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“Four Seasons Kyoto takes your breath away from the start. Guests arrive at the sophisticated lobby and are immediately whisked into a space filled with calm, creamy marble, pretty lanterns and flower displays. In the distance, an enormous window frames an ancient pond garden with stone bridges, cherry blossom, maples and a tea house. It’s as if you’ve stepped into a whole new world - and you won’t want to leave.”
Indoor swimming pool
Meetings and events facilities
Kyoto food tours
Learn the art of Furoshiki
A Kimono and champagne ritual
Kiyomizu pottery making
Japanese tea ceremony
Make your own Chibi-maru artisan lantern
Located in the historic Higashiyama district, Four Seasons Kyoto is a contemporary hotel centred on an 800-year-old Japanese pond garden. Offering Japanese traditions and modern luxuries, this Zen-like hotel is the ideal base to discover Kyoto’s secrets.
The guestrooms and suites fuse Japanese minimalism with contemporary design for a peaceful ambience. They’re filled with natural light, and feature Japanese touches like washi-paper lamps, and traditional patterns and prints. Bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and rainshowers, and some rooms have balconies or terraces overlooking the gardens or temples.
In a city renowned for fine dining establishments, the hotel’s Michelin-starred Sushi Wakon is one of the best. Brasserie serves modern Japanese-European fusion cuisine, while the tea house serves matcha tea, champagne and sake next to the pond.
Kyoto’s ancient shrines and temples are nearby. Guests can delve into local culture and traditions including Zen meditation, ninja experiences, and making handicrafts, or participate in Japanese wellness rituals in the superb spa.
Departing from Bella Vista Marina, a port town near Hiroshima in Japan, this floating inn engulfs its thirty-eight passengers with minimalistic interiors and Japanese designs. Offering ten routes through eastern, western and central Setouchi, the unforgettable scenery makes travelling on board this unique floating inn a trip of a lifetime. Providing handcrafted furniture and simple...
Located on Japan's main island of Honshu, an hour away by train from Kyoto in Nara, Rice Terrace Villa Sasayuri-Ann consists of two private villas, Zao and Ozunu. Zao is a renovated 200-year old thatched roof house from the Edo period, updated with modern comforts whilst retaining its original charm. Ozunu is a contemporary reimagining of the traditional thatched home built around a century-old...
Located next to the famous Kōdai-ji Temple in Japan’s Higashiyama, Park Hyatt Kyoto is a fresh new face in the city of Kyoto. Two hours’ drive from Itami airport, it’s the perfect property from which to explore this wonderful city. Designed as a traditional guesthouse, the hotel offers seventy rooms, including nine suites. Incorporating a mesmerising blend of modern heritage and...
Halekulani Okinawa is located in Onna Village on the main island of Okinawa. While it’s predominantly a beach resort, it’s set among lush Okinawan trees and the eye is drawn into the glistening sea and greenery. The resort features 360 guest rooms, including 47 suites and five villas, each with a picturesque views of the emerald sea and beach. The one and two bedroom villas feature a...
This Tokyo Station Hotel is located inside Tokyo train station, in Marunouchi, the historical centre of Japan. The hotel provides 150 lavishly-decorated rooms and suites offering a blend of classical European décor and contemporary style. Each room features sumptuous furnishings, high-vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, huge windows and luxurious bathrooms. For those wanting maximum comfort...
Set amid mountains, forests, valleys and waterfalls, Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu is a stylish ryoken. A couple of hours from Tokyo, it blends natural beauty with authentic Japanese hospitality and a superb open-air onsen.The guestrooms and suites are a minimalist, contemporary take on traditional ryoken rooms, with futon or single beds, low tables and chairs, and a private ceramic Japanese hot-spring...
Located in the prestigious Shiodome Business District, Conrad Tokyo is a sleek, contemporary hotel set in the upper floors of a skyscraper. Blending Japanese design with contemporary luxury and the latest technology, it offers magnificent views over Tokyo’s glittering skyline. The 290 guestrooms and suites are infused with Japanese minimalism, with polished wooden furniture, neutral...
Located in the cosmopolitan district of Roppongi Hills, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is a sophisticated inner-city hotel with world-class amenities. Popular with everybody from business guests to families, this elegant hotel fuses Japanese and Western design with modern comforts. The 387 rooms and suites feature rich mahogany furniture, neutral earthy tones, and large windows with city views,...
Inspired by a traditional Japanese ryokan inn, the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto pays tribute to the city’s rich cultural traditions, while offering impeccable service and contemporary comforts. Perched on the banks of the Kamogawa River, it occupies a fantastic base for exploring Kyoto. The guestrooms and suites ooze zen-like calm, fusing contemporary elegance and state-of-the-art technology with...
The luxury Palace Hotel Tokyo lies alongside a moat overlooking the Imperial Palace, in the heart of the Marunouchi district in Tokyo. The iconic building combines elegant and spacious rooms in a contemporary design with historic influences and has an air of refined elegance. Including ten restaurants and bars, a fitness centre with a swimming pool, and Japan’s only Evian spa, there’s...
Located in Marunouchi the heart of Tokyo’s city centre, Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo is considered one of the finest luxury hotels in Japan’s vibrant capital. This hotel is supremely elegant and features opulent décor, vast walls of windows, lavish chandeliers, intricate floral arrangements and an incredible collection of 2,000 works of art from Japanese, Chinese and Western artists. The...
Rising high above the Shinjuku district, the Park Hyatt Tokyo offers vertiginous views of Tokyo and the Kanto Plain stretching to the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji. Located among the wide streets and shiny skyscrapers of the west Shinjuku district, it’s just a short stroll from the bustling bars, shops and restaurants. Since opening in 1994 it continues to impress with its impeccable style,...
The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is situated in the heart of the central Nihonbashi district of Tokyo where the side streets are speckled with specialist shops that boast centuries of history and the property boasts panoramic views of the city overlooking the Imperial Palace garden and Tokyo Bay. With its superb location, this is a property that brings contemporary elegance to Nihonbashi, the...
Hoshinoya Kyoto is nestled in the Arashiyama district, in Japan’s former capital, Kyoto. This serene riverside retreat is accessed by a wooden Hoshinoya river boat on a gentle 15-minute journey past dense green forests, making it the ideal place to recharge following a few days of temple touring. The renovated buildings are a modern take on traditional ryokan inn-style. Each of the 25 rooms...
Aman Tokyo marks the group’s first city property, located in the heart of the Japanese capital. Comprising the top 6 floors of the Otemachi Tower, this is a soothing sanctuary away from the metropolis’ constant hustle and bustle that embodies Tokyo. Inspired by traditional Japanese residential structures, the hotel uses classic Japanese materials such as timber, Washi paper and stone to...
Originally a private villa owned by the founder of Kawasaki, Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, borders the peaceful Hozu River in Arashiyama on the western fringes of Kyoto. This intimate hotel is surrounded by nature and within easy reach of Kyoto’s cultural and historical attractions. The guestrooms and suites are a fusion of traditional and contemporary Japanese style, blending the...
Situated on the exclusive tree-lined boulevard of Midosuji in downtown Osaka, the St. Regis Osaka is an excellent base to unwind after a day’s sightseeing or shopping. Designed by the famed Japanese architects, Nikken Sekkei, the entrance lobby houses an exquisite crystal tree – an indication of the level of luxury within. The guestrooms and suites are among the largest in the city....
The Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel sits in the heart of this revitalised, cosmopolitan city. With plush rooms, birds’ eye views, high-quality cuisine and amenities, it offers a great base to explore the city and convenient access to the famous Japanese bullet train for onward travel. The guestrooms and suites are light, spacious and minimalist in design, with Sheraton’s signature experience...
Set amid mountains, forests, valleys and waterfalls, Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu is a stylish ryoken. A couple of hours from Tokyo, it blends natural beauty with authentic Japanese hospitality and a superb open-air onsen. The guestrooms and suites are a minimalist, contemporary take on traditional ryoken rooms, with futon or single beds, low tables and chairs, and a private ceramic Japanese...
Set in the Ise-Shima National Park overlooking Ago Bay, Amanemu is an ultra-luxe resort inspired by traditional ryoken and ancient hospitality rituals. Surrounded by UNESCO pilgrim trails, sacred forests, pearl-fishing and diving culture, and Japan’s most sacred shrine, it offers a rejuvenating wellness experience. Accommodation is in 24 suites and 4 villas, and the design is inspired by a...
Explore Tokyo’s most famous sights with your private guide
Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan with hot spring baths
Visit the shrines and temples of Miyajima, a small sacred island
Cycle around Kyoto’s hidden backstreets
Take the train and head on a food tour in Osaka
When to go:
Explore the magic of Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district
Enjoy a romantic early morning helicopter ride above the city
Dip into hot spring baths while staying in a traditional ryokan
Take in beautiful views of the sakura from Mt. Otowa in Kyoto
Visit Ago Bay to watch the Ama female freedivers and dine together
When to go:
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