하였으나, 전체 금연룸으로 바뀐지 오래.. 미리 공지를 하던가 업데이트가 필요한듯.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Sep 27, 2014
kwan ho
KR
3.0 / 5Good
"가격대비 안락하지 못함"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    1.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
원래 할인가격이라고 해서 10만원 근처였는데 부가세 및 아이추가에 따라 13만원 가까이 나왔다. 원래 가격보다 30%나 추가된가격이라 솔직히 이돈주고 자야되나 싶었지만 그냥 숙소에 머무르기로 했다. 숙소에 지내면서 느낀점은 덥다는것이다. 2층에서 지내다 보니 주위가 가로막혀 다소 덥다는 느낌을 많이 받아 에어컨을 틀고잤는데 에어컨 사용으로 인해 건조함때문에 목이 아파왔다. 아이가 추가됐음에도 2인 BED를 제공하여 잠자리 또한 편안하지 않았던 내용이었다. 지리적인 위치만 좋았던 내용임.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Sep 8, 2014
A Traveler
KR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"훌륭한 서비스 친절한 주인"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
주인 아주머니가 아주 친절하게 모든것을 알려주셨음. 닛포리 역에서 많이 멀지 않고, 주변의 아기자기한 시장이 재미있음. 4인실을 이용하였는데, 매우 깨끗하고, 샤워기의 수압이 매우 세서 만족함. 다만, 에어컨이 신통치 않아서 저녁시간에 약간 더웠음, 그러나 밤새 켜놓고 자니 새벽녘에는 살짝 추운정도. 전반적으로 매우 추천
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night trip with friends Aug 2, 2014
A Traveler
KR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"지낼만한곳^^"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
시설이나 청결상태는 괜찬은데...중문이 없어서...쫌 그랬네요 ㅎ
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Apr 4, 2014
A Traveler
KR
3.0 / 5Good
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Feb 15, 2015
Jia Wen
AS
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
1 night romance trip Apr 4, 2015
atsuo
JP
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night family trip Feb 6, 2015
A Traveler
TW
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night trip with friends Oct 19, 2014
KWOK WA
HK
3.0 / 5Good
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night business trip Aug 5, 2014
A Traveler
JP
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
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3 night trip with friends Jun 30, 2014
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TripAdvisor reviews for Annex Katsutaro

Overall rating:Based on 262 traveler reviews

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Overall Rating
"Good choice in good location"
06/18/15 mzunguobama
Japanese style rooms with private bath, a/c, refrigerator, free internet in excellent area that is close to metro stops and easy walk to Ueno Park and museums (and also to Narita airport). I agree with the praise of others. Women on staff spoke excellent English and were friendly and helpful. Men more businesslike but still helpful. Wish they offered Japanese breakfast. (Strange incident that I chalk up more to "different Japanese ways" than anything serious but left me puzzled. I asked for some help and staff needed to make a local phone call and asked me for coins for make the call! Never encountered that before. Did they not have a regular phone behind the desk?) Overall, strongly recommend. Immediate area is interesting in a quieter way than busier areas of Tokyo. Walk (or quick bus) to Ueno Park and Tokyo National Museum and many, many temples on the way. Usually took metro which is just a 3-minute walk away, and there is also a bus stop right outside the hotel which goes to Asakusa. I stayed 9 nights (in two different segments) and was very pleased. Tokyo has so much to offer and this was a great base for exploring the city.
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"helpful staff and spotless rooms"
06/03/15 laura v Calgary, Canada
very comfortable and convenient stay, staff were kind and spoke very good english, location is right next to the Yanaka Ginza which had lots of good restaurants and cute shops and easy access to the subway, the room was small but spotless and had a western style ensuite toilet, they also have laundry facilities and bikes for rental, free wifi was a nice addition
Overall Rating
"Very pleasant stay"
05/09/15 Anne C Sydney, Australia
This is a modern building, but the rooms are traditional and a really good size, with a big bathroom which was a nice change. The rooms were warm and comfortable and very peaceful and quiet. This was our last stay in Japan and it was really nice to have a couple of quieter days exploring this area before we went home. The subway is a two minute walk away and there are plenty of interesting and quaint laneways and shops nearby. There are a few eating places in the nearby laneways - not as many as in other areas, but still no difficulty in finding somewhere for dinner. Ueno park is also close by and well worth a visit. It is really easy to get to Narita from here too - an easy walk to Nippori station to catch the train to Narita.
Overall Rating
"Comfortable accommodation in nice location"
05/06/15 roberts_lj Melbourne
The Annex Katsutaro isn't a ryokan but more a small hotel with Japanese style tatami rooms. The rooms are comfortable and include bathrooms. The location is really nice amongst the lane ways of Yanaka, although it can be hard to find dinner in this location if you're not Japanese. Best of all the Annex was super quiet, there was no street noise and no noise from other guests.
Overall Rating
"Very helpful staff"
03/30/15 Melissa B
Nice rooms and friendly staff. The staff at the front desk when we checked in was very helpful and gave us a map and directions to nearby restaurants and attractions. Convenient location near the train station and Ueno Park. Would stay there again.
Overall Rating
"Decent stay but doesn't live up to other reviews"
03/01/15 Carla G Hong Kong, China
The best part of this hotel is its location, which is: - in a lovely residential area with a good weekend market, some lovely shops and a pretty university campus - well connected to the rest of Tokyo with both the Tokyo subway and JR station close by - a direct train trip to Narita Aiport from the Nippori JR Station which is a 7min walk away (the main reason we chose it) The hotel itself doesn't have a lot of charm, being a square block with quite a few rooms and an extremely tired looking lobby decorated with what looked like used dorm room furniture. The breakfast looked pretty abysmal (they only serve a standard Western breakfast of sausage, eggs, toast, etc), so we took ourselves off to a nearby coffee shop which was fine but not stellar. The staff was quite variable, from lovely to grumpy. Overall, it was a good option for the price but not a clear winner.
Overall Rating
"Very good ryokan"
01/26/15 BenjaminSchulte Cologne, Germany
For me as someone who traveled alone, this ryokan had everything I really needed: - Air-Conditioner - own bathroom with toilet and shower - towels, hair-dryer, free tea - very quiet - many more The ryokan was very easy accessible from Narita airport by Skyliner. It is near to two different stations which allows to access places like Shibuya, Harajuku, Akihabara, Ikebukero, etc. without even changing the train one time. The staff was very friendly and helped me a lot. Everything was very clean. I recommended this place to everyone who stays in Japan.
Overall Rating
"Comfy hotel in a nice neighborhood"
11/29/14 Aki_07 Singapore
Stayed here 2 nights with my bf in our 2nd part of Tokyo trip. A nice elderly gentleman helped me with my luggage. Mind you, it's not common for a Japanese man to offer that. Location is far from JR Nippori station, the one you need to take to go Shinjuku and Ikebukuro - 15mins walk. The good - it is 7 stations from Ikebukuro and costs only 170¥ per trip. It will be double if u travel to Shinjuku. In Japan, the train fare is high so if you book a cheap lodging but far away from city area like Ikebukuro and Shinjuku, you'll end up spending more on transportation. So factor in this when choosing your hotel. Room is big for Tokyo standard, clean and quiet. DIY laundry is 200¥. Toilet seat is not heated. Mini fridge, laundry hanger, big traditional cabinet and basic amenities are provided. No breakfast. Lots of touristy shops nearby, eateries, bars, convenience stores, toiletries/drug shop and two small supermarkets. I'd recommend you shop at Ikebukuro where there are huge department stores like Seibu, Tobu and Lumine. You can spend 2 days there as it has everything Shinjuku has, no need to travel so far. WiFi was not always stable. Would I recommend this hotel? Yes if you like comfort and the novelty of a traditional Japanese room. No, if you are on a budget and don't mind smaller but cheaper hotels closer to Shinjuku. So it depends what you want and where you want to go. Just for your comparison - we paid 21,600¥ for two nights here and paid 29,500¥ for three nights at Sakura Hatagaya - very convenient but very small room.
Overall Rating
"Recomended"
11/27/14 Sara F Como, Lombardia, Italy
Very good, cheap and comfortable ryokan. Located very close to both Tokyo Subway and Nippori JR station. Rooms are clean, private and silent. We only had problems with the wi-fi connection (the password on the sheet they gave us was not correct it seems, and the connection was laggy and jumpy overall), but that was a minor issue for us. Recomended
Overall Rating
"Best place to stay in Japan"
11/17/14 Hannahlrobertson_11 Melbourne, Australia
I've stayed here twice - once in 2009 and again in Nov 2014. I still think it's the best place to stay in Japan. From the airport, it's an easy 36 minutes to Nippori station by Skyliner. To get to Annex Katsutaro, you walk through a beautiful old village where there's plenty of treats for you to eat or take home. There's a charming little Japanese sweets shop down the road and a beautiful coffee shop just a few doors down from the Ryokan. The room itself is always clean, quiet and spacious with tea and coffee supplied. The hosts speak great English and are always eager to help. It's best to email ahead with your arrival time. I emailed the manager beforehand to warn him of our 9am arrival time after a gruelling 10 hour flight. He did his absolute best to give us an early check in, and when we arrived we only had to wait 20 minutes for the room to be ready! [he told us though "no promises" so please don't be disappointed if he can't accommodate, he means well] The manager gives you a map with local shops and restaurants in the area which is really handy. The Nippori station is on the Yamanote line which is the JR line you'll be using most if sightseeing (Harajuku, Shinjuku and Akihabara are all on this line). All in all, an excellent stay - the best Ryokan I've stayed in Japan.
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