Luxury hotel

Hotels in Japan range from simple and efficient business hotels to the luxurious accommodation found only in Tokyo. Ryokan still fill the luxury niche in many locations.

Japanese accommodation is known for service at any level and even in smaller establishments in the 3 star category, staff will be polite, knowledgeable and friendly, while at the higher end the service often exceeds the highest expectations. Rooms at all levels are generally spotlessly clean and breakfasts are very good quality – though a Japanese “Western” breakfast will vary from the traditional, with salads being a very common addition, along with eggs, meats, toasts, rolls, yoghurt and fruit. Japanese breakfasts are also often available.

Traditionally, Japanese couples sleep next to each other on futons and though hotels provide beds, the prevalence of twin rooms, often with two single sized beds, still reflects this. Wherever possible, we will accommodate requests for double beds, though outside the larger cities twin rooms remain standard up to the 4 Star level.

Top end hotels are somewhat limited outside major cities, with 5 Star + really only available in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka – though luxury ryokan are available throughout the country.


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Aman Resorts Tokyo

The Aman is a well-known hotel brand around the world, and many Aman fans are keen to try out the hotel chain in whatever country they find themselves next. The Aman Tokyo is the most recent luxury hotel to open in Tokyo, and has the brand’s signature, monochrome, simplistic look in every aspect of its design.Located…

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ANA Intercontinental Ishigaki

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Maesato Beach in Japan’s southernmost city, the expansive grounds of ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort invite relaxation — whether your time is spent lounging by the pool, indulging in a deep seawater spa treatment, or enjoying the generous facilities for golf, tennis and marine sports. Rich cultural traditions, abundant coral reefs,…

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Benesse House Hotel

Benesse House is a unique fusion of modern architecture and art that has a growing legion of worldwide fans. Designed by Japan’s most famous architect, Tadao Ando, the hotel successfully marries art, architecture and nature in a stunning environment. Guests have a choice of four separate hotel areas in which to stay: Oval, Museum, Beach…

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Conrad Tokyo

Tokyo‘s Conrad Hotel is one of Japan’s best, with impeccable service, incredible views, and irresistibly luxurious rooms. Of Tokyo’s luxury hotels, the Conrad leans furthest towards a boutique hotel aesthetic, without compromising style and comfort. With a range of rooms and suites with garden or city views, the deeply comfortable rooms are designed with relaxation…

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Four Seasons Kyoto

The Four Seasons, which opened in 2016, is situated in the scenic temple district of Eastern Kyoto. Centred around an 800-year old ikeniwa (pool garden), the hotel offers guests a tranquil atmosphere in which to relax.In its spacious guest rooms, suites and Hotel residences, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto blends refined, modern aesthetics and the creations…

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Four Seasons Tokyo

This is one of Tokyo’s most expensive hotels and which offers the ultimate in service, privacy, and exclusivity. Next to Tokyo Station and within walking distance of the Ginza, it boasts one of the most convenient locations in town. Despite its bustling location, the hotel is buffered from the outside world with triple-glazed glass and…

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Fujiya Hotel

Since 1878, the Fujiya Hotel has been renowned globally as one of the most classical resort hotels in Japan. With a reputation for incomparable hospitality and service, the Fujiya Hotel has drawn many dignitaries and celebrities from all over the world. The Fujiya Hotel now accommodates a maximum of 300 guests in 146 Western-style guest…

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Hoshinoya Taketomi

This Hoshinoya resort is located in the heart of Taketomi Island village, one of the 91 government-designated ‘Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings’. By staying in Hoshinoya, you will experience the simple and traditional lifestyle of the Okinawa district in the comfortable and modern way, along with the approximately 320 villagers, including the…

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Hoshinoya Tokyo

Promising sublime and authentic Japanese ryokan hospitality in the heart of Japan’s capital, Hoshinoya Tokyo offers the genuine Hoshinoya experience. The rooms deliver traditional elegance combined with comfort to allow guests to escape from the bustle of the city outside . Each floor also features a common lounge exclusive to the guests of that floor…

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Located in the upper levels of Kyoto’s recently rebuilt railway station, the Granvia Hotel Kyoto is the most convenient as well as one of the most luxurious of Kyoto’s hotels. The Granvia offers excellent service, impeccably comfortable rooms, and a desirable selection of restaurants and bars from which to enjoy the city lights at the…

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Hotel Nikko Alivila

Hotel Nikko Alivila is a high class resort surrounded by some of Okinawa’s clearest waters and beautiful coral reefs. The Spanish colonial style exterior with its red tiled roof and white walls is complimented by the blue ocean of Okinawa. The name “Alivila” is a combination of the Spanish words “alivio” (relaxation) and “villa” (country…

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Hotel Nikko Kochi Asahi Royal

Shikoku’s top western style hotel offers a prime location for exploring the southern part of the island. The hotel has 191 rooms and suites, a restaurant with great views, a tea room and fantastic service. The hotel has a waterfront location which commands a panoramic view of the central area of Kochi.

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Hyatt Regency Hakone

The most luxurious western hotel in Hakone, the Hyatt Regency offers its guests very spacious, tastefully decorated rooms with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The Japanese hot-spring baths, excellent in-house restaurants and complimentary drinks served during happy hour create a relaxing resort atmosphere.

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Hyatt Regency, Kyoto

The Hyatt Regency opened its stylish doors in 2006. Just minutes from JR Kyoto Station, the Hyatt Regency is located in the heart of the richly cultural Higashiyama area, amidst the famous Chishakuin, Sanjusangendo and Yogenin Temples. With rooms blending Japanese and Western luxury, the Hyatt Regency excels at comfort, and brings already high levels…

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JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

The hotel is ideally situated, adjacent to the JR train station in the centre of the city and only a short walk away from Odori park. The hotel aims to provide a relaxing experience for all guests. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in earthy tones. There is a spa on the 22nd floor and…

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The Mandarin Oriental is one of Tokyo’s premier hotels. Located Nihonbashi, the hotel is surrounded by good restaurants and is a stone’s throw from the famous Mizukoshi department store. It provides a luxury stay in one of the world’s busiest and most exciting cities. The hotel is located on the top floors of the Nihonbashi…

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Nara Hotel

Founded in 1909, The Nara hotel first served as the premier guesthouse in the Kansai area for visiting dignitaries from Japan and abroad. It’s one of the oldest hotels in Japan, with most of its 129 rooms keeping their ancient glory, with wooden beams, European radiators and ceramic fireplaces. With a great location on the…

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Niseko Hilton Village

This luxury resort has something for everyone, from families seeking adventure to those dreaming of a rejuvenating retreat. Slip into the open hot springs beneath bright blue skies and verdant Mount Yotei, or slip off to the spa for some indulgent pampering. With the hotel’s own ski slopes right on the doorstep, the Hilton is…

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Niwa no Hotel

Niwa no Hotel, meaning “Garden Hotel,” is an elegant hotel located in the centre of Tokyo. The hotel has a boutique feel to it, perfect for those looking for something a little different during their time in Tokyo. As the name suggests, guests are greeted by a lovely little garden on approach to the hotel,…

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Noborioji Hotel

The newly luxurious Noborioji hotel is nestled at the foot of Kofukuji temple, and the beauty of the surroundings is reflected by the masterful use of wood for the interior design of the hotel. Large windows also provide wide views over Nara park. There are only 12 rooms, with a minimum size of 40 square…

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Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

Ideally located in the central part of Okinawa, Marriott Hotel is convenient in exploring both north and south of the island. The V-shaped building treats you to fantastic views of the sunrise in the morning, and sunset in the evening, from any of the 15 floors. Overlooking the beautiful East China Sea, the hotel also…

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Park Hyatt Tokyo

The film ‘Lost in Translation’ was filmed at the Park Hyatt and this is the most internationally famous hotel in Japan. Located in Shinjuku, a modern and bustling area which is also one of the main transport hubs for the whole of Tokyo. The city views from all windows are incredible and on a day…

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Peninsula Hotel

The Peninsula Tokyo is one of Tokyo’s super-luxury hotels. With a stunning ground-floor lobby connected to the Hibiya Metro Station, and reaching 24 stories above the fashionable Marunouchi district and the Imperial Palace Gardens, the Peninsula Tokyo makes no compromises in style, luxury, or service. The Peninsula is ideally located across the road from Hibiya…

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Ritz Carlton Kyoto

Kyoto’s newest and most luxurious hotel, the Ritz Carlton opened in early 2014. Just 15 minutes from JR Kyoto Station, it is located in the heart of the city alongside the Kamogawa River and is well placed for sightseeing. Designed by Remedios Design Studio,, the Ritz-Carlton is a great fusion of modern and tradition, with…

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Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel

The Sheraton Hiroshima opened its doors during the Spring 2011 and quickly became established as the best place to stay in Hiroshima. This very modern hotel offers comfortable rooms and excellent facilities with a swimming pool and spa. It is conveniently located next to Hiroshima Station which makes for a smooth tour. From here it…

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Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort

Located about 90 minutes from Shin-Chitose Airport, the Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort has 140 guest rooms designed to evoke regional architectural styles and offers upscale amenities and refined service. With ski-in, ski-out capability the Sheraton Hokkiado Kiroro Resort is ideal to enjoy a skiing holiday to the fullest.

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Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi

Located in Shiretoko Utoro Onsen, the Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi overlooks Utoro harbour. The hotel has 265 guest rooms, some of which offer private open air natural hot spring baths overlooking the harbour. Indulge yourself with a relaxing bath and beautiful scenery. The hotel houses two restaurants featuring Japanese cuisine, plus one dining hall with…

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St. Regis Osaka

The St Regis, which was constructed in 2010, is Osaka’s newest five-star hotel, located on high-end Midosuji Avenue.  Lined with ginkgo trees and the flagships of luxury brands, Midosuji Avenue goes through Osaka’s most lively neighbourhoods: Umeda, Shinsaibashi, Dōtonbori, Amerika-mura, and Namba. A splendid hotel, the lobby is located high up on the 12th floor, and this…

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Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is a luxury hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka’s most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district. Tourist attractions like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and DenDen Town are all within easy reach, and the hotel sits above Namba station on Nankai Railway, offering a direct train access to the Kansai International Airport.

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The Palace Hotel Tokyo

The Palace Hotel enjoys one of Tokyo’s most prestigious addresses, right next to the central Imperial Palace. This might be one of the most recent luxury hotels to open in Tokyo, but it has a long history; initially founded in 1947, the hotel reopened in May 2012 after a complete refurbishment taking three years. The…

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The Prince Gallery Kioicho

The Prince Gallery’s Kioicho Tokyo hotel is perhaps at first “hidden,” in the sense that you need ascend to the 16th floor in order to locate the lobby. Only a short distance from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station and directly connected to Nagatacho Station, the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho has easy access to the dynamic capital. It’s also conveniently…

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The Prince, Hakone

Surrounded by the rich natural beauty of Hakone, the Hakone Prince Hotel provides stunning views of both Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi. In addition to indoor and outdoor hot springs baths, the hotel boasts a summer season swimming pool and a winter season skating rink, as well as tennis courts and numerous other facilities. The…

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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka

Located in Osaka’s bustling Nishi-Umeda shopping district, the Ritz Carlton offers a haven of peace at the centre of the city. The hotel boasts Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and French restaurants, and guest rooms have superb views of Osaka city. The fitness facilities feature a swimming pool, fitness room, and saunas, and personal training services are…

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Tokyo Shangri-La Hotel

Located in the chic Nihonbashi district, the Shangri-La hotel, with its 200 spacious rooms overlooking the city, is one of the newest luxury hotels built in Tokyo. The guests can easily access the hotel, just a few minutes from Tokyo station, and will appreciate Shangri-La’s unique brand of hospitality and service, as well as the…

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Trunk Hotel

Trunk Hotel is a new addition to the Tokyo hotel scene, with all the personality and vibrancy of surrounding Shibuya. It prides itself on its strong concept of socialising; the lounge/ bar area is full of young people relaxing, hanging out, reading or working during the day, and abuzz with activity in the evening. It’s…

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Utoco Auberge & Spa

Located on the southeastern tip of Kochi Prefecture, in the city of Muroto. Utoco Auberge & Spa is the first residential facility of its kind. It combines deep seawater, naturally filtered over many years, with the beautiful nature and rich coastal environment of Muroto. Guests can experience various kinds of ocean therapy in this artistic…

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