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Step inside Tokyo’s first luxury ryokan.

A place of zen in a busy metropolis.

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© Hoshinoya Tokyo

Hoshinoya – Tokyo’s urban oasis.

In the heart of the most populous area on the planet is a secluded and zen hotel that gives a new meaning to the word ‘Luxurious’.

Smack bang in the middle of Tokyo’s Ōtemachi neighbourhood, the Hoshinoya is only a few minutes walk away from the train station and other famous attractions.

In short, the Hoshinoya Tokyo is the capitals most luxurious Ryokan.

Commonly asked question about the Hoshinoya – Tokyo.

Before we get into looking at the Hoshinoya itself, let’s look at some frequently asked questions about the hotel.

How much does it cost to stay at Hoshinoya Tokyo?

If you’re booking through the Hoshino website (Which I recommend as they give the best price) it could be cheaper than you think.

If I book for next March (thats just under a year), I can get the deluxe twin room for only $138 per night!

That’s a shockingly good price for the most luxurious ryokan in Tokyo. Of course might be different depending on when you book for, but just make sure to reserve well in advance and you might be able to have a few nights at the end of your trip!

What type of room can I book at Hoshinoya Tokyo?

Well, this very much depends on your budget and what you’re looking at experiencing during your stay. Even still it seems as though every aspect over the Hoshinoya was designed with serenity and zen in mind, even the booking process.

Inside Tokyo’s luxury ryokan there are only 3 room types to chose from. So you won’t have to worry about deciding between 10 different room styles with completely unnecessary upgrades.

The three rooms come in at different price points but that differs drastically depending on the time year and how far in advance it was booked.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, the deluxe twin is what you’ll want go for.

The following room descriptions are taken directly from Hoshinoya.

Kiku (Executive Triple)

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© Hoshinoya Tokyo

A spacious room with many additional furnishings.

‘Soft sunlight pours in through the paper window screens in these south-facing corner rooms, which are about twice as large as the Yuri and Sakura rooms. Furnishings include a dining table, a small desk, and a sofa that is wide enough to lie on. The bathroom features a satisfyingly deep bathtub and a shower stall, with windows that can be opened to bring in cool winds. Up to three Japanese futons can be laid out on the bed stand.’

Yuri (Deluxe King)

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© Hoshinoya Tokyo

Serene and intimate.

‘These rooms feature double beds, tatami floors, and sofas with ornate cypress frames–each is a piece of contemporary furniture decorated with traditional Japanese craftwork. Guests can relax by soaking in the deep bathtub located in the bathroom, which is also furnished with a sink and shower stall, or by basking in the warm sunlight filtering through the shoji paper screens that grace the living area windows.’

Sakura (Deluxe Twin)

hoshinoya rooms
© Hoshinoya Tokyo

An Authentic ryokan experience.

‘Closets and sofas featuring tasteful cypress craft and windows concealed by shoji paper screens provide these rooms with a traditionally Japanese aesthetic. Sakura rooms are located near the ochanoma lounge to entice guests to frequent the lounge–the traditional center of activity in an authentic ryokan. The rooms feature twin beds; these are designed to resemble a Japanese futon to enhance the Japanese atmosphere.’

Does Hoshinoya Tokyo have a restaurant on site?

Hoshinoya Tokyo food
© Hoshinoya Tokyo

Certainly does!

And it has in-room dining. The type that Japanese ryokans are famous for.

It needs to be made clear that dining at the Hoshinoya Tokyo will cost extra, as is custom in most ryokans.

Food is also changed seasonally and produced by executive chef Noriyuki Hamada.

Dinner

Dinner costs ¥18,000 per person plus tax and a 10% service charge. Yup, Japanese tax is back again to ruin your day.

Of course ¥18,000 is about $160 so no one would blame you if you went to a nearby restaurant.

Time Served: 17:30 – 20:30

Price: ¥18,000

Breakfast

Breakfast is far more reasonable at ¥4,000 ($36) and for the experience of In-Room Dining it’s well worth it.

The western style breakfast is ¥700 cheaper, but if you’re going to Japan to eat western food you’re doing it wrong!

Time served: 7:00 – 11:00

Price: ¥4,000

Can I park a car at Hoshinoya Tokyo?

Unfortunately there is no free parking at the Hoshinoya, but they do reccomend one very close.

Guests are advised to use the Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube carpark which costs ¥5,500 per night.

How far is Hoshinoya Tokyo from the centre of Tokyo?

Really flipping close. I don’t know how much closer you could get!

  • 9 minute walk from Tokyo Station.
  • 10 minute walk to the imperial palace.
  • 20 minutes from Shibuya crossing.
  • 20 minutes from Akihabara.

It’s close to everything, so you should easily be able to get around on public transport.

What are the check-in and check-out times at Hoshinoya Tokyo?

Currently there is no information about check-in and check-out times on their website.

I would advise ringing them on +81-50-3786-1144 to confirm and manage your reservation.

What is there to do at Hoshinoya Tokyo?

Now we get to the juicy part of the article!

There are a whole host of activities available inside the Hoshinoya including:

Japanese Tea Ceremony

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© Hoshinoya Tokyo

The opportunity to appreciate and take part in a Japanese tradition. You will also gain a deeper appreciation of Japanese hospitality and the tea ceremonies relationship with the changing seasons.

Includes: Tea lesson
Confectionery
Tea bowls
Whisks

Available: All year

Price: ¥8,000 per person (excluding tax and service charge)

Gagaku Performance

gagaku performance
© Hoshinoya Tokyo

Gagaku is a traditional Japanese art that mixes theatre with dance and music.

At the Hoshinoya, performances are shown on the weekends in the lobby stage.

And the best news of all?

It’s free!

Includes: Theatre show

Available: Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, excluding new year’s holidays

Price: Free

Tokyo River Cruise

hoshinoya tokyo boat trip
© Hoshinoya Tokyo

Includes: A 60-minute river cruise through the city canals

Available: All year

Price: ¥48,400 (For up to 6 guests)

Ricksha Tour

© Hoshinoya Tokyo

Includes: 1 of 3 handpicked tours from a knowledgeable driver

Available: All Year

Price: 60 Minute tour (Nihonbashi): ¥25,910
90 Minute tour (Kanda or Ningyocho): ¥32,730

The luxury urban ryokan also has a helicopter tour for ¥247,730, but we’ll skip that one because this isn’t a blog for the super rich!

Other exciting things at the Hoshinoya Tokyo

If all of those weren’t enough to tempt you into reserving a room, there’s more!

Hoshinoya Onsen

hoshinoya onsen
© Hoshinoya Tokyo

An indoor onsen that uses water 1,500 metres below Tokyo.

It’s waters are filled with saline which has a restorative and energising effect on your body.

But favourite thing about this hot spring is it’s open ceiling.

You cant quite see it here but in the room at the back there is no ceiling meaning you can stare up into the sky whilst soaking your worries away, right in the heart of Tokyo.

Rooftop Yoga

© Hoshinoya Tokyo

It’s unclear from the website, but it seems as though the Hoshinoya also offers rooftop activities.

Most likely these will be either rooftop yoga or meditation.

Judging by everything else they offer, it doesn’t seem a stretch to imagine rooftop yoga is available.

Is Hoshinoya Tokyo worth it?

Okay so clearly this isn’t the best place for budget conscious traveller, even with acceptably priced rooms.

With all the added extras, and the activities you’ll convince yourself to do because this was a ‘once in a lifetime trip’, it will be heavy on your pockets.

But to be honest, that isn’t a problem when you consider the sort of people this place will be attracting.

The Hoshinoya in Tokyo is quite simply the best and most luxurious ryokan in the city. It compromises on absolutely nothing and is bound to appeal to those looking for the best of the best.

In all honesty it’s no big suprise that Hoshinoya Tokyo is at the top of it’s game. Hoshino Resorts have been in business for over 100 years.

So I guess you could say they’ve had practice at perfecting their craft.

If you still want to visit a Hoshinoya hotel but your budget won’t stretch to this one, you’ll be happy to hear that Hoshino Resorts are scattered around Asia.

Hoshino’s Fuji resort is far more ‘affordable’ and only a quick train ride away from the capital.

Let us know if you’ve been and what you thought of it in the comments below!

Jonny Gleason

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