Roam the streets of modern Tokyo in traditional style
Last year, HOSHINOYA Tokyo opened its doors in the middle of Tokyo’s financial district with a wholly new concept of the ‘modern ryokan’ (modernized traditional Japanese inn). Imagine taking your shoes off at the entrance and experiencing the fresh scent of Japan’s spring to begin your relaxing stay. Once in the guest room, you’ll enjoy the privacy of your own space, yet what separates an experience at HOSHINOYA Tokyo from the rest is the tea room on each floor of the property.
Different from a fully ‘public’ space like a hotel lobby, the tea rooms are shared only with the rooms on the same floor, as a space to enjoy tea, coffee, drinks and snacks, in the style of a traditional Japanese inn. As a semi-private space, you’re encouraged to enter the tea room with the comfortable, Japanese style room wear provided to each guest. For an experience outside of the ryokan, take a cruise around the city on a pulled rickshaw – just like it was done over 400 years ago – and you’ll unveil the traditional side of this modern, bustling city.
Discover the essence of spring in a world-renowned bamboo forest
Nestled behind the world heritage, ancient city of Kyoto, among the bamboo forest of Arashiyama is HOSHINOYA Kyoto. Since the olden days, the resort has only been accessible via a small river boat, to maintain the peaceful surroundings. Originally built over 100 years ago, the guest rooms maintain heritage while featuring the comforts of a modern renovation, making this one Hoshino Resorts’ most luxurious properties.
Spring is especially unique at the resort, featuring a seasonal ‘Bamboo Picnic’. Bamboo has a special cultural significance in Japan, historically used as an ingredient in traditional Japanese crafts, traditional Japanese artwork as well as in seasonal Japanese food. At HOSHINOYA Kyoto, guests can savour the taste of the culturally significant bamboo with a guided hike and picnic to fully experience the taste that has been praised for over a thousand of years in Japan.
Discover the original Cherry Blossom at the original Hoshino Resorts
Roughly ninety minutes by car from Tokyo lies the Karuizawa region, where the original resort and its over 100 years of tradition await. Famous for its beauty, the Karuizawa region has been a favorite of philosophers, intellectuals and artists of Japan throughout history. It is here that these individuals who shaped Japanese culture, were inspired to by the beauty of the ‘mountain cherry blossom,’ famous for its richer pink and later blooming season, which made the common cherry blossom so popular.
Step in to the entrance where rich pink petals fall - in to the world that inspired the cultural leaders of Japan. After experiencing the inspirational, enjoy the local flavours brimming with the region’s nature through a delectable ‘Mountain Kaiseki’ multi course traditional Japanese meal. End the day passing time comfortably in the sunken Japanese style table, created specifically to give the room a luxuriously spacious feel.
Where glamping and Japanese culture meet
Mt. Fuji, a symbol of Japan, and the untouched national park at its foot are the unbeatable surroundings of HOSHINOYA Fuji. Experience the best of luxurious glamping, complete with a professional mountain stream fishing guide to a quiet night by the fire, enjoying a quality cigar.
Relax and rejuvenate away from the hustle and bustle of the city and let nature fill the silence. Step inside your glamping site, and you’ll be greeted with all the comforts including a fully air conditioned room and a luxurious bed, for an accommodation experience you would expect from Japan’s leading luxury hotel.
The Marriage of a historical patisserie and Matcha tea
Kaga was a historically significant city in Japan, alongside Tokyo and Osaka, famous for its quality of rice. Even now, the region is known for its high quality pottery, ceramics, fabrics and other traditional Japanese crafts. It is in this area that KAI Kaga is located, the recipient of 4 Red Pavilions in the Michelin Guide’s traditional Japanese inns category, making it a flagship resort of the Hoshino Resorts portfolio.
Each room at KAI Kaga features an essence of the region’s culture and history. Savour the traditional Japanese confectionary of the Kaga region, famed to be ranked within the nation’s top three, with a cup of Matcha tea, and feel your worries melt away.Beyond confectionary, experience the essence of Japanese cuisine – an integral part of the traditional Japanese ‘ryokan’ experience - from the chefs on site who follow the philosophy of Kitaouji-Rosanjin, renowned in Japan for his culinaryexpertise.
An outdoor bath akin to a majestic landscape art piece
Roughly ninety minutes from Tokyo by train lies the Hakone region, famous for its hot springs. It is in this famed region where KAI Hakone is nestled among the historic ryokan and hot springs that have rejuvenated the tires of a long journey of travel for hundreds of years.The culinary experience at KAI Hakone is a harmony of Japanese cuisine mixed with European methods, providing you with an experience of both the traditional and unique. Enjoy the experience not only through taste, but through the visual beauty of the traditional Japanese wood craft marquetry on the tableware, giving it an exquisite finish.
At KAI Hakone, you’ll not only experience the traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine and yukata garments that are a central part of the Japanese hot spring culture, but you’ll be treated to the hot spring waters of Yumoto, famed in the region to be the highest quality. Complete your Hakone experience in the resort’s outdoor bath with its majestic view of Japan’s spring in full bloom - said to be more akin to piece of art than a simple landscape view.