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Tama Ryokan

Address: 1-25-33 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Average rating: 93%
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Tama Ryokan

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Tama Ryokan has eight rooms. Half of them are in Japanese style -- i.e., with tatami flooring and shoji (paper screen) doors. Except for one western-style room used for solo travelers, only futons are used for bedding. There is air-conditioning and heating in all of the rooms. Note that the website names /rooms/, not /types/ of rooms. The ryokan is not a large hotel. It is a family business.

We have free WiFi. We do not have a curfew.

Some facilities are shared - there is a bath/shower area on the first floor, and one toilet on each floor.

Some of the building dates from the immediate post-WW II, and is mostly wooden. It faces out onto a small and not very busy parking lot across a narrow (one-car) lane with little traffic. There can be some street noise from a bar up the lane, on weekend nights, from crowds of students leaving nearby restaurants. If you are sensitive to noise when trying to sleep at night, please tell us so that we can, if possible, arrange a quieter room.

Room Details:
Ichigo - Usually a solo-traveler room, not Japanese style, but with a lockable door, good air-con, small window, regular bed.

Matsu - This room is slightly larger than Kame, and gets more indirect sunlight. It can accommodate one couple (one double size futon) or two single futons comfortably.It can accommodate 3 single futons in a pinch

Kame - This is a small room, but it is our prettiest one. It can accommodate one couple (one double size futon) comfortably. With two single size futons, the space is manageable with the futons folded and stacked, but only if you donnt have much l

Hachi-jo - This is our largest room. (Hachi-jo is, literally;eight tatami mats.) It can accommodate three single size futons, or two double size futons, pretty easily, and has taken up to 5 - a tight squeeze.

Tsuru - This room is slightly smaller than Kame, and has no oshire (closet for bedding storage). It gets the morning sun. Its in a corner of the building, so its fairly quiet (except for some foot traffic in the lane outside)

Mutsumi - This is a small room, not Japanese style. It can accommodate one couple (one double size futon) comfortably. With two single size futons, the space is manageable with the futons folded and stacked, but only if you do not have much luggage

Ikkai - This room is in the back of the ryokan, in a corner, making it one of our quieter rooms. It is not Japanese style but is otherwise nicely appointed. It is conveniently close to the ground floor toilet and shower room.

Located Near

Takadanobaba is a student district. It features eating and entertainment geared for that market -- prices are reasonable. A number of good places are open all night. It is also a good jumping-off point for touring Tokyo - the Yamanote loop, the Seibu-Shinjuku line, and the Tozai subway all run through it. The neighborhood is a good introduction to a vibrant city: busy, intriguing, fashionable but not overwhelming.


  • - WiFi
  • - Not Included
Internet Access:
  • - Free of Charge
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning - Tea/Coffee Facilities
- Luggage Storage
Things To Note
Payment Terms Payment should be in cash, when you arrive. For larger amounts, we can wait a day or two to allow you to find the best way to arrange for exchange to yen. For larger parties during busier seasons, we might require a deposit a week or two in advance, via PayPal. If you arrive and find we are overbooked, we will arrange for other accommodations and will pay the difference in price. If for any reason you find staying at Tama Ryokan unsatisfactory, we are willing to negotiate a discount. However, this provision does not extend to cover dissatisfaction over any inadequacies that have been explained on our website. Inform yourself about what Tama Ryokan does and does not offer before booking a room with us, and inquire by e-mail in advance if you have any questions. If you must leave earlier than planned because of an emergency, we will refund the balance. When credit card charging is available, cancellation up to a week before arrival will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Same-day cancellation (or no-show) will be charged at 100%, or the cost of your first three nights, whichever is smaller. Until we can charge your credit card, however, we must rely on the honor system. Please don't reserve with us unless you intend to stay. We are a very small inn, and we don't require a deposit. Please don't make a reservation unless you are serious about staying with us. The rooms do not have attached toilets or bathing facilities. See below for details. We have two toilets. One is on the second floor. The other is shared with another family business on the first floor; please observe the hours posted on its door. Bath is ofuro style - shower and a hot tub. I.e., if you want to use the bathtub, you must soap up and shower off before getting into the tub. Heating the bathwater requires some preparation and understanding of the controls. Most guests just use the shower. There is also a sento, Sakura-yu, about 3 minutes walk from here, open most evenings. Know the rules before you go. Note that their sauna carries an extra charge. This is a family residence first, a ryokan second. If you are at all unsure whether you are crossing some boundary into family-only time and/or territory, please ask first. Our check-in time is 3pm. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage. We just can't promise rooms being ready to sleep in before 3pm. Our checkout time is noon. Unlike more traditional ryokan, we do not provide you with yukata (robes for sleeping, bathing, walking around the house.) We have cats. If you are allergic, this might be a problem. We try to keep them out of the rooms. We do not cook meals for guests. There is a refrigerator for guest use on the second floor. We have a payphone. Use of the FAX and of the business phone for long-distance calls is at the discretion of the managers. We have tatami (rice-straw mat) rooms. Wheeled luggage should not be rolled across it. Leave your slippers outside the sliding doors, please. We do not have laundry facilities for guest use, though we make exceptions for emergencies; note that there is no dryer in any case. There is, however, a laundromat about 1 minute walk from our door.

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