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Japan’s Hottest Hotel Openings

CATHY ADAMS picks out some of the sleek new properties to check into this season

There are plenty of new places to stay of all stripes opening in Japan this season – here’s our pick of the best.

Ascott Marunouchi.
Credit: Takumi Ota

If you’re looking for a sleek serviced apartment in the heart of Tokyo’s business district, try the new Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo (the-ascott.com). Ideal for businesspeople and tourists alike, the 129 residences are elegant, spacious and come equipped with an in-house fitness centre.

Book and Bed Kyoto

Or for a quirkier option, try Book & Bed Kyoto (bookandbedtokyo.com/en/kyoto), an offshoot of the brand’s first hotel in Tokyo, which brands itself as an ‘accommodation bookshop’, where bunks are organised behind bookshelves.

Henn na Hotel.

Not quirky enough? Chiba prefecture’s Hen-na Hotel (h-n-h.jp/en), meaning ‘strange hotel’, is staffed entirely by robots, which should make for an interesting night’s sleep.

First Cabin Kansai Airport

If you’re landing late at Kansai Airport in Osaka, try First Cabin (first-cabin.jp/language/#en) – a new ergonomic capsule ideal for grabbing some shut-eye between flights. Expect light wood accents and modern amenities.

Hotel brand behemoth Marriott is also opening a slew of new properties across Japan this summer. The most impressive are the Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka (marriott.com/hotels/travel/mmjfj-fuji-marriott-hotel-lake-yamanaka), set on one of the lakes at the base of Mount Fuji. Check in for guaranteed great views of Japan’s iconic landmark. Or there’s Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenji (marriott.com/hotels/travel/fsziz-izu-marriott-hotel-shuzenji), on the stunning Izu Peninsula – an ideal base from which to explore the region’s hot springs. Further west is Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel (marriott.com/hotels/travel/osalb-lake-biwa-marriott-hotel). Set on the banks of Japan’s largest lake, offering blockbuster views, the hotel is positioning itself as a wellness destination.

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