"tradition, price and location"
I stayed at the Ryokan Katsutaro for 3 nights in July 2014, and really liked. It's a great experience of Japanese traditional life, the price is very good, rooms are large and clean, and the location is convenient: a quiet neighborhood with a metro station at 5 min walking distance and a large hub (with direct connection to the airport) at 15 min. Very […] close to the ryokan are a park, temples, museums, restaurants and a convenience store. You can visit all this by renting the cheap bicycles offered by the hotel. Free WiFi in the rooms, and two PCs available for use, with internet and printer. The only problem is if you want to have some nightlife, because there is none in the neighborhood, and the metro stops at midnight. No breakfast is offered, and the whole place is a bit run down. Overall, I definitely recommend this ryokan. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lovely place close to the Ueno zoo and museums"
This is a beautiful ryokan tucked away from the bustle and noise of the city. Walking distance to zoo and museums. Everything we could have needed was provided at this quaint Japanese style hotel. We loved the experience!Genuine Expedia guest review
If you are looking to 'live' like a Japanese, Ryokan Katsutaro is the place for you. It is furnished like a typical Japanese home with futons for beds and tatami flooring. It was very comfortable and cosy which makes it good for families. It is located about 15mins walk away from the very well connected Ueno station.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful ryokan in a great location!"
This ryokan was a great find! It was clean and had a lot of room in the room we were staying in. The futon was super soft and comfortable and there was air con and heating. The staff were super helpful and friendly! The ryokan is located between two stations and is very close to the Ueno zoo, a temple and a giant street full of shops is only a 3 minute […] walk away! Yet it was quiet and very homely! Only one stop away from akihabara! This hotel was a great place to stay while exploring tokyo and I would gladly stay there again and again. If you are going to Tokyo and want a very reasonably priced ryokan that is clean with a lot of room plus the traditional Japanese feel this ryokan is perfect! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Clean and Confortable."
Nice, traditional japaneses style hotel. Staff is very helpful. Room is clean.Genuine Expedia guest review
Cozy clean ta ta mi while the sink in the bathroom isn't working well. Served by a nice old lady who is the owner although only speaks Japanese. Closed to the bus stop 18 and Nezu metro station in Chiyoda line. There is a short cut to the station opposite the bus stop. Around 700 Yen by taxi from Keisei Ueno Station where you can catch the sky liner […] to NRT airport. All in all then, it is a nice place to stay within the budget. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"For a Ryokan quite roomy"
quiet, excellent location for Ueno museum-goers. Kimono provided, very clean, good air (ability to open windows). No idea if the price was good or not: it seemed very reasonable for the location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
雖然從地鐵走到旅館可能需要個10分鐘，但走走看看也不錯Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice traditional Japanese Ryokan"
We slept one night there. it is located in a quiet neighboorhood near Ueno Park.Genuine Expedia guest review
Nice hotel but far from train station. The room is big and clean.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"근처 환경이 좋았던 료칸"
료칸이어서 호텔보다는 프라이베잇한 면에서는 많이 떨어지지만 편하고 조용하고 일단 잠이 잘오는 분위기가 좋았습니다. 근처에 유명한 장어덮밥집, 야키토리집, 또한 공원등이 있어 정말 좋았네요!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
좋은 분위기였습니다. 다만 전철에서 도보로 조금 거리가 있어 짐을 들고 다니기에 다소 불편함이 있었습니다.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
個室のドアを開けると玄関があるのが嬉しい。 畳の間、少し深めの風呂、気持ち良い敷布団、掛け布団。 心配りが感じられる、旅館の方達の応対。 今回の日本の旅の最後の数泊、家族共々、旅館の良さをを知るよい経験になりました。 根津、上野周辺の散歩も手軽で、新しいものと伝統的なものの調和を楽しむ事が出来ました。Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Como en casa, cómodo, muy tranquilo y apacible."
El señor a cargo fue muy amable y cálido, nos dió un mapa y nos indicó la forma de llegar al metro y el autobus que podíamos tomar y el precio del mismo, fue muy claro e ncluso nos permitió hacer check in a la 1 :30 de la tarde, sin siquiera pedirselo él nos dijo de inmediáto que estaba bien.!! Buena experiencia.Genuine Expedia guest review
"hôtel idéal pour les familles"
Hôtel traditionnel super. La dame de l'hôtel et l'homme qui l'aide sont très sympas et souriants, ils parlent un peu anglais, nous ont aidé à monter les bagages à l'étage ... et ont offert des Mikado à mon fils ... lol La chambre familiale était très propre, les futons étaient très confortables et la pièce très grande, comme la salle d'eau avec une […] baignoire et l'eau chaude sans soucis. Des taxis passent souvent devant l'hôtel, mais prévoir quand même une adresse ou un plan détaillé car les taxis se sont perdus à l'aller et ont confondu avec un autre Ryokan. L'hôtel est situé à seulement quelques minutes de la station de train (le skyliner qui va à Narita, le tgv local) et juste derrière le Zoo de Ouéno qui est génial (y'a un ours polaire !) Le rapport qualité prix de l'hôtel est largement correcte, malheuresement y'a pas de ptit dèj, mais en face se trouve une épicerie où vous trouverez de quoi vous faire plaisir. Skyliner = 25 euros aller zoo = environ 10 euros, gratuit jusqu'à 12 ans Le Tokyon Dome city = le tokyo dome c'est le stade de baseball et le tokyo dome city c'est un parc d'attraction de fou, surtout Osobono, un parc pour jeunes enfants à 10 euros la journée : à faire si vous avez des tous ptits (c'est Ikea mais avec des jouets) Le taxi ne coûte pas très cher, on peu payer en CB (contrairement à beaucoup d'autres endroits :-( Une dizaine d'euros pour aller de la gare à l'hôtel ou jusqu'au Tokyo Dome Nous avons voyagé avec un enfant de 3 ans et un autre de 6 mois Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
03/26/14 JayJay_TheJetPlane Melbourne, Australia
This ryokan was very cute and quaint! It was very reasonably priced and it had great services. The traditional Japanese room we stayed in was huge and, thus, we had heaps of room for our luggage and buys. It is in a GREAT location! There are two stations that are in a reasonable walking distance, ueno and nezu. It is right next to a public bath (sento) as well as some gorgeous temples! The ueno park is right near by and is beautiful especially if you go during cherry blossom season. From ueno station you are only 5 minutes by train away from akihabara and nippori! And about 10 minutes away from shibuya and tokyo! There is a convenience store right across the road and around the corner is a giant super market as well as streets full of shops! Food wise there is a lot to choose from if you go down the street next to ueno station as well as around the corner from the ryokan on the way to nezu station. There is also a post office and 7/11 around the corner ( near nezu station ) where you can withdraw cash from an international card. The staff were very kind and helpful! They had lots of brochures and maps and when we arrived the staff explained what was close by that may be of interest to us! We stayed here for a week and had no complaints at all! It was a wonderful place to experience tokyo especially considering that it was so cheap for the quality!
"Great balance quality/price, very good location!"
03/09/14 JoyofRome Roma
Tokyo is a very noisy city and we loved to stay in this ryokan in Ueno area, surrounded by a beautiful park but close enough to a very central metro station. The ryokan is exactely as you expect: simple, authentical, and funtional. It's a super efficient location if you're not too pretenciuos and you're not looking for a fancy spot. The owner very kindly accepted to keep our bags for a couple of days when we were in Kyoto. If we can suggest, just pay a little more attention to the dust in the room that was anyway very clean when we arrived.
"All you need"
01/08/14 Matt W Melbourne, Australia
I stayed at Ryokan Katsutaro twice in Jan 2011 and can fully recommend it. It was easy to find and only a 10min walk from Ueno station along a single road. The staff were very pleasant, the rooms were clean and comfortable. The accommodation is pretty standard ryokan and not set at a high level, but was more than you would need. I will be staying there again on future trips to Tokyo.
"Friendly quiet place in the middel of Tokio"
12/13/13 Martijn D Maastricht, The Netherlands
The perfect place to stay after a long flight. Conveniently situated near Uneo park - one of the sights to see - and a short walk from the station. They have clean, Japanese style rooms. Ours had a small, but sufficient bath. Good value considering normal prices in Tokio!
"Nice budget accommodation conveniently"
09/14/13 torontodog Mississauga, Canada
Stayed as a couple for three nights. Conveniently located a 15 walk from busy Ueno station.... With multiple subway lines, commuter lines and the Skyliner express to the airport, staying anywhere near Ueno is a great idea. A convenience store is located directly across the street. The owner was very friendly, offering an explanation of area amenities on a nice big colour map. Our room was modest and cleanaand large. Water pressure was excellent. Walls are very thin so bring ear plugs in case you have loud neighbours Wifi signal was strong in our room which we very much appreciated. No breakfast but walking to Ueno station presents lots of options. Would stay here again
"When good enough is good enough"
09/08/13 Wanderlust7342 HCMC
There's nothing particularly wrong with being average and this ryokan is average. Walking in, you are greeted by a friendly, pleasant and accomodating owner (who lives and has his office on a step-up from the ground floor). In the lobby area, there is a long table, chairs and two computers for internet access. Access to the rooms upstairs is via a pretty steep set of stairs (if you have large luggage, you are in for a bit of a challenge). I stayed in a single without bath on the 2nd floor so I can only comment on that experience. The room was adequate in terms of size and had a smallish LCD TV (which was pretty cool, even though it is strictly Japanese programming). There was also a booklet containing advice and a JR Rail timetable). There was a nice sized closet for hanging clothes. Outside, there was a large sink (seemed more suited to a restaurant kitchen) where one brushed their teeth and/or shaved. There is a washer/dryer combo (washer is 300 yen, dryer free). There is no Japanese bath but a very roomy, western-style shower with shampoo and body wash pumps built into the wall. Just the opposite is true for the toilet though; it was a somewhat claustrophobic closet with a heated toilet seat that, given the bathroom's size, turned the room into a bit of a sauna (still can't figure out why one needs a heated seat in the summer, but whatever...). As far as ambiance, the ryokan has none; it's strictly functional. Additionally, it is somewhat worn at the heel - renovation of all the common areas is clearly needed. Great room rates sometimes come at a cost... I do have one issue regarding cleanliness. And it might have been me... but I'm not too sure of that but when I woke and had a chance to see the futon fully exposed, the sheeting seemed rather dirty (and not of the extended period of use kind, the not washed or not washed very well kind). I also observed that, when cleaning other rooms, the gentleman did not bring out sheeting from any of the rooms. Not changing the sheeting every day during an extended stay is one thing, offering anything other than a sparkling white bed set to newly arrived customers. is another. If any others notice this, include it in the write-up as the owner needs to be called out on something like this if it is the case. All in all, an adequate place (although I'm not sure I'd do an extended stay there personally speaking).
"Cozy & peaceful, great location, authentic ryokan"
06/18/13 Monica D Washington DC, District of Columbia
My fiance and I stay here for 1 night in July 2012. We wanted something centrally located, clean, authentically Japanese and fairly priced. We definitely got everything we wanted! The hotel was about a 10 minutes walk to the Ueno subway station and very clean. The woman running the ryokan was very nice. It was a very peaceful stay and the room seemed extremely clean. We would definitely stay there again--great price for the area!
"Cosy ryokan in a peaceful area located near Ueno Park"
06/01/13 E3lipse Singapore, Singapore
Location might be a 15min from Ueno station, requiring you to walk through Ueno Park and along the zoo. We were lost initially but found the Ryokan after some effort. First impression of the ryokan was that it was really small but the room was great! Spacious with ensuite that was clean and wasn't reeking of smells or any sign of leakages. Air con worked perfectly, staff was very friendly. A convenience store located right opposite if you want to save some money by eating in. Definitely choose Katsutaro if I intend to stay around Ueno in future. Price is a little steep though.
"Very good place, very convenient and cheap to stay in Tokyo"
05/29/13 Racal24 Brussels, Belgium
Pros: location is central. Easy to reach from various subway stations. Rooms are big, clean and comfortable, same for bathroom. Cheaper than a hotel. The only minor downfall is that it's not a real traditional ryokan (compared to what we experienced at ryokans in Kyoto and Nara), but more of a guesthouse. But still, it's a very convenient and cheap place to stay in Tokyo.
"Good ryokan in very nice neighborhood"
04/07/13 Kdo83 Shenzhen, China
I stayed there 4 nights in early February. For my first visit to Japan I wanted to stay in a traditional Japanese inn, and I wasn't disappointed. The rooms were very nice, with tatami and futon beds, and quite a lot of space. Our room didn't have private bath (some do I think), but the shared facilities were nice and clean. The only drawback was the heating - thermal insulation of the room wasn't great (rice paper windows...) and the portable gas stove, although it warms up the room in a couple of minutes, felt a bit stuffy at times. The best for the end: the location. It is at the entrance of the adorable neighborhood of Yanaka, with it village atmosphere, its small shops and tortuous streets, the small buddhist cemeteries tucked between houses, etc. It is also reasonably convenient to explore the rest of Tokyo as well (15 minutes by foot to Ueno JR station, or 10 minutes to Nezu metro, slightly less convenient).
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