Wander past the gleaming designer boutiques and department stores of retail heaven Ginza and a discrete bamboo lined walled entrance on a quiet side street marks the threshold of a very different world: Yoshimizu.
A boutique modern take on the traditional Japanese ‘ryokan’ inn, the hotel is a serene and natural enclave in the heart of the city. Organic materials prevail throughout, from the bamboo flooring and tatami mats to the delicate sliding paper screens and earth walls. In true ‘ryokan’ style, guests slip off shoes at the entrance, are served tea in their room and sleep on futons unrolled nightly on their floor.
Two traditional hot baths on the top floor – one made of stone, the other of cypress wood – boost the relaxation quotient in true Japanese hospitality style. And the organic theme is not confined to the décor: a mouth-watering Japanese breakfast of fresh organic farm vegetables, meat, fish is rice are served in the dining room.