The hotel is a basic, no frills place. We got a first floor room with 2 double beds. There's a mini fridge (nothing inside, it's just a convenience for you), a hot water pot for tea (coffee is offered in the mornings at the lobby), and hotel kimonos with slippers for each patron. I didn't notice street noise, but then the road outside the window wasn't really built for cars. The beds were firm, but comfortable. For those that like pillow tops or memory foam, it may be considered really hard. They offered flatter or puffy pillows, just ask.
The bathroom is RV compact, but cute. The bathtub was deep, made for soaking while sitting. When you showered, the length of the tub was about as WIDE as my tub at home, so it was pretty tiny. The shower head wasn't adjustable and felt like needles in spots. Hot water was pretty immediate and HOT. Non-disposable shampoo, conditioner, and bath wash liquid was offered, as was disposable toothbrush/toothpaste and razors.
The nice staff also spoke some English.
The location is a 5 min walk to Ueno Station, which means that it's also a 5 min walk to: Ueno Park, Ameyoko Shopping Street, and the shopping markets of Ueno. Because of the Panda Bridge, which is just for pedestrians and goes over a huge traffic area, you didn't have to worry about cars or even a crosswalk. There were at least 5 restaurants in our walking path between the hotel and the station. AND there's also a 24 hr convenience store within 3 minutes of the hotel.
The only thing I wish I would've paid attention to in the other reviews is the spaciousness (or lack thereof). When I say small, I mean small. My wife is 5'3" and she was able to touch both walls. The hotel was centrally located and the area was safe. It was a 5 minute walk to the train station (both the train to get to the airport and the local train routes). If you are traveling by yourself, it's not going to be bad but put another person in the room and I'm sure it will start to become claustrophobic after a day.
I got this hotel because of decent price and location by Ueno station, which made it easy to get to/from airport on the Keisai train, and local travel using the Ginza subway line as well as JR loop line around Tokyo. The bed was a little hard and temperature control spotty. I had to communicate with staff about thermostat not working properly, and they made adjustments then. The most annoying detail is the bathroom with having to step over the floor partition at the door, which is worse in the middle of the night when you forget its there and stub your foot. Otherwise it did the job at my budget level and as a single traveler. It was my first time in Japan but I knew the rooms were small. There is a Lawson convenience store 2 min away and a drink vending machine in the lobby. Also the internet wifi did OK. I would go there again, unless for an extended stay.
This area offers a glimpse of what life was like before the economic boom of the 1970s and 1980s. Neighboring Asakusa, it is best known for the Ameya-yokocho Arcade, a busy market with interesting stalls. Ueno-koen, a sprawling park with monuments, zoo, pagodas, and a pond, is a must-do. Museums and galleries abound in the area.
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