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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  • Hotel Sutei Kiyomizu Gojo: A hotel where you can feel like you’re living in Kyoto

    24.May.2019 | SPOT

    TRASTA is opened the third branch of its Stay Hotel brand “Sutei” in Kiyomizu Gojo, Kyoto on March 20. This hotel is made to feel like you’re actually living in Kyoto.

    There are three types of rooms to choose from: Standard Twin, Superior Twin and Japanese-Western. The two twin rooms each have two beds while the Japanese-Western room has a Western-style area with two beds and a Japanese-style area with futons. This offers guests a chance to experience the tradition of rolling out a futon to sleep and rolling it back up again to put away.

    Standard Twin: From ¥20,000 (Tax & Service Charge Included. Accommodation Fees Separate)

    The Standard Twin has two single beds which can be pushed together to make a double bed. The room is relaxing and compact while having everything you need.

    Superior Twin: From ¥25,000 (Tax & Service Charge Included. Accommodation Fees Separate)

    The Superior Twin also has two single beds. These rooms however enjoy plenty of bright natural light filtering through thanks to the large windows which also give the room a feeling of openness.

    Japanese-Western (4 People Max): From ¥42,000 (Tax & Service Charge Included. Accommodation Fees Separate)

    Japanese-Western is split into two areas: one with two single beds that can be pushed together and another with tatami flooring, a table and futons. Its larger capacity makes it the ideal choice for families and groups.

    The first thing guests will encounter at any Sutei hotel are their original indigo dye entryway sign curtains. Known as noren, these curtains are unique to Japan and not found in the US, Europe, or other countries around Asia.

    The curtains give a hospitable feeling upon entry. The more they are dyed, the deeper the colour becomes. The hotel hops that the curtains will leave a deep impression of staying in Japan to those visiting the hotel.

     

    Sutei was established to give people an authentic Japanese experience to those travelling to and staying in Japan. But Japanese culture has strict social rules, so they also wanted to ensure it is comfortable and fun for guests too. Staying with Sutei gives guests an opportunity to get their fill of the country.

    The hotel is also situated in a favourable location within walking distance of many Kyoto tourist spots such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto National Museum, Gion, Shijo and more. Its interior design is also based on Japanese architecture and blends in with the natural environment. Amenities and other services are also prepared to give guests a taste of Japanese omotenashi, or “hospitality.”

  • Stylish, clean and a great location in Tokyo: New hotel recommendation!

    15.May.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    When I’m searching for a hotel for my travels, the cleanliness and beauty of the hotel is the most important to me. No matter how luxurious the hotel is, I always prefer something new with a business hotel vibe over something that looks old. Of course, the service and the size of the room are also important, but old sinks in bathrooms and areas that are difficult to clean are things I really don’t like.  

     

    Thankfully, a new hotel called an/other TOKYO which prioritises this level of cleanliness has recently opened just an 8-minute walk away from Tokyo station. It’s also within easy walking distance from Ginza. What a wonderful location! It’s a stylish hotel with carefully coordinated furniture and interior design.

    This is what it looks like from the outside. It even has an outdoor seating area. The hotel’s cafe called CAFÉ an/other sits on the first floor and is the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee. The coffee here uses beans sourced from a popular coffee stand located in Naka-Meguro called “Sidewalk Stand”. You can enjoy the wide range of original light snacks which were made with the careful skill and precision of the chef.

    Climb the stairs and you will arrive at the reception. The reception includes a cutting-edge digital sign. This information board’s hidden secret is a stylish dice which decorates the counter! Please check it out!

    Cabin

    S-size compartment 

    L-size compartment

    The room options consist of individual “cabins” and individual rooms called “compartments”. The room size options are S, M and L. I know we aren’t ordering drinks here but I found this method of categorising room sizes easier to understand than the standard single, twin and double. “S” is, as the name implies, small. “M” is a comfortable size and “L” is spacious. 

     

    The cabins are cheap and the shower and toilet facilities are shared. Each room has a curtain to close for privacy. There is no way to lock your room and there are separate floors for men and women. If you’re looking for something cheap, I recommend the cabin rooms. If you want more privacy and security, then the compartment rooms are better for you.

    Each room is equipped with the essentials; shampoo, conditioner, body soap, pyjamas, air freshener, and Brew Tea Co. loose leaf tea. You can even turn up here spontaneously and the staff would be happy to instantly book you a room. They even have makeup removal products, face lotion and much more. The compartment rooms have large bathrooms which are perfect for your nighttime and morning body care routines.  

    The room may be simple but everything in the room is stylish from the warmth of the lamp to the BALMUDA the pot kettle. If you like fashionable furniture and appliances, you just have to check out this room from corner to corner!

     

    I headed to the restaurant on the second floor called EAT an/other for dinner. The concept of this restaurant is a Japanese take on western-style food.

    There were so many things on the menu that made me feel nostalgic after my travels to Europe such as carpaccio ajillo and much more.

    I ordered salmon, aji-fry fish and steak. The fried fish was crispy and fresh and so delicious ♡ I ate my way quickly through the tender steak down to the perfect potatoes. 

    One major highlight of the restaurant is its stylish and modern interior! This also uses HAY furniture and Tom Dixon lighting. No matter how you look at it, it’s all stylish…

    You can enjoy breakfast and dinner here and I highly recommend you eat here during your stay!

    Opening hours: Breakfast: 7 am ー 10:30 am.

    Lunch: 11:30 am ー 3 pm

    Dinner: 5:30 pm ー 11 pm

     

    You might think that a hotel this clean and in close proximity to a station would be expensive, but you can stay at a cabin for just ¥3,900 and treat yourself to a compartment room for ¥10,600 which I think is reasonable.

     

    For those of you who want to enjoy the nightlife of Ginza, or are looking for a hotel with easy access to the rest of Tokyo, but also value a clean and stylish atmosphere, look no further than an/other TOKYO hotel! The hotel is currently celebrating its grand opening with the release of a special stay plan so please check out the website!

     

    Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(ASOBISYSTEM)

  • Kyoto’s New Art Hotel BnA Alter Museum to Showcase Japanese Art to the World

    14.May.2019 | SPOT

    BnA Alter Museum is a new art hotel set to open Kawaramachi-Takatsuji, Kyoto on May 17 that will showcase Japanese artwork to guests from across the globe. Its 31 rooms feature artwork from 16 up-and-coming artists, there is a gallery on the 10th floor, and more. The hotel hopes to serve as a hub to promote new culture from the Kansai region through unprecedented and experimental artwork.

     

    Each and every room is its own unique art project. This is the third hotel that BnA has opened. The hotel chain has been picked up by over 250 media companies around the world including The Guardian and Conde Nast for its approach to compensate artists by giving them part of the revenue earned from guests.

     

    The number of hotels using art and artwork is in the increase, but at BnA this isn’t simply a painting on the wall. The entirety of each room is a whole art piece from the furniture to the materials used.

    9 art directors are also on board with the project in addition to the 16 artists to ensure the hotel becomes an important player in Kansai’s art scene. There will be a room in the hotel with a 24-hour video produced by Daito Manabe who has worked on Perfume’s performances and is a key player in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    There’s also a room with interactive sounds and lights created by BOREDOMS vocalist Yamantaka EYヨ, and room that plays with water and produced by Tetsuya Umeda who has created various installations and art performances around the world, and more. Art directors include Noboru Tsubaki from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Ogaki Gaku of ASITANOSIKAKU, and more.

     

    There will also be a bar called Untitled, a cafe, gallery and art shop, all of which can be used by non-guests.

    As you climb the stairs of the 10th floor gallery of the BnA Alter Museum you are met with a towering 6 meter tall art piece. Events will also be held at the hotel so that non-guests can enjoy the facility too.

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  • Winter is Coming But Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea Will Warm You Up

    16.September.2019 | FOOD

    Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will begin serving its new citrus fruit-packed Yuzu Lemon Afternoon Tea on November 1 at the Le Jardin, the hotel’s lobby lounge which offers a view of the beautiful garden.

     

    You’ll see yuzu and lemons throughout the year, but it is said that winter is the best season to enjoy them. Both lemons and yuzu are said to have a relaxation effect, and so Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo will beckon guests through its cosy doors with the afternoon tea set’s refreshing citrus fragrance, inviting them to an early wonderful winter at the beginning of November.

    The set includes an assortment of sweets including a yuzu and lemon flavoured savarin, a lemon cheesecake that squeezes out all the juicy nectar of the citrus fruit, and more. The lemons and yuzu are the citrus kingpins of this afternoon tea.

    The seasonal scones are a mix of yuzu and vanilla scones and silky white chocolate scones to relieve some of the sourness. Enjoy together with a mix of dips including salted clotted cream for even more flavour.

    On the savoury side of things there is a tempting mix of bites and nibbles, including the use of spicy ginger to warm up your cold body.

    Welcome the winter early this year and do it in style with Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo’s new afternoon tea set.

  • Kyoto’s Capsule Hotel Anshin-Oyado Now Offering Plan to Take Guests to Sacred Sword Locations

    10.September.2019 | SPOT

    Capsule hotel Anshin-Oyado Premiere Kyoto Shijo Karasuma introduced a new plan on September 6 which gives guests the chance to go and see sacred places across Kyoto associated with Japanese swords.

     

    October 4th is known as “Japanese Sword Day” in Japan. In Kyoto alone, the number of people visiting from distant places to see sacred sword places, as well as collect goshuin stamps from shrines and temples, is on the increase-as is the number of people staying at Anshin-Oyado Premiere Kyoto Shijo Karasuma. That’s where this new guest plan comes into play.

    The plan will take guests around different parts of Kyoto, so the hotel as prepared three options to cater to all guests’ needs: one that offers a rental bicycle, a ticket to use the subway or bus, or the normal plan. You will receive a map which shows you the most efficient way to get around all the locations. There is also a QR code on the map which not only shows where you can park your bicycle if you go for that option, but also where to collect goshuin stamps.

     

    Moreover, to really slash home those sword memories, guests will be lent a free selfie-stick which also acts as a tripod. There is also a separate powder room for guests wanting to dress up in full sword cosplay gear too which can be used until checkout.

    Guests can also rent a portable power bank for their phone so they don’t have to worry about their battery running out when snapping photos amongst other amenities, and have free use of the massage chairs, foot baths, open-air baths, and more to rest up after their long pilgrimage around Kyoto seeing the different swords.

  • The Fanciest Egg and Rice Dish You’ve Ever Seen Will Be Sold at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

    09.September.2019 | FOOD

    Towering over the bustling city of Tokyo is the capital’s luxury hotel Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Starting from October 1, the hotel’s restaurant Shunbou, which serves Japanse-style cuisine, is introducing an all-new exquisite serving of TKG, or tamago kake gohan (“egg on rice”).

    The dish will be made with shinmai, or “new rice,” which refers to the new rice harvested for the current year. It’s topped with rich egg―a simple combination but incredibly delicious and loved by people in Japan. Normally TKG stops there, but Grand Hyatt Tokyo is taking it to the next level with a topping of caviar to create the most exquisite egg on rice you have ever seen.

     

    Rice: The best of the best

    The rice served at the hotel is harvested in the city of Nanyō in Yamagata Prefecture. It’s a special kind of rice known as Tsuyahime, and the hotel makes strict selections of the harvested rice, ensuring they serve the best possible rice to guests. This rice is served only at Grand Hyatt Tokyo making it even more special.

     

    Nanyō is blessed with rich soil. The farms have been using organic fertiliser for well over 10 years, meaning their beautiful harvests are reduced in agricultural chemicals and chemical fertilisers unlike many other farms. The rice’s taste quality value has also been listed as over 80, much higher than your average rice.

     

    Sturgeon Caviar

    The caviar used in this dish is from the Sturgeon fish from Kagawa prefecture. Everything from the food to the temperature of the water for the fish is considered from when they are a young age, allowing for the best possible caviar. They are seasoned with the perfect salt quantity and are additive free, allowing for a creamy and velvety taste and texture that just melts in your mouth the moment it hits your tongue.

     

    Rich Egg Yolk

    The eggs served on the rice are from what is known as one of the country’s best egg specialist shops in Kyoto. To ensure the perfect egg, the shop takes great care in the fodder and water given to the chickens from the time they are chicks. This takes away the unpleasant raw smell characteristic of eggs, and is also a healthier lifestyle for the chickens themselves. The eggs are also packed with nutrients that are said to be lacking in the people of today including vitamins, DHA, niacin, and so on.

     

    To top it all off, the hotel has created their own original blend of dashi soy sauce just for this dish.

  • Tokyo’s Revolutionary Buena Àrte Hostel to Open in Ryōgoku Area On September 14

    09.September.2019 | BUSINESS / SPOT

    Buena Àrte Hostel is a revolutionary new hostel set to open in the Ryōgoku area of Tokyo on September 14, 2019.

    In response to the increase in the number of foreigners staying in Tokyo, and especially in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics-when numbers are expected to skyrocket-Japan’s capital is well underway in developing more accessible accommodation options for foreign travellers, from hotels to hostels.

     

    Hostels in particular are a huge focus for the city, and so more and more of them are opening. Catered to younger people and travellers, hostels are a much cheaper accommodation option when compared to hotels, and thus are likely to increase the number of days in which people will stay.

     

    However, what is considered much more valuable for foreign travellers is the level of comfort, cleanliness, and safety. Buena Àrte Hostel is all of these and more, meaning even somebody travelling on their own can feel safe and secure. With over 200 pieces of art adorning its walls, it is the world’s first art-centred capsule hotel, focusing on “fun, comfort, and encounters.”

    The hostel has collaborated with globally-active artists and up-and-coming illustrators to bring their art to the walls of the communal spaces, restaurant, and even bedrooms. A lot of the pieces you can buy too.

     

    Found in over 160 of the bedrooms are illustrations drawn by artists who want to convey the fun and excitement of travel. These illustrations are exclusive as they were drawn for the hostel and so there is only one of each in the world. There are around 60 rooms without illustrations yet, so the hostel is asking for submissions. If your illustration is picked, the hostel will offer you a free night with breakfast and dinner as thanks. You can find more details on the official website.

    Buena Àrte Hostel has its own cafe and restaurant on the first floor, the Buena Cafe & Dining Bar, where guests including foreign tourists can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine. The “Washoku Plate” is a meal set aimed at those arriving from overseas so they can enjoy a filling portion of Japanese-style cuisine. It includes everything from sukiyaki to tempura, kushikutsu, and more. It also includes Japanese sake. The bar sells other drinks too including wine, whisky and highball.

    The closest station to Buena Àrte Hostel is Ryōgoku Station. Ryōgoku is a district of Tokyo filled with Japanese tradition. It is home to Ryōgoku Kokugikan, which is considered the holy ground of sumo wrestling, as well as the Sumida Hokusai Museum which houses works by the famous ukiyo-e painter Hokusai, the Japanese Sword Museum, the traditional Japanese garden Former Yasuda Garden, the Edo-Tokyo Museum-the list goes on. And all of these places and more are within 10-minutes’ walking distance from Buena Àrte Hostel.

     

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  • Tokyo Station’s Christmas Cakes Are a Must-Buy Present This Holiday Season

    08.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Two of Tokyo Station’s shopping areas, GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI―which are accessible inside the ticket gates and outside the ticket gates respectively―are set to hold the GRANSTA Christmas Fair from November 5 to December 25.

     

    GRANSTA x Tokyo Staion Hotel

    The main GRANSTA shopping area is joining hands with Tokyo Station Hotel for the very first time to release a line of hotel-original Christmas cakes.

    Noel – ¥6,200 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)

    This pine tree stump chestnut cake was originally sold to support the reconstruction work of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building which was held until 2012. Topping the chestnut sweet potato base is a mix of chestnut mousse and coffee cream. This is topped with two types of chestnut pastes in a spiral shape to create the tree rings.

    Bûche Chocolat Vanille – ¥5,500 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)

    The Bûche Chocolat Vanille is an exquisite yule log made with melt-in-the-mouth chocolate mousse and vanilla cream inside which hides sweet and sour, kirsch-soaked cherries and sauteed pears. The top of the log is temptingly lined with even more cherries to give it both that rich look and even richer taste.

     

    Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Cake Designs

    GRANSTA will also sell cakes inspired by Tokyo Station. As well as the ones shown here, there are ones based on the bullet trains and more.

     

    Station Building Fruit Cake – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Colombin (*only 100 available)

    Exclusive to GRANSTA comes this special Christmas fruit cake based on the station building. It would make great gift to bring to the Christmas party.

    Cupola de Tokyo – ¥3,780 (Tax Included) @ Caffarel (*only 50 available / *design still a WIP so may differ from the photo)

    This colourful Christmas cake draws inspiration from the gorgeous interior designs of the north and south domes of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building.

     

    Suica Penguin Cakes

    The adorable Suica Penguin is the mascot of Suica contactless smart cards used at train stations.

    Suica Penguin Cake – ¥5,400 (Tax Included) @ Dalloyau (*only 100 available)

    The main Suica Penguin cake is a combination of chocolate mousse and a cream made from tonka beans. This cute cake is sure to bring joy to any child this Christmas♡

    Suica Penguin Chocolate Raspberry – ¥490 (Tax Included) @ Fairycake Fair (*30 servings per day)

    Fairycake Fair has whipped up a chocolate cream-topped cupcake filled with raspberry jam. This one is for those who want something a bit smaller than a ginormous cake!

    There are lots more cakes to look forward to, including ones in very limited quantities. If you’re in Japan this Christmas season, be sure to pay a visit to GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI in Tokyo Station.

     

    ©Chiharu Sakazaki / JR East / DENTSU Suica by JR East Suica

  • Tokyo’s Anime & Game Concept Hotel Announces Collaboration With Granblue Fantasy

    05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sunshine City Prince Hotel is currently collaborating with the anime and game media franchise King of Prism and the video game DREAM!ing to rave reviews on the hotel’s IKEPRI25 floor.

     

    The hotel has just announced that its third collaboration will be with the popular RPG video game Granblue Fantasy which will arrive in early November.

    IKEPRI25 is located on the hotel’s 25th floor and operates as a “concept floor.” Decked out with 20 rooms and 4 lounges, the floor is every anime, manga and game fan’s paradise as it themes its room on many different titles. The floor is produced in co-operation with Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc.

     

    Granblue Fantasy is a fantasy role-playing game for Android, iOS, and web browser. It launched in 2014 and is available to play in both English and Japanese. The game features music by legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu who is known worldwide for his work on the Final Fantasy series. A new title, Granblue Fantasy Versus, developed by Arc System Works (Guilty Gear series; BlazBlue series).

     

    Further details on the concept room will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.

     

    ©Cygames, Inc.

  • Creepy-Cute Halloween Menu Spooks This October at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

    01.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Bistro is a restaurant at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo which offers casual dining in a warm and welcoming spacious environment. This October, the restaurant is set to serve up at “creepy-cute” Halloween menu with bone-chilling designs and delicious flavours.

    The first dreadful dish is the pain de campagne which is made to look like real lips and fingers. The pork and foie gras pâté fingers are complete with a balsamic jelly coffin while the caprese lips are a mix of tomato and mozzarella cheese.

    Next on the menu is a meaty meal made to look like squashed eyeballs. The eyeballs are made from small onions and are filled with blueberries to give them a very creepy and realistic look. They are served with beef cheek which has been marinated in red wine for three days before being cooked.

    For dessert, look forward to meeting a seriously cute purple sweet potato mont blanc monster.

    Making a return this year is a cooking lesson where a chef will teach you how to make a Halloween themed afternoon tea made up of sweets, scones and more. This is a rare chance to ask questions to a professional chef.

    There will also be a children’s event which is held every year and welcomes more than 200 kids. They can dress up and join in the stamp rally where they will be given a map to find all the stamp locations dotted around the hotel while gathering snacks. After the rally ends they can enjoy some Halloween desserts in the hotel’s cafe Foresta.

  • The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Now Offers Restaurant IPPUDO’s Ramen as Room Service

    29.August.2019 | FOOD

    The Peninsula Tokyo is teaming up with tonkotsu ramen specialist restaurant chain IPPUDO―which has restaurants across the world―to offer their ramen as room service at their hotel.

    The hotel and restaurant first came together in autumn last year to begin plans for their collaboration, which comes in response to many guests at the hotel asking staff where a great place to eat tonkotsu ramen is, and even some expressing their desire to dine at IPPUDO.

     

    IPPUDO is a prominent ramen chain in Japan and so is sure to please the palates of all guests.

    The ramen is boiled fresh in the kitchen and is delivered to guest rooms in a soup together with what looks like a jewellery box, but instead of being filled with rings and necklaces it’s packed full of delicious ingredients to add to your broth, including walleye pollock roe―which is a staple with tonkotsu ramen―as well as mustard greens, red pickled ginger, cloud ear mushroom, seaweed, and more. Topping the broth is boiled egg, fried garlic, sesame seeds, BBQ sauce specially prepared by the hotel’s restaurant Hei Fung Terrace, XO sauce which originates from The Peninsula Hong Kong, and more.

     

    Enjoy the ultimate ramen room service now at The Peninsula Tokyo.

  • Kyo no Ondokoro Nishijin Bettei: A Traditional Kyoto Townhouse Transformed Into a New Hotel

    28.August.2019 | SPOT

    Wacoal Corp, the owners of Kyo no Ondokoro―a chain of traditional townhouses turned into hotels―are opening a new branch in the Nishijin area of Kyoto on October 1, 2019.

    Kyo no Ondokoro Nishijin Bettei will be the fifth branch of their hotel chain. It was designed by Akira Minagawa―the owner of Japanese clothing label Minä Perhonen―and architect Yoshifumi Nakamura.

    The Nishijin area is located a little distance away from the city centre meaning one can avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. The hotel is renovated from a luxurious 95 year old townhouse which was originally set up by merchants in Nishijin silk fabrics to house guests.

     

    It has been renovated to make it feel as if guests are living there and thus feel like they are living in Kyoto.

    The first floor features a fully-equipped kitchen with wine cellar as well as a spacious dining area where one can cook up and feast on meals made with ingredients and produce from Kyoto.

    Dotted throughout are various art pieces selected by Minagawa to elevate that at-home feeling.

    The townhouse also offers lots of convenient services including bagging storage, transport service, guidebooks catered to each season, and more. Staff can also offer information about shops and restaurants in the surrounding areas, and they can also sign you up to food plans packed with Kyoto flavours, and more.

     

    If you want to feel like you’re living in Kyoto then book now with Kyo no Ondokoro Nishijin Bettei.

  • MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Opens Origami Themed Accommodation ‘ORIGAMI’ in Harajuku

    27.August.2019 | SPOT

    The second room of the ASOBISYSTEM-produced home sharing facility MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS has finally opened. Named “ORIGAMI,” the room is available via Airbnb, and is a joint-effort between ASOBISYSTEM, which promotes Harajuku culture to the rest of the world, and Rokuyon, which manages unique accommodations in Shibuya.

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS SAKURA 

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is an accommodation service that offers concept rooms brimming with originality which you won’t find at any other hotel, hostel or home sharing facilities. The first room, SAKURA, opened in December last year, proving popular with travellers around the world with its cherry blossom theme.

     

    Joining as the second room in the series is ‘ORIGAMI,’ a room based entirely on the Japanese art of paper folding which covers the entire room at every turn.

     

    Living Room

    The cosy living room is decked out with benches and stools, furnished in the style of a Japanese tea house. Dangling overhead are lights which brighten the room with their warm colour. The light shades are in fact traditional Japanese umbrellas which help bring that quaint Japanese atmosphere alongside the colourful folding fans, matcha-making tea set, and more.

     

    Bedroom

    The picturesque room is floored with tatami where you can sit and relax on a zaisu―a traditional chair with no legs used for sitting on tatami mats. The paper lanterns and sliding doors elevate an exciting air in the room. The stairs leading upstairs are made up of chests of drawers which you can use to store your luggage.

    Both the upstairs and downstairs are fitted with mattresses spreading 2.6 meters wide which can accommodate up to 6 people in total. The mattresses are by Nishikawa which offer dreamy comfort and a high quality sleep. The mattresses can also be switched out for a different type depending on what kind of feel you are looking for.

     

    Powder Room

    The Powder Room is equipped with amenities including cotton swabs, cotton pads, and hairbands. Seat yourself comfortably at the wide table and get ready for your day or night out.

     

    Shower Room

    The Shower Room also has everything you need including shampoo, conditioner, and body soap. As well as a shower, there is also a Japanese-style Washlet toilet.

     

    Everything Else & The Amenities

    ORIGAMI has all of the living essentials. If you’re looking to cook while staying here, the kitchen has a microwave, refrigerator, plates, pans and more. There is even a washing machine.

    Guests can also rent a kimono haori. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

     

    4F Entrance – Staircase

    The ORIGAMI room begins from the staircase leading from the third floor to the fourth floor. The door is actually made of tatami mats.

     

    Building Entrance

    Our building is very easy to spot at the ground floor entrance with the giant neon sign that reads “MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON” in Japanese as well as the MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS logo on the wall.

     

    Rooftop

    Guests are free to use the rooftop which offers a panoramic view of Harajuku.

    Like SAKURA, ORIGAMI is available to book on Airbnb only. Whether you’re coming from overseas and in need of a room, are doing a staycation, or just want a place to get together with the girls, then book now with MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS.

  • Try This Mino Traditional Culture and Tea Tasting Experience Hotel Plan in Gifu

    21.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Mino region of Gifu is famous for its traditional pottery called Mino Ware, its Gifu lanterns, and much more. Recently, an empty building located in front of Minokamo station in Gifu prefecture was renovated by a company called IDENTITY, who transformed it into a community building called MINGLE. MINGLE is now home to the Japanese tea shop Minokamo Chapo. This tea shop proudly represents the culture of tea and pottery that still remains in the Mino region. In order to share this wonderful culture, they are now offering a new accommodation plan to provide guests with the chance to experience the world of Japanese tea and the rich culture of Mino.

    You can also experience tasting and comparing different Japanese teas that are offered by Minokamo Chapo. During your stay, you will also encounter lots of Mino Ware, and be surrounded by a traditional Mino interior decorated with Mino washi paper.

     

    1st floor: Café and Bar

    You can order the Japanese tea tasting selection at the counter. This space is used as the Minokamo Chapo tea shop from 11 am to 4 pm on weekends and national holidays.

     

    2nd floor: Rooms


    The rooms are approximately 22m2. On top of this space, there is also a shower room and toilet in their own separate rooms.

     

    3rd floor: Lounge

    This is an area of free space for the guests. There are future plans to decorate this space with paintings and pottery according to the season.

     

    The interior of the guest rooms are also packed with the wonders of the Mino region, so we are going to introduce you to a few of its special features. 

    Upon entering your room, you will be greeted by the warm light of an Akari lantern. This is a kind of lantern which is recognized as a traditional craft of Gifu prefecture. This lantern design was created by famous artist Isasmu Noguchi, who named it Akari which means “light”.

    In the bathroom, you will spot a few stylish mugs which belong to the brand “3rd-ceramics”.  

     The rooms are affixed with paper sliding doors (shoji) and bear beautiful Mino washi paper that is a traditional turquoise-blue colour. 

     

    This is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional experience like no other. 

  • New Hotel Renovation Hakone Yutowa in Gora Caters to Millennials and Families

    17.August.2019 | SPOT

    Hakone Yutowa is a new hotel in the town of Gora, Hakone that opened on August 11, 2019. This hotel renovation is aimed at millennials (those in their 20s and earlier 30s) and families, offering various different rooms include your typical hotel-type as well as condos. There are also multiple shared public spaces full of fun and relaxation.

     

    Part of the enjoyment at Hakone Yutowa is getting to walk around the site leisurely finding all the little things it has to offer, from the hot spring with its own hot spring source to a communal room so stylish you can’t help reaching for your camera to snap photos. The hotel aims to offer guests “an experience in remote Hakone you can’t get anywhere else” and it does so by presenting a new style of hotel accommodation.

     

    Hakone Yutowa is about a five-minute stroll along a flat-level path from Gora Station, which is accessed via the Hakone Tozan Railway, meaning it can be accessed easily by those without a car. “Yutowa” is has a combination of meanings: the yu in Japanese means “hot water” which conjures up not only the hot springs but also a warm and welcome stay at the hotel. It is also word play with the word “you.” The to means “and” in Japanese and wa is “circle” like a circle of friends. In other words, at Hokone Yutowa, you’ll be spending a nice time together with someone special.

     

    The hotel is split into three buildings: the East Wing, West Wing, and Condominium Wing. Each offers “a new style of travel accommodation.”

     

    New Style ①

    Spa Lounge Nakaniwa and Lively Lounge are two public spaces in the hotel that anyone is free to use at their leisure. Nakaniwa is home to a footbath at the outdoor wooden deck which makes use of the hotel’s natural spring source, as well as an open-air fire. Lively Lounge houses around 700 books which guests can pick from before finding a little spot to sit down and relax.

     

    New Style ②

    There are two types of rooms: Hotel and Condominium. The Condominium rooms are the first hotel rooms of their kind to be offered in the Gora area. These fancy rooms have their own hot spring bath with a beautiful view. The water in the bath flows directly from the hot spring source.

     

    New Style ③

    The all-inclusive plan includes breakfast and dinner as well as free drinks and free use of the communal spaces. Guests do not need to worry about any extra fees as everything is included. There are also other baths available in the hotel including one that makes use of colourful lights.

     

    If you’re looking for a hotel with freedom in Japan then take your family, friends or loved one to Hakone Yutowa.

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