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EDITOR’S PICK


fusion restaurant, which is still in its soft-opening stage, though it surely can’t be long before the Michelin judges come knocking.


SISTER SPAS Hoshinoya Tokyo takes its spa efforts seriously, but nothing could trump the group’s flagship property Hoshinoya Karuizawa, about an hour away by bullet train in the mountains northwest of Tokyo. Surrounded by forest, this


ABOVE: Bento boxes LEFT: Hoshinoya Tokyo BELOW LEFT: Hoshinoya Karuizawa


all. Though suitably soothed after a soak, I found myself feeling Zen enough that it really didn’t matter – so I guess the onsen worked its magic after all.


CAPITAL GAINS In a city renowned for its frenetic pace, the 84-room Hoshinoya Tokyo, which opened this summer, is a chance to pause for breath. From its tranquil entrance – carved out of 300-year-old cedarwood – to the tatami mat-covered floors and authentic onsen, it’s a testament to all things Japanese. This is the first city-centre property for the Japanese hotel group, translating the concept of the traditional inn-like ryokan to the flashier surrounds of a new-build city skyscraper. That bold experiment has


paid off, with thoughtful touches that set this property apart from the wealth of high-end hotels in the capital. Each floor has its own ochanoma (tea


lounge) accessible only to the dozen or so guests on that level and offering a pleasant space to stretch out. That said, space is not something guests will be short of here: rooms are positively palatial by Tokyo standards, with floor- to-ceiling windows, a king-sized bed, lounge area and sizeable bathroom. Given its high standards, it’s no surprise the food is exquisite too, from the Japanese breakfast – served in- room with a flourish, as waiters lay out an array of individual dishes from an okamochi (stacked-up bento box) – to the fine-dining French-Japanese


property is a world away from the fast-paced capital. Its low-rise cottage-style suites are scattered around the shores of a lake so pretty it’s worth getting up early to see mist stealing across the surface – though opt for one of the lakeside rooms and guests can simply wander out to their private terrace to watch this bucolic scene unfold. Yet the main draw is that the


resort is home to not one but two onsen – one public, one just for guests – along with natural hot springs and a meditation bath. It’s an ideal counterpoint to the capital, attracting swathes of Tokyoites in search of a weekend hideaway in the hills, and the pairing is just as rewarding for visitors who want to immerse themselves – literally and figuratively – in local life. Just warn them to pick up a towel before going for a dip. Rates at Hoshinoya Tokyo start


at £575 per night, and at Hoshinoya Karuizawa from £520, both room- only and including tax and services. HOSHINOYATOKYO.COM/EN


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