Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: Enjoy Japanese Hospitality in Central Tokyo
Tokyo's Ochanomizu district neighbors Akihabara and is known for its many stylish restaurants and shops. Stay at Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan to enjoy the charm of this central Tokyo area. A former ryokan, Shoryukan is a hotel where you can experience Japanese culture and hospitality.
Ochanomizu, a Stylish District in Central Tokyo
The main gate of Kanda Myojin Shrine. Photo by Pixta
Tokyo's Ochanomizu district neighbors the vibrant Akihabara area. Kanda Myojin Shrine, famous for hosting one of Tokyo's three great shrine festivals, the Kanda Festival, is located here and attracts many visitors year-round.
In addition to the multitude of stylish restaurants and cafes, the streets of Ochanomizu are lined with shops selling musical instruments and sportswear, making this area ideal for outings in the city.
A district where people like to gather, Ochanomizu also has accommodation facilities. If you wish to enjoy the warm hospitality of an accommodation facility imbued with Japanese aesthetics, we recommend staying at Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan.
Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: Discover the Charm of Staying at a Former Ryokan
Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan is located a brief 8-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station. This former ryokan is a traditional hotel that has been around since the 1950s. While the current hotel is a newer building, it boasts a rich history.
The exterior of the hotel is simple and elegant, with a design that uses warm brown wood. Step through the sliding doors and you’ll be welcomed by an encased portable shrine. This shrine is not only for decoration but actually does get taken out during local festivals.
Another prominent feature you'll notice at the entrance is the hotel’s logo. The image of this majestic dragon can be found in several other places throughout the hotel.
Beautiful Rooms for Every Budget
Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan has 42 rooms in total, of which eighteen are western-style rooms. All the rooms have incorporated traditional Japanese aesthetics into their decor. The owners take pride in the long history of this accommodation facility and this is reflected in the overall atmosphere of the hotel.
All the rooms are named after traditional Japanese colors. The usage of these names is not very common these days; staying here is a chance to see and remember this unique color palette.
The Japanese-style rooms are spacious and elegant. They can accommodate up to six people on futon-style beds.
The furniture and decorative items in the rooms have beautiful Japanese patterns. They create a space where you can relax surrounded by traditional Japanese aesthetics.
Some of the Japanese rooms have private hot spring bathtubs located on the balcony, something that is rare in Tokyo. Naturally, these bathing areas are shielded from outside views just as any hot spring facility they can be enjoyed without worries.
The western style rooms are also spacious and elegant, with a apanese ambiance.
Western-style rooms are available in various sizes from double to single rooms. The single rooms are perfect for short stays or remote work in a quiet, relaxing environment.
The variety of rooms serves a variety of visitors. Those who seek the refinement of minimalist Japanese-style lodging are sure to be satisfied.
Breakfast can be enjoyed at the adjacent cafe. The hotel does not offer dinner, but there are plenty of different options to explore around the Ochanomizu area.
Rare in Tokyo! Ryokan-style Bathing Facility
Ryokans often come with hot spring facilities and Shoryukan is no different. The hotel has a gender-segregated bathing area.
Each of the two bathing areas has one large bath; the male bath even offers a sauna! The bath has a jacuzzi function; take your time to enjoy the bliss of a relaxing dip.
After enjoying a hot bath, one can relax in the leisure space. Everything in this area can be used for free.
The bookshelves are filled with manga books and light novels. While they are all in Japanese, it’s fun to even just browse through them.
The comfortable massage chairs are perfect if you wish to enjoying some reading time or simply relax.
If you enjoy your stay in company, how about enjoying a board game? Traditional Go is one of the options available.
Close to the relaxation area, you can find vending machines, a microwave oven, and washing machines. This area is especially useful for guests who want to stay for an extended time.
Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: Fusing Two Worlds
Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan has a special atmosphere that combines Japanese and Western elements. Fusing elements that are specific to traditional ryokans with the features of a modern city hotel, this accommodation facility is quite unique. While there are plenty of business hotels in Tokyo, it is rare to encounter one that gives you the comfort and hospitality of a traditional Japanese ryokan.
While Ochanomizu might be less known than Akihabara, its bustling neighbor, it might be the perfect choice for anyone who enjoys being close to Tokyo's vibrant center.
Written by Chiara Mischke
Sponsored by Japan Ryokan Association Tokyo Branch
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