|Guests per Room||Daily Rate|
|3 or more||¥3500/person|
Tama Ryokan is a Japanese inn in Shinjuku, Tokyo, providing basic accommodation for travelers on a budget. It is about 3 minutes walk from the Yamanote line and literally seconds from the Tozai metro. It is also convenient to the Internet - we have a customer lounge with one desktop computer for free e-mail and web browsing, and WiFi throughout the hotel.
The Takadanobaba neighborhood offers a splendid variety of cuisine: Indian, Thai, Italian, French, Cambodian, Nepali, Burmese, and others, including Japanese, of course, with some cheap lunch-special prices. See Tokyo Food Pages for more details than we can possibly supply.
Other neighborhood attractions include a movie theater (not too
common in Tokyo), and an English-language bookstore, the
There are also several hangouts popular with the
a mixed British/Japanese-style pub with a good food and drink selection, no cover charge, and good live music,
and Ben's Cafe, a New
York-style cafe and bistro, with free internet access, and board games on Sundays, including chess and Go.
Tama Ryokan has six rooms:
All of these rooms except Ikkai are on the second floor, and there
is no elevator; if you have trouble with stairs, we may have trouble
By clicking here you can see a number of train routes for reaching our hotel from Narita airport.
Fast, comfortable, but a little pricey: take the Limousine Bus, whose ticket counter is the first you'll see when you emerge from customs at Narita, and transfer at Shinjuku station to the JR Yamanote line. We're two stops from Shinjuku station, in the direction of Ikebukuro. The bus tickets will be 3000 yen per person.
Take the JR Yamanote line to Takadanobaba station. Exit the main ticket gate (away from Shinjuku, toward Ikebukuro) and turn right. Leaving the station, you will see monolithic Big Box to your immediate right, an avenue (Waseda-doori) to your left, traffic lights in front of you. Go several blocks down Waseda-doori, and turn right at Starbucks. In just a few steps, you'll see a sign that says "Old Japanese Inn" at about eye-level. Our door is just to the right of that sign.
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.
To make a reservation, send us e-mail at email@example.com. (You can also call us, but please consider the time of day in Tokyo before doing so.) In your e-mail, provide the following information:
We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, or wish to book a room, e-mail me: Michael Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For general inquiries about travel in Japan, Schauwecker's Guide to Japan is an indispensable web resource. For longer stays (months and even years) check out The Wind Site.