HOSHINOYA x Solo Travel – Consider the possibility of traveling solo
HOSHINOYA is the first luxury resort brand in Japan, which offers an extraordinary getaway, allowing one to forget our busy daily lives or rather reset it, in order to get back into our daily lives with a fresh mind. Here, we will introduce some of the highlights of traveling solo whilst staying at one of our HOSHINOYA properties in Japan. For some, traveling solo will lead to new perspectives on travel, for others, it may become a reflective or inspirational moment and regardless of the outcome, HOSHINOYA will support our guests along the way in order for a luxurious getaway trip. Although international travel is not yet an option, we are hopeful for the future and would like to propose the possibilities of traveling solo to HOSHINOYA properties in Japan. We are looking forward to welcoming our international guests again soon, in the future.
During this with corona era, there is more attention towards traveling solo for it can lead to avoiding contact with others. At times, it can feel stressful just to be close to people all the time, so we wanted to highlight some of the perks of traveling solo to HOSHINOYA properties in Japan. Although international travel is not open, we are hopeful for the future and would like to offer ideas on traveling solo for your next trip.
Also, depending on our mood, how we enjoy travel differs. With the diversifying needs of travel, we understand that there are fun times with having a companion but there are also frustrations that can arise because you may not agree with how you would like to spend time. If you are traveling solo, you can enjoy your trip however you like, from choosing your budget to how you are spending time. HOSHINOYA properties value the charms of the culture of each location so each property has its own concept, where a variety of options will be available to you.
Characteristic 1: A Private Location Far from our Busy, Daily LivesHOSHINOYA Taketomi Island
HOSHINOYA is a special place, located away from the outside world. HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island is located 400km from the main island of Okinawa, where a breathtaking view of the original landscape of Yaeyama can be found. HOSHINOYA Karuizawa is located at the foot of Mount Asama, where 77 guest rooms are lined up in a land of about 9.8 acres. HOSHINOYA Tokyo is only a step away from Otemachi, Japan’s number one financial district and it is structured so that guests can enter the property without their shoes and walk on soft, tatami (straw) mats. Each property is designed in a way that allows one to feel like they are in a secluded yet safe space, away from the hustle and bustle of the world so staying at the properties like a resident can be possible.
Characteristic 2: Activities that can be enjoyed because of solo travelHOSHINOYA Fuji
One of the highlights of traveling solo is how you can arrange your itinerary according to your own interest and hobbies. At HOSHINOYA, we offer a variety of activities that are specific to the location so there is a variety of activities to choose from and experience. For example, at HOSHINOYA Okinawa, the entire site faces the ocean so at any time during the stay, you can choose to do yoga or stretches whilst absorbing the ocean using all five senses within a private space. At HOSHINOYA Fuji, there will be one on one sessions with our glamping masters to start a fire. Furthermore, at HOSHINOYA Kyoto, guests can experience the culture of Kyoto by wandering around the garden with the guidance of a gardener. The freedom of choice can only be achieved through solo traveling.
Characteristic 3: Meals recommended for solo travelHOSHINOYA Kyoto
HOSHINOYA offers a variety of meals in a private room at the main dining as well as in-room dining, which is perfect for enjoying meals alone. The main dining of HOSHINOYA Kyoto is a semi-private room so guests can enjoy the local cuisine of Kyoto, where the change of season can be enjoyed through the seasonal ingredients in the meals. At HOSHINOYA Fuji, “Shabu-shabu hot pot at the foot of the mountain” is a chef’s special for in-room dining. At HOSHINOYA Okinawa, we have a new style of resort dining, where we offer “gathering service.” The dishes are mostly prepared by the chef but the last step of preparation such as baking will be asked to be completed by the guests so that the dishes are complete at your own time.
Characteristic 4: Various plans curated for solo travelersHOSHINOYA Kyoto
HOSHINOYA Karuizawa: Hoshino Onsen Tombo no Yu
HOSHINOYA Okinawa: Gima Beach
We offer plans for solo travelers, named the “Single Use Special Offer.” This plan is offered from 1 night so you can choose the length of stay according to your travel style.
> “Single Use Special Offer” plan at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa
Starts from 54,000 JPY (per room, excluding tax and service fee, and meals)
> “Stay Longer” plans at HOSHINOYA
Property of Interest: HOSHINOYA properties in Japan (Tokyo, Okinawa, Karuizawa, Kyoto, Taketomi Island, Fuji)
Price: 2-5 nights: 25% off, 6-9 nights: 60% off, more than 10 nights: 65% off
*all discount rates from the regular rate
> Ways of spending time because of solo travel
HOSHINOYA Tokyo – Hot spring trip just for yourselfWe recommend HOSHINOYA Tokyo in Otemachi if you are looking for experiencing hot spring ryokan (Japanese inn) in urban Tokyo. This property offers an exclusive stay in the big city, where you will have to walk barefoot on soft, tatami mats, which will surely become a new habit once you experience it. The act of taking off the shoes to enter will evoke a sense of home even when traveling in a foreign country. You can choose to enjoy a relaxing moment at the open-air hot spring on the 17th floor, an experience of body healing at the spa, or a one and only dining experience of “Nippon Cuisine.” HOSHINOYA Tokyo will be a great place for those who want to relax at a hot spring ryokan whilst in the heart of Tokyo.
HOSHINOYA Okinawa – Gazing into the ocean and experiencing the luxury of doing nothingThe entire site of HOSHINOYA Okinawa faces the ocean so all guest rooms have a panoramic view of the ocean. It is the perfect place to enjoy the luxury of doing nothing, which can be difficult outside solo travel. We recommend looking into the ocean from the terrace living area in the guest rooms. Any stress or tension can be relieved by focusing on the movements of the salty waters, the change in color of the water, and the sounds of the waves.
HOSHINOYA Karuizawa – From hot springs to experiences that tap into our curiosityKaruizawa is a popular weekend destination for people in the Kanto area, where it is only 70 minutes away from Tokyo station on a bullet train. We recommend HOSHINOYA Karuizawa for those who want to get a full experience of nature, hot springs, meals, and everything nice. There are plenty of options in nearby areas, where you can choose to walk around the foot of Mount Asama, listen in to the chirping of wild birds, feel the nature of Karuizawa by using all your senses, go to the nearby Hoshino Area to enjoy hot springs, shops and restaurants. Depending on your budget and interest, you can choose from having a soak in “Tombo no Yu” with an indoor Hinoki bathtub and outdoor rock bath, relaxing in the meditation bath for hotel guests only, joining the eco-tour to learn about the environment, visiting 16 different shops and restaurants that align along the HARUNIRE terrace, spa that aims to balance the mind and body, etc.
HOSHINOYA Kyoto – Getting in touch with the culture of KyotoHOSHINOYA Kyoto is located in Oku-Arashiyama, which was once a favored area for the Heian aristocracy to build their second home. Kyoto has many Japanese gardens and has been protected and passed down from generation to generation. At HOSHINOYA Kyoto, there is a special garden that incorporates both the traditions of Kyoto as well as the modern influence and there are a number of activities hosted each season with the guidance of our gardener or staff. Learning about the nature of Oku-Arashiyama and the culture of Kyoto is a one and only experience at HOSHINOYA Kyoto.
HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island – Learning the ways of remote island living and reflecting it to your daily lifeTaketomi Island is 10 minutes by boat from Ishigaki Island and it is known as one of four places in the world with longevity. HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island has activities that will help guests to adjust their lifestyles through the teachings of wisdom from healthy islanders. The main focus is on the habits and diet of islanders, where moderate exercise in the field and having a meal centered around vegetable protein is introduced. We will propose a lifestyle that can only be experienced at Taketomi Island and will continue to pass down the wisdom of the islanders.
HOSHINOYA Fuji – Solo glampingHOSHINOYA Fuji is the first glamping resort in Japan and will host a solo glamping experience at the foot of Mount Fuji for solo travelers to spend an active stay. For solo glamping, our glamping master, who is an expert on nature, will curate an outdoor experience for each guest according to their needs. For those who want to enjoy meals, we recommend the experience where you choose your flavor of choice for making smoked food and enjoying the smoked food with whisky or beer. HOSHINOYA Fuji offers a special solo travel where you can enjoy your own glamping with the guidance of a glamping master.
Reference: Main actions against coronavirus with respect to management of health and hygiene at all properties of Hoshino Resorts
>Confirmation of health and travel histories upon check-in
>Addition of disinfection procedures to cleaning of rooms and public areas
>Availability of alcohol-based disinfectants at multiple locations around a property including all guest rooms
>Alcohol-based disinfectants to be used upon arrival at restaurants for all guests
>Crowd control in public areas
>Use of application to monitor crowds at hot springs and pools (applicable for several properties)
> High-temperature washing (above 80 degrees Celsius) of tableware (plates and glass) and cutlery, and disinfection of trays.
>Masks to be worn by all staff members
>Management of health and hygiene of staff members (checking and recording temperatures before work).
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