ONSEN RYOKAN 由縁 新宿

Designed by: UDS Ltd.
For client: JA Mitsui Leasing Tatemono Co., Ltd. Floor area: 5514.00 M² Year of completion: 2019
Submitted for: Hotel of the Year

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Soft indirect lighting adds a tranquil ambience to the lobby area.

About the Project

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.

What’s unique about it

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.

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The rooftop onsen with panoramic view of the City.

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Suite room guests experience a complete Japanese-style Ryokan stay.

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Guest room interiors: the Semi-Double room(bottom left ) and Premium Double room(upper left).

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Typical floor corridor leading to the guest rooms.

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Japanese restaurant KAKATOJO with its Japanese garden.

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A lantern and stone-carved vessel welcome guests at the entrance door.

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A long pathway guides guests to the entrance under deep eaves.

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A traditional Ryokan façade facing the street.

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The reception desk with its back-lit "shoji" screen.

Location of project:
Credits:

JYUKYO KENSETSU Co., Ltd.

tomoru design・meguro inc.

artless Inc.

Seventh-code

E&M CONSULTING ENGINEERS’INC

Odakyu Engineering

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