Ryokan in the City - Ryokan Experiences in Tokyo
Check out our pick of Tokyo hotels where you can enjoy a luxury ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) experience - all without leaving the capital!
Looking to get that authentic ryokan experience while in Japan, but don’t have time to leave Tokyo? If you want a holiday that’s big on experience but you’re short on time, then a stay in one of these hotels with traditional Japanese-style rooms, cuisine and services could be just what you’re looking for.
Hoshinoya Tokyo (website) offers what is possibly the ultimate “ryokan in the city” experience. Don’t be fooled by its grand facade - step inside the calming, neutral interior and immerse yourself in the relaxing ambiance of a home away from home amidst the big city noise and lights of the Japanese capital.
Each floor of the 17-storey hotel is an exclusive domain, accessible only by the guests staying on that floor. Experience the intimacy and pleasant surprise of traditional Japanese hospitality wherever you go, with dedicated staff on hand to meet your every need and carry out the various elegant, time-honoured customs of Japan’s ryokan.
Hoshinoya offers three rooms of varying size and location. Simple but elegant, all the rooms are cleanly designed and furnished minimally with pristine futons made of soft-to-the-touch cotton and other essentials. A seamless mosaic of tatami mats covers the floor, while bamboo closets and shoji paper sliding doors give the rooms a traditional aesthetic.
Sakura (cherry blossom) rooms are twins or doubles located near the communal lounge, so are ideal for more sociable guests, while Yuri (lily) rooms are double corner rooms which afford more privacy and quiet. Twice the size of Yuri and Sakura, Kiku (chrysanthemum) rooms have their own dining table and lounge area and can accommodate up to three people in single-size futons.
Entice nature into your room by enjoying the plentiful sunlight filtering through the shoji-covered windows of the south-facing rooms, and open the window of the bathing area to bring the outdoors inside, creating the feeling of a rotenburo (outdoor bath). The deep bathtub invites you to take a long, rejuvenating soak - the only danger is that once you immerse yourself in Hoshinoya’s top grade hospitality, you won’t want to get out!
Spread over 6 floors at the top of the Otemachi tower, both rooms and suites boast stunning city views of Tokyo Skytree, the Imperial Palace, and even Mt. Fuji. At 71 sq m, the rooms are the largest entry-level rooms in the city, while the suites, ranging from 121 to 157 sq m, double as expansive and lofty sanctuaries for when you just need to get away from it all, rising far above the hustle and bustle of Tokyo’s busy urban streets.
Aman’s location couldn’t be better - Otemachi is within easy reach of night-life and dining district Nihonbashi as well as Tokyo station, which has more subway and train lines passing through it than any other. The Imperial Palace that you can see from your bedroom window is a short stroll away in one direction and high-end Ginza in the other, while the local area boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else on the planet!
ANA Intercontinental Tokyo
With its two European-style beds plus two Japanese-style futon beds, the big advantage of this suite is that it can comfortably accommodate between 2 and 4 guests, so it can flexibly adapt to accommodate a range of different guest groupings, such as couples, families or groups.
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
The hotel’s other Japanese-style suite, the Sanno Suite, is one of their signature rooms, and incorporates an expansive living and dining room equipped with shoji paper screens and sliding doors. Here, you can experience true relaxation and enjoy your escape from daily life, helped along by many little extras such as the Nespresso coffee machine, BOSE wireless speakers, rain shower and bathroom audio system, and that ultimate luxury, a Japanese bidet toilet.
Based in a renovated old hotel in Meguro, arty design hotel Claska’s (website) 20 rooms were designed according to four themes by Japanese architects and designers. Their three Tatami Rooms offer a modern and up-to-date take on the classic Japanese room, seamlessly fusing east and west with a combination of low-lying beds and simple tatami mats.
The contemporary yet traditional rooms are intended to give guests an insight into Japanese philosophy and values of interior design at the same time as offering comfort and rest after long journeys. With their pristine white walls and bedding and unvarnished wooden floors and window sills offset by a few interesting touches such as the plump round zabuton floor cushions, tea set, and paper lantern lamps, we’d say they will surely do just that.
Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa
The annex also houses unique facilities just for guests staying in these rooms, including a lounge and spa designed with Japanese aesthetics in mind. Here, guests can make full use of the Oh-sai Lounge for breakfast, tea-time, cocktail time and nightcaps as well as the various spa facilities such as the sauna and whirlpool baths and the Diamond and Sky pools in summer.
You’ll also get your own in-house onsen experience while staying, with a luxurious in-room hinoki cypress bathtub complete with decadent L’Occitane bath amenities and a TV in the bathroom. If that’s not enough for you then the hotel also has Yu The Spa as well as nine restaurants, including several serving Japanese cuisine.
Hotel Grand Arc Hanzomon
Meguro Gajoen’s (website) guest rooms provide graceful luxury spaces that they boast will “certainly set you at ease or motivate you to work” - we rather think the former! They offer two types of suites, both of which accommodate up to four people, so are ideal for family stays. Choose from either a fully Japanese-style room or a “mixed” room incorporating western-style furnishings and an area with tatami mats.
The full Japanese suites feature two tatami rooms, one of which is set up as a living room with floor-level table and chairs and the traditional tokonoma alcove with a calligraphy scroll and flower arrangement. You also get a spacious bathroom equipped with a double sink, private steam sauna and family-size bathtub made of Japanese hinoki cypress wood.
The mixed suites offer the perfect blend between Japanese and western styles and are perfect for those looking to try out traditional Japanese floor-level living without committing to a entirely Japanese-style room. They have western-style furniture such as beds, sofas and armchairs but also an elevated living room space with Ryukyu tatami flooring, a low table, and zabuton floor cushions. The bathrooms are fully western-style, with jacuzzi bath, shower and private sauna, all with luxurious white marble and gold fittings.
Ritz Carlton Tokyo
The Ritz Carlton Tokyo (website) offers a modern twist on traditional Japanese-style accommodation with their impeccably turned out Modern Japanese Suites. On the 47th and 48th floors, they all have spectacular views of Tokyo, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Tokyo skyline and iconic landmarks such as Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay.
The 100 sq m suites have tatami flooring and shoji sliding doors in the bedroom and living room and luxurious Japanese-style futon beds on an elevated platform in the bedroom. The tokonoma alcove, flower motifs and Oriental design lampshades complete the living room, while accents of black lacquer and a traditionally patterned folding screen behind the bed add the finishing touches to the bedroom.