Experience Japan’s ancient warrior culture in a Samurai hotel
Source : tourist-note.com
Samurai are synonymous with Japanese culture and now you can experience a taste of what these fearless warriors were like in one of Tokyo’s Samurai-themed hotels. Featuring Samurai-inspired decorations and artworks, here are three hotels offering affordable and atmospheric accommodation.
1. Sengoku Hatago
Decorated to create a Samurai atmosphere, this ryokan-style accommodation offers affordable and comfortable dormitory rooms. There are separate areas for males and females and designated bathrooms equipped with everything you need.
Sengoku Hatago is within a short stroll of traditional izakaya (Japanese-style pubs), as well as public bath houses known as sentou. It strives to be a community-oriented hotel where guests can get a taste of the Sumida lifestyle and feel at one with the local residents.
The famous Senso-ji Temple and observation tower at Tokyo Skytree are around 30 minutes’ walk away and the ryokan is within easy access of the Tokyo National Museum, the Asakusa Shrine and the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
Price: From 1,500 JPY for a dormitory bed
Website (Japanese only)
Address: 4-41-1, Higashimukojima, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo 131-0032
2. Khaosan Tokyo Samurai
With a samurai-inspired theme throughout the hostel, this high-quality “flashpackers” is ideal for those who want a vibrant atmosphere and are willing to spend a little bit more. It’s located in the ever-popular area of Taito-ku, which has managed to maintain some of its traditional neighborhoods while still offering plenty of modern facilities.
The hostel features a comfortable common area that has been designed like a traditional Japanese tatami room and there are fantastic views of the iconic Tokyo Skytree observation tower. It’s within easy access of many of Tokyo’s biggest sights, including Ueno Park and the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa.
Price: From 2,900 JPY for a standard 20-bed dorm and 3,200 JPY for a deluxe 20-bed dorm
Address: 3-16-10, NishiAsakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0035
3. SAMURAIS HOSTEL Ikebukuro
Themed around samurai as well as art and travel, this vibrant hostel is designed as a place where local Japanese and visiting tourists can connect in the shared lounge. Artistic murals and traditional Japanese armor adorn the common spaces and rooms, with many designed like historic Japanese castles.
The air-conditioned dormitory rooms feature 12 rooms with curtains for privacy, and there are twin rooms designed around “Matsu”, “Fuji” and “Ninja” with futon-style beds. The family rooms accommodate up to four people and come with individual toilets and en suite bathrooms, as well as hair dryers, kettles and fridges. There is also a toaster, microwave and shared fridge in the public space for those wanting to self-cater.
Price: From 2,111 JPY in a dormitory
Address: 3-52-12, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0014
Written by Pippa
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