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Hoshinoya Tokyo: Japan's most luxurious city of ryokan

(CNN) – With just over a year until Tokyo hosts the summer of 2020, it's time for travelers planning to take the sporting activity alive to start thinking about their housing plans.

Especially those looking for a Japanese luxury experience.

The charge of the charge in this regard is Hoshinoya Tokyo, owned by the Hoshino Resorts hospital mark.

It's not a boutique hotel. Nor is it a luxury hotel.

Hoshinoya Tokyo is located in the metropolitan area of ​​Otemachi neighborhood ̵

1; the political and financial district, near the Imperial Palace – is a ryokan (Japanese inn).

High-end ryokans are not common in Japan's big cities. They are more connected to natural settings far from city buildings – near oceans or to the scenery of mountainous landscapes.

  Hoshinoya Tokyo is located in the city's Otemachi neighborhood.

Hoshinoya Tokyo is located in the city's Otemachi neighborhood.

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With 17 floors filled with 84 rooms in a black tower that blends easily into its skyscraper surroundings, you can be catered for with the idea of ​​something traditional or inviting about Hoshinoya Tokyo.

Until you experience the thoughtful design elements created by the Azuma architectural firm that fills its space.

For example, Hoshinoya Toko's exterior is encased in a metal grid made of patterns traditionally found on kimonos.

But unless you are a guest, this is the end of the trip. Outside visitors are not allowed.

Several mini ryokans in a

There is no big, flashy entrance hell of a white glove doorman, where cars can pull in. (Our taxi driver lets us out on the road, across the street as he just couldn't find the place.)

By getting through the ryokan's huge entrance door, made of a single cypress, a single employee appears on the stage to confirm your booking. You are then asked to remove shoes to protect the fragrant tatami floors that carpet the property.

Footwear is placed in bamboo cabinets that are ready to be opened when you leave this fortress to brave the busy streets of Tokyo before escorting to your room.

Each floor has its own central lounge – or ochanoma – shared by guests in the six rooms on each floor. This is because Hoshinoya Tokyo was designed to feel like several mini ryokans in one.

Guests can help with free refreshments such as seasonal tea, coffee, sake, beer and snacks.

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Each floor has its own central lounge, full of free snacks and drinks.

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There are three rooms available in the size 40-49 square meters: Sakura (Deluxe King or Deluxe Twin), Yuri (Deluxe King Deluxe) and Kiku (Executive Triple).

All combine high-tech and modern furniture with traditional Japanese design elements – classic shoji screens included.

We stayed in the Kiku setting, a corner room with dining table, desk and a large sofa. Beds are futon style – but with luxurious, plush linens.

Breakfast is served in the room – guests can choose between Western or Japanese dishes.

This is a ryokan, a set of his and her kimonos found in your closet. If you carry them around the property, add the ryokan's vibe as you pad over the bamboo and sandalwood scented tatami floors in sock-feet to go for dinner.

Where are the other guests?

This is a place designed for privacy, relaxation and tranquility, so much that you will often feel like you are the only guest in the building – and one of the reasons why Not suitable for everyone.

During a recent visit, the only sign of fellow travelers could be seen in the main lobby on the second floor, an area where guests can participate in demonstrations highlighting various facets of traditional Japanese art, such as matching tea ceremonies or classical music, as well as guilty taste sessions .

This welcome sense of loneliness extends to the ryokan's only, not named restaurant.

Located in the basement, it has only six tatami-matted private rooms with tables and seating, and an open space consisting of four tables and a counter.

The restaurant's multi-course dinner comes from the hands of award-winning chef Noriyuki Hamada – much to the chagrin of local foodies. (Only remember guests.)

Dinners are served a brilliant series of dishes called Nippon Cuisine. According to the resort, this is "a culinary style that focuses on fish – a common staple for ryokan dining and a key feature of Japanese culinary culture" – and prepared using French techniques.

Outdoor soaks

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Hoshino Tokyo's onsen includes an outdoor section.

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This is a ryokan, there is of course an internal onsen (hot spring bathing area). Water is led in from 1,500 meters below the Tokyo streets.

If not the memorable kitchen of chef Noriyuki, we would go so far as to say that this is the star's attraction for Hoshinoya Tokyo.

Located on the top floor, the wedding ceremony offers male and female bathhouses, each with indoor and outdoor sections connected by a tunnel.

Like many Japanese onsen, tattoos have to be covered – a challenge that is contemplating praying naked. But the hotel staff are happy to provide meat-colored stickers to cover your ink. (At this point you may find yourself thinking that the back-play you have in college.)

There is not a gym, but guests who need training can access the gym in a nearby building or go for a drive on the five-kilometer trail that runs around the Imperial Palace.

However, there is an onsite spa offering a wide range of massage treatments and other treatments.

Hoshino goes global

  Taiwan's Hoshinoya Guguan to be opened this year.

Taiwan's Hoshinoya Guguan to be opened this year.

courtesy Hoshinoya Guguan

Hoshinoya Tokyo's successful attempt to create a peaceful retreat in one of the world's most populous cities should not come as a surprise.

Hoshino Resorts has been in this game for over a century. It was founded in 1904 by Kuniji Hoshino, who opened his first hot spring resort in 1914.

Long known to Japanese travelers, the brand is now only beginning to weave its unique style of hospitality into international markets.

Hoshinoya Bali in Ubud in early 2017 opened Hoshinoya Guguan, a luxurious hotspring resort, in addition to the 30 or so properties around the country, including its flagship shoshinoya resorts and several sub-brands. open in Taichung, Taiwan later this year. Hoshinoya Tokyo 1 Chome-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan; +81 570-073-066

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