Like driving six hours and ending up RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TOKYO, this modern, 218-room ryokan run wild offers shoji sliding screens, a Zen garden & koi pond, and an izakaya bar. The shopping mecca of Japan Center is next door, and two blocks away, you can try out some alternative healing and communal hot/cold baths at the Kabuki Springs & Spa. Afternoon sake is complimentary, in-room honor bars are stocked with Japanese teas and snacks, and instead of traditional bathrobes, you’ll find sexy little kimonos.
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Melanie Wynne, the Travel Editor for The Points Guy, has lived in LA since 1993 and can’t seem to get enough of exploring California -- but she’s willing to try. Follow her on Twitter @wynnewin.