This is a good choice for travelers who like meeting locals rather than staying in impersonal hotels. It's run by motherly Katou-san, who cheerfully oversees operations, has kimono you can try on for free, and can even arrange lessons in calligraphy (¥1,500/$13/£6.50) and the tea ceremony (¥2,000/$17/£8.50) if you make reservations 3 weeks in advance. It has a cozy communal room, but note that tatami rooms on the second floor are reached by steep stairs. Best of all, it's only a few minutes' walk west of Peace Memorial Park.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Recommended 2010