Luxury Hotels in Japan

One of the (many) great pleasures of a luxury holiday in Japan is the quality and variety of the accommodation. In fact we defy anyone to be unimpressed with the futuristic luxury on offer in the best skyscraper hotels of Tokyo with their amazing views across the city (and sometimes all the way to Mount Fuji), incredible restaurants and uber-mod cons. Away from the capital the absolute must is a stay in a luxury ryokan traditional inn. These small guesthouses offer an invaluable insight into Japanese home life and traditions, with their futon beds, tatami walls and yakata dressing gowns, but most of all thanks to the exceptional multi-course kaiseki dinners they serve. Raw fish fan or otherwise, this is genuinely one of the most memorable experiences in travel:

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Far East > Japan

On the Japanese island of Honshu, Amanemu is set within the Ise-Shima National Park on the Kii Peninsula. The new Aman Resort boasts spectacular views over Ago Bay and its mesmerising waters are scattered with islets and oyster rafts. Read more

Hoshinoya Fuji

Far East > Japan

Japan’s first glamping resort, Hoshinoya Fuji is a luxurious hidden gem found overlooking Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji. Read more

Four Seasons Kyoto

Far East > Japan

Superbly located in the historic Higashiyama district, The Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto is set on a hillside surrounded by lush foliage. With an 800-year-old pond garden situated in the heart of the grounds, the lavish hotel is a peaceful oasis. Read more

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Far East > Japan

Occupying the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower, Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel is an elegant oasis of space and calm overlooking Tokyo and the Kanto Plain, all the way to – on a clear day - Mount Fuji. Located in the Shinjuku district, the hotel has easy access to downtown. Read more

Hoshinoya Kyoto

Far East > Japan

Hoshinoya Kyoto ryokan (traditional inn) is located on the banks of the Ooigawa river in the scenic Arashiyama area on the outskirts of the fascinating city of Kyoto. Devoid of high rise buildings and with its beautiful Togetsukyo Bridge and Tenryuji Temple, this area of Kyoto is a real taste of... Read more


Far East > Japan

Iwaso Ryokan (whose doors first opened in 1830) is situated in Momijidani Park and boasts the same craftsmanship and architecture of many of the islands historical shrines. Read more

Palace Hotel Tokyo

Far East > Japan

The Palace Hotel, so named because it overlooks the Imperial Palace gardens, was completely re-built for its 2012 grand opening. Read more

Gora Kadan

Far East > Japan

Gora Kadan is a luxurious ryokan (traditional inn) located in the grounds of a former Imperial residence in the beautiful Hakone region south of Tokyo. Read more

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Far East > Japan

If style, service and skyline views are the requirements, the Mandarin Oriental is the answer. Guests check in on the 38th floor of the Mitsui Tower with panoramic views over the bustling shopping and business district of Nihonbashi. Read more

The Peninsula Tokyo

Far East > Japan

The Peninsula Tokyo is a five star hotel near the Imperial Palace in the Marunouchi business district with great views across the Tokyo cityscape. Read more

Aman Tokyo

Far East > Japan

The super chic Aman brand makes its debut in one of the world’s global cities with the opening of Aman Tokyo. Occupying the top six floors of the recently-built Otemachi Tower this five star urban sanctuary sits high above the buzzing metropolis with predictably fantastic views. Read more

Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Far East > Japan

Opened in February 2014, the Ritz-Carlton is a fantastic addition to Kyoto's luxury hotel scene. It's in a great location overlooking the Kamo River, and within walking distance of the downtown shops and restaurants of Kawaramachi, as well as the Gion and Pontocho geisha districts. Read more

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