Translated by Jelena Kitamura
Sukeroku No Yado SADACHIYO In Asakusa: Travel Back In Time To Edo
Written by Hiromasa Uematsu
Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO is a ryokan in Asakusa that was built in order to let the visitors from all over the world witness the "real Japan". What sets this ryokan apart from other Japanese-style facilities is their long tradition over the years.
Asakusa keeps much of its Edo (*1) charm still in the day, which makes it quite a peculiar part of the city of Tokyo. As you can sense Japanese charms, or the “wa”, in almost every corner of it, starting from Asakusa Temple to the Nakamise Shopping Street, it is widely visited by many tourists who wish to encounter this still very present Japanese traditional culture in person.
For that sole reason, there are plenty of lodging facilities that can provide with a lovely staying space for the numerous visitors, and they can choose one to their liking in accordance with their budget and preferences. This time we have decided to present one of those numerous lodging facilities: a ryokan which can provide its guests with the very essence of traditional Japanese aesthetics and culture.
The name of the facility is Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO.
*1 Edo: the former name of Tokyo.
It takes only 10 minutes to walk from Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station here, and the distinctive sign that you’re getting close should be the lovely greenery of the willow trees nearby.
It will be hard to miss with white-painted walls and a tiled roof, paper lanterns, and rickshaw cars – these quite distinctive architectural points and objects welcome you in style. It truly brings forth the Japanese traditional looks we hear and read about in stories and movies. Welcome to Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO!
This extraordinarily traditional building does leave quite an impression in the midst of a modern-looking city and attracts the attention of people even here in Asakusa. Even today there were passengers stopping in front of Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO – to admire its traditional aura and to take a commemorative picture with it in the background.
Take a Look Inside a Very “Japanese”-Style Room
Now, let us take you to one of the lodging facility’s rooms. The first thing to notice is that all of the rooms available at Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO are Japanese-style traditional rooms.
This is the so-called igumi ichiban room, large enough for three to five people to stay at the same time. You’ll notice tokonoma and chabudai (Japanese-style low table), as well as shoji doors as part of the interior design of the room, giving off that almost historical atmosphere.
Here is a room called igumi niban. Although it is a somewhat compact version of the igumi ichiban room, the Japanese vibe portrayed is fills up the room.
Another great trait of the rooms in this facility is that there is a private bathroom with the Western-style toilet built in each of them.
The price for renting a room depends on various conditions – the day of your preferred stay and the number of the lodgers per room, as well as whether you’d like a meal (breakfast or dinner) to be included in the services during your stay.
For example, should you choose a weekday (other than the day before a holiday), and igumi ichiban for your room, and decide to stay there in a group of three, the price for the room should be 8200 yen per person (24,600 yen after tax in total). If you’d like a Japanese-style breakfast during your stay, it will cost you another 1500 yen. Of course, you can ask about your choices in more detail, and arrange your reservation appropriately when making the reservation inquiry.
Speaking of the meals in the ryokan, whether you have dinner or breakfast, it is usually not served in your room, but in the banquet hall so all of the guests to the ryokan enjoy a meal together.
Another important piece of information is that smoking is allowed in all of the rooms of the ryokan. However, if you’d be put off by the smell of the tobacco in your room, don’t forget to make a request to the ryokan when placing your reservation for them to fully air out and clean the air and tatami of any lingering tobacco odor beforehand.
Two Large Public Baths to Soothe Your Travel Fatigue
We have already mentioned the private bathrooms in each of the room in the facility, but other than that, all guests have a chance to relax in style in two large public baths of the ryokan. It is said that soaking your body in a large, open space filled with hot, steamy water is a very Japanese way of rejuvenating your body and soul, and therefore one of the charming benefits of the Japanese culture. It would be a shame to miss the opportunity to experience that kind of relaxation so characteristic of the Japanese, don’t you think?
Sakuragayu Bath – with Hinoki Cypress Aroma Drifting in the Air
The first bathroom is called Sakuragayu. This wonderful large bathtub is entirely made out of the hinoki cypress wood, thought to be the most extravagant material in Japan, which makes the experience all the more luxurious and grandiose. With the steam enveloping the room and the distinctive cypress aroma filling in the air, you certainly won’t be able to forget this most comfortable and relaxing bathing of your life.
The Stone Gofukunoyu Bath
The other large bathroom strikes a different image and atmosphere, as it is all stone – the so-called Gofukunoyu. The stone bath makes it a whole new bathing experience, with its refreshingly cold and hard surface – you can compare the two and see which one is your cup of tea.
Now, it is very important to learn about the etiquette surrounding public bathrooms in Japan. The rules, such as “entering the bath only after you’ve cleaned your body properly”, or “wiping yourself dry after the bath and before entering the changing room”, and others, make the whole soaking and relaxing time all the more enjoyable for everyone, including yourself.
If you’re unsure whether you’ve got them all memorized and checked, you can always read about them from the panel written in English, hanging in the changing room.
Discover the World of Traditional Handicrafts at Jishotei
On the first floor of Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO, there is a special lounge with Japanese traditional artwork displayed inside, such as the traditional dolls, pottery, and other. You can learn more about these magnificent art forms from the past and the present times while taking a break in this lounge.
It is said that this lodging facility, Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO, was built in order to show the visitors from other countries what the “real Japan” is like. Although there are many facilities designed to resemble “very Japanese” architecture and interior design all over the country, this facility takes it to another level with its image and successful services as a traditional Japanese ryokan and has maintained a high reputation for many years now.
Visitors from other countries might find some of the peculiarities of a ryokan to be new and surprising, and something they have never experienced before, but that also is a part of experiencing Japanese traditions and culture. Leave it Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO to show you the charms of the real Japan during your next stay in Japan.
Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 2-20-1
Hours: Check-in: 16:00-22:00; Check-out: until 10:00
Accepted Credit Cards: VISA, MASTER, AMEX, JCB
Languages: Japanese, English
Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English (instruction pamphlet)
Nearest Station: Tawaramachi Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Asakusa Station of Toei Subway Asakusa Line, Asakusa Station of Tsukuba Express (TX)
Access: an 8 minute walk from Tawaramachi Station; a 10 minute walk from Asakusa Station of Toei Subway Asakusa Line; a 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station of Tsukuba Express
Price: from 8200 yen up to 22,800 yen (depending on the number of guests and the course taken)
Website: Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO