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Andon Ryokan: the design inn

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Hiding behind the glass and metal facade, a modern ‘ryokan', awarded an architectural prize in 2005, offers nights in Japanese style.

The name Andon comes from the Japanese word for ‘traditional lantern', since, at dusk, when the ryokan is lit up, its structure resembles this famous lamp. If you would like to live in the traditional Japanese style, Andon Ryokan is for you.

Rooms are miniscule but well equipped; when the futon is unrolled it takes up the entire space of the room and covers the wall-to-wall tatami. Conceived by an architecture professor in 2003, this was the first designer ryokan. Here you can encounter a mix of the modern and traditional. The owner collects antique objects, so the excellent breakfast will be served in vintage dishes.

In the shared bathrooms, you will discover the work of pop artist Mie Ishii, who covered a four-metre long wall with traditional porcelain tiles from Arita (a city on the island of Kyushu) with a modern design. The host will also offer you classes in the art of flower arranging, ikebana, or in tea ceremonies as part of the hotel's aim to explain and illustrate Japanese culture to foreigners.

Andon Ryokan
2-34-10 Nihonzutumi
Taito
111-0021 Tokyo

+81 (0)3 3873 8611

www.andon.co.jp

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