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Hoshinoya Karuizawa

Address: Hoshino Hoshino

Neighborhood:

City: Karuizawa

Phone: 011-81-267-45-6000

Website: www.hoshinoya.com

Expert Review

Since its opening in 2005, Hoshinoya Karuizawa has set the bar for blending old and new. Located just over an hour from Tokyo, the resort has met the desires of travelers looking for modern comforts combined with Japan’s old fashioned ryokan traditions (austere rooms arrayed with tatami mats, shoji screens, and futons, yukatas (cotton kimonos) available for guests to wear, and impeccable service). The rooms at Hoshinoya Karuizawa feature a mix of classic Japanese elements, such as a sunken dining area and raised platform table, with a contemporary assortment of colorful pillows for sitting and futon-style beds which are higher and more plush than the typical floor-hugging model. With 77 villas, the resort is like a small village immersed in acres of lush forest encouraging a kind of Zen calm. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: expensive | smart luxury winner

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