A traditional Japanese hot-spring hotel opened on Wednesday in the heart of Tokyo’s business district.
The luxury Hoshinoya Tokyo has 84 tatami-mat rooms and a natural-spring spa pumping thermal waters from a depth of 1,500 meters. Guests are required to remove their shoes at the first-floor entrance.
Traditional Japanese lodging is rare in this area of the city, where most accommodation is western style.
The hotel in Otemachi district occupies part of a new 18-story building. Room rates range from around 735 dollars a night to more than 940 dollars.
The operator, Hoshino Resorts, is mainly targeting tourists and business people from overseas. The company runs a number of upscale hotels in the country.
Hotels and other types of accommodation are currently short in Japan amid the rapid rise in visitors from abroad, and Tokyo will host the summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
Prince Hotels and Resorts will open a new hotel in central Tokyo later this month. Hotel Okura Tokyo is currently rebuilding part of its facilities in the city. They are expected to reopen in 2019.
Source and image: NHK