Newest Hip Boutique Hotel: Trunk Hotel [Tokyo]

Japanese craftsmanship abounds inside this hip Tokyo hotel, where “Shibuya soul food” is served alongside upcycled furnishings and contemporary artworks.

Located at the end of a pedestrian-only street, between Omotesando-dori and the subculture capital of Shibuya and Harujuku/Jingumae districts, The Trunk Hotel surprises for its socially-conscious hospitality. A truly “made in Japan” experience that draws from both the tradition and the trend of Tokyo.

Designed by Japanese architectural firm Jamo Associates, the 15 guest rooms ranging from singles to suites with private terraces and kitchens. With a Feng Shui interiors achieved through thoughtful design, open, fluid spaces fostering an environment rich with engagement. Two four-story structures include communal open environments including a lounge, a dining space, and an exhibition/pop-up space designed by local husband-and-wife team, Mount Fuji architects. And if all that socializing goes especially well, there is a rooftop chapel among fragrant herb gardens with bird’s-eye views.

Upcycled materials meet Japanese craftsmanship throughout the property, while artworks from local talents sit side-by-side with international names—all inside a geometric exterior of gray stone and tumbling greenery.

Event spaces cater to functions of up to 250 and include four banquet halls, an exhibition space, a lounge, and a clean-lined wood and glass chapel on the rooftop, while the concierge organizes everything from tours of Tsukiji fish market to photography hikes up Mount Fuji and simply “hanging out with Sumo wrestlers”.

Think Japanese-Western fusion cuisine at the Trunk Kitchen restaurant that includes a chef’s table, a terrace, and a private dining room, and skewered “Shibuya soul food” at the Trunk Kushi stand, as well as Hojicha tea, coffee from the neighborhood, sake, shochu, and signature cocktails.