Every ryokan has an ochanoma—a lounge that serves as an exclusive living and dining room for guests staying there. This is HOSHINOYA's unique take on the room. It contains a library and is furnished with desks and sofas; but its main role is to provide access to the best flavors and aromas that Japan has to offer at any time of the year. Teas, sakes, specialty coffees, and snacks are brought in from all over the country to enhance the season, as well as the time of day.
In the morning, guests wake up to the enticing aroma of soup drifting from the lounge. They are invited there to partake of seasonally flavored miso soup and bracingly seasoned rice balls. As the guests dine, staff are on hand to inform them about the weather and local events and, if guests desire, can offer an idea or two on how one might spend their day in Tokyo meaningfully.