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Hostel Review: My Stay at the ‘Hotel Tomariya Ueno’ (Tokyo)

A comfortable capsule hostel right in the heart of Ueno.
Front entrance of the Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo

Hotel Tomariya Ueno is a capsule hostel located in Ueno area (a good 5-10 minutes walk from Ueno station), making it a nice central homebase for those wanting to be near Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree, Ginza, Tsukiji, Akihabara, and Ueno areas but at the same time be not too far from the happenings in Shibuya and Shinjuku (since Ueno station has direct connections to these two major tourist areas).

I chose to stay at this hostel because not only is it centrally located, it’s really inexpensive enough at US$27 or ¥4,067 per night when I placed the booking at Booking.com (to get to this price, you gotta plan when to book as prices can go up) – very inexpensive considering that some capsule hostels can skyrocket up to US$100 or more for a night in Tokyo if you don’t plan enough.

Plus, Hotel Tomariya Ueno had great pictures and positive reviews, making my decision to book way easier – and I wasn’t disappointed. Let me share with you my experience staying at this hostel and hopefully answer any questions you may have to help you decide if this is the right accommodation for you.

Read more: All fired up and ready to see all the popular places in Tokyo? The unlimited-ride Tokyo Subway Ticket may be perfect to you – check out my blog post on the ultimate guide to the Tokyo Subway Ticket.

The lobby of Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Inside the lobby of Hotel Tomariya Ueno: calm and cozy.

Hotel Tomariya Ueno: The Details

  • Address: 4-20-4 Higashi Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015, Japan
  • Phone number: +81 3-5830-7997
  • Email: airbnb.uenohotel@gmail.com
  • Website: https://www.tomariya-ueno.com/
  • To book: via Booking.com
  • Front desk operating hours: 8AM to 11PM daily. The reception and main entrance closes at 11PM, so make sure to keep your access PIN with you so that you can still enter the hostel beyond 11PM.

The Hotel Tomariya Ueno is a good 5 to 10-minute walk from Ueno Station of JR or Tokyo Metro’s Ginza and Hibiya Lines. I like that there’s a 7-eleven and a Family Mart nearby which I found very convenient. Although the immediate area of the hostel itself is very quiet and neighborhood-like, it’s safe and not very far from the happenings and there’s a lot to do in the area including the iconic Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho) that’s a popular spot for shopping, street food, and nightlife. There’s also the Ueno Park where the Ueno Zoo and Tokyo National Museum is at, among many other popular spots in the park.

The Keisei-Ueno station is nearby as well – this is where you can take the Keisei Skyliner which takes you directly from Keisei-Ueno station to Narita Airport.

Check this out: I’ve written this Tokyo Hotel Guide where I provide practical tips to consider before booking a hotel room in Tokyo – make sure to check this first to help you save on time, money, and comfort.

Check-in and Check-out

At first I had reservations about this hostel because they sent me an email confirmation with the rules in it such as the ‘self check-in’ process (I actually thought no one would be there to guide me and that I was left on my own to check-in and that noone would be there to ask any questions I had) as well as the check-in and check-out times and how the front desk and lobby closes at a certain time, giving the impression that this hostel wasn’t really a place where one can relax. 😛

However all my anxieties vanished when I arrived at the hostel and there was a gracious reception attendant that guided guests on the ‘self check-in’ tablets and was actually pretty chill when talking about the house rules and was very friendly to speak with and approachable.

Their official check-in time is between 3PM to 11PM and the actual check-in process was very smooth. At the front desk there are multiple tablets where guests can “self check-in”. The reception attendant cannot check guests in, but can they help people out with the navigation on the tablet which was very user friendly anyway – if you check in very late you’re on your own though as reception is not 24/7.

The front desk at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Self check-in and check-out is available at the front desk.

To check-in just tap on one of the tablets and it will guide you through the entire check-in process. You have to fill out your “check-in ID” which the hostel will send to you in advance by email, as well as your name, address, contact details and you also have to show your passport to the tablet’s camera to get a snapshot of it.

Once done with the check-in the tablet will show you your floor, room door number, capsule number as well as the PIN code to the locked areas (limited to the room door of the floor where you will be staying) as well as the password to the side entrance  of the hostel (so you can enter the hostel beyond 11PM). Make sure to write down or take a photo of the access PIN and password so that you can still enter the hostel after they close the main entrance at 11PM (main entrance is closed from 11PM to 8AM).

The check-out process was a no brainer as well – just don’t forget that the check-out should be 10AM or before that, or you may be charged additional fees (more on this in the FAQ section below). For me it was quick and easy – I just had to scan the check-out QR code at the lobby, enter my name and capsule number, then that’s it. Easy peasy.

Customer Service

For a 2-star capsule hotel, I’d say their customer service is good. They only had one reception member present at the lobby at any given time during business hours (they’re not present 24/7), and they seem to have a different reception attendant for each day. Though the attendants were different each day, they were all super friendly and ready to answer any questions that I had. They all spoke English as well so there’s nothing that’s lost in translation.

Lobby and Amenities

The lobby area was spacious enough and was designed so that functional nooks and corners like the sofas and the mini dining table had a dedicated space that just worked well with the Japanese-style design of the interiors. The lobby had tatami seats too, that’s perfectly in line with the overall aesthetic. Everything just felt new and so clean. I really like what they did with the interiors by giving it a semi-industrial design but still true to the Japanese concept of art.

The lobby of the Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
The lobby just gives that cozy, homey vibe to me. It’s also cool to see how they played with modern-industrial and traditional Japanese art in its interiors.

Although it’s a budget hostel and there were other people lounging in the lobby, the first floor lobby area was very calm and quiet each time I was there. For me it felt very relaxing as it was spacious and it had a neighborly, homey vibe.

There’s a single toilet room and a spacious luggage storage and laundry area that fits three washers and three dryers (more info on the laundry machines at the FAQ below) at the back of the reception desk, and there was a free water dispenser with paper cups, a mini fridge, a hot water thermos, and a microwave oven too just by the mini dining table. There’s also a small notepad, a pen, and a scotch tape by the mini fridge so that you can label your food items if you need to keep ’em cool in the fridge.

The laundry and luggage storage room at the Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Inside the laundry and luggage storage room just behind the front desk.

There were two vending machines by the entrance to the lobby that serves hot and cold drinks, and there was an umbrella rack as well that has a generous number of umbrella which everyone can use for free which I found very helpful when it rained.

Free umbrellas for use by guests at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Free umbrellas to use by guests.. How thoughtful of them 🙂

Aside from the free WiFi throughout the hostel (of course they had it), you can also get these individually wrapped items at the lobby for free: shampoo, conditioner, razor, hair brush, hair tie, and ear plugs in case you have a heavy snorer of a neighbor. You can also borrow a clothing iron at the reception, in case you need one.

Vending machine serving hot and cold drinks at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
A vending machine serving hot and cold drinks at the ready inside the lobby.

In case you forgot to pack these essentials or if you chose to travel light without these, you can also get the following items at the lobby for a small fee: bath towel (¥200), face towel ¥100), towel set (¥300), slippers (¥50), and toothbrush (¥100).

Room and Bed

So in each floor of the hostel is one dormitory-type room – some floors are male-only and some floors are female-only. As I entered the dormitory room assigned to me, I found it very spacious and it didn’t smell weird or anything.

The capsule beds at the dormroom in Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo

Right as I entered the access PIN code to the room I found the dedicated luggage storage area as well as the cabinets for the shoes, and then there was a door to the showers which was equally spacious with 3 private shower stalls, 3 private toilets with all the cool features you’d want in a Japanese toilet, and 4 individual sinks. There were free shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in each shower cubicle, and in the sink area they had ear buds, tissue paper, hair dryer at the ready which was very useful (no need to bring your own hair dryer). It was very generous of them that they had luggage storage, shoe storage, showers, and toilets in each dormitory room (each floor) because in a lot of other hostels you will need to go take the elevator to another floor just to take a shower or get something from your luggage, which is very inconvenient so kudos to Hotel Tomariya Ueno for keeping it hassle free for its guests.

The shower, toilet, and sink area at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
The bathrooms complete with individual sinks and blow drier, private shower rooms, and private toilets.

It was dim and cool inside the dormitory room and it was very quiet although there were people inside each capsule. Each capsule has its own privacy shutter by the way, so that people walking by cannot see inside.

Although a bit cramped as expected, it was very comfortable inside my capsule. There already was a large towel, a large pillow that was very soft, and a thick blanket on top of the bed as I went in and explored this little space of mine. They did not provide any lounge wear, so you need to bring them along with you.

Tip: Request for the bottom bunk when booking because having the bottom bunk just gives you the extra space and comfort. You can request this at the front desk when checking-in (if available), or better yet request for it at the “Special Requests” section in your online booking. In my case, they honored my request via Booking.com. 🙂

Inside the capsule bed room at the Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo

In each capsule they had a wall socket for charging (2 power plug sockets and 2 USB sockets), a reading light, a clothes hanger, and a mini locker that’s just big enough to keep your phone, wallet, passport, and other small valuables – just note that you have to set up a PIN to use this so just make sure not to forget your PIN.

All in all Hotel Tomariya Ueno is a great place to stay at and gives a lot of bang for your buck. Customer service is good and the facilities as well as the capsule bed is very good for a 2-star hostel. Everything just works, and you won’t have any issue as long as you follow the house rules – in short just don’t forget your PIN or don’t miss the check-in and check-out times and you will have no problem at all. 😉

It’s location is very near the train station and popular tourist spot, so it was nice having a clean and very comfortable little place to stay at at the end of a tiring day. It was definitely an enjoyable stay for me.

Pros of staying at Hotel Tomariya Ueno

  • Very good, central location – walking distance to Ueno Station, Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho), Ueno Park, Keisei-Ueno Station, and many more popular tourist spots in Ueno area.
  • Price per night is very reasonable and very cost effective.
  • They have laundry and drier machines for guests to use.
  • Multiple shower room and toilets available in each floor. No need to jump up and down floors when you need to pee or shower as is the case with a lot of other hostels.
  • They’re generous with the number of private shower rooms and private toilets in each floor – meaning there’s a lesser chance that there will be a queue to the showers.
  • They’re very generous with the number of available charging sockets in each capsule at 2 power plug sockets and USB sockets per capsule bed, making sure you’ll never run out of juice.
  • You can store your luggage and shoes in the same room, so you don’t have to go to the lobby or to another floor just to get stuff from your luggage.
Modern Japanese-style private toilet at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Sitting on these clean, warm and cozy toilet seats at the Hotel Tomariya Ueno is a ‘pro’ in its own.

Cons of staying at Hotel Tomariya Ueno

  • If you want to be very near Shibuya or Shinjuku area and spend most of the time in these two areas (til nighttime), this may not be it. It takes around 25 to 35 minutes by train to get to these locations from Ueno, and you will have to go back home to your Ueno homebase earlier if you don’t want to miss the trains.
  • No dedicated locker for luggage – now this is petty because you can have your luggage with you in the dedicated luggage area inside your room, however for those who want the safety of a locker space, they don’t have it at this hostel. (Note: they do actually have mini lockers in each capsule, but it’s just enough to fit your wallet, phone, passport, and other small things.

Read more: Haven’t figured out yet how to get yourself from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo? Check out my blog post on the most practical transport options from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I cancel my reservation?

Depends if you picked the refundable option during. In my case I picked the non-refundable which makes it non-cancellablle.

2. Can I change the dates of my booking?

Yes, for refundable bookings only. If you picked the refundable option, you can simply cancel your booking and book for another date.

3. What if I arrive late for check-in? Can I check in much later at night?

Since staff is not available 24/7, as much as possible try to check in before 11PM. If you expect to arrive much later (after 11PM), contact them to let them know – they accept late check-in from 11PM -12 midnight only for an additional ¥1,000 late check-in fee. Note that they close completely by 12 midnight and do not accept any check-in after that, so make sure to plan ahead.

4. Can I do late check-out?

They do not accept late check-out after the check-out time (on or before 10AM) has passed. If you really need to, be sure to notify them to request a late check-out before 10:00 am. You will be charged an additional ¥1,000 for a late check-out between 11AM to 12NN. If you check out beyond 12NN, you will be charged for one night’s accommodation fee.

5. Can they store my luggage before check-in or after check-out?

Yes, you can have them store your luggage before check-in or after check-out for a minimal fee of ¥200. They can store your luggage only during the day of yout check-in or check-out (Only until 11PM. Again note that they close at 11PM so make sure not to miss this or you might not be able to claim your bags until the next day).

6. What are the accepted payment methods?

They accept cash, credit cards, Paypay, and transportation IC payments (Pasmo/Suica).

7. Do they provide lounge wear?

They don’t provide lounge wear to guests. They also don’t have lounge wear for rent or for sale.

8. Is laundry available?

Fortunately, it’s a big YES! 🙂 Laundry (¥300 / 30 minutes) and drier machines (¥100 / 30 minutes) are available at the back of the lobby (behind the front desk) 24/7. Laundry soap and softener already included. Just make sure to have sufficient coins on hand as the machines accept only ¥100 coins.

9. Do they serve free breakfast?

They don’t serve free breakfast. They also do not sell breakfast food, so it’s a good thing there’s a 7-eleven and a Family Mart nearby. You’re free to bring in food at the lobby to enjoy.

10. Do they have parking available?

For those with car rentals, note that Hotel Tomariya Ueno doesn’t have any parking available. There are nearby coin-operated Times parking slots, though.

11. Do they have a smoking area?

Yes they have. Smoking area is at the rooftop only. Smoking is prohibited in all other areas of the hostel.

12. Do they impose a curfew?

No, they don’t impose a curfew. Although the reception and entrance are closed from 11PM to 8AM, you can still enter the hostel during these times by entering via the side door (door beside the main entrance) using the password given to you during check-in).

13. Anything else I need to know?

They have a “vomiting fee” of ¥10,000 in their house rules. 😛

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Hostel Review: My Stay at the ‘Hotel Tomariya Ueno’ (Tokyo)

A comfortable capsule hostel right in the heart of Ueno.

Hotel Tomariya Ueno is a capsule hostel located in Ueno area (a good 5-10 minutes walk from Ueno station), making it a nice central homebase for those wanting to be near Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree, Ginza, Tsukiji, Akihabara, and Ueno areas but at the same time be not too far from the happenings in Shibuya and Shinjuku (since Ueno station has direct connections to these two major tourist areas).

I chose to stay at this hostel because not only is it centrally located, it’s really inexpensive enough at US$27 or ¥4,067 per night when I placed the booking at Booking.com (to get to this price, you gotta plan when to book as prices can go up) – very inexpensive considering that some capsule hostels can skyrocket up to US$100 or more for a night in Tokyo if you don’t plan enough.

Plus, Hotel Tomariya Ueno had great pictures and positive reviews, making my decision to book way easier – and I wasn’t disappointed. Let me share with you my experience staying at this hostel and hopefully answer any questions you may have to help you decide if this is the right accommodation for you.

Read more: All fired up and ready to see all the popular places in Tokyo? The unlimited-ride Tokyo Subway Ticket may be perfect to you – check out my blog post on the ultimate guide to the Tokyo Subway Ticket.

The lobby of Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Inside the lobby of Hotel Tomariya Ueno: calm and cozy.

Hotel Tomariya Ueno: The Details

  • Address: 4-20-4 Higashi Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015, Japan
  • Phone number: +81 3-5830-7997
  • Email: airbnb.uenohotel@gmail.com
  • Website: https://www.tomariya-ueno.com/
  • To book: via Booking.com
  • Front desk operating hours: 8AM to 11PM daily. The reception and main entrance closes at 11PM, so make sure to keep your access PIN with you so that you can still enter the hostel beyond 11PM.

The Hotel Tomariya Ueno is a good 5 to 10-minute walk from Ueno Station of JR or Tokyo Metro’s Ginza and Hibiya Lines. I like that there’s a 7-eleven and a Family Mart nearby which I found very convenient. Although the immediate area of the hostel itself is very quiet and neighborhood-like, it’s safe and not very far from the happenings and there’s a lot to do in the area including the iconic Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho) that’s a popular spot for shopping, street food, and nightlife. There’s also the Ueno Park where the Ueno Zoo and Tokyo National Museum is at, among many other popular spots in the park.

The Keisei-Ueno station is nearby as well – this is where you can take the Keisei Skyliner which takes you directly from Keisei-Ueno station to Narita Airport.

Check this out: I’ve written this Tokyo Hotel Guide where I provide practical tips to consider before booking a hotel room in Tokyo – make sure to check this first to help you save on time, money, and comfort.

Check-in and Check-out

At first I had reservations about this hostel because they sent me an email confirmation with the rules in it such as the ‘self check-in’ process (I actually thought no one would be there to guide me and that I was left on my own to check-in and that noone would be there to ask any questions I had) as well as the check-in and check-out times and how the front desk and lobby closes at a certain time, giving the impression that this hostel wasn’t really a place where one can relax. 😛

However all my anxieties vanished when I arrived at the hostel and there was a gracious reception attendant that guided guests on the ‘self check-in’ tablets and was actually pretty chill when talking about the house rules and was very friendly to speak with and approachable.

Their official check-in time is between 3PM to 11PM and the actual check-in process was very smooth. At the front desk there are multiple tablets where guests can “self check-in”. The reception attendant cannot check guests in, but can they help people out with the navigation on the tablet which was very user friendly anyway – if you check in very late you’re on your own though as reception is not 24/7.

The front desk at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Self check-in and check-out is available at the front desk.

To check-in just tap on one of the tablets and it will guide you through the entire check-in process. You have to fill out your “check-in ID” which the hostel will send to you in advance by email, as well as your name, address, contact details and you also have to show your passport to the tablet’s camera to get a snapshot of it.

Once done with the check-in the tablet will show you your floor, room door number, capsule number as well as the PIN code to the locked areas (limited to the room door of the floor where you will be staying) as well as the password to the side entrance  of the hostel (so you can enter the hostel beyond 11PM). Make sure to write down or take a photo of the access PIN and password so that you can still enter the hostel after they close the main entrance at 11PM (main entrance is closed from 11PM to 8AM).

The check-out process was a no brainer as well – just don’t forget that the check-out should be 10AM or before that, or you may be charged additional fees (more on this in the FAQ section below). For me it was quick and easy – I just had to scan the check-out QR code at the lobby, enter my name and capsule number, then that’s it. Easy peasy.

Customer Service

For a 2-star capsule hotel, I’d say their customer service is good. They only had one reception member present at the lobby at any given time during business hours (they’re not present 24/7), and they seem to have a different reception attendant for each day. Though the attendants were different each day, they were all super friendly and ready to answer any questions that I had. They all spoke English as well so there’s nothing that’s lost in translation.

Lobby and Amenities

The lobby area was spacious enough and was designed so that functional nooks and corners like the sofas and the mini dining table had a dedicated space that just worked well with the Japanese-style design of the interiors. The lobby had tatami seats too, that’s perfectly in line with the overall aesthetic. Everything just felt new and so clean. I really like what they did with the interiors by giving it a semi-industrial design but still true to the Japanese concept of art.

The lobby of the Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
The lobby just gives that cozy, homey vibe to me. It’s also cool to see how they played with modern-industrial and traditional Japanese art in its interiors.

Although it’s a budget hostel and there were other people lounging in the lobby, the first floor lobby area was very calm and quiet each time I was there. For me it felt very relaxing as it was spacious and it had a neighborly, homey vibe.

There’s a single toilet room and a spacious luggage storage and laundry area that fits three washers and three dryers (more info on the laundry machines at the FAQ below) at the back of the reception desk, and there was a free water dispenser with paper cups, a mini fridge, a hot water thermos, and a microwave oven too just by the mini dining table. There’s also a small notepad, a pen, and a scotch tape by the mini fridge so that you can label your food items if you need to keep ’em cool in the fridge.

The laundry and luggage storage room at the Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Inside the laundry and luggage storage room just behind the front desk.

There were two vending machines by the entrance to the lobby that serves hot and cold drinks, and there was an umbrella rack as well that has a generous number of umbrella which everyone can use for free which I found very helpful when it rained.

Free umbrellas for use by guests at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Free umbrellas to use by guests.. How thoughtful of them 🙂

Aside from the free WiFi throughout the hostel (of course they had it), you can also get these individually wrapped items at the lobby for free: shampoo, conditioner, razor, hair brush, hair tie, and ear plugs in case you have a heavy snorer of a neighbor. You can also borrow a clothing iron at the reception, in case you need one.

Vending machine serving hot and cold drinks at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
A vending machine serving hot and cold drinks at the ready inside the lobby.

In case you forgot to pack these essentials or if you chose to travel light without these, you can also get the following items at the lobby for a small fee: bath towel (¥200), face towel ¥100), towel set (¥300), slippers (¥50), and toothbrush (¥100).

Room and Bed

So in each floor of the hostel is one dormitory-type room – some floors are male-only and some floors are female-only. As I entered the dormitory room assigned to me, I found it very spacious and it didn’t smell weird or anything.

The capsule beds at the dormroom in Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo

Right as I entered the access PIN code to the room I found the dedicated luggage storage area as well as the cabinets for the shoes, and then there was a door to the showers which was equally spacious with 3 private shower stalls, 3 private toilets with all the cool features you’d want in a Japanese toilet, and 4 individual sinks. There were free shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in each shower cubicle, and in the sink area they had ear buds, tissue paper, hair dryer at the ready which was very useful (no need to bring your own hair dryer). It was very generous of them that they had luggage storage, shoe storage, showers, and toilets in each dormitory room (each floor) because in a lot of other hostels you will need to go take the elevator to another floor just to take a shower or get something from your luggage, which is very inconvenient so kudos to Hotel Tomariya Ueno for keeping it hassle free for its guests.

The shower, toilet, and sink area at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
The bathrooms complete with individual sinks and blow drier, private shower rooms, and private toilets.

It was dim and cool inside the dormitory room and it was very quiet although there were people inside each capsule. Each capsule has its own privacy shutter by the way, so that people walking by cannot see inside.

Although a bit cramped as expected, it was very comfortable inside my capsule. There already was a large towel, a large pillow that was very soft, and a thick blanket on top of the bed as I went in and explored this little space of mine. They did not provide any lounge wear, so you need to bring them along with you.

Tip: Request for the bottom bunk when booking because having the bottom bunk just gives you the extra space and comfort. You can request this at the front desk when checking-in (if available), or better yet request for it at the “Special Requests” section in your online booking. In my case, they honored my request via Booking.com. 🙂

Inside the capsule bed room at the Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo

In each capsule they had a wall socket for charging (2 power plug sockets and 2 USB sockets), a reading light, a clothes hanger, and a mini locker that’s just big enough to keep your phone, wallet, passport, and other small valuables – just note that you have to set up a PIN to use this so just make sure not to forget your PIN.

All in all Hotel Tomariya Ueno is a great place to stay at and gives a lot of bang for your buck. Customer service is good and the facilities as well as the capsule bed is very good for a 2-star hostel. Everything just works, and you won’t have any issue as long as you follow the house rules – in short just don’t forget your PIN or don’t miss the check-in and check-out times and you will have no problem at all. 😉

It’s location is very near the train station and popular tourist spot, so it was nice having a clean and very comfortable little place to stay at at the end of a tiring day. It was definitely an enjoyable stay for me.

Pros of staying at Hotel Tomariya Ueno

  • Very good, central location – walking distance to Ueno Station, Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho), Ueno Park, Keisei-Ueno Station, and many more popular tourist spots in Ueno area.
  • Price per night is very reasonable and very cost effective.
  • They have laundry and drier machines for guests to use.
  • Multiple shower room and toilets available in each floor. No need to jump up and down floors when you need to pee or shower as is the case with a lot of other hostels.
  • They’re generous with the number of private shower rooms and private toilets in each floor – meaning there’s a lesser chance that there will be a queue to the showers.
  • They’re very generous with the number of available charging sockets in each capsule at 2 power plug sockets and USB sockets per capsule bed, making sure you’ll never run out of juice.
  • You can store your luggage and shoes in the same room, so you don’t have to go to the lobby or to another floor just to get stuff from your luggage.
Modern Japanese-style private toilet at Hotel Tomariya Ueno in Tokyo
Sitting on these clean, warm and cozy toilet seats at the Hotel Tomariya Ueno is a ‘pro’ in its own.

Cons of staying at Hotel Tomariya Ueno

  • If you want to be very near Shibuya or Shinjuku area and spend most of the time in these two areas (til nighttime), this may not be it. It takes around 25 to 35 minutes by train to get to these locations from Ueno, and you will have to go back home to your Ueno homebase earlier if you don’t want to miss the trains.
  • No dedicated locker for luggage – now this is petty because you can have your luggage with you in the dedicated luggage area inside your room, however for those who want the safety of a locker space, they don’t have it at this hostel. (Note: they do actually have mini lockers in each capsule, but it’s just enough to fit your wallet, phone, passport, and other small things.

Read more: Haven’t figured out yet how to get yourself from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo? Check out my blog post on the most practical transport options from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I cancel my reservation?

Depends if you picked the refundable option during. In my case I picked the non-refundable which makes it non-cancellablle.

2. Can I change the dates of my booking?

Yes, for refundable bookings only. If you picked the refundable option, you can simply cancel your booking and book for another date.

3. What if I arrive late for check-in? Can I check in much later at night?

Since staff is not available 24/7, as much as possible try to check in before 11PM. If you expect to arrive much later (after 11PM), contact them to let them know – they accept late check-in from 11PM -12 midnight only for an additional ¥1,000 late check-in fee. Note that they close completely by 12 midnight and do not accept any check-in after that, so make sure to plan ahead.

4. Can I do late check-out?

They do not accept late check-out after the check-out time (on or before 10AM) has passed. If you really need to, be sure to notify them to request a late check-out before 10:00 am. You will be charged an additional ¥1,000 for a late check-out between 11AM to 12NN. If you check out beyond 12NN, you will be charged for one night’s accommodation fee.

5. Can they store my luggage before check-in or after check-out?

Yes, you can have them store your luggage before check-in or after check-out for a minimal fee of ¥200. They can store your luggage only during the day of yout check-in or check-out (Only until 11PM. Again note that they close at 11PM so make sure not to miss this or you might not be able to claim your bags until the next day).

6. What are the accepted payment methods?

They accept cash, credit cards, Paypay, and transportation IC payments (Pasmo/Suica).

7. Do they provide lounge wear?

They don’t provide lounge wear to guests. They also don’t have lounge wear for rent or for sale.

8. Is laundry available?

Fortunately, it’s a big YES! 🙂 Laundry (¥300 / 30 minutes) and drier machines (¥100 / 30 minutes) are available at the back of the lobby (behind the front desk) 24/7. Laundry soap and softener already included. Just make sure to have sufficient coins on hand as the machines accept only ¥100 coins.

9. Do they serve free breakfast?

They don’t serve free breakfast. They also do not sell breakfast food, so it’s a good thing there’s a 7-eleven and a Family Mart nearby. You’re free to bring in food at the lobby to enjoy.

10. Do they have parking available?

For those with car rentals, note that Hotel Tomariya Ueno doesn’t have any parking available. There are nearby coin-operated Times parking slots, though.

11. Do they have a smoking area?

Yes they have. Smoking area is at the rooftop only. Smoking is prohibited in all other areas of the hostel.

12. Do they impose a curfew?

No, they don’t impose a curfew. Although the reception and entrance are closed from 11PM to 8AM, you can still enter the hostel during these times by entering via the side door (door beside the main entrance) using the password given to you during check-in).

13. Anything else I need to know?

They have a “vomiting fee” of ¥10,000 in their house rules. 😛

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