Situated in economic hub Otemachi only a few minutes from the Imperial Palace, Hoshinoya Tokyo is uniquely created as a Japanese ryokan reminiscent of a tower, embodying the company's 100-year expertise in the business. Relax in a tatami-floored room equipped with an onsen bath and indulge in seasonal cuisine. While an experience like this is more common in the countryside, Hoshinoya Tokyo brings the best of Japanese hospitality to the heart of the capital. Feature image courtesy of Hoshino Resorts. Address: 1-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku Website: Tel: 050-3786-1144

Located at the back of Ginza Six, Murase Cheese & Wine offers a wide selection of wines carefully selected by the owner and imported from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Oregon and Washington. Pairing the wine, you can order between cheese or cheese-based dishes as well as simple dishes put together with organic vegetables and pure ingredients. For groups of 4 or more, reservation is recommended. Address: 6-12-15 Ginza, Chuo City Website: Tel: 03-3575-9100

Jackpot Ebisu welcomes anyone and everyone, from solo customers looking for hearty food and company to large parties celebrating special occasions. They have a multicultural food and drinks menu ranging from the classic Japanese lemon sour to anchovy fried potatoes. Address: 1−13−2, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku Website: Tel: 050-3184-4920

Oyster Shack Shimbashi combines the fun of a barbecue with the fresh taste of oysters and other seafood. You're guaranteed to feel satisfied as you can bring your own favorite drinks to pair with healthy portions of food for the grill. Address: 1-6-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku Website: Tel: 050-3184-3545

As the name implies, Trinity Oyster House bases its philosophy on the word trinity, bringing the restaurant, producers and customers together. They serve delicious fresh oysters and other high-quality dishes in an environment that feels like dining with friends and family at home. Address: 8-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku Website: Tel: 03-6264-6858

How Much: ¥3,500 for visitor drop-in class Address: Rei Dance Collection Shibuya Main School, Parsons Building B1F, 29-35 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku. Access video from Shibuya Station west exit:   Website:      Tel: 0120-744-581 

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

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Taking their inspiration from the Chinese expression, “food is medicine,” UCHINO TOUCH was developed to bring a healthy and pleasant culture of touch (a lifestyle enriched by the five senses) with the theme of "touch is medicine." By directly touching the skin, everything at UCHINO offers a sense of joy similar to skin care. Through meticulous work, UCHINO creates items that complement the skin of each customer. The beautiful materials and beautiful techniques used are nurtured with time and care. These products are not just for the moment; they lead to a healthy tomorrow, raising customers' lifestyle to another level. Address: West Walk 4F Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku Website: Tel: 03-5786-9611 ///fool.petition.vibrates

Address: 2-39-5 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku Website: Tel: 03-3811-6315 ///trumped.sketches.rivers

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