[Tokyo] From Ryokan to Luxury Hotels – 5 Select New Hotels that Opened in 2019
In Tokyo, new hotels are opening at a rapid pace. This article introduces you to 5 of these newly opened hotels!
1. ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU (Shinjuku-gyoenmae)
ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU is the kind of hotel that maintains traditional amenities and protects the Japanese spirit of hospitality that has existed since long ago, while at the same time offers the kind of convenience and welcoming atmosphere that is demanded by modern customers. At many ryokan, staff will lay out your futon for you in the evening, however, at Yuen they have plans that omit this service, as well as plans that don't include meals, meaning that you have the freedom to pick the plan that best suits your plans and budget. On the 18th floor of the hotel is a large bathing area that contains an open-air bath filled with water from the famous hot springs at Hakone. Yuen offers customers a decadent slice of luxury, the sight of the metropolis at night, as viewed while relaxing in a bath in the center of the city.
Opened: May 2019
How to get there: A 7 minute walk from Shinjuku-gyoenmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Languages: There are English, Korean, and Chinese speakers on staff
2. TSUKI (Tsukiji)
This hotel was born from the founder's wish that customers would be given the opportunity to "get close to the beautiful culture of Japan." There are two baths on site available for you to rent out, so you can experience the bathing culture that has been a core element of Japanese life since long ago. The bathtubs are made with sweetly fragrant hiba cypress, making for a comfortable and relaxing soak. Moreover some guest rooms also feature private bathing spaces made with hinoki cypress so you can enjoy an even more private and personal bathing experience for as long as you wish. A must-visit for guests at TSUKI is the sake bar, which stocks varieties from all over Japan. Make sure to enjoy the rich diversity of Japanese sake with some delicious drinking snacks as you completely relax and unwind.
Opened: April 2019
Hot to get there: A 3 minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Languages: There are English and Chinese speakers on staff
3. THE BLOSSOM HIBIYA (Hibiya)
This hotel is located between the 18th and 27th floors of a high-rise buiding and offers a panorma view of the city. One of the most striking features of this hotel is how convenient everything is. For example, each guestroom features a tablet interface through which guests can control things like the fan systems, lights, and curtains. While every room is deigned to feel expansive and spacious, the 12 'Premium Rooms' between the 25th and 27th floors are particularly recommended. These large 53 sq.m. rooms come complete with a bedroom containing a luxurious and contemporary bed as well as a living room. At the Blossom you will also find a Japanese restaurant that can be used as a sake bar and other facilities like a gym replete with the latest exercise machines, meaning this hotel can cater to your needs whatever the type of guest you happen to be.
Opened: August 2019
How to get there: A 2 minute walk from Uchisaiwaicho Station on the Toei Mita Line
4. The Okura Tokyo (Toranomon)
The Okura Tokyo is an established hotel that opened in 1962 and has recently undergone renovations to improve the customer experience, such as enlarging the size of its guest rooms to 1.5 times their original size (Approx. 50-60 square meters) This gives new life to the rooms as more expansive spaces. The owners at Okura also elevated the ceilings to create more spacious, open rooms as well as creating one of the largest suite rooms in Japan (boasting an area of 720 square meters). The hotel is comprised of two different buildings. In the high rise tower, patrons can take in a magnificent view of the Tokyo skyline, while in the mid-rise tower as well as guest rooms, there is also a tea house and a Japanese restaurant. About a half of the grounds of the hotel is taken up by a luscious and leafy Japanese garden (1.3 hectares), and guests will also be charmed by the full range of other amenities available, such as a heated pool and a spa treatment room.
Renovated: September 2019
How to get there: A 6 minute walk from Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Languages: There are English speakers on staff
5. Hotel Trusty Premier Nihonbashihamacho (Nihonbashi)
An old-time charm befitting the Shinbashi and Shitamachi districts wafts through the walls of this hotel. There are more than 223 guest rooms at the Hotel Trusty Premier, from standard double rooms to deluxe rooms, with sizes between 17 to 37 square meters making them relatively compact. However, despite their size there is no compromise on amenities. For example, each room contains a tablet with a full range of entertainment options, such as more than 1,200 magazines to read at your leisure in e-book format and 1,000 titles available on a video on demand service (Some of the content is charged separately.). There are also a number of food options available at the hotel. On site you can find a bakery with a plethora of products available such as a gluten free bread made of rice flour; a relaxed cafe & wine bar; and a teppanyaki grill restaurant.
Opened: September 2019
How to get there: Located next to Hamacho Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line
There you have it, 5 unique and charming hotels. Make sure to make use of this list next time you are looking for accommodation in Tokyo.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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