01 Oct 2019 •
ONSEN RYOKAN 由縁 新宿
ONSEN RYOKAN YUEN SHINJUKU extracts the essential features of a traditional Japanese Ryokan, and “edits” them to fit the practical needs of modern travellers.
The Ryokan features 193 guest rooms in a 18-story tower standing behind a pitched-roof, single-story restaurant. While the front facade is that of a very traditional Ryokan, the “traditional” begins to gradually blend and shift to “modern” as the guest proceeds from the street towards the lobby and on to the guestroom. The transition is intended to be very subtle and natural so that the whole experience is comfortable and memorable, while being authentically Japanese.
Natural materials are used in all areas with a touch of traditional craft. To name a few: the lobby backscreen made with washi paper, the stone-carved chozubachi basin at the entrance, and the wood millwork seen throughout the public areas.
All guestrooms have a raised floor with Tatami mats. Guests take off their shoes at the porch after entering the room and experience a traditional Japanese lifestyle of living “on the floor”. Guestroom windows are also set low, perfect for enjoying the view when seated or lying on bed. Overall, the design works in giving a sense of comfort even in the smallest guestrooms which resemble a traditional Japanese tea room.
The rooftop Onsen takes advantage of the spectacular view of the City and guests enjoy bathing in natural spring hot water transported from a mountain spring fountain.
YUEN Shinjuku is a modern and urban version of the traditional Japanese ryokan. Although ryokans are typically found in rural mountainsides, YUEN Shinjuku is right in the center of Shinjuku, one of the busiest commercial districts of Tokyo. Here, the essential features of a traditional ryokan are extracted and “edited” to fit the needs of modern travelers looking for a genuine traditional experience in contemporary style and convenience.
The overall design strategy is a carefully tuned blend of Japanese and modern design. While the front facade is that of a very traditional ryokan, the traditional design begins to gradually blend and shift to modern contemporary design as the guest proceeds towards the lobby, and on to the guestroom. This transition is intended to be very subtle and natural, so that the whole experience is comfortable and memorable.
Indispensable ryokan elements are all in place at YUEN Shinjuku. A serene pathway leading to the entrance, a Japanese garden, tatami-matted guest rooms, and a hot spring onsen, to just name a few. Among these, the most notable feature is the onsen on the top floor, where guests can enjoy bathing in a real lorry-transported hot spring from the renowned mountain resort of Hakone. Both male and female onsens have an inner and outer bathtubs with the most spectacular view of the City.
The 193 Japanese-style guestrooms come in different sizes, all designed with the traditional and minimal “tea house” concept.