Who doesn’t know how incredible Japan is? Its contribution to the world of technology, communication, culture and cuisine, and art is significant. But, did you know that along with being the home of Mount Fuji and having spectacular cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan is also an ideal place to stay and spend your vacations peacefully? You can see the reflection of typical Japanese art and culture in most hotels and ryokans (traditional Japanese-style inns) here. If you are planning your next vacation to this marvelous country then you must take a look at some fine boutique hotels in Japan.
Capitol Tokyu – Tokyo
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is the perfect blend of modern luxuries and traditional touches. Located in Akasaka, the heart of downtown Tokyo, this premium hotel has 251 guestrooms with 13 suites and Deluxe and Premier rooms. The rooms are completed with traditional-style ‘shoji’ sliding paper screen doors and all the modish facilities such as surround-sound speakers and a complete music system. This 29-storey hotel is surrounded by greenery on the edge of the Imperial Palace and enjoys the distant view of Mount Fuji. This graceful hotel with minimalistic decór, which defines the Japanese style, boasts a full-service spa, fitness facility, business center, 3 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges, a pastry boutique, and an indoor pool. This luxury-boutique hybrid hotel has many artworks that complement the dim lighting and the soothing ambiance.
Rooms available: $340 onwards
Address: 2-10-3, Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014
Gora Kadan – Hakone
Gora Kadan is a popular, modern design ryokan enveloped in the serenity of nature. Guests can relax in their private seating area and make the most of the nature-watching. Some guestrooms also have the facility of the soothing open-air bath. Each room has a clear glass sliding door that provides an adorable landscape view of the greenery around the ryokan. Located at a very short distance from the Hakone Gora Park and Hakone Open-Air Museum, Gora Kadan is one of the most aesthetically appealing hotel-cum-ryokans in Japan. The popularity is doubled with some interesting features such as the Kadan Spa, Kadan Wedding Area, and a restaurant serving delicious Kaiseki cuisine.
Rooms available: $1200 onwards
Address: 250-0408 Kanagawa, Hakone, Gora 1300
Benesse Hotel House – Naoshima Island
This beautiful Hotel on the Naoshima Island is ideal for individuals who have a keen love for art and fine architecture. The museum/hotel is the home to a restaurant, cafe, two lounges, a sloping park, and a museum that has different kinds of art pieces. Drawings, paintings, prints, and other works by the artists can be seen both, in the museum hall as well as in the 13 guestrooms. Guests can glance through the glass at the Inland Sea outlining the hotel and Setouchi while having their meal or sipping their drink.
The amazing view of the sea and the park can be enjoyed right from the French glass walls of the elegantly designed suites and rooms.
Rooms available: $175 onwards
Address: 61-3110 Kagawa Prefecture, Kagawa District, Nakajima-cho
Yoshimatsu – Kanagawa
Situated on a hill close to Lake Asi, Takumino Yado Yoshimatsu or Yoshimatsu is a traditional luxury ryokan in terms of architecture, cuisine, surroundings, and omotenashi. On clear days, especially in winter, the guests can enjoy the lovely views of Mount Fuji over the calm waters of Lake Ashi. Some rooms and suites have a private seating area to relax and an in-room private hot spring bath. While for other guests, the ryokan boasts its shared open-air hot spring baths. Guests can easily spend days here and enjoy peace and serene as the ryokan is surrounded by a well-manicured garden and clear water ponds with colourful fishes swimming.
Rooms available: $270 onwards
Address: 521, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0521
Andon Ryokan – Tokyo
Andon is the first designer ryokan establish on June 12th, 2003 in order to bring tourists closer to the culture and tradition of Japan. They were awarded for its bold modern makeover of the traditional Japanese ryokan inn, in a prestigious architectural contest organized by the Architectural Institute of Japan in 2005. This ryokan has 24 guestrooms, each equipped with all the modern basic essentials. Located comfortably close to the Tokyo National Science Museum and Sensoji Temple, Andon Ryokan has several antiques and artifacts spread across the property that complement the metal and glass structure.
Rooms available: $55 onwards
Address: 2-34-10 Nihonzutsumi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 1110021
Hoshinoya – Kyoto
Hoshinoya Kyoto is the example of a premium hotel-style ryokan with unparalleled luxury, fine decór, and highest hospitality. The two gardens, Mizu-no-niwa, with its pond and waterfall; and Oku-no-niwa, outline the ryokan and complement its beauty. Surrounded by the best of nature, this ryokan is a riverside refuge accessible by boat upstream from Arashiyama. Every guestroom of Hoshinoya has a soothing environment. With woodblock print paper on the walls, shoji crosspiece sliding doors, floor level sofas and an overall Japanese look and feel. And not to forget, guests can relish contemporary cuisine from around the world. Along with enjoying the view of the surrounding river and hills and the hotel’s soft, warm lighting.
Rooms available: $1300 onwards
Address: 11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzan-cho, Nishikyo-ku
Already enthralled by these stunning ryokans and hotels in Japan? Then why stop yourself from staying in these! Pack your bags and be ready to spend a peaceful vacation in these boutique hotels or ryokans.
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