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Hotel Yamayuri
2-19-5 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Location is key at Hotel Yamayuri. Only three minutes from Ueno Station, this is an excellent choice for a Shitamachi (downtown or low town) base. With Ueno Park and its myriad museums, plus the shopping mecca of Ameyoko at your fingertips, you might not even need to leave the immediate area for a few of your sightseeing days. And of course, once you do jump on the train, you’re already on the Yamanote Line – all of Tokyo’s major sights and stops are only a few minutes away on the loop line.

276270_15022212120025511397The hotel itself is clean and functional, if not fancy. Western (with beds) and Japanese (with futons on tatami) style rooms are available, and computers can be used on the first floor free of charge. They’ll also lend you a LAN cable if you want to connect in your room. And unlike some of the other budget hotels, all rooms come with en suite bath and shower. However, as seems to be a trend with some of the cheaper, privately owned hotel, there is a “locked door” period – here from 12:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., so be sure to let the staff know if you plan to stay out later or leave earlier than those times.