Tokyo may be a busy city but it doesn’t mean you cannot get yourself accommodated in a peaceful place. Far out of its bustling streets is a traditional ryokan which is located near Tokyo University and Tokyo Dome. It is called “Homeikan” and has existed more than one hundred years. It has also been listed as part of 2000’s Tangible Cultural Properties. This historical ryokan may seem a little bit run down but it has a lot of character and a wonderful atmosphere.
Homeikan is located in a quiet neighborhood which is intended for educational purposes. Due to its tranquility, you don’t really see any entertainment businesses in the area. It used to be a residence during the Meiji Period but was later on renovated into a ryokan. The neighborhood was also a popular living space for some literary masters such as Ichiyo Higuchi, one of the most important prominent female writers of modern times, and Kenji Miyazawa, a Japanese poet and author.
This ryokan consists of two large communal baths, a hot mineral bath, and a private family type bath. Both of these are located in different places. Some of the in-house facilities include the following: conference rooms, banquet rooms, massage service, wake-up call service and vending machines.
There are three types of rooms to choose from with each having its very own carpentry style. These are called Honkan (25 rooms), Daimachi (31 rooms) and Morikawa (33 rooms). Each room has its own television, air-conditioner and safe. You can make a reservation in advance but be sure not to make cancellation as there are penalty charges. Check-in time is 3:00 pm while check-out time is 10:00 am.
If you go to the annex, you will be able to see a beautiful Japanese garden decorated with lanterns which offers a relaxing view from an exhausting travel or activity.
On your next travels, make yourself comfortable at Homeikan to experience the true tranquility of Japanese-style inns. This place is also easily accessible from Narita Airport or from different train stations.