How Much: From around ¥13,000 per month. Website:   

Address: 2F Cascade Harajuku, 1-10-37 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Website:    Tel: 03-6434-5850

A secluded onsen ryokan located on a hill overlooking Ago Bay, Basaratei is one of the most luxurious accommodations in the scenic area of Ise-Shima and makes for a delightful weekend getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of Tokyo. All rooms have an open-air bath and the complex has three private chartered hot spring baths. All baths are exclusively sourced from Ise-shima Kashikojima Onsen. Each bathing facility differs in design for guests to enjoy a variety of bathing experiences. Address: 3618-74 Agocho Ugata, Shima-city, Mie, 517-0501 Website: Tel: 0599-46-1189

After driving up a long winding road, offering expansive views over the rolling mountains and towns of Shizuoka, you arrive at Katsuragi Kitanomaru, a dream-like castle resort constructed from seven 200-year-old repurposed country homes. Pass over the impressive moat and main gate, and you will enter the spacious grounds of the hotel resort, boasting not only beautifully designed tatami rooms with original beams and sunken hearths, but also a vast Japanese garden, three public baths, and two golf courses, all perfectly blending history with modernity. Make sure to stay in one of the Japanese-style suites and let yourself get transported back to the Edo-era. To complete your modern castle experience, indulge in one of the hotel's splendid kaiseki dinners, which combine the region's best produce and meat in a beautiful succession of courses you will never forget. Address: 2505-2 Ugari, Fukuroi, Shizuoka Website:    Tel: 0538-48-6118

Shimokitazawa is the ultra-stylish area of Tokyo located on the Inokashira or Odakyu lines. The area is known for secondhand shops, music, stylish cafés. Now with illi Shimokitazawa you can also experience the ultimate sleepover experience. The concept is simple – a stylish sleepover for the millennials on-the-go. Amenities aside, the large apartment is easily big enough to comfortably sleep six friends in this open room design. The room (lacking any partition walls) flows from the bedroom, to the living room and kitchen with separate rooms for the washroom and shower room. • Bookings available through Airbnb,, Expedia and other sites. • Price fluctuates depending on the season, etc. Up to 6 guests per room. • Number of rooms: 4 rooms (Each room occupies an entire floor) How Much: ¥20,000 per night Address: 3-6F San Monique Shimokitazawa, 2-24-12 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-6805-3331 Website: 

In a modern society fraught with all kinds of stress, people today seek comfort at home. With “relax” as a keyword, UCHINO relax is a concept shop that offers products with attention to light, soft and comfortable materials. In addition to a lineup that centers on soothing loungewear, the shop also offers pajamas, towels, aroma goods, gift items and more. Their most popular selection is the Urban Resort Line, which comprises of clothing that reflects style and sizing trends. Consumers can ease fatigue from their hectic urban lifestyle in comfort. Address: 9F Shibuya Scramble Square, 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Website:    Tel: 03-6427-1220

Address: 2-48-11 Koenjiminami, Suginami-ku Tel: 03-3315-3310 ///purest.ketchup.charging

Mignon is a meikyoku kissa (masterpiece café) located on the Chuo line however, unlike most traditional meikyoku kissa, it feels clean and organized with purposeful decorations. Mignon is on the second floor of an unassuming building a few minutes from Ogikubo Station. Being on the second floor, Mignon is pleasantly bright and airy inside. The furniture and decor work to create a cohesive and well-conceived mid-century design. It is spacious and more akin to a modern café than the other meikyoku kissa. Enjoy the exceptional audio quality of the audio system while enjoy your cup of coffee and a piece of the shop’s fresh homemade cake. Address: 4-31-3 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku Website: Tel: 03-3398-1758 ///boost.behaving.frizz

Address: 2-9-5 Asagayakita, Suginami-ku Website:  Tel: 03-3336-6414 ///sugars.securing.enacts

Address: 2-19-13 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku Website: Tel: 03-3461-6858 ///loaded.pockets.cones

Address: 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Website:    Tel: 03-3464-5111 ///mainland.pool.cape

Mitsukoshi department store is a giant in its field. While the Ginza and Shinjuku branches have become a must-visit if you’re going on a luxury shopping spree in Tokyo, the original store located in historically rich Nihombashi slips through the cracks. This results in many missing out on the beautiful architecture and services the flagship store has to offer. Nihombashi Mitsukoshi’s exterior echoes the buildings of 18th-century Europe and features decorative moldings above every entrance as well as a generous dose of marble from floor to ceiling. Considering its long history, which dates back to the 17th century, and its many innovative offerings that helped to define the department store as one of the best in the country, it’s no surprise the Nihombashi location was designated an Important Cultural Property in 2016 and won the title of the Hallmark of Japan. Address: 1-4-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo-ku Website: Tel: 03-3241-3311 ///walking.blues.applied