The modest Japanese aesthetic is distinguished by clean lines, raw materials, and a generally austere look. It is based on the wabi-sabi concepts of the beauty of imperfection and natural age. One of the best structural depictions of traditional Japanese inns, or ryokans, that date back to the 17th century, are still in existence today and serve as an inspiration for many hotels in Japan’s capital.
Here are some of the top selections for the best boutique hotels in Tokyo with forward-looking décor.
Aman Tokyo, which occupies the top six floors of a 38-story structure in the city’s Otemachi commercial district, ideally situated close to Tokyo Station, is one of the most well-known luxury hotel brands in the world. The 80-room hideaway, which draws inspiration from traditional Japanese homes, is distinguished by its use of natural materials and open layouts. The hotel features Tokyo’s largest hotel spa (27,000 square feet!), in addition to having the most roomy deluxe suites in the city—almost 800 square feet—complete with washi paper screens and extra-large furo (Japanese soaking tubs).
Most popular amenities: 24-hour front desk Free WifiMassage room Restaurant Spa Bar
The Hoshino Resorts, The first contemporary inn in the city, Hoshinoya Tokyo, is located in the Otemachi commercial district of Tokyo and is situated in a 17-story tower with a rooftop onsen. Thanks to the property’s exceptional design by architect Rie Azuma, it has swiftly become one of the city’s most sought-after hotels since its debut. A black resin-coated metal latticework facade replicates a common design from old kimonos, and the entire building is furnished with traditional tatami floor mats (so guests remove their shoes after entering the lobby). In guest rooms, sliding shoji screens take the place of curtains, and low-slug furniture provides a more comfortable option to traditional futon floor mattresses. Each floor has a common area with the best local delicacies, such as rice crackers, green tea, and sake.
Most popular amenities: Free Wifi
The Japanese expression “do-kurasuka,” which translates to “how to live” or “how to spend your days,” is the source of the word “claska,” which embodies the guiding principles of one of Tokyo’s first boutique hotels. The 20 guest rooms of the fifteen-year-old Claska in the Meguro district of the city are divided into four categories: Modern, Tatami, Contemporary, and Story. The Tatami line combines straightforward tatami mats and low-slung beds with bare white walls and blonde wood for a classic yet modern Japanese design. The décor of the rooms in the Contemporary series is similar, with the spaces being divided into two levels: the beds are placed on a cement floor, while the bathroom and living room are located higher up, simulating the design of a traditional Japanese home.
Most popular amenities: Hot tub Free Wifi Bar
Andaz The boutique hotel brand of Tokyo Hyatt In the Minto neighborhood of Tokyo, where 164 rooms and eight suites occupy the top floors of a 52-story tower, Andaz opened its 12th site in 2014. The inspiration for the property came from Kyoto’s Katsura Royal Villa, a 17th-century imperial garden palace. Rooms are divided by traditional shoji walls and sliding fusuma doors, and the lounge’s tree trunk-shaped tables made of Hokkaido walnut wood has an organic sense.
Most popular amenities: 1 swimming pool Non-smoking roomsParking Fitness center Free WiFi SpaFacilities for disabled guests BarExcellent Breakfast
Tokyo is huge and all-encompassing; it is a sea of skyscrapers, malls, dining establishments, and karaoke bars. However, just though this city is packed with metropolitan excitement doesn’t mean there aren’t any modest, boutique-like areas to be found.
Enjoy the city and your stay, in an amazing boutique hotel.