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Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse: A Cozy Inn At Asakusa Kuramae

Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse: A Cozy Inn At Asakusa Kuramae

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Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse: once the residence of carpenters, now a fun, stylish, family-owned guesthouse.

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by YOSHIHITO OSHIMA

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In the Edo period, Asakusa Kuramae was known as an area where many manufacturers resided, and now there are a number of children's toys wholesale stores here. Many stores dealing stationaries, bags, leather goods, and clothing are also drawn to this area. Tokyo Hikari Guesthose is located in a nook of Asakusa Kuramae. It is an adorable inn, a hybrid of the old and modern.

First Floor Public Room: A Renovated Workshop

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The owner of Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse (THG), Mr. Kaneiwa and his family renovated a house formerly owned by a carpenter. The renovation took a year, and there are rooms where you can still feel the presence of the former house. For instance, the public room where the guests gather, used to be a workshop.

The ceiling is four meters high! In this spacious room, the guests can have tea, read books, or chat with the staff and fellow travelers.

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Most of the furniture were handmade by the owner's wife, Yumiko-san, who used to teach art at a junior high school. The table shown in the photograph was made from a sewing table and wood.

The sewing machine is used as an ornament, on the wall of the stairs leading up to the second floor.

Rooms with a Nature-Related Image

The rooms of THG have names that are related to nature, such as kumo [cloud], hare [clear sky], tsuchi [earth], and kaze [wind]. All the rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi.

Let's take a look.

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Photographs: Courtesy of THG

Kaze [wind] Room

This is Kaze, a mixed dormitory type room, and the room charge is 3,200 yen per day for one person. There are four beds in one room.

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Photographs: Courtesy of THG

Tsuchi [earth] Room

Tsuchi is a dormitory type room for women. The charge is 2,800 yen per day for one person, and there are nine beds.

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Photographs: Courtesy of THG

Hare [clear sky] Room

Hare is a room with a bunk bed. The charge is 7,000 yen per day for two people.

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Photographs: Courtesy of THG

Kumo [cloud] Room

This room has two single size beds and one bed in the loft space. The charge is 12,000 yen per day for three people.

All the rooms have a warm atmosphere, and female travellers, regardless of whether they are from Japan or overseas, love them.

The Facilities

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The Washstand

It is a simple and nostalgic design, reminiscent of the 1960s Japan, with charming azure tiles.

 

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Communal Toilet (Western-style)

 

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Communal Shower Room

The shower room is open from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. of the next day. There are no shampoos or soaps, and after 11 p.m., the user has to be careful so as not to disturb the other guests.

Laundry

The charge is 300 yen per use, and the detergent is supplied by the guesthouse.

Enjoy the Home Away from Home Atmosphere at THG

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The adorable handmade furnitures and interior radiates warmth, and the rooms are decorated in a simple, comforting fashion. The owner's family greets the guests with kindness, so the guests can feel settled. It is also easy to reach Senso-ji and Kaminarimon, points of interest when visiting Tokyo, from THG. This guesthouse will surely make your stay at Tokyo more enjoyable.

Information

Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse

Address: 2-1-29, Kuramae, Taito City, Tokyo
Check In: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Check Out: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wi-Fi: Available
Language: Japanese, English
Station: Kuramae station (Toei Oedo Line)
Access: One minute walk from the A0 and A1 exit of the Kuramae station.
Room Charge: From 2,800 yen to 12,000 yen, according to the room type.
Telephone: 03-5829-4694
Official HP: Tokyo Hikari Gusthouse

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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