What We Love
- The onsite convenience store hawking treats like coconut popcorn and locally brewed beer
- The hotel’s aromatic signature cocktail—a blend of Ogasawara Island rum, green tea, almonds and star anise
- The cushions on the outdoor deck were engineered from old boat sails
- Custom-crafted wooden furniture by Osaka-based firm Truck in every guest room
What To Know
- Families should book the Balcony Junior Suite, which is furnished with bunk beds and a private terrace
- The more casual dining options here include a kushiyaki, or skewer stand
- The complimentary candy tins in your room come courtesy of 100-year-old Tokyo confectioner Sakuma
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Subdued Shibuya sanctuary featuring contemporary Japanese art, a rooftop chapel, and bursts of greenery
As one of the early entrants into Japan’s fledgling design hotel scene, this metropolitan gem exhibits an unabashed reverence for all things Tokyo. From its fleet of up-cycled city bikes to hyper-local amenities like the packets of dried fruit in guest rooms sourced from a beloved neighborhood grocer, it’s clear this boutique hotel is rooted firmly in its surroundings. While the hotel’s exterior is an austere mix of glass, steel, and stone, timber decks and a Zelkova tree (strung with fairy lights lit post-sundown) add just the right dose of whimsy. Be sure to take in all the public art, ranging from inventive botanical installations to handcrafted washi paper creations and indigo patchwork wall hangings—a nod to a Japanese dyeing technique that dates back to the 10th century. The versatile lounge, which whips up Rosto Japan coffees (including a custom blend just for the hotel) and hosts a revolving door of live music performances and workshops, is quickly becoming a sought-after community hangout.
In the Area
Trunk is tucked away on Cat Street, a hipster-heavy lane crammed with cafés and zany shops (like an ode to collectible figurines) at the crossroads of frenetic Shibuya and fashion-forward Harajuku. From here, you’re almost equidistant from the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most famous Shinto place of worship, and the free-spirited boutiques of Takeshita Street. If you’re looking to ditch the tourist trail and immerse yourself in something truly special, sign up for one of the hotel’s signature “experiences,” like an all-access tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market or a meet-and-greet with sumo wrestlers.
How to Get There
If you're looking for a hip hotel in a great location then Trunk Hotel is the place for you! The staff was friendly and helpful with any of our needs. The rooms were bright and well designed. The restaurant was especially nice offering optional gourmet vegan meals with fresh baked breads in the mornings. I would definetly stay here again, the location was great for exploring shops and restaurants by foot.
Although I have used the lounge and hotel for the party and business use for sevearal times, Thier terrible and disgusting services make me disappointed finally. During our business meeting with guests and an important client, one staff cut in and disturb us and literally ordered us to move the sheet. There seems to be a very odd and strange rule that they have to move those who are having a coffee for the meeting to somewhere. They really misunderstanding friendly and hospitality even thought their vision is to open to public and encourage socializing. They are truly rude enough to discourage people who are gathering together.
Our flight into Tokyo got in late at night and we walked into the lobby of the trunk Hotel to find it was packed, DJ was spinning and locals were getting down! It turns out trunk are party planners. There’s a nice bar in the lobby and tables for people to work at on their laptops.
Our room was perfect for a couple & 2 kids. It was like a mini duplex with a lounge perched above the glass enclosure that housed our bed. The kids slept up there.
There was a bar in the room. And a record player with a 70s to 90s collection of vinyl.
All the accessories in the room bar wc etc were unique & designed by trunk. The place generally had a cool feel to it. The antithesis of a chain of hotels which I find a great relief when it’s done right. To get to the restaurant you had to step outside. We had breakfasts there where I ordered the avocado tartine which was yummy. There was a cutoff for late night room service and the food took a while to get to the room and wasn’t hot. But they took it off the bill. I have to say it was a great experience and the staff were young & super helpful overall and a great location. I wandered the neighborhood for hours the following morning as I was working off my jet lag.
Found the location of TRUNK to our liking. Very close to great restaurants, bars/nightlife albeit sometimes overwhelming because Shibuya is a popular neighborhood.
The hotel has a very small room inventory but really liked the suites and bonus: they have outdoor terraces. The restaurant serves-up a great local and Western breakfast a s well. Didn't get to try their kushiyaki restaurant but looks fun.
Staff are friendly and attentive a big shout-out to their team members, Ryotaro, Ayoung, Dimitri, Kevin, for delivering a really great stay.
Absolutely spectacular rooms. We opted for the Balcony Junior Suite, and it was exactly as advertised. We stayed for 4 nights, could have stayed for 100 nights. The design of the hotel is just incredible, the interiors are beautiful. Has a very peaceful vibe, but the downstairs bar is always busy with fantastic Japanese disco, and a great cocktail list.
Check-in was quick and easy, and a hotel associate helped us get a feel for the room, and how to control lighting/music/etc. Every encounter we had with staff was very pleasant and helpful.