After a day of sightseeing in Japan, err..... Holland, there are various choices when it comes to staying the night. One of these is the Hotel Okura Huis Ten Bosch, just a hop across a canal from the resort itself. While named after the Queen's residence, the hotel is a recreation of Amsterdam's central railway station, but on a larger scale to accommodate more than 300 rooms over twelve floors. Amenities include the only hot spring in the area, as well as - totally logical - an Austrian bakery.
This kind of cross-cultural experience doesn't come cheap though. A standard twin room with breakfast goes for JPY 19,000 (about US$238) this Friday, with no rooms at all available on Saturday. Guests at official resort hotels receive a discount on entry tickets: two-day full access admission for an adult normally sets you back JPY 10,500 (US$132), but as a hotel guest you'll pay $13 less. Various other ticket types are available as well.
Huis Ten Bosch is part of Okura Hotels & Resorts, whose Tokyo property we discussed because of its swoon-worthy 1960s lobby. Meanwhile, if you wanted to visit the Netherlands itself, you can still stay at an Okura hotel - Amsterdam is home to the group's only European property. With a total of 300 rooms just to the south of the city centre, the hotel is known locally particularly for its restaurants.
True to its heritage, there are two Japanese options: Yamazato, which has one Michelin star, and teppanyaki restaurant Sazanka. Most famous is two-Michelin star Ciel Bleu, offering French cuisine with a view from the 23rd floor of the hotel. An eight-course dinner, including wine with each course, is a cool €245 (US$320). A deluxe room to sleep it off, including breakfast and bike rental the next day, can be had this Friday for €315.50 (US$413).