If you’re planning a far eastern adventure, then be sure to include a visit to one of Tokyo’s many capsule hotels – one of our favourites is the Riverside Capsule Hotel in Asakusa district.
A uniquely Japanese experience, capsule hotels are inspired by the pursuit of efficiency of space and functional comfort – which basically means you won’t have room to swing a cat!
But don’t let that put you off! We’ll admit that the capsules do resemble human-sized microwaves, but these futuristic, tube-like compartments are actually pretty comfortable.
Accommodation is arranged dormitory style, but female travellers needn’t worry! The Riverside Capsule Hotel offers a ladies only floor, which means you won’t have to put up with any snoring from the encapsulated male guests.
Are you one of those people who wished it could be Christmas every day? Do you start counting down the days to the holiday season in June? Well wait no more, because Hotel Chapel Christmas offers the full festive experience 365 days a year!
Definitely one of the weirdest hotels we’ve seen, this Tokyo ‘love hotel’ offers couples the chance to enjoy a romantic yuletide getaway surrounded by all the trappings of a traditional Christmas.
OK, so it might not be a genuine winter wonderland but we defy anyone not to be charmed by this brilliantly bonkers hotel!
Nestled deep within the Hakone Mountains of Japan lies Hakone Ginyu, a traditional Ryokan guesthouse where you are encouraged to “take your ease in the bosom of nature”.
Mountainous bosoms aside, the hotel has adopted the philosophy that “nature is the best physician”. And since each room offers such eye-popping views of the surrounding landscape, we’re inclined to agree with them!
The hotel itself is a fabulous fusion of classic and contemporary design, and at Hakone Ginyu they’re big on the small details too! The copperplate room keys are so pretty you’ll begrudge handing them back, and the handcrafted coffee cups are almost too nice to use!
During your stay, keep your eyes peeled for the delicate pin striping which adorns the hotel woodwork. They’ve been hand painted by skilled artist Mr. Ishii – better known to his friends as Mooneyes!
Whilst filming in Japan, the production team decided to experience some off-season festive cheer, with a visit to the Hotel Christmas Chapel. This cheeky ‘love hotel’ offers couples the chance to cosy up in a Christmas themed room – but don’t worry, you’re unlikely to be visited by a jolly old man during the night!
Konichiwa! The Weird & Wonderful production crew have made it to the land of the rising sun where they are busy shooting Hakone Ginyu. This traditional Ryokan guesthouse mixes old with new to create a uniquely ‘Zen’ environment. And with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, you might feel so at peace that you’ll never want to leave!
In Kagawa, Japan, you will find the superb Benesse House. The ultimate in minimalism, it allows you to free your mind of the clutter of everyday life and immerse yourself in all that’s tranquil.
Art and architecture go hand-in-hand in this luxurious haven. Within its contoured walls you can wonder at the works of such legends as Andy Warhol and David Hockney. Plus, be sure to visit their art house project which involves transforming old houses into open artwork – truly memorable!
So, leave the hustle and bustle behind and get ready to free your mind.