From the cultural pearl of Ise-Shima, to metropolitan Tokyo and the mountain town of Karuizawa, these new hotels and resorts in Japan are more than just places to sleep — they’re worthy of a trip on their own. Check out these 5 new hotels in Japan and start planning your next vacation.
An idyllic spot secluded on the shores of Ago Bay, Amanemu is probably one of the most atmospheric retreat in Japan. Set in Ise-Shima National Park, the resort is surrounded by dense forests and overlooks the calm waters of Ago Bay, or the Bay of Pearls. Each of the 28 suites and villas are positioned on a hillside, offering quaint garden views or picturesque vistas of islets and drifting pearl rafts. Here, you can enjoy relaxing soaks in two of their serene onsen bathing pavilions, and immerse yourself in nature.
Amanemu, 2165 Hazako Hamajima-cho Shima-shi Mie, Japan, +65 6715 8855
Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Where tradition meets today, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is nestled within an 800-year-old pond garden or ikeniwa. It is believed that this garden residence Shakusuien once belonged to the eldest son of 12th-century samurai Shigemori Taira. Fusing modern elegance and traditional Japanese aesthetics, each of the 13 suites and 110 guestrooms are adorned with washi-paper lamps, fusuma screens, urushi lacquerware and signature Four Seasons touches. Their presidential suite overlooks the historic temples and measures up to 245 sqm, making it the largest suite in Kyoto.
Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, 445-3, Myohoin Maekawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 541 8288
In between the shopper-clogged streets and clusters of skyscrapers, you’ll find a luxury ryokan-style retreat tucked away in the Otemachi district – Hoshinoya Tokyo. The leading local operator Hoshinoya is famed for its traditional Japanese-style inns and their signature omotenashi – spirit of Japanese hospitality. Here, you can sleep on a futon bed on a tatami floor, bath in a communal onsen, indulge in a multi-course kaiseki meal and enjoy complimentary late-night snacks in your designer modernised kimono. Simple and seductively stylish, Hoshinoya Tokyo is probably the most zen urban hotel you can find.
Hoshinoya Tokyo, 1-9-2, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 50 3786 1144
Karuizawa Marriott Hotel
A tranquil mountain retreat, Karuizawa Marriott Hotel is nestled in a quiet district of Karuizawa, a charming resort town surrounded by leafy greenery. A unique blend of privacy, luxury and nature, each of the 86 guestrooms features a large picture window facing the surrounding serene nature. The resort also has an open-air onsen against a customised stonework with water, which resembles the natural waterfall of Shiraito no taki. At night, you can enjoy sizzling grills and local seasonal cuisines at their signature restaurant Grill & Dining G.
Karuizawa Marriott Hotel, 4339 Nagakura Karuizawa, Japan, +81 26 746 6611
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kiocho
Tokyo’s first Luxury Collection property, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho sits atop Tokyo Garden Terrace, a mix-use tower providing office, residential, retail space to the neighbourhood. Occupying the top 7 floors of the tower, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho offers 250 guestrooms and 11 premier suites with stunning views of the city skyline. The spacious rooms are elegantly decorated in calming cream and earthy tones, and their large windows lets you soak up the views. A sanctuary in the sky, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho also has a skyline spa plus swimming pool, where you can take a dip while savouring the panoramic vistas.
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, 1-2 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 33 234 1111