Hotel Mustard, Hotel Trunk, YOTEL and More

Japan travel is back, baby. The Australian travel favorite announced earlier this month that it was lifting its restrictions and allowing fully vaccinated independent travelers to return from October 11.

“We are a nation that has flourished through the free movement of people, goods and capital,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on the New York Stock Exchange on September 22. “COVID-19, of course, interrupted all these benefits, but from October 11, Japan will ease border control measures to be on par with the United States, and resume visa-free travel and travel. individual.

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If you’re one of the many planning a trip there, you’ll be pleased to know that while you were gone, the country – Tokyo, in particular – has been busy opening heaps of new hotels. From a hip 15-room spot in Shibuya, to a luxury boutique hotel in Shinjuku, and a property outside Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen Garden with its own flavor distillery, here are the best new hotels to open in Tokyo during our absence.

Hotel Tokyo Tokyo

Hotel Tokyo Tokyo

It only seems fitting that the trendy Trunk Hotel Tokyo is opening its doors in Shibuya, an area known for its avant-garde culture and penchant for effortless style. The rooms, numbering just 15, are all individually designed and range from small quarters to loft-style suites. Some even have balconies, a rare feature in the metropolis.

YOTEL-Tokyo

Scheduled to open in 2024, YOTEL Tokyo will be located in the center of Ginza, one of Tokyo’s busiest areas. The 244-room hotel will feature YOTEL’s signature robotic concierge, YOBOT, motorized SmartBeds and contactless guest experience from booking to check-out. The hotel is part of YOTEL’s wider expansion plans across Japan, including Sapporo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

mesm tokyo

Mesm Tokyo is a new luxury hotel in Minato City, near the waterfront in the new WATERS Takeshiba district. Cool design and authentic Japanese hospitality combine here. The hotel brings art into nearly every aspect, even going so far as to have a dedicated creative director involved in everything from uniforms to food and drink.

Hotel Mustard

Hotel Mustard

A minimalist and young hotel brand, Mustard Hotel opened its first property in Shibuya in 2018. Its second property, located in the trendy Shimokitazawa district, is designed by architect Shin Ohori. Expect a clean, modern aesthetic with lots of greenery and seating areas for guests to socialize.

Kimpton Shinjuku

Located in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Kimpton Shinjuku is a sophisticated boutique hotel with city views. The lively ambience channels Manhattan style with a design inspired by the New York art world. Bonus: its restaurant and bar District Brasserie accepts dogs.

Four Seasons Otemachi

With sweeping views of the Imperial Palace, a tranquility pool in the lounge, and Zen-influenced accents in the guest rooms, the Four Seasons Otemachi is an oasis of calm in the Financial District. Its Est restaurant serves Michelin-starred French cuisine, while you can enjoy sophisticated cocktails at its Virtus bar.

Tokyo EDITION

The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon, has 206 rooms including 22 suites, all with views of Tokyo’s rooftops. The hotel includes three restaurants, with an outdoor terrace overlooking Tokyo Tower. Its glittering Gold Bar offers excellent people-watching and a drink list that pays homage to the pre-prohibition golden age of drinks. It is worth a visit even if you are not staying at the hotel.

FUFU Nikko

Foufou Nikko

Although it is close to Tokyo, Nikko feels like a different world. In addition to hiking or biking, visitors can try their hand at rafting on Lake Chuzenji or canyoning through Urami Falls. FUFU Nikko is within walking distance of Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The hotel’s 24 individually designed suites overlook the surrounding forests and feature their own private indoor or outdoor hot spring bath. The property also has a large communal bath that guests can also use.

Korinkyo

Although technically not in Tokyo, this hotel is easily accessible by bullet train. Korinkyo is indeed located a few minutes walk from the Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa. On-site, there’s an aroma distillery where guests can create essential oils to use in-room or while relaxing in the hotel’s rooftop sauna and hot tub. Its 18 rooms feature simple wood and stone finishes and a neutral design palette, allowing the surrounding nature to take center stage.

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