$1,050 per night

Room2 guests
Hokkaido, Japan
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The Japanese ryokan hotel is a venerable hospitality tradition, but that doesn’t mean every example of the form needs to pay homage to the past. Zaborin is every inch a classic ryokan, from its unspoiled natural setting to the elaborate artistry of its kaiseki dinners. But it’s a thoroughly modern ryokan as well, and a modernist one at that — the architecture, by Makoto Nakayama, perfectly evokes the contemplative mood suggested by the name, which means something like “to sit and forget in the woods.”

The woods in question are the forests of Hokkaido, the northern island that’s best known for its winter-sports opportunities. Zaborin is a reminder that the Hanazono Forest is a four-season affair; whether dusted in snow or in full bloom, the surroundings impart a serene tranquility, expertly framed by Zaborin’s windows and walkways.

Guests sleep in one of 15 villas, each equipped with indoor and outdoor onsen spring baths, as well as a mix of traditional and modern luxuries — from flatscreen televisions and Bluetooth sound systems to traditional Japanese garments for lounging or dining. To that point: while there’s no end of adventure to be had on Hokkaido, lounging and dining are the twin pillars of the Zaborin experience. The baths are extraordinary, and so is the cuisine, thanks to the locally born, globally trained chef Yoshihiro Seno.

Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels

Modern home with Bath Room and Soaking Tub. Photo  of Zaborin
Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Desk. Photo 2 of Zaborin
Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Recessed Lighting, and Table. Photo 3 of Zaborin
Modern home with Exterior, Concrete Siding Material, and Wood Siding Material. Photo 4 of Zaborin
Modern home with Bath Room and Soaking Tub. Photo 5 of Zaborin
Modern home with Outdoor and Trees. Zaborin in Hokkaido, Japan Photo 6 of Zaborin

Zaborin in Hokkaido, Japan

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Recessed Lighting. Photo 7 of Zaborin
Modern home with Living Room, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Sofa. Photo 8 of Zaborin
Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Table, and Recessed Lighting. Photo 9 of Zaborin
Modern home with Kitchen, Range Hood, Recessed Lighting, and Wood Counter. Photo 10 of Zaborin
Modern home with Chair, Recessed Lighting, and Table. Photo 11 of Zaborin
Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Recessed Lighting. Photo 12 of Zaborin
Modern home with Recessed Lighting and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 13 of Zaborin
Modern home with Bath Room, Recessed Lighting, and Wood Counter. Photo 14 of Zaborin
Modern home with Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 15 of Zaborin
Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Sofa. Photo 16 of Zaborin
Modern home with Bath Room. Photo 17 of Zaborin
Modern home with Outdoor. Photo 18 of Zaborin
Photo 19 of Zaborin modern home

Credits

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Architect
  • Nakayama Architects
Interior Design
  • Shouya Grigg
Photographer
  • Zaborin

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