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JAPAN - On Clear Autumn Days Like This Mt Fuji Is Perfectly Framed By Maple Leaf Boughs On The Shores Of Kawaguchiko Five Lakes

On clear autumn days like this, Mt Fuji is perfectly framed by maple leaf boughs on the shores of Kawaguchiko 'Five Lakes'.

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JAPAN Stand In Awe And Absorb The Sheer Scale Of Modern Japans Commercial Ambitions At Hachiko The Worlds Busiest Street Crossing

Stand in awe and absorb the sheer scale of modern Japan's commercial ambitions at Hachiko in Tokyo, the world's busiest street crossing.

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JAPAN The Old Trading Canal At Kurashiki With Its Converted Storehouses And Distinctive Black Tile Roofs Is One Of The Most Pleasant Places To Stroll In Japan

The old trading canal at Kurashiki, with its converted storehouses and distinctive black-tile roofs, is one of the most pleasant places to stroll in Japan.

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JAPAN O Hanami Cherry Blossom Festivities Carry On Late In The Evening In Maruyama Park Kyoto

'O-hanami' cherry blossom festivities carry on late in the evening in Maruyama Park, Kyoto.

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JAPAN Nomura Is One Of Several Beautifully Preserved Nobles Houses In Kanazawa With A Small But Perfectly Formed Ornamental Garden

Nomura is one of several beautifully preserved nobles' houses in Kanazawa, with a small but perfectly formed ornamental garden.

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JAPAN The Iconic Snow Monkeys Of Yudanaka In The Japan Alps Hang Out At The Hot Spring Pool

The iconic snow monkeys of Yudanaka in the Japan Alps hang out at the hot spring pool.

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JAPAN Stroll Through The Giant Bamboo Forest In Arashiyama Outside Kyoto To The Hidden Villa And Garden Of Okochi Sanso

Stroll through the giant bamboo forest in Arashiyama outside Kyoto, to the hidden villa and garden of Okochi Sanso.

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JAPAN Japanese Women Often Dress In Kimonos When They Visit Kyoto Particularly During Cherry Blossom And Other Traditional Festive Seasons

Japanese women often dress in kimonos when they visit Kyoto, particularly during cherry blossom and other traditional festive seasons.

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JAPAN From 100 Yen Plates To Chef Jiros 10 Seater Restaurant Japan Is Still Home To The Worlds Best Sushi

From 100 yen plates to chef Jiro's 10-seater restaurant, Japan is still home to the world's best sushi.

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JAPAN It May Not Look Like Much At First Glance But Austere Ryoanji Rock Garden Is A Fine Expression Of Zen Buddhism And Induces A Contemplative State Even At Busy Times

It may not look like much at first glance, but austere Ryoanji rock garden is a fine expression of Zen Buddhism and induces a contemplative state even at busy times.

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JAPAN Kanazawa Is A Treasure Trove Of Pre Modern Teahouses And Houses Of The Nobility Where Arts Such As Taiko Drumming Can Be Experienced

Kanazawa is a treasure trove of pre-modern teahouses and houses of the nobility where arts such as taiko drumming can be experienced

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JAPAN Geisha And Junior Maiko Put The Finishing Touches To Their Kimonos In The Gion Area Of Kyoto

Geisha and junior Maiko put the finishing touches to their kimonos in the Gion area of Kyoto.

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JAPAN Explore The Wide Streets Of Ginza In Tokyo For World Class Shopping And Dining Some Are Pedestrianised At Weekends

Explore the wide streets of Ginza in Tokyo for world class shopping and dining - some are pedestrianised at weekends.

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JAPAN At Sprwaling Tsukiji Fish Market The Main Tuna Auction Is Done By 5 Am And Adjacent Stalls Selling Are Selling The Freshest Possible Sushi Straight Afterwards

At Tokyo's sprawling Tsukiji Fish Market, the main tuna auction is done by 5 a.m. and adjacent stalls selling are selling the freshest possible sushi straight afterwards.

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A masterful dance of filtered light and shade, the new Aman Tokyo's atrium lobby is a stylish urban sanctuary to retreat to after the frenetic energy of Tokyo.

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The Aman Tokyo boasts the largest rooms and suites in the city, some of which look out onto Tokyo Skytree.

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See all the sights from the warmth of your bathtub at the Aman Tokyo - each guestroom and suite has a large furo and a deep soaking tub.

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The Aman Tokyo's achingly chic and serene 30-metre swimming pool is part of the Aman Spa, which has eight treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, a Yoga studio and a Pilates Studio.

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Each of the Aman Tokyo's 84 guestrooms and suites draw design inspiration from a paired back Japanese aesthetic. Pictured here, the Premier Room's living area is the epitome of Zen.

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Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in the world, and 'The Restaurant by Aman' aims to put the Aman Tokyo at the culinary forefront.

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JAPAN This Iconic Beachside Sculpture On Naoshima Island Is As Eccentric As The Artist Yayoi Kusama That Hasnt Stopped It Being The Inspiration For Louis Vuitton Products

This iconic beachside sculpture on Naoshima Island is as eccentric as the artist, Yayoi Kusama. That hasn't stopped it being the inspiration for Louis Vuitton products.

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JAPAN Ryokan Kurashiki Has The Charm Of A Fine English BB With Japanese Refinement And Omotenashi Hospitality Making It An Ampersand Favourite

Ryokan Kurashiki has the charm of a fine English B&B with Japanese refinement and 'omotenashi' hospitality, making it an Ampersand Favourite.

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JAPAN With Its Leafy Sidewalks Coffee Shop Terraces And High Service Standards The Peninsula Tokyo Equals Experiences At The Sister Property In Paris

With its leafy sidewalks, coffee shop terraces and high service standards, The Peninsula Tokyo equals experiences at the sister property in Paris

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JAPAN The Eye Catching Oval Pool At The Peninsula Hotel Also Offer Views Across To The Imperial Palace

The eye-catching oval pool at the Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo also offer views across to the Imperial Palace.

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JAPAN Peninsula Tokyo Eriko Horiki Washi Paper Art Experience

Peninsula Tokyo's Eriko Horiki Washi Paper Art Experience

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JAPAN Upgrade Rooms At The Peninsula Hotel In Tokyo Offer Some Of The Best Views Of The Imperial Palace Grounds

Upgrade rooms at the Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo offer some of the best views of the Imperial Palace grounds.

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JAPAN Design Buffs Will Love The Modern Sculpture And Design In The Public Areas Of The Peninsula Hotel

Design buffs will love the modern sculpture and design in the public areas of the Peninsula Tokyo.

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JAPAN Tucked Away Upriver From Kyoto The Hoshinoya Combines Tranquility Traditional Design And Cleverly Woven Modern Touches Such As Its Bamboo Bend Sofas

Tucked away upriver from Kyoto, the Hoshinoya combines tranquility, traditional design and cleverly woven modern touches such as its bamboo-bend sofas.

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JAPAN Ticket Windows In Japan Can Be Bewildering But Fortunately The Pronunciation Is Relatively Manageable A Little Sign Language Also Goes A Long Way

Ticket windows in Japan can be bewildering but fortunately the pronunciation is relatively manageable. A little sign language also goes a long way!

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JAPAN Visit Yokohama Down The Bay From Tokyo For Chinatown Cocktails At Landmark Tower And Some Of The Best Summertime Firework Displays

Visit Yokohama - down the bay from Tokyo - for cocktails at Landmark Tower, Chinatown and some of the best summertime firework displays.

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JAPAN Japan Is Renowned For Borrowing And Enhancing Western Ideas Which Finds Its Finest Evocation In The Grandiosity Of The Ritz Carlton Osaka

Japan is renowned for borrowing and enhancing western ideas, which finds its finest evocation in the grandiosity  of the Ritz Carlton Osaka.

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JAPAN Several Japanese Towns Vie For The Title Of Little Kyoto But Kanazawa Is Perhaps The Second Culturally Rich City In Japan With Many Opportunities To Experience Traditional Arts

Several Japanese towns vie for the title of 'Little Kyoto', but Kanazawa is perhaps the second culturally rich city in Japan with many opportunities to experience traditional arts.

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JAPAN The Best Way To Enjoy The Bright Lights Of Osakas Dotonburi Canal Is By Riverboat With A Fantastic Live Jazz Quartet

Enjoy Osaka's buzzing Dotonburi canal by riverboat, which play host to fantastic live jazz quartets at night.

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JAPAN The Hoshinoya In Arashiyama Outside Kyoto Is An Exclusive Tranquil Retreat Reached By Boat Up The Hozu River

The Hoshinoya in Arashiyama outside Kyoto is an exclusive tranquil retreat, reached by boat up the Hozu river.

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JAPAN Shinjuku Tokyo Is A Labyrinth Of Late Night Izakaya Restaurants And Shoebox Bars That Reward The Adventurous Urban Explorer

Shinjuku, Tokyo is a labyrinth of late-night izakaya restaurants and shoebox bars that reward the adventurous urban explorer.

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JAPAN From The Citys Finest Pastries To The Beautiful Traditional Washi Paper Lampshades The Ritz Carlton In Kyoto Is The Epitomy Of Style And Luxury In Japans Most Historic City

From the city's finest pastries to the beautiful traditional washi paper lampshades, the Ritz Carlton in Kyoto is the epitomy of style and luxury in Japan's most historic city.

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JAPAN Ancient Temples Are Tucked Between The Modern Architecture Of Tokyo The Most Visited Being Senso Ji In Asakusa

Ancient temples are tucked between the modern architecture of Tokyo, the most visited being Senso-ji in Asakusa.

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JAPAN Shirakawago In The Japan Alps Is Particularly Beautiful In Spring When Many Indigenous Flowers Bloom

Shirakawago in the Japan Alps is particularly beautiful in spring when many indigenous flowers bloom.

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JAPAN Despite Stiff Competition From Newer Hotels Over The Last Decade The Park Hyatts New York Bar Is Still The Place For Live Jazz In The City

Despite stiff competition from newer hotels over the last decade, the Park Hyatt Tokyo's New York Bar is still the place for live jazz in the city.

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Luxury and Boutique Hotels in Japan

As well as some of the world’s finest flagship hotels, Japan also has a long heritage of luxury ryokan not found anywhere else in the world. This means you can be drinking in views from the Mandarin Oriental or gazing out over the Shinjuku nightscape from the Park Hyatt one evening, then relaxing in your own hot spring bath after a multi-course kaiseki meal at the Gora Kadan ryokan the next. Whether hotel or ryokan, opulent or humble, you will experience some of the highest levels of hospitality to be found anywhere in the world, just bear mind that the country still receives relatively few foreign visitors so English is not widely spoken.

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Aman Tokyo ,
Tokyo

After the resounding success of their first city hotel venture in Venice, Aman have spread their wings to Tokyo. The...

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Amanemu ,
Ise

Not ones to rest on their laurels, Aman opened Amanemu in spring 2016 following the resounding success of Aman Tokyo. 'Nemu'...

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ANA Crowne Plaza ,
Hiroshima and Miyajima

While it can’t match Tokyo and Kyoto’s flagship hotels for sheer luxury, the ANA’s new Club Floor rooms are some...

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ANA Crowne Plaza ,
Kanazawa

Like its sister hotel in Hiroshima, the ANA in Kanazawa offers some of the best rooms, views and dining to...

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Andaz ,
Tokyo

By opening the Andaz in the ambitious new Toranomon Hills lifestyle complex, the Hyatt group seem to have pitched two...

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Benesse House ,
Naoshima

Where else in the world would you find modern art museums, installations and sculptures dotted about all over coastal islands?...

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Beniya Mukayu ,
Kanazawa

Culturally speaking, Kanazawa is one of the richest places in Japan but it is short on great hotels. The Beniya...

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Busena Terrace ,
Okinawa

Located well away from the urban sprawl of Naha city on the main island of Okinawa, the Busena Terrace is...

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Capitol Hotel Tokyu ,
Tokyo

For those seeking an oasis of calm with modern luxuries alongside traditional touches and fine dining, the Tokyu Capitol is...

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Century Southern Tower ,
Tokyo

Five minutes from Shinjuku station south exit, the Century Southern Tower takes up the top half of a skyscraper so...

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Citadines Shinjuku ,
Tokyo

The Citadines Shinjuku and its sister hotel Citadines Shinjuku Central are ingenious apartment-hotels that are perfectly located at the heart...

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The Conrad ,
Tokyo

The stylish and luxurious Conrad is a thoroughly modern hotel set amongst the modern high rise architecture of the Shiodome...

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Dormy Inn Kagoshima ,
Kagoshima

We love Dormy Inns! Our director James is an absolute stickler for detail and luxury, but he would happily spend...

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Four Seasons Marunouchi ,
Tokyo

In a prime location just south of Tokyo station, the Four Seasons is possibly the only Tokyo hotel we could...

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Garden Terrace ,
Nagasaki

By all accounts this is the superlative place to stay in Nagasaki. Designed by Kengo Kuma, it impresses from the...

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Gora Kadan ,
Hakone

Gora Kadan is one of Japan’s finest Ryokans and its guest list is a real Who’s Who. Blending Japanese tradition...

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Grand Hyatt ,
Tokyo

Part of the ambitious Roppongi Hills complex completed in 2003, the Grand Hyatt is an unreservedly sophisticated and luxurious hotel....

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Granvia Kyoto ,
Kyoto

As part of the architectural wonder that is Kyoto station, the Granvia is a thoroughly modern hotel. Dark wood interiors,...

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Hakkoda Hotel ,
Aomori

Outside of central Japan one doesn't expect the height of luxury, but the Hakkoda Hotel offers a charm and homeliness...

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Hanafubuki ,
Izu Peninsula

Halfway down the east side of the Izu Peninsula are the jagged bays of Jogosaki, where walking trails and a...

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Hanaougi Bettei Iiyama ,
Takayama

This is the newer, more secluded and arguably more romantic venture by Hanaougi. It is built from the same cedar...

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Hilton Niseko ,
Niseko

The Hilton is Niseko's key ski-in ski-out hotel, with adjacent ski lifts that reach the top of Annapuri in just...

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Hilton Tokyo ,
Tokyo

Perfectly located a short shuttle bus ride from Shinjuku station, the Hilton is at the heart of the action in...

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Hoshinoya Karuizawa ,
Karuizawa

Like the original property in Kyoto, Hoshinoya Karuizawa seeks to combine the best of traditional Japanese ryokan hospitality with luxury...

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Hoshinoya ,
Kyoto

Reached in style by riverboat in the scenic hillside area of Arashiyama just west of Kyoto, this is one of...

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Hoshinoya Taketomi ,
Yaeyama Islands

Hoshinoya, a luxury hotel group with a distinctive approach of modernizing traditional properties in a Japanese way, have excelled themselves...

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Hotel Nikko Kanazawa ,
Kanazawa

Kanazawa doesn't have any hotels to rival Tokyo and Kyoto - yet - but the Hotel Nikko is a more...

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Hotel Nikko Kumamoto ,
Kumamoto

This stylish and smartly appointed hotel is ideally situated for a short stay in Kumamoto, being an easy stroll from...

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Hotel Vista Grande Osaka ,
Osaka

This hotel is right at the heart of the action in Osaka, just a block from the famous canal at...

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Hyatt Regency ,
Kyoto

The Hyatt Regency is a stylish and lively hotel located in the Kyoto’s historic Higashiyama sightseeing district, just a short...

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Hyatt Regency Hakone ,
Hakone

Hakone is not a place to be taking half-measures on accommodation. The transport and restaurants in Hakone finish by 7...

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Iwaso ,
Hiroshima and Miyajima

The shrine area on Miyajima can get pretty busy during the day, but by staying at the Iwaso one can...

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Kanaya ,
Nikko

The oldest western-style hotel in Japan, the Kanaya first opened its doors to well-heeled Japanese guests and the fledgling western...

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Kanra ,
Kyoto

Kanra is a boutique city hotel which embraces the traditional hospitality and spirit of Kyoto. In the open-plan lobby and...

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Kayotei ,
Kaga Onsen

Nestled in the forested hills on the fringe of picturesque Yamanaka hot spring town, the Kayotei is one of Japan’s...

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Keio Plaza ,
Tokyo

This deluxe hotel with is perfect for families as it’s at the heart of downtown Shinjuku, has some rooms that...

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Lamp no Yado ,
Noto

Lamp no Yado is a highly exclusive, remote ryokan retreat at the northern tip of the Noto Peninsula. Each of...

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Madoka no Mori ,
Hakone

Mt Fuji National Park (Hakone) is already home to some of Japan's most luxurious 'ryokan' - the traditional equivalent of...

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo ,
Tokyo

In each great historic Asian city you will find a flagship Mandarin Oriental hotel that cleverly combines the heights of...

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Marunouchi ,
Matsumoto

For such a well-visited place, Matsumoto is short on good hotels. The Marunouchi is the newest hotel in town, after...

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Mikawaya ,
Hakone

This charming little ryokan is ten minutes’ walk from Hakone open-air museum and is what we’d call boutique, with 25...

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Millenium Mitsui Garden Ginza ,
Tokyo

The Mitsui chain of hotels in Japan have really nailed the balance of comfort and cost, and such is the...

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Minamikan ,
Matsue

This ryokan is well over a hundred years old and one of the most well regarded in the area, with...

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Mitsui Garden Premier Ginza ,
Tokyo

The Ginza area with its upmarket restaurants and flagship designer stores could be called the Knightsbridge of Tokyo, and the...

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Niki Club ,
Nasu

Founded by Hitomi Kitayama a quarter of a century ago, the Niki Club has expanded from 6 to 39 rooms...

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Nikko Station Hotel Classic ,
Nikko

Opened in 2010, this hotel is right across the road from Nikko station and has a half-board option as the...

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Notonosho ,
Noto

Meaning ‘the waters of Noto’, the clue to this ryokan’s success is in the title. Nearly a century ago, the...

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Okura Kyoto ,
Kyoto

In a city where the sights are spread all over the place it’s difficult to decide on the ideal location...

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Okura Tokyo ,
Tokyo

Opened in 1962 with the 1964 Japan Olympics in mind, the Okura has hosted a long line of movie stars...

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Ouan ,
Takayama

One of Takayama’s newest hotels, the Ouan is part of a new style of accommodation in Japan that seeks to...

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Palace Hotel ,
Tokyo

Fully renovated and reopened in 2012, the Palace Hotel has a distinguished post-war history of hosting VIPs in the financial...

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Park Hotel ,
Tokyo

The Park Hotel is nestled amongst the sleek architecture of the Shiodome area, a stone’s throw from Tokyo station, Tsukiji...

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Park Hyatt Tokyo ,
Tokyo

Famous for its leading role in the film Lost in Translation, the Park Hyatt Tokyo is a firm favourite among...

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Ritz-Carlton Kyoto ,
Kyoto

Inspired by the concept of a luxury ryokan, this perfectly formed hotel feels intimate and luxurious. A host of highly...

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Ritz Carlton Okinawa ,
Okinawa

Opened 2007, the Ritz Carlton is the premier place to stay on Okinawa main island. Unlike most of the other...

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Ritz-Carlton Osaka ,
Osaka

Perhaps it’s a stereotype, but the Japanese have long been known to watch what the west is doing and then...

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Royal Park Hotel ,
Kyoto

One of Kyoto’s newest hotels, The Royal Park occupies a great spot along the Kamogawa river in east Kyoto, within...

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Royal Park Hotel Haneda ,
Tokyo

The Royal Park Hotel Haneda is an impressive, contemporary hotel and is the only hotel which is directly connected to...

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Ryokan Kurashiki ,
Kurashiki

This ryokan is halfway along the willow-lined canal in Kurashiki and shares a 300-year history with the converted trading warehouses...

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Sanga ,
Kurokawa

Immerse yourself in Japan’s stunning pristine natural countryside with a stay at Ryokan Sanga, nestled in the woods along the...

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Sankara ,
Yakushima

This spa property is one of just a handful in Japan to be selected by Small Luxury Hotels of the...

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Screen ,
Kyoto

Situated in the heart of Kyoto, the Screen is ideal for those wishing to experience contemporary Japanese culture. It is...

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Seifuso ,
Yudanaka

This cosy little property is a ‘minshuku’, Japan’s version of a B&B – not to be confused with the more...

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Sekitei ,
Hiroshima and Miyajima

Although it is a ten minute shuttle bus ride from Miayjiama port, the drive is worth it for the sheer...

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Shangri-La ,
Tokyo

Just five years old and located just around the corner from Tokyo station, the Shangri-La is a strong contender for...

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Sheraton ,
Hiroshima and Miyajima

The Sheraton is Hiroshima's premier hotel, directly accessed from the bullet train tracks at Hiroshima station but well insulated against...

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Shigira ,
Miyakojima

This property is located on Miyakojima, a far-flung jewel of an island in the tropics at the southern end of...

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Shikisai ,
Nikko

Located halfway along Chuzenji Lake on the mountain plateau above Nikko, the Shikisai is the ideal place to finish a...

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St. Regis ,
Osaka

At the heart of Osaka is Midosuji, the city's most exclusive shopping street, where the St. Regis is located. It...

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Suiran ,
Kyoto

Overlooking the stunning Hozugawa River, Suiran is ideally located near to popular tourist sites, including the Togetsukyo Bridge and, UNESCO...

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Swissotel Nankai ,
Osaka

Swissotel Nankai, Osaka is a deluxe hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka’s most exciting entertainment, shopping and...

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Takefue ,
Kurokawa

This ryokan is the stuff of legend, hidden in a bamboo forest in the remote hot spring hamlet of Kurokawa,...

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Tanabe ,
Takayama

Like the owners of the Seifuso in nearby Yudanaka, Mr Tanabe is a charming old gentleman who leaves Mrs Tanabe...

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The Peninsula Tokyo ,
Tokyo

With just ten hotels under its umbrella worldwide, the Peninsula brand holds its own against much larger luxury chains. Like...

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The Terrace Club at Busena ,
Okinawa

This is an all-suite, all ocean-view property located just a few minutes' buggy ride from the larger Busena Terrace property....

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Tobira Myojinkan ,
Matsumoto

Tobira Onsen Myojinkan is nestled in a peaceful spot in the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Park outside Matsumoto. Established in 1931,...

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Tokyo Station Hotel ,
Tokyo

Built in 1915, bombed in 1945, rebuilt after the war then completely renovated this century, this distinctive red brick hotel...

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Tsurugata ,
Kurashiki

Located alongside the charming willow-lined canal in Kurashiki, the Tsurugata is one of a handful of traditional inns that used...

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Tsurunoyu ,
Nyuto Onsen

Nyuto Onsen, one of Japan’s most atmospheric mountain hot spring spots, is also one of the few where men and...

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Westin ,
Kyoto

The Westin is located on the east side of the city at a vantage point looking out over the historic...

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Nishimuraya ,
Kinosaki

Kinosaki is Ampersand's favourite little hot spring town, tucked away on the remote north sea coast a two hour ride...

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Yoshimatsu ,
Hakone

The Yoshimatsu is a charming ryokan built in the 'sukiya' teahouse style, with a tea room within which one can...

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Asaba ,
Izu Peninsula

Asaba is one of Japan’s finest ryokans, and with an ancient history it has been in the hands of the...

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Amagiso ,
Izu Peninsula

Perching at the top of Kawazu Valley, lies Amagiso ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn of wood and tatami mats, rice-paper...

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Westin Sendai ,
Sendai

Considering it is not a major visitor destination like Kyoto or Hiroshima, the Westin Sendai is a very high standard....

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Hakuchoro ,
Kanazawa

The Hakuchoro is a charming and quirky property dating from the feudal Edo period in the 19th century. It exudes...

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Four Seasons Kyoto ,
Kyoto

Beautifully curated and seamlessly combining Japanese traditions with modern luxury, Four Seasons Kyoto is difficult to fault. It is located...

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Chinzanso ,
Tokyo

The Chinzanso has the most illustrious history of any hotel in Tokyo. The land and garden were painted by Hiroshige...

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Gyokuhokan ,
Izu Peninsula

A charming, authentic ryokan nestled down towards the southern end of the scenic Izu Peninsula between Tokyo and Kyoto.

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