Kyukamura Oku-Musashi: A New Hotel 70-Minutes From Ikebukuro Surrounded by Nature

10.July.2018 | SPOT

Kyukamura Oku-Musashi is one of 37 resorts in Japan managed by KYUKAMURA HOTELS. On July 10, the hotel will hold the grand opening of its new building, the Nishikawa Kan.

Since the hotel opening in July 2013, it has held a room occupancy rate of over 85. The new building is being opened to further promote the appeal of the region’s environment to people. Each room in the new building serves to bring nature closer to guests with concept rooms where they can enjoy the woodland, or rooms with an outdoor living area with a view of the trees.

 

The top floor is decked out with a telescope where you can enjoy starry sky parties. There will also be activities arranged to head out into nature, such as going to Koma River just 2-minutes’ walk away to enjoy the clear streams, go to the cafe or get involved in cast net fishing. The hotel is an indoor establishment that invites its guest outside. Prices range from ¥14,500 (1 night 2 meals) at the Nishikawa Kan.

 

Nishikawazai x Tendo Mokko Concept Rooms: Japanese-Modern “Forest”

These concept rooms are designed by Tendo Mokko, a furniture maker in Japan. The rooms are decked out using carefully selected wood from the forest of Nishikawazai. Enjoy gazing out of the window at the forest and feeling at one with the trees.

1st Floor: Japanese-Modern “Yuu” (Play)

All the rooms have similar sized outdoor living areas and are all equipped with different hammocks and benches. You can enjoy a view of the gardens and the forest lining the river.

Top Floor: Japanese-Modern “Sora” (Sky)

These rooms have an open roof balcony so you can lie down and gaze at the stars. And if you ascend to the rooftop you can enjoy sky parties using the telescope provided.

Open Air baths – Smell the 200-Year Old Hinokis

The new open air baths sit next to 200-year-old hinoki cypress trees.

Forest Dining “Sai”

This Japanese style buffet uses ingredients grown naturally in Saitama, such as sweetfish and potatoes grown in the Koma River next to the hotel. All of the tables and chairs are made using wood from Nishikawazai so you can feel the warmth of the lumber.

 

Satoyama Experience

Experience cast net fishing in the Koma River and hear the stories of active huntsman. You can also learn to make a xylaphone from Nishikawazai wood, craft keyrings and more.

Open Cafe in the Middle of the River

Enjoy the cool open cafe by Koma River and play in the water.

Log House River BBQ with Your Dog

Enjoy a BBQ in a cottage by the river where the kingfishers fly. In line with the grand opening, guests are allowed to stay overnight with 1 pet.

 

Get your fill of nature and enjoy a wonderful hotel experience at Kyukamura Oku-Musashi.

 

■Information
Kyukamura Official Website
English: https://www.qkamura.or.jp/en/

Japanese: http://www.qkamura.or.jp/

 

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    Clear Pouch (1 Design): ¥1,500

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    Finally, customers who order a drink will receive one of six possible character coasters.

    Visit the Ojamajo Doremi Cafe&Kitchen this summer to celebrate 20 years since the series first aired.

     

    *All prices listed are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only

    ©Toei Animation

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    29.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

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    My Melody Room: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/225795

    Little Twin Stars Room: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/226958

     

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    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

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    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Several plans have also been added to the room including a breakfast plan as well as a dessert plan from which guests can choose from a Hello Kitty cake or dessert plate. Additionally, not only can guests take home the amenities, but free hotel exclusive Hello Kitty plush toys will be given to each guest for every night they stay there.

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    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    The above-pictured new Hello Kitty princess-themed photo spot has also been introduced to the room. This too is a hotel exclusive featuring an original design. Take your seat on the high heel throne and snap a picture together with the princess herself.

     

    We have finally seen inside all of the new rooms at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama now: the My Melody Room, Little Twin Stars Room and Hello Kitty Room. Each room is littered with references and motifs centred around each of the Sanrio characters. Sanrio fans and overseas tourists alike won’t be able to get enough of the hospitable hotel service and ultra-kawaii spaces. If ever you’re staying in Tokyo, be sure to book a night in.

     

    Writer: Ellie MMN編集部)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo: A Michelin-Recognised Modern Ryokan in Front of Tokyo Station

    28.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The area surrounding Tokyo Station is home to many different types of hotels. One standout location is Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo. This hotel, which featured in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017, renovated 30% of its guest rooms as part of its 10th anniversary. Its concept is a modern-style ryokan (a traditional Japanese in) and it stands just so as the closest to Tokyo Station. Today, we will take a look at the hotel’s design rooms.

    Of its 38 rooms, 33 of them take on a ryokan style design. The rooms are fitted with small tatami flooring spaces where guests must take their shoes off on which sits a small chabudai, a short-legged table, on a raised floor. These elements have a nostalgic quality to them with Japanese guests and an inherently Japanese feel to them for foreign guests.

    The carpet is decorated with a chrysanthemum design in a traditional Japanese dusky purple colour.

    There are also kendama toys, books on Japanese confections and more to elevate that feeling of Japanese culture. There is plenty of space for tired bodies to relax after a long day trip.

    The other 5 rooms are “Office Rooms” made with business workers in mind. They come with a big sofa and whiteboards to create a lounge-type space.

     

    All of the bed mattresses are the highest quality models provided by long-standing bed makers Nishikawa. They aren’t excessively soft which I really liked and ensure a long, deep and natural sleep.

     

    Rooms come with three types of original tea blended by the staff so you can pick whichever caters to your mood that day.

    The feature you must absolutely try however is the hotel’s breakfast. It’s served in a buffet style so there is plenty to choose from with everything from Japanese-style food to Western-style. The buffet is packed with vegetables too so you can get your daily intake nice and early.

     

    All of the new rooms are double rooms and are priced from ¥27,000 per night. The price changes depending on the season to be sure to check the official website for more details.

     

    If you’re looking for a taste of Japan with that ryokan feel then be sure to check out Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo.

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