12 Most Recommended Luxury Hotels in Japan

Japan is a destination where you can have a variety of experiences, from modern and traditional cultures to magnificent nature. There is no doubt that a comfortable stay in the luxury hotel will enhance your journey. And for those who want to have some luxurious experiences in Japan, there are many options for luxury hotels in Japan as well. Most of these hotels have elegantly furnished guest rooms with spectacular views, no matter whether it is in the city center or in nature. In this article, we will introduce 10 of the most luxurious and unique five-star hotels in the most popular areas of Japan that you can choose from during your tour to Japan.

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1. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Chinzanso is one of the most luxurious 5-star hotels in Tokyo. The hotel is in the center of Tokyo and has easy access to stations. It is about 10 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Edogawabashi Station. And it is about 10 minutes by bus from JR Mejiro Station.

The surroundings of Chinzanso are quiet even though it's in Tokyo, and sometimes you can see a sea of clouds spread out in the middle of a beautiful Japanese garden from the hotel room. There is no doubt that people of all ages can have a fantastic experience here. There are two types of rooms at Chinzanso: rooms with a city view and rooms with a garden view. All types of rooms are with an interior where you can feel Japanese culture and allows you to enjoy the view through the large windows. Garden-view rooms are especially recommended for those who would like to watch the sea of clouds in the morning.

At Chinzanso, there is an Italian restaurant "Il Teatro" where you can enjoy the high-quality Italian wine and cheese selection of the hotel and some main cuisines. In the morning at "Il Teatro", you can choose from the American breakfast, the continental breakfast and so much more. And for those who would like to try traditional Japanese cuisines, at Chinzanso Tokyo, you will be able to have traditional Japanese cuisine as breakfast that uses carefully selected ingredients every day. In the afternoon, you can experience afternoon tea served in the lobby lounge "Le Jardin" with a classical atmosphere. It is said to be the first hotel in Tokyo to offer authentic afternoon tea. The cute cakes and scones are all exquisite and very harmonious with traditional tea.

2. Shangri-La Tokyo

Shangri-La Tokyo is a 5-star luxury hotel in the Ginza area of Tokyo. The hotel is about 2 minute's walk from JR Tokyo Station and about 4 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Nihonbashi Station. Shangri-La Tokyo is a hideaway luxury hotel that appears after passing through the Marunouchi business district. The large chandelier at the end of the gorgeous entrance and the spacious lobby always impress guests at first sight.

There are 200 guest rooms divided into 10 categories, and you can see the cityscape of Tokyo from every room. The interior of the room is finished in gentle colors which makes you feel some Asian taste. At night, you can enjoy the sparkling view of Tokyo and a different atmosphere from the daytime from the large windows. The amenities which the hotel provides to their guests are from "Bvlgari" with a luxurious scent.

At Shangri-La Tokyo, the Italian morning buffet where you can choose one main dish is very popular among guests. You can choose main dishes such as pancakes and eggs benedict while enjoying salads and fruit buffets. For those who want to try some Japanese food for breakfast, the famous Japanese restaurant "Nadaman" is also available during breakfast time.

3. Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

A five-star hotel located in the Shibuya district in western Tokyo. With an ideal location just a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station, it is easy to get to or from your next destination. The upper floors are the main living area, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can easily draw a curtain to enjoy the glittering night view of Shibuya and the Tokyo Tower.

The hotel's decor is minimalist and unpretentious, with a daily display of Japanese flower arrangements in the center of the circular lobby and an open-air garden to visit behind the huge floor-to-ceiling windows. For a quick break, head to the French restaurant on the 35th floor, order a glass of wine at the bar and gaze out the windows at the tall buildings with Mount Fuji in the distance. If you're lucky, you can even book a special room with a view of Mount Fuji from your window.

Whether you're getting ready for your trip or taking a break afterward, there are plenty of salon services to enjoy on the lower and middle levels. For example, there is a beauty spa for skin care, a dental cleaning salon, an oriental acupuncture massage, or a pavilion where you can create a masterpiece inspired by your travels. Of course, there are also family-friendly facilities and an easy-to-use babysitting service to free the hands of parents who need to get away for a while.

For dinner, choose Caramelo, where you can enjoy the chef's national cuisine while admiring the exquisite gardens outside your window. If you prefer Provençal cuisine, head upstairs to Coucagno, where you can sip wine and wait for the next course to be served as the sun sets.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu HotelCerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

4. The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

Located in the heart of Tokyo, in the Chiyoda ward. Situated just above Sanno Station, it has an excellent location. Not only is it easy to get to by public transport, but there are also plenty of taxis passing by and the Japanese Imperial Palace is within easy reach. It is also a great place to walk. It is a two-minute walk west to Hie Shrine and an eight-minute walk east to the National Diet Building, one of Japan's landmarks.

A rare five-star luxury hotel within the metropolis of Tokyo where you can experience traditional Japanese accommodation. Here you will find a clever blend of Japanese and Western styles. Leave your luggage in the Japanese-style storage room, gently pull the traditional paper sliding door, and behind the door is the familiar simplicity and comfort of a Western-style bed, with the snow-white Diet Building beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows.

While admiring the ingenuity of the rooms, you can spend more time in the lobby. Directly opposite the lobby are seasonal flower arrangements that combine Western geometric features with the beauty of a traditional Japanese flower arrangement. If your timing is right, you might catch a geisha in a kimono playing a Japanese koto against the backdrop of a flower arrangement. And in another corner, you will find a little surprise from the hotel staff for Beatles fans, a collection of memorabilia left by the band during their stay at the hotel.

The Capitol Hotel TokyuThe Capitol Hotel Tokyu

5. Imperial Hotel Osaka

Imperial Hotel Osaka is located in the middle of the city, surrounded by nature along the Okawa River. The hotel is about 5 minute walk from the JR Osaka Station Loop Line Sakuranomiya Station. There is also a free shuttle bus from under the highway next to the Sakurabashi Exit of Osaka Station.

Imperial Hotels, which was founded in 1890 as a "Japanese state guest house", is still popular with Japanese and foreign guests. There are 7 types of rooms, divided into regular floors that meet various needs from business trips to family trips, and imperial floors that are suitable for special occasions with astonishing design and higher functionality. All the rooms are designed to offer calm and comfort.

There is also a "Doorman Snoopy" concept room that you can only find here which is also a nice choice for families traveling with kids. For those staying in this specially-themed room, "Snoopy Special Breakfast" and original goods are also included in the service. The hotel provides possibilities for all guests who enjoy spending private time such as a cozy breakfast with room service.

6. Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is a 5-star luxury hotel directly connected to Nankai Namba Station, which is great access to shopping, culture, and entertainment in the famous Shinsaibashi area.

There are 546 guest rooms including 28 suites in Swissôtel Nankai Osaka. All guest rooms at Swissôtel Nankai Osaka are equipped with modern amenities as well as convenient business amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for all guests. All guest rooms offer a panoramic view of the city of Osaka and it is especially amazing at night. The guest rooms combine contemporary Swiss interiors with traditional Japanese elements to create a playful and stylish space. Guests staying in Executive Rooms and Suites on floors 32-34 will enjoy exclusive high-floor views, as well as access to snacks and evening cocktails in the private space of the Swiss Executive Club Lounge throughout the day.

The hotel is also facilitated with six restaurants and a fitness facility. Breakfast at the panoramic view restaurant "Tavola 36" on the hotel's top floor is exceptional and worth a try.

7. Aman Kyoto

Aman Kyoto is a 5-star luxury hotel located in the north of Kyoto. It is about 30 minutes by car from Kyoto Station, and about 15 minutes by car from Kitaoji Station. Aman Kyoto is ideal for sightseeing in Kyoto since it is very near to the World Heritage Kinkakuji and Ryoanji.

Nestled in a quiet forest a short distance from the city center, Aman Kyoto is divided into four guest rooms and two villas. All guest rooms are surrounded by beautiful greenery. The guest rooms at Aman Kyoto are characterized by their creation of a space that sublimates the goodness of a ryokan in a modern way. And the majestic trees which you can peek at through the large windows and the warm atmosphere of the interior will give you some peace of mind. In addition, there is a cypress bath in the bathroom, where you can heal the fatigue of your trip while enjoying the scent of wood. In the morning, plenty of natural light comes in through the windows, so it is recommended that you enjoy your bath time slowly while soaking in the morning sun.

Guests staying at Aman Kyoto can also use the natural open-air hot spring near the hotel. They also have an open space where you can experience yoga and Zen meditation in the outdoors.

8. Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto

Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto is a 5-star hotel built near the famous World Heritage Nijo Castle. It is about a 3-minute walk from Tozai Subway Line Nijojo-Mae Station and about a 15-minute drive from Kyoto Station. The hotel is opened in November 2020 and it was built on the site of the former residence of the Mitsui family.

The guest rooms of Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto are inspired by traditional Japanese tea rooms with a modern arrangement in order to make all guests enjoy their stays. Among these rooms, the "ONSEN Suite" has a natural open-air hot spring for the exclusive use of the guest room, and you can soak in the hot spring while looking at the magnificent garden where you can feel the beauty of Japan.

At the restaurant "TOKI -TOKI-" inside the hotel, you can enjoy creative cuisine that combines French and Japanese cuisine such as teppanyaki. While eating in the restaurant, there will be a beautiful waterscape and a Japanese garden spread out in front of you, and you can enjoy your meal while feeling the connections with the outside. In addition, the private room that can be used by up to 6 people is equipped with an iron plate counter, so you can enjoy the dishes while watching the professional teppanyaki performance in front of you.

9. Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa is a 5-star spa resort hotel in the central Gora area of Hakone. It is about a 5-minute walk from Kami-Gora Station. The hotel also has a pick-up service from Odawara Station and Gora Station.

All rooms are spacious with a minimum of 56 square meters and an average of 68 square meters size. The rooms create a healing space where you can feel the nature of Hakone that spreads outside the window. You can feel the Hyatt-likeness in every detail, such as the modern design of the amenities and yukata. At Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa, you can spend your time in a Japanese bathrobe "yukata" when dining in lounges and restaurants except for a part of the resort. In addition to the common yukata that you can wear outside, the hotel also provides yukata for sleeping in different colors in guest rooms.

There are baths and spas using hot springs in the hotel, so you can relax from the core of your body. At "Spa Izumi", all 8 treatment rooms are equipped with walk-in mist saunas and showers, and you can relax in the hot water of Owakudani Onsen. In addition, you can enjoy high-quality service at two Japanese and Western restaurants, and depending on the time of day, you can enjoy free drinks in the living room. The breakfast is served in classic buffet style. And for dinner, you can enjoy a Western course meal that mainly uses ingredients from the Hakone area. If you pay at the hotel, you can also use the hidden restaurant "Bell's" and the dining room "Sushi" in the facility.

10. Ryokan Gora-Kadan

Ryokan Gora-Kadan is a 5-star luxury hotel located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, this is a traditional Japanese ryokan where you can fully enjoy the high-quality Gora hot spring. It is about 3 minute's walk from Hakone Tozan Railway Gora Station. If you arrive from Tokyo, it takes around 2-3 hours in total, including transfer time from JR Shinjuku Station.

Ryokan Gora-Kadan is registered as a selected member of the world-famous hotel restaurant group "Relais & Chateaux". Therefore, it is highly rated by tourists from overseas. The hotel features a Japanese-style tatami room with a sense of privacy, and the view of the mountains of Hakone which you can see from the balcony creates a relaxing moment. Dinner and breakfast can be served in your room or in a private room.

The hot spring of the hotel draws water from three sources, two of which are private sources in the garden. The spring quality is a weak alkaline simple hot spring, and the transparent hot spring is said to be gentle on the skin and effective for cold sensitivity and fatigue recovery.

11. Premier Hotel TSUBAKI Sapporo

Premier Hotel TSUBAKI Sapporo is an urban resort surrounded by greenery and water, facing the Toyohira River and within walking distance of the Susukino commercial area.

The hotel and guest rooms are decorated with numerous works of art, including paintings by Salvador Dali, stained glass depicting Hokkaido landscapes, and cozy fireplaces. All rooms are spacious from 36 square meters up to 160 square meters, with furniture and furnishings imported from Europe. All rooms are in a classical style, so you can spend an elegant and comfortable time during your stay. The family room can accommodate up to 6 people in a Japanese-style room and 4 people in a Western-style room, making it ideal for groups and family trips.

The breakfast includes Japanese and Western buffet styles. Not only is it delicious, but the dishes are particularly focusing on being healthy and beautiful. There is a rich lineup of dishes such as "Borscht" using Hokkaido beets and "Clam Chowder" cooked with rich milk. It is also recommended to try Japanese cuisine that uses various seafood from Hokkaido.

12. The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa

The Windsor Hotel Toya Resort & Spa is a 5-star resort on a mountaintop overlooking Lake Toya and Uchiura Bay. To reach the hotel, it is recommended to use a rental car or the hotel's free shuttle service. It is about 2 hours from New Chitose Airport/Sapporo to the hotel using the national highway/highway. The hotel pick-up service is about 40 minutes by free shuttle bus from the nearest JR Toya Station.

There are 11 types of guest rooms, including twin rooms, Japanese-style rooms, and suites. All rooms offer panoramic lake or sea views. Here you can have the joy of being embraced by nature, which cannot be experienced in the city.

At the same time, there is a wide variety of high-end services that you can have during your stay. There is a restaurant where you can enjoy Hokkaido ingredients, including Michelin-starred French cuisine. You can enjoy as well as the hot springs in the nature with Japanese atmosphere in the Sukiya-style hot springs. In addition, the healing spa produced by Windsor is fully equipped with functions such as a 25m indoor pool and jacuzzi. There is also a superb view golf course overlooking Uchiura Bay in the back.

In this article, we introduced 10 recommended luxury hotels in 5 popular areas of Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone, and Hokkaido. In Japan, there are many hotels where you can enjoy a luxurious stay, from hotels where you can relax in a comfortable space while seeing the beautiful city view, to hotels surrounded by the nature. Not only are these hotels well-equipped, but they also offer a full range of services, so you are sure to have a wonderful trip. If you are interested in staying in some luxury hotels during your stay in Japan, feel free to contact us to make the most of your journey. Our experienced travel professionals will create a tailor-made itinerary according to your interests, schedule, and budget.

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