January 07, 2021
Photo: Fufu Kawaguchiko
After the year we've all had, there's no better escape than a quiet, zen-filled holiday in the serenity of Japan. As featured in our LUXE Tokyo guide, here are five minimalist hotels in/around Tokyo to add to your post-COVID bucket list. Time to set yourself to DND...
Bird’s-eye retro traditionalist melding walnut n’ washi paper with mid-C.20th furny, checkerboard cabinetry and wow vistas, plus Japanese-style shoji partitions for a customised space. Zip up for Andaz Tavern, rooftop sips and AO Spa.
1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, http://tokyo.andaz.hyatt.com
(Photo: Fufu Kawaguchiko)
Traddy Japanese ryokan meets Euro mountain lodge at the foot of Fuji, packing in private hot springs, retractable floor-to-ceiling windows, personal bio-ethanol hearths and grandstand views of the country's pre-eminent pile, natch. To ensure full eco-immersion, the furny's been carved from trees cleared to build the property, plus there are locavore kaiseki sups, nightly glampfires, in-room spa treats from Spa by Sisley, trekking, stargazing and Zen some.
2211-1 Mizuguchi, Kawaguchi-Aza, Fuji-Kawaguchiko-Machi, Minamitsuru-Gun Yamanashi, fufukawaguchiko.jp
(Photo: Gora Kadan)
Stylish and discreet wellness haven frequented by hi-sos and slebs, and well worth the hefty entry yennies. Every room includes a tub large enough for a tumble turn, while suites include saunas, private access to the open-air hot springs, and a dedicated servant, ahem, attendant. Sweet.
1300 Gora Hakone-Machi, Kanagawa Kanagawa, gorakadan.com
(Photo: Hoshinoya Tokyo)
An homage to trad omotenashi hospitality is this real-deal ryokan experience slap-bang in biz-central. Peek beyond Rie Azuma's kimono-inspired lattice exterior to spy 17 self-contained floors replete with tranquil tatami walkways, artful bent-wood floor-furnishings, shoji sliding doors and individ open-air hot spring baths.
1-9-2001 1-9-2001 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku Chiyoda-ku, hoshinoyatokyo.com
(Photo: Trunk Hotel)
Forget the mega urban monolith hotels of yore, it's all about less junk and more Trunk at this petite and leafy artist-designed pied-a-terre. Edgy, earthy minimalism reigns in the 11 individually-appointed rooms and four suites (nab a terraced abode if budget allows), with tech gadgetry and semi-comp mini bar coming standard.
5-31 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, trunk-hotel.com
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