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Reviewed 6 February 2019

I didn't want to spend a fortune for a several-night stay in Tokyo, but I also wanted a very comfortable, upper-scale hotel with an onsen. Your options are cheap, location or your amenity wish list-- rarely can you get all 3. The Nippon Seinenkan was one of the few that checked all the boxes.

Upon arrival, for whatever reason we were advised that our hotel room had been upgraded-- which is something for this part of the world. Tokyo is known for small hotel rooms, and we had a suite, with separate toilet area, separate shower and walk-in closet, in addition to the twin beds for my brother and I. Lots of space! And being a new hotel, it was designed for the digital world with ample outlets and USB ports. The beds were comfortable, robot multi-function toilet is standard, the room was quiet, and we overlooked the baseball stadium across the street. I'm not a baseball fan, but it was still a pleasant view. If you ARE a baseball fan, then this hotel needs to be on your 'must stay' list if you can get a room during the season.

The Nippon Seinenkan seems to want to cater to the international traveler, while still maintaining a bit of local tradition, but these values are sometimes not in sync. For instance, their onsen was a huge draw for me, but they do not allow people with tattoos into the facility, so my brother had to stay out. We were aware of the tattoo stigma in Japan going in, but figured a more progressive hotel would at least allow someone to cover their tattoos, or offer a limited time each day for its use so as not to offend the more conservative guests. Also, despite the modern design and features of the hotel, it was quite a process to rent a movie. You have to purchase (cash only) a key card from a machine hidden somewhere on each floor, then head back to your room where you complete the order by entering nuclear codes to unlock the movie. In a world of Netflix and VOD, this system seems really archaic. Finally, despite being a more upscale facility, your only laundry option is do-it-yourself coin machines. This was just fine with us, but I could see others expecting a laundry/dry cleaning service.

The Nippon Seinenkan is in a very mediocre location with regard to subway access. It's a 1/3-1/2 mile walk to the nearest subway station, and this station isn't really on any main routes, so you always have to swap trains after a stop or two. This made getting back and forth to the hotel more time-consuming than we wished. That said, it is situated in a higher-end part of town, which is away from the madness of Shinjuku yet still close enough to take an Uber if you wanted to skip the subway altogether.

Otherwise, aside from the aforementioned baseball, there's not a lot to do or see in the area immediately around the hotel. There are two restaurants within the building to choose from (both mid-tier price) along with a Family Mart (basically a convenience store) so we never had to worry about snacks or minor needs.

Minor complaints aside, the hotel is very clean, modern and a great value for central Tokyo. The staff was very pleasant and incredibly helpful the few times we had questions (many spoke English). I would absolutely stay here again, and recommend it if you're okay with subway access that's a bit further than other hotels.

Room tip: Remove your tattoos prior to entering the onsen.
Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank ChaosTheory
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Reviewed 29 January 2019

A nice hotel with a fantastic view on a clear day. Good service and a readably good English-speaking staff. A little bit off but easy to reach with subway (Ginza line). Close to Olympic stadium, to be, and other sports stadiums.

Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank 298magnusk
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Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

The Hotel is about 9-11mins walk to Gaiammae Stn which is the closest line connecting you to other parts of Tokyo.

Abt 6mins walk to food places which opens past 7pm. It is also nearby to 2 supermarkets 7-8mins walk.

Shake Shack about 16-18mins stroll. There isn’t a shortcut that cuts through the stadium.

There is a kids play area Nikoniko Park about 30mins stroll. Kids and adults both chargeable.

Hotel Staff are prompt and helpful. Most are able to converse in English well 4/5. TV channels (not sure if Satellite TV) but all in Japanese there aren’t any dual language or subtitles.

Likewise for the VOD at ¥1000 only for 24hrs and less than a handful are in English.

I booked the Superior Double Room but was given an upgrade but I’m unsure what the upgrade was. It is small and cramp/squeezy for 2 small built asians and we had to give way to one another if we wanted to walk past.

Easy to get taxi outside the hotel. A rough gauge on the cost to take a taxi to Tokyo station which is about 12-14mins away will cost you easily ¥3000.

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank SereneHerms
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Reviewed 17 January 2019

Stayed for 10 nights over the new year period. Location for hotel is good. A mere 10-15mins walk to Harajuku.
Gainmmae Metro station is a 5min walk from hotel. Family Mart is right smack at the entrance level of the hotel.
Staff were helpful and friendly , room was cleaned daily and toiletries was also replaced daily.

Overall was a very pleasant stay .

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank MuhammadFadhlyJ
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Reviewed 4 January 2019

After staying at the Celestine Tokyo Shiba (which we loved) we were quite disappointed with this hotel. Though the location is reasonably good being just a few stops from Shibuya and Harajuku, the Superior Twin rooms that we booked were quite claustrophobic and tiny. The pictures on the website make it look like there is room for a couple of chairs and a table but we did not have that (we only had one chair). We paid about $300 for this tiny room and it was definitely not good value.

Breakfast was an additional (2700 yen) and we paid for that the first day however it was shocking for that price. When the fruit runs out it is not replaced, there are no individually cooked eggs, the "hot" food is room temperature, there is no toaster and the bread is stale. Much of the food in general did not look appetising and was not replaced when it ran out.

A very annoying thing was the toilet light. If you go into the bathroom in the middle of the night, the toilet flushes and the light comes on. Though you can unplug the toilet to stop the toilet flushing, you can't stop the toilet room light from coming on!

The positives were that the view is quite good, the beds (though hard) are actually very comfortable. Also you can open a vent in the window so fresh air comes in (a nice thought!).

I see this as a very expensive basic hotel. I would not recommend staying here unless you got a deal on a Superior Large Twin room and you didn't need breakfast.

Room tip: Don't book the Superior Twin room as it isn't good value. Also forget the breakfast.
Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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