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Japan’s cool hotels: Tokyo edition

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

Japan is a country of world-class technology but when it comes to rest and relaxation, they return to their more traditional customs of keeping it simple and comfortable. From five-star luxurious hotels to quirky and unique motels, here are our top 10 cool finds in Tokyo.

Room in Hoshinoya

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Located in the city’s economic centre, the contrasting façade of the 17-story Hoshinoya Tokyo offers a relaxed, Zen-like ambience and a sense of intimacy inside. Rooted in traditional Japanese culture, the experience resembles customs honoured at Japanese traditional inns, ryokan. Relax on tatami matted floors, dine on seasonal food and soak in the hot springs.

Book and Bed

Book and Bed

A bookworm’s delight! Book and Bed is a comfortable library you can fall asleep in. Capsule-like rooms are nestled among more than 3,500 books. Choose from Manga comics or wordy English translations, grab a book off the shelf and curl up in your cosy compartment.

The Japanese Garden at The New Otani

The New Otani

Famed for its Japanese garden which was voted one of the best free attractions in the city, The New Otani hotel is the perfect place to replenish your Zen. The 10-acre garden features ancient stone lanterns, scarlet bridges over koi ponds, a stone garden, waterfall and flowers. The history of the garden spans 400 years and has been the property of many samurai lords.

foot baths at Ooedo-Onsen

Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari

Enjoy old time Japan in the heart of Tokyo where natural hot spring, open-air baths, steam baths and a Japanese garden themed foot-bath offer relaxing reprieves from the bustling city. Ooedo-Onsen also houses an amusement park where guests can dress up in Yukata and enjoy the festive mall of Edo Town, complete with ninja training, carnival games, fortune tellers and food stores.

rooms at Claska


Located off the beaten track with 20 unique rooms, Claska embodies playfulness and stylish decor. The cutting edge boutique hotel has rooms separated into four categories: Japanese contemporary, tatami, weekly residence and DIY. In the DIY rooms, artists were left to their own creativity. The hotel also features an onsite shop, gallery and French restaurant.


Sukeroku No Yado Sadachiyo

Traditional Japanese inns or ryokan are rare in Tokyo which has moved on to more modern lodgings. The Sukeroku offers a more cultural experience with geisha dancing and traditional Japanese dining. Soak up the Edo atmosphere in the heart of the city and spend the night in tatami-matted rooms with modern trimmings like WiFi and a private bathroom.

Swimming pool in Aman

Aman Tokyo

The ultra-luxurious Aman is located in the heart of the city, next to the Imperial Palace Park, and is fitted with high-tech Japanese trimmings. The hotel features an inner garden, restaurant, café and spa. The suites are lofty and urban, drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese residences.

Room in Shinjuku Granbell

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

Where art meets accommodation. Promoting up and coming artists from all over Asia, the creative Shinkuku Granbell Hotel houses exhibitions and installations. The hotel also has a roof-top bar and Zen-like rooms, perfect for relaxing and unwinding in a city that’s always on the go.

The view from Komadori

Komadori Sanso

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo with a night in Chichibu Tama Kai National Park. The Komadori Sanso offers century-old temple lodgings inside a two-story wooden inn. There are only basic-style Japanese rooms with shared bathroom facilities available. The secluded lodge’s best feature is the nearby waterfall.

Bar at Hilltop Hotel

Hilltop Hotel

Established in 1954, Hilltop Hotel is famous for its history and culture and is located in the district of Old-Tokyo. The historically styled boutique hotel features authentic décor of wood-panelled walls, leather lounges and antiquities.

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