This is Hinoki no Yu. This bath can hold up to two people at the same time. Hinoki is the Japanese cypress tree. Wood from the Hinoki tree is considered to be a product of the highest quality. When you enter the bath area, you’ll soon notice the lovely fragrance of the Hinoki wood.From the bathtub you get a view of the beautiful Japanese-style garden. This is the first floor lounge where guests can relax and have breakfast, or enjoy one of the ryokan’s complimentary drinks.Right next door is the tourist information corner symbolized by a giant wall map of Japan. From Hokkaido all the way down to Okinawa, there are sightseeing pamphlets for all parts of Japan. While checking the map of Japan, many visitors like to plan the next stage of their trip.Cozy Japanese-Style RoomsRyokan Sawanoya has a total of twelve guest rooms, all Japanese-style. Each guest room comes equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit, a phone, internet access, a hair dryer, a yukata (light kimono-style clothing), towels, and a toothbrush.Next, let’s take a closer look at the different kinds of rooms available.Single Room (for One Guest)This is a single room for one person. It has traditional tatami flooring (above photo) and the room size is measured in terms of the number of tatami mats. In this case, the room has four and a half mats, a typical size for a Japanese-style single room.Though there is a sink in the room, there isn’t a washroom or toilet. On each floor there are separate men’s and women’s toilet facilities, shared by all guests.Each room has a closet and a storage area for a medium-sized suitcase. So you can use the room in a relaxed manner without having to worry about your personal belongings.Twin Room (for Two Guests)This twin room can accommodate two people and it’s six tatami mats in size. Guests have the option of choosing rooms with or without a bath and toilet.Triple Room (for Three Guests) Next is Toki no Yu. Its characteristic feature is a bathtub made from toki, or clay. From this tub you can also take in the beauty of the garden.Inside the bathing area there’s a set of English instructions with illustrations showing the dos and don’ts of bathtub use. So even guests using this kind of bath for the first time, can do so without any worries.Both bathing areas can be locked, so guests can relax and enjoy themselves in private.See also: Bath Culture In Japan: What Every Visitor Should Know Ahead Of TimeSawanoya’s FacilitiesCoin LaundryThe coin laundry room has a washer and dryer with complimentary laundry detergent.Souvenir ShopThis shop is filled with many popular souvenirs and gifts, including yukata (light kimono-style clothing) and postcards featuring Japanese scenery.They also sell hanko, or personal seals, with western names on them. You might even find a hanko with your name on it! If you buy it and take it home with you, this will definitely be something you can proudly show off to your family and friends.RefrigeratorThis fridge is handy for storing the snacks and drinks you bought at the convenience store or supermarket. We recommend clearly writing your name and room number on each item before storing it in the fridge.The Staff Will Welcome You Like Members of the FamilySince Sawanoya is a family run business, anytime you drop in you’ll be warmly greeted by the same staff members. It’s such a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere that when you return back after a busy day of sightseeing, you might even find yourself saying, “I’m home!”In quaint and nostalgic Yanaka, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. For those of you who’d like to spend some quiet, leisurely time here, we highly recommend Ryokan Sawanoya.InformationRyokan SawanoyaAddress: Tokyo, Taito, Yanaka 2-3-11Check-In: 15:00Check-Out: 10:00Wi-Fi: AvailableCredit Card: VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEXLanguages: Japanese, EnglishInformation in Other Languages: YesNearest Station: Nezu Station (Chiyoda Line)Access: 7 minutes on foot from Nezu Station (Chiyoda Line)Cost: Usually 5000-6000 yen, but depends on the room typeTelephone: 03-3822-2251Official Homepage: Ryokan SawanoyaYou May Also Like:Yanaka Matsunoya – Perfect Handmade Tools For Daily LifeEnjoy Treats As You Walk And A Stunning Red Sunset: Yanaka Ginza Shopping StreetEdo-Style Rice Cakes And Sake At Habutae Dango In NipporiThe Ghostly Art Of Zenshoan Temple In Yanaka: August Limited EventShops bring fresh air to new but nostalgic Yanaka Sendagi Tokyo’s Yanaka is an area with a quaint, downtown kind of atmosphere. Here, the streets and homes still retain their historic flavor and there are traditional craft shops specializing in bamboo craftmanship and silverworking.If you venture down one of the narrow side streets you’ll see traditional homes with clay roof tiles (kawara), reminiscent of the good old days of Japan’s Showa period.In this area called Yanaka, there’s a guest house that’s highly popular among international visitors. It’s called Ryokan Sawanoya and it opened for business in 1949.First Floor Lounge – Sightseeing Information on Japan This is a triple room for three people. Same as the twin room, guests can choose a room with or without a bath and toilet. The room in the photo above has a bath and toilet.There’s also a bright and spacious reading corner. Imagine relaxing with your favorite book, as the sunlight comes streaming in through the stained glass window!Each room also has complimentary Japanese green tea service. As you can see in the above photo, there are English instructions available, so even visitors to Japan can easily make their own tea. This is another one of Sawanoya’s thoughtful gestures that make it so comfortable to stay here.A Traditional Tokyo View from Sawanoya’s Third FloorFrom a window on Sawanoya’s third floor, you can see the area’s traditional homes with their clay roof tiles. This kind of view is highly popular with our visitors to Japan. Even today you can see this nostalgic scenery, because Yanaka is an area that has preserved its historic streetscape and atmosphere.A Public Bath of Uncompromising QualityInside Sawanoya, there are two distinctly different public bathing areas. One is called, Hinoki no Yu, and the other is called, Toki no Yu.