Solo traveller in Japan? These are the 2019 top hotel resort picks!

27.May.2019 | SPOT

Travel booking service Rakuten Travel has unveiled the 2019 rankings for the top leisure hotel picks among female travellers! The ranking list displays hotels with combined leisure facilities that were ranked a 4.5/5 stars or more. This list is based on the most highly rated accommodation plans associated with they keyword search “single traveller” in Rakuten Travel’s keyword search.  

 

So which hotel comes in first place?

1st place: Dogo Onsen Old England Dogo Yamanote Hotel (exterior & guest room)

Dogo Onsen was also ranked first place last year in December as the top hot spring hotel for solo female travelers. The hotel’s theme is traditional Britain. The interior is filled with a very old-style British atmosphere which female travellers find particularly appealing! This place caters a lot for the needs of solo travellers.

 

This hotel is also situated in a hot spring hot spot (no pun intended). The main building for the Dogo hot springs and other sightseeing spots are within walking distance so even a single traveller can easily enjoy a stroll to and from these spots at their own pace.

 

From the carefully designed wallpaper to the comfy queen-size bed, these rooms are so relaxing.  If you want to check out later, you can change your breakfast plan to a lunch plan, giving you even more time to relax. Guests have stated that the entrance, lobby, hallways and guest rooms are mesmerizing. If you love antiques, this is the place for you!  Many commented that the extension phone located in front of the elevator was so beautiful that they couldn’t hold in their surprise!

 

Link: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Matsuyama-Dogo_Onsen_Old_England_Dogo_Yamanote_Hotel/20469/

 

2nd place: Hotel Nikko Alivila (outdoor pool & guest room)

In second place comes Hotel Nikko Alivila, Okinawa, which is just a 70-minute drive from Naha airport by car. This large white-walled resort is located in a village called Yomitan (Nakagami District, Okinawa).

 

From this hotel, you can perfectly enjoy the picturesque clear and beautiful Nirai beech as it spreads before your very eyes. An exotic Okinawa island atmosphere fills the resort, courtyard, corridors, and lobby, where you can relax and enjoy an extraordinary experience. It is also very easy to access the hotel from the airport via the direct limousine bus!

Link: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Okinawa_Prefecture-Yomitan-Hotel_Nikko_Alivila/11052/

 

3rd place: Setre Glover’s House Nagasaki (lounge & guest room)

In third place comes Setre Glover’s House, Nagasaki. The hotel was once a residential area where foreigners lived in private residential housing. The western style-style design of the area’s past still influences the hotel today, creating a very pleasant western private housing atmosphere. The lounge contains around 270 books that guests are welcome to read as they relax. There is an all-you-can-drink drinks bar which serves soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for free.

 

The single traveller plan aimed at female solo travellers even provides you with the space of a two-person room all to yourself! Organic shampoo and other luxurious amenities are also provided, making the hotel a popular pick for many!

 

Link: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Nagasaki_Prefecture-Nagasaki-Setre_Glover%27s_House_Nagasaki/147780/

 

For the rest of the ranking list, please check out Rakuten Travel’s official website. If you’re embarking on a solo getaway in Japan, this is the website for you!

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    17.August.2019 | SPOT

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    New Style ①

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    New Style ②

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  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers Luxurious Accommodation Plan & Tea Ceremony Experience For Families

    05.August.2019 | SPOT

    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a highly prestigious and magnificent 4-star hotel located in Shinjuku, is now serving an all-new “luxurious” family package which includes a tea ceremony experience and much more. It is currently running from July 20 to September 1.

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  • Stay in a Traditional Japanese Hotel in Kosuge Village Where the Population is Just 700

    04.August.2019 | BUSINESS / SPOT

    NIPPONIA Kosuge Genryū no Mura is a new hotel opening in the village of Kosuge in Kitatsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture on August 17. The hotel is renovated from an old Japanese-style house that was originally used for local personages and was constructed over 150 years ago.

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    OHYA 1

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    A second building will be renovated in May 2020 to accommodate two more rooms. There are 70-100 vacant buildings in Kosuge, so there are plans in place to receive permission from landlords to make further repairs, improvements and renovations.

     

    If you’re travelling to Japan and are looking for a truly remote experience then why not visit the quaint little village of Kosuge in Yamanashi Prefecture?

  • Snoopy Themed PEANUTS HOTEL Celebrates 1st Anniversary

    03.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    PEANUTS HOTEL x tegoto “solarsystem” (Room 42) – ¥49,000 (Only 30 Available)

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    *All listed prices are pre-tax.

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • Live the Disney Princess Dream With Tokyo Disneyland Hotel’s Luxurious Afternoon Tea

    25.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    If you’ve had the chance to visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea you will have tried the many delicious dishes and drinks on offer at its variety of restaurants. But did you ever know that Tokyo Disney Resort also offers afternoon tea?

     

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    Sitting temptingly next to it is the panna cotta and melon coulis. It contains a single sage leaf which adds flavourful herb notes. The entire dessert itself has a satisfyingly refreshing taste which covers your taste buds with a single mouthful.

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    The chilled cone cream scoop was very refreshing and a perfect palate cleanser.

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    You might be surprised to find out that the jungle leaves on the plate aren’t actually part of the plate’s design but in fact green chocolate carefully sprayed on.

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    The Peach Melba is a lovely combination of peach compote and vanilla ice cream topped with raspberry sauce and almonds. Its mix sweet and sour flavours remind one of summertime.

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    “Everything tasted amazing, but my favourite was the haupia♡ It’s moderately sweet, and I really liked the flavour of the coconut! Everything in the afternoon tea set is cute down to the tiniest details, so it’s perfect for taking photos for social media. I definitely wanna go again!”

     

    The Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer themed afternoon tea set is being served from 11:30-17:00 until September 1, 2019. Places are limited so I recommend making a reservation in advance.

     

    Enjoy your summer to the fullest with this tropical afternoon tea set!

     

    ©️Disney

  • Universal Studios Japan Adds Snoopy, Sesame Street & Jurassic World Rooms to Liber Hotel

    23.July.2019 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is set to open several new rooms at its official hotel “Liber Hotel by Universal Studio Japan” in collaboration with various franchises on November 13, the same date as the hotel opened.

     

    The rooms include the first ever Peanuts rooms to open at an official hotel, Jurassic World and Sesame Street™. Each room has 4 different designs. Guests can look forward to enjoying a hotel stay like never before as they immerse themselves in their favourite franchises after an exciting day out at USJ.

    Jurassic World Adventure Room

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    Snoopy House Room

    Home Sweet Home, somewhere where Snoopy, his friends, and we ourselves gather. Next to Snoopy’s giant bed are colourful stained glass windows with Snoopy and the gang on them. Dive into the world of Peanuts!

    Peanuts Jazz Room

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    Sesame Street™ Big Face Room

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    Guests staying at any of these new rooms will receive some exclusive merchandise. The spa bag and towel can be used at the hotel’s spa too making them super useful. The card key and case will also have the name of the guest on it too with a special design. Take them home with you for memories of your trip!

     

    Be sure to check the official homepage for mode details.

     

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  • From Wine to Hydrangeas Taste the Regional Shaved Ice Flavours of Japan at Hoshino Resorts KAI

    10.July.2019 | FOOD

    Hoshino Resorts hot spring ryokan brand KAI is offering guests the opportunity to explore different regional shaved ice desserts that are served with delicious regional syrups and toppings. Shaved ice is a traditional summer dessert that was even mentioned in the famous work The Pillow Book, which was written by Sei Shonagon during her time as Empress Consort Teishi’s court lady during the 990s and early 1000s of the Heian period.

    The concept of KAI expresses both originality and the thirst for experimenting to make something new. The event offers a range of original flavours, embracing the Japanese tradition of eating flavoured shaved ice to battle the heat of summer. From wine-flavoured shaved ice in Nagano, to Hydrangea shaved ice at Hakone, this is the perfect opportunity to try a range of shaved ice desserts that are full of vibrant colours. These regional flavours are sure to spark your curiosity for discovery in that region. 

    Wine Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Matsumoto (Asama Onsen, Nagano)

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    Hydrangea Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone

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    Strawberry Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko (Chuzenji Onsen, Tochigi)

    Tochigi prefecture has been Japan’s no.1 producer of strawberries for 50 years straight. This shaved ice is served in a strawberry-shaped bowl and is served with sweet yet slightly sour strawberry syrup and a topping of bittersweet matcha sauce. Here, you can enjoy a cool evening up 1,300 metres high overlooking beautiful scenery from inside the establishment whose spectacular interior that boasts Tochigi’s traditional art of Kanuma Kanoko craft. 

    Tomato Flavoured Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso (Sonomoto, Oita)

    As tomatoes thrive during the summer, this tomato shaved ice is the perfect way to cool down. This shaved ice is sweet and slightly sour and the vibrant red colour is enough to refresh you. Tomatoes are low in calories and contain an abundant range of healthy nutrients. They are also high in vitamin C which is good for your skin and is known for helping prevent illness. Tomatoes are also a good supply of vitamin E, which is good at slowing the effects of aging. Take a seat on the terrace and enjoy your shaved ice as a refreshing breeze rolls by. This is the perfect way to enjoy a cool summer with a healthy and delicious dessert. 

    Neputa Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru (Owani Onsen, Aomori)

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  • Hello Kitty Hotel Room at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama Made Even More Kawaii

    29.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Two new guest rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on June 15 themed on the Sanrio characters My Melody and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala). Alongside these new rooms, the hotel’s Hello Kitty Room, which was introduced in 2014, underwent renovations and reopened on the same day.

    Keio Plaza Hotel is about a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku and a 3-minute walk from Keio-Tama-Center Station. It’s also close to the city of Chofu where the Rugby World Cup will be held this fall as well as located in West Tokyo, an area enjoyed by foreign tourists.

     

    There are two of each rooms available and they will be permanent rooms at the hotel. The hotel already has four Hello Kitty Rooms which were introduced in November 2014 and renovated with the opening of the new My Melody and Little Twin Stars Rooms, making for a total of eight Sanrio character rooms at the hotel. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the newly revamped Hello Kitty Room.

     

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

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

     

    Hello Kitty Room

     

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

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

    The Hello Kitty Room has been made even more kawaii than before.

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

    © 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.

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

    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.

  • Enjoy The Beautiful View of Tokyo’s Nighttime Sky And Sea With The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan

    28.June.2019 | SPOT

    Spending a cool night overlooking the beautiful calm water at Odaiba and relaxing in the gorgeous pool sounds like an excellent way to spend summer nights in Tokyo. Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is launching their summer-limited plan called Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan 2019 to allow you to do just that. 

    The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan 2019 comes with a delicious food menu that serves a variety of luxurious, mouthwatering dishes that look just as luxurious as they taste. Some examples include; mini hotdogs with chicken and vegetable sauce aurore, barbeque sauce spare ribs, and much more. They even serve all-you-can-drink top quality Jacquart champagne, which is a global top class wine chosen by many airlines and hotels. 

     

    This hotel offers a unique view of the night sky and night waters of Tokyo from an open terrace. Guests can gaze at the relaxing view whilst enjoying delicious food and luxurious champagne. The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan offers the perfect getaway for friends and couples. 

  • Treat Yourself to Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Luxurious And Refreshing Desserts and Cocktails

    28.June.2019 | FOOD

    Towering over the busy streets of the heart of the city is the dynamic and luxurious hotel Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Here, you can indulge in grand premium cakes made with generous amounts of fruit that were carefully selected by the chef. You can also purchase small souvenirs such as verrine, which are coloured with the fresh and vibrant colours of summer. There is also a bar which serves cocktails made from Japanese sake sourced from the Tohoku region. The fresh and fruity cocktails menu is changed every Monday.

     

    Fiorentina Pastry Boutique (First floor )

    Grand Premium Shortcake Melon (Left): ¥1,800 Grand Premium Shortcake Peach (Centre): ¥1,800 Grand Premium Shortcake Mango (Right ): ¥2,000 (prices before tax)

    Carefully selected fruit has been used to make this new, premium signature cake. The pastry team consists of worldwide western confectionary competition winners. The team has developed a lineup of world class desserts for the Fiorentina Pastry Boutique. Specially selected branded fruits and rich, flavourful Jersey milk whipped cream are used to make these premium cakes.

     

    This summer menu features three cakes made from the three major summer fruits; peach, mango and melon. A three-layered spongecake contains a centre of Jersey milk Crème brûlée and fruits. The luxurious taste of these specially-selected ingredients is enough to surprise you.

    Lychee, Watermelon, Rose and Berry Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    The fun texture of the watermelon combined with the soft rose mousse is an excellent contrast with the lychee and raspberry jelly. The luxurious rose fragrance will spread all the way through your mouth on your first bite.


    Blueberry and Lavender Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    Colourful jelly is sprinkled with vibrant blue Butterfly-pea flowers. This rests on a bed of lavender-scented panna cotta. These flavours and colours compliment the blueberries perfectly. This refreshing verrine sprinkled with beautiful and delicious edible flowers is truly irresistible. 

    Mango Verrine: ¥800 (before tax) 

    A coconut blancmange verrine is topped with Fiorentina’s popular mango pudding and fresh mango for a southern country vibe. The verrine is garnished with a drizzle of passion fruit sauce and seeds to accent the flavour. 

    Muscat Verrine: ¥800

    Iced wine jelly is set over blancmange and shine muscat, creating a sophisticated verrine dessert. Enjoy the delicious thin layer of crunchy candy that has been carefully shaped to top the verrine.


    Dragon Fruit Verrine: ¥800 (before tax)

    A layer of fresh and fruity orange and grapefruit jelly rests on top of the Dragon Fruit and orange mousse. The balance of sweetness and sourness makes for a rare yet harmonious verrine.

    Summer Icing Biscuits Assortment (size: 10cm): ¥850, box of 4: ¥1,200 (before tax )

    From the baking to the decorating, each of these cookies are fully handmade and decorated. These are a popular choice of souvenir. Now, a summer edition series has been released. The assortment shown above is just one example from the series.

     

     Chinaroom (6th floor)

    Chinaroom serves Chinese regional dishes, an authentic Yum Cha tea service and Chinese steamed cakes that are made with a generous amount of egg. They are now serving a brand new Chinese parfait that is made with a wide range of ingredients.

    Chinaroom Chinese Parfait: ¥1,800 (before tax )

    Using a coconut husk as a bowl, mango pudding and steamed Chinese cake is served with fresh mango, coconut ice cream, fresh cream, raspberries and mint. Enjoy the refreshing sweetness of the coconut ice cream and the rich mango pudding. The fluffy steamed pudding adds a gentle touch of texture so irresistible you will not be able to stop taking big mouthfuls. The sweetness is not too overpowering.

     

    Sprinkled around the coconut bowl is roughly smashed pieces of coconut and peanuts. This adds an exciting texture and aftertaste to your dessert experience. This dessert is the perfect way to cool your tastebuds after eating some hot and spicy noodles. ※ It is not possible to order just the dessert only.  

     

    Maduro, (4th floor Jazz Lounge)

    Maduro is the perfect place for adults to relax with friends. This chic jazz lounge is a place where you can enjoy cocktails made with premium seasonal fruits throughout the year. Sweet, ripe mangos, peaches that you can enjoy down to the skin, and a wide range of fruits are used to make frozen cocktails, martinis and much more. Come enjoy a Maduro-style cocktail! 

    Mango Frozen Champagne (left): ¥2,500, Mango Daiquiri: ¥2,300 (centre ), Mango Mojito: ¥2,300  (right), all prices before tax  

    The mango daiquiri rum-based cocktail is made with ripe mangos sourced from Miyazaki Prefecture. The mangoes are puréed and used plentifully so that the real sweetness can be tasted. Combined with the sweetness of the rum, the flavour is strengthened.

     

    The mango frozen champagne also uses ripe mangos sourced from Miyazaki prefecture. Champagne is poured over the carbonated ice to create this cocktail, creating a pleasant bubbly texture with a fruity aftertaste.

     

     The mango mojito is a mango version of Maduro’s signature cocktail mojito. Miyazaki prefecture mangos were used to make this mojito. Lots of mint is added for a touch of freshness. The sweetness of the mango will spread through your mouth. This is the perfect summer cocktail.

     

    Come try Grand Hyatt’s exquisite range of refreshing cocktails and desserts this summer.

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