Tap into a neighbourhood feel at Asakusa Kokonokurabu Hotel, a happening hub of hospitality, theatre and events that also just happens to be a play to stay. Read on for the full review.
You’ll notice Asakusa Kokonokurabu (formerly Wired Hotel Asakusa) is a little different from the minute you enter. One wall is dominated by a gathering of tickets to take for your personalised 1 Mile Guide Book, spanning restaurant and sightseeing suggestions in the immediate area. Staff are enthusiastic at recommending events held on level two’s theatre, which can hold 100, or which rare sake to pair with your meal at the on-site restaurant. Our advice? Take theirs.
Where is Asakusa Kokonokurabu?
The hotel prides itself on its location in a quieter corner of Tokyo — the low-rise ward of Asakusa, in the city’s relative north. From Narita International Airport, you can reach the hotel in a little over an hour by car.
What’s near Asakusa Kokonokurabu?
The fire red Sensō-ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, is a mere three minute walk from the hotel. Ueno Park and its sprinkle of museums, including the Tokyo National and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museums, is a near-straight 25-minute stroll down Shinso-Dori. Asakusa Station is also nearby (12 minutes on foot) with metro connections all over the city.
Avoid the dormitory room types and opt for Superior Class, which deliver incredibly spacious (and not just by Japanese standards) retreats with balconies, comfy beds and desk spaces, lined with large loft-esque windows. Dressed in slate greys and accented by leather lounging chairs, some rooms seem as though plucked from Manhattan rather than Tokyo. The bathrooms are generous, too, with sizable soaking tubs and all rooms are inclusive of comfy yukata-style pyjamas.
Restaurants and bars
Zakbaran is the hotel’s exceptional on-site eatery, serving simple, precise and seasonally-sensitive meals at all times of the day. The salmon breakfast is a much-talked-about highlight and the sake happy hour is another favourite: the restaurant specialises in sake and proudly pours some of the country’s lesser-known types.
Travel for work
You’ll want to opt for a Superior room type to make remote working happen here or, take a seat at the restaurant and type away while sipping on a matcha.
There’s no on-site gym to speak of but the hotel does have rentable bikes for ¥1500 a day.
What you need to know
Forget tatami: mattresses here are Duxiana, one of the world’s most comfortable luxury bedding brands.
Best for: Local immersion
Number of rooms: 27
Rates: From $226
Parking: Not available
Address: 2-chōme-16-2 Asakusa, Taito City
Phone: +81 3 5830 6533
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