Some traditional Japanese hotels are putting a modern twist on old-world luxury getaways. YNN's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
From the moment you check into the HOSHINOYA Karuizawa hot springs resort, you might sense that enlightenment has a permanent address.
One of three HOSHINOYA’s in Japan, these “neo-ryo’s” take the traditional Japanese ryokan to another level. Rates too are elevated between $650 to $850 a night.
Located an hour from Tokyo by bullet train, HOSHINOYA Karuizawa at the foot of Mt. Asama, is a retreat for nature lovers.
Adding to its contemplative vibe, are natural onsen hot springs and spa treatments that include a one of a kind sake massage.
As a media guest of HOSHINOYA, I also visited Karuizawa’s urban counterpart which immediately separates itself by a 15-minute boat ride from Kyoto City. More intimate than its rural sister, this 25 room inn has many of the same features: No TVs, heated floors & toilets, and authentic dining. The inn's restaurant specializes in homemade soba noodles.
The Kyoto City resort puts more of an emphasis on a la carte cultural experiences with incense ceremonies, a rickshaw tour and the chance to walk in a kimono.
Each of the properties supplies its guests with comfy clothing for both sleeping and day wear.
Now here’s a D’Elia’s deal you don’t want to miss. Before April 2013 at either HOSHINOYA get a complimentary daily continental breakfast, and a dinner certificate worth about $60 at press time for each guest on a two night stay. And receive a select experience, all when requested at check-in.