The Hermitage – Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
You may be thinking, why in the world have I chosen a hotel in the center of Tokyo for Zen week?! Well I’m not crazy! As much as Tokyo is the epitome of hustle and bustle, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is your little oasis in the city.
This 5 star hotel is rather amazing as it includes 66,000 square meters of Japanese gardens as its grounds. The Chinzanso gardens were once the private estate of a Japanese Prime Minister who brought the land in 1878. The name translates to House of Camellia as the area flourishes with wild camellia trees. Within the garden you will find many historic artifacts as well as a sacred tree that is said to be 500 years old. Amazingly the garden was apparently destroyed during World War II by was later returned to its former glory and with the additions of an enormous hotel, plaza and tower.
And just in case the gardens aren’t enough to completely Zen your life, this hotel boasts Tokyo’s largest Hotel Spa facility! See, I’m always looking out for you 🙂