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In lo­cal di­alect, Za­borin is the meet­ing of two words that to­gether, mean ‘to sit and for­get among the trees’. Makes sense, con­sid­er­ing this in­ti­mate ryokan – which af­fords each of its 15 vil­las an in­door and out­door on­sen (hot spring) – is one of the most tran­quil es­capes on earth. It’s stripped back and mod­ernist in de­sign – think warm tim­bers, con­crete and open spa­ces – which con­trast with the juicy green of the Hana­zono for­est out­side. In­dulge in the Ja­pa­nese ex­pe­ri­ence and sleep washitsu (on a fu­ton). If you don’t wish to sur­ren­der your West­ern com­forts, though, you can also opt to crash on an ac­tual bed. BEST BIT Hokkaido-raised Chef Seno’s award-win­ning sea­sonal kita-kaiseki for guests to graze on, in the ho­tel’s pri­vate din­ing quar­ters. HOW MUCH? Rooms start at $910 a night, break­fast and din­ner in­cluded. za­

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