We went to Tokyo for three days and stayed in the charming Yanaka District. This area was a revelation, a wonderful mix of older original businesses with little boutiques and coffee shops .. a little touristy without the hoards.
We stayed at “Annex Katsutaro Ryokan” which at $100 per night was great value.A 2-minute walk from Sendagi Subway Station, Japanese-style hotel Annex Katsutaro Ryokan features rooms with traditional tatami (woven-straw) flooring and free Wi-Fi internet.
The area of Tokyo called Yanaka is famously one of the most quaint and aged parts of the city. It was spared the Allied fire bombings during the WWII and survived the Great Kanto Earthquake and Fire of 1923. In the past, the area was a thriving artisan town housing some of the country’s most famous writers and visual artists.
Today it retains a similar spirit and an afternoon stroll down any of the several side streets that dissect the area south of Nippori Station will attest to the abundance and diversity of craft still being produced in the area: textiles, ink prints, wood carvings, traditional cuisines, stationery, pottery, jewelry, and much more. Anyone visiting Tokyo on a quest for traditional Japan would do well to spend a day in the Yanaka area. There are few other parts of Tokyo with as much to offer as a glimpse into bygone eras.
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