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ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

The recently renovated ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel is conveniently located close to the Peace Park and is easily accessible from Hiroshima Station. The hotel boasts a comprehensive fitness centre, as well as an indoor swimming pool. Japanese, Chinese, and French restaurants are among the other extensive facilities on offer.

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Aura Tachibana

Located just minutes from Hakone Yumoto Station, Aura Tachibana houses large public indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.  They also have private open-air baths on the roof.  The baths, coupled with an incredible view of the hillside scenery, provide the ultimate spot for rest and relaxation. Aura Tachibana is well known for its Japanese-style dinner and breakfast.  They…

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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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Gifu Miyako Hotel

The Miyako is Gifu’s premier Western style hotel. Overlooking the scenic Nagara River, the hotel offers nearly 200 rooms and suites and is a great option for those visiting the city. There are many staff who speak reasonable English so communicating won’t cause any problems and the staff are well trained and diligent in looking…

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Hiiragiya Ryokan

A Kyoto institution, this luxurious ryokan first opened its doors in 1818 and has been owned and run by the same family for 6 generations. Famous for its Kyoto-style kaiseki dinners, Hiiragiya has hosted many famous guests and each room is differently decorated with art and antiques. Most rooms offer views of the traditional garden…

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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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Kaichoro Ryokan

One of the newest of Japan’s top ryokan, Ikaho Onsen’s Kaichoro is perhaps the most luxurious: flawless rooms meld the best of Japanese and Western architecture, secluded open-air onsen baths are ensuite to all suites, and exquisite French Kaiseki dinners are unparalleled at all but a handful of the world’s best restaurants. The Kaichoro’s recent…

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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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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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Tenku no Mori

Literally translated as “the forest in the sky,” Tenku No Mori is a luxury hotel and spa which offers stunning panoramic views of the mountains, lush forests and active volcanoes of northern Kagoshima. Dedicated to relaxation, well-being and ecological sustainability, you can expect to be hosted in a clean, spacious and tranquil environment where your…

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The Screen

A striking example of modern Japanese design, Kyoto’s Screen Hotel is only a short walk from both the ancient temples of Teramachi-dori (“temple town street”) and the shops and bustling nightlife of the Sanjo and Shijo districts. Each of the hotel’s thirteen guest rooms were conceived by a different artist or designer, so no two…

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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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Watanabe Ryokan

You will find this small family-run ryokan at the end of a narrow alley lined with old wooden buildings, minutes away from the World Heritage site of Itsukushima shrine. All rooms have traditional Japanese baths made of fragrant cypress wood, but what really makes Watanabe Inn stand out is the delicious Japanese kaiseki cuisine served…

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Yama No Chaya

Yama-no-chaya is a refined, luxurious ryokan which enjoys beautiful natural surroundings. The traditional wooden buildings are hidden in a leafy grove right by the Tonosawa hot spring. The ryokan has 5 large communal hot spring baths, each in exquisite settings, indoors and outdoors. Many rooms enjoy a view of the surrounding mountains and forest. The…

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Yoshikawa Ryokan

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Ryokan Yoshikawa is proud to welcome its guests in the most authentically Japanese style. Its squeaky floors and narrow corridors and most of all the traditional tatami mat rooms with views directly into its delightful quiet garden, are part of Yoshikawa’s heritage since the ryokan was built more than…

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Yoshinoya Ryokan Kyoto

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Yoshinoya is a ryokan specialising in Kyoto cuisine. Both as a restaurant and ryokan, Yoshinoya has been introduced in the Michelin Guide for several years. The “yuba” (bean curd) is the specialty and delicacy of Kyoto, which of course is the specialty of Yoshinoya for you to enjoy! The…

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