Neat places to crash in Tokyo and Kyoto?
January 16, 2017 6:34 PM   Subscribe

Looking for nicely situated botique hotels in Kyoto and Tokyo-- can anyone recommend something that would be memorable w/o breaking the bank?
posted by xmutex to Travel & Transportation around Japan (8 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Both Kyoto and Tokyo are large cities, so where you want to stay, what facilities you need, and how much you want to pay will impact your choices. Tripadvisor is a good resource to cover all of those needs.
posted by xmts at 7:51 PM on January 16, 2017

In Tokyo, we've stayed twice at the Katsutaro Annex Ryokan, in Yanaka neighbourhood (near Nishi Nippori station). Futons on tatami, but western style showers. We liked it a lot, and Yanaka is quaint and relaxing while being an easy subway ride from everything.
posted by heatherlogan at 8:17 PM on January 16, 2017

I have stayed at Katsutaro Ryokan! Not at the annex. I had a lovely tatami room with a soaking tub and I loved the neighborhood. Stay there.
posted by cyndigo at 9:01 PM on January 16, 2017

We loved The Gate Kaminarimon by Hulic in Asakusa.
posted by mdonley at 9:38 PM on January 16, 2017

Granbell Shibuya has a good reputation. Hotel the M Innsomnia in Akasaka is intriguing. Tokyo Stay Aoyama is a great location, although not all that boutiquey. Claska is the boutiquiest spot in town, but a very inconvenient location.
posted by Umami Dearest at 10:23 PM on January 16, 2017

Kyoto - Three Sisters Annex Ryokan
posted by wingless_angel at 1:17 AM on January 17, 2017

I have stayed with my family in a restored Machiya in Kyoto - it was pretty great.

Kyoto Machiya
posted by JPD at 6:23 AM on January 17, 2017

We stayed in Sakura Terrace The Gallery in Kyoto. It's a western-style hotel a short walk from the main train station. There's a small but clean and pleasant sauna room. I'd recommend it highly; it was a good value for the (not very expensive) price.
posted by torridly at 7:32 AM on January 17, 2017

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