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Japan is a fascinating country of contradictions: at once famed for its forward-thinking design and creative technology, yet continuing to pride itself on preserving its rich, ancient traditions. With a varied landscape of hot springs, snow-clad mountains, beautiful beaches and cities studded with skyscrapers, Japan is set to dazzle and delight travellers. It’s also a top foodie destination — and with good reason; Tokyo alone boasts 200 establishments with Michelin stars! Accommodation options, too, range from traditional inns with hot spring baths to cutting-edge design hotels and everything in between. In a land where the possibilities are seemingly endless, our Gurus’ list of the best places to stay in Japan is the perfect starting point to planning the trip of a lifetime.

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Japan’s big-hitters are its vibrant cities. Tokyo and Osaka are particular standouts, whilst charming Kyoto is the place to go for teahouses, shrines and the legendary entertainment district. Culture buffs will also adore Nara, Japan’s first capital. Venture to the island of Kyushu to discover active volcanoes, tranquil hot spring towns such as Yufuin, and a plethora of outdoorsy activities. Keen skiers and hikers should consider the resort towns of the northern Japanese Alps — Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and others — which fuse snow-clad peaks with restful onsen baths. Still further north, the island of Hokkaidō boasts the ever-popular winter sports hub that is Niseko.

Whether you’re travelling as a couple or with friends and family, you’ll find Japan brimming with superb hotels offering warm hospitality, mouth-watering cuisine and a charming blend of old and new. The best places to stay in Japan await!

The Best Places to Stay in Japan

For City Style

  • Aman Tokyo has minimalist interiors designed by Kerry Hill, featuring pale wooden furnishings, slate-grey upholstery and crisp white linens. Suites are soothing and contemporary, the spa is sensational, and Venetian-trained chef Masakazu Hiraki promises some of the best Italian food in the city.
  • Conrad Osaka brings sophisticated minimalist design to the top floors of the Nakanoshima Festival West Tower. Spacious guestrooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city's skyline, and there's a chic spa and indoor pool. Dining options include delectable KURA. One for well-heeled design lovers.
  • The Four Seasons Kyoto promises a five-star stay in the heart of the historic city. Highlights include the sumptuous spa, sophisticated guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the Michelin-starred Sushi Wakon Restaurant. Pure luxury.
  • Hotel K5 merges Scandi & Japanese styles in 20 hip rooms. One of Nihonbashi's trendiest boutique boltholes, this little hotel is also known for its terrific restaurant: Caveman. In addition there's a coffee shop, cocktail bar and brewery. A romantic pad in a Tokyo building dating back to 1924.

For a Charming Ryokan

  • Yuen Bettei Daita invites guests to unwind in communal hot spring onsen baths (indoor & outdoor) and the soothing Sojyu Spa. Elegant rooms are compact, drawing on typical Japanese elements — tatami flooring, rock gardens and wooden furnishings — and romantic. With Tsukikage serving mouth-watering Japanese fare, this is a very special Tokyo choice.
  • Yoshida Sanso has just five guestrooms set within manicured Japanese gardens in Kyoto. Kaiseki dinners are excellent, there are temples within walking distance and the vibe is low-key and tranquil. Brilliant for couples seeking traditional charm.
  • Hoshinoya, Tokyo’s first five-star ryokan, has 84 rooms on 17 floors, each of which acts as its own luxurious guesthouse. Take a soak in a traditional onsen, feast on exceptional Japanese cuisine, savour a sophisticated tea ceremony and retreat to atmospheric rooms and suites. A wonderful experience.
  • Yufuin Rikka has just six luxurious rooms and suites. The hotel fuses classic Japanese style with modern minimalism to create a more contemporary take on the typical ryokan. Expect crisp white sheets, ergonomic chairs, small balconies and wood-clad walls. Add the gourmet cuisine and onsen baths, and you're in for a romantic treat.

For Families or Groups

  • Ritz-Carlton Okinawa is moments from Kise Beach. A big resort brimming with activities for guests of all ages, the Ritz has a great kids club, wonderful, earthy-toned family suites and three dining options. Grown-ups can kick back at the spa or the atmospheric bar.
  • The Old Modern sleeps up to 14 guests, making it a great family or group choice. Located in Kyoto's Gion neighbourhood and bursting with history, this is an excellent spot for those looking to explore the geisha district on foot, and to benefit from the self-catering facilities of a private house.
  • Suginoi Hotel is a big high-rise hotel in the hills overlooking Beppu and the sea. Spacious rooms, multiple swimming pools, a bowling alley, hot springs and a spa make this a top pick for families, groups or business travellers. Imposing, impressive and brimming with activities for little ones and grown-ups.
  • Arimasansoh Goshobessho offers sumptuous private villas alongside a tranquil stream. Inland from Kobe, this rural retreat invites guests to reconnect with nature whilst staying with friends and family. Feast on gourmet Japanese cuisine, enjoy long leafy walks or soak in the hotel's hot spring bath. Villas feature traditional Japanese woodwork, contemporary design and forest views. For fans of the great outdoors.

For Romance

  • Nanzenji Sando Kikusui is a recently restored heritage hotel in Kyoto with just five suites. Expect slate and wooden accents, gorgeous views of the hotel gardens, and flavoursome cuisine in a restaurant headed by a Michelin-starred chef. Romantic luxury.
  • Hoshinoya Okinawa has minimalist rooms and suites overlooking the ocean in Okinawa, perfect for guests dreaming of a romantic hideaway. Enjoy nature-led spa treatments, hone your karate skills, go horse riding on the beach, or embark on a whale watching tour. An indulgent, exclusive hotel for couples.
  • Setouchi Retreat Aonagi is a beautiful design-led property with chic, minimalist suites overlooking the forest. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of polished concrete and cool, earthy tones. Superb spa treatments and top-notch kaiseki cuisine complete the romantic picture. For architecture buffs, near Matsuyama.
  • Zaborin sits just above the Zabo natural spring in Niseko. A luxurious choice for romantic couples, the property's 15 villas offer minimalist decor and private onsens with stunning views. Feast on traditional cuisine at the elegant restaurant. Exceptional.

For Ski Holidays

  • Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse offers a hip take on the traditional Japanese townhouse, with multi-bedroom chalets promising a chic stay for groups or families. With a dedicated concierge service, ski storage and well-equipped kitchens, these are a brilliant choice for a private, upmarket stay.
  • Snowball Chalet at Madarao Mountain is a cosy boutique lodge in the heart of Madarao village. Expect atmospheric, alpine-inspired interiors with Japanese accents, and romantic rooms for couples as well as larger spaces for families. Gather around the fire for après-ski drinks in the evening before heading out to dinner. Warm and welcoming.
  • Chatrium Niseko is a chic hotel offering contemporary rooms, suites and apartments with mountain views. Michelin-starred Kamimura specialises in Japanese-French fusion cuisine, perfect for keen foodies to savour after days out on the slopes. Set in Upper Hirafu Village.
  • Sierra Resort Hakuba is a swish property with contemporary rooms yielding forest views and beds topped with crisp white linens. Unwind in spoiling onsens or a refreshing outdoor pool after enjoying easy access to the slopes. Set on 25 acres of grounds near Hakuba, this is a luxurious choice for guests of all ages - and particuarly for keen skiiers.

For an Island Escape

  • Sankara Hotel & Spa offers gourmet cuisine and expansive luxury suites in a gorgeous seaside setting on Yakushima. Set near the south-eastern corner of the island, this boutique hotel also offers beautiful views and rejuvenating massages. Very special.
  • Benesse House is both a hotel and a museum on Naoshima Island. Designed by a reputed architect in 1992, the property is made up of a series of modern buildings with chic, minimalist rooms, some of which offer striking coastal views. Don't miss the museum itself, the burgeoning art collection or the excellent French restaurant. For design-minded couples or families.
  • The Shigira boasts sensational private villas with hot tubs, swimming pools and dramatic coastal views. With seven restaurants to choose from, bicycles and segways for hire, plus snorkelling and golf on your doostep, this is a magical Miyakojima spot. For honeymooners or families, who will appreciate the larger villas.


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Travel Information

  • Fly to Haneda International Airport or to Narita International Airport, both in Tokyo. Most Japanese destinations can be reached by connecting flight or high-speed train from the capital.
  • Tokyo is best navigated by public transport, but you may want to drive if you're exploring beyond the city itself. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Japan is a year-round destination. Summers can be hot and humid, so we'd recommend travelling in spring — famous for the pink blossoms on the country's cherry trees — or in autumn. Winters are brilliant for skiing at mountain resorts such as Niseko or Hakuba.


See all » 84 hôtels in Kyushu

  • Hotel Mei Fukuoka 36 rooms from £57

    Local exploring  -  There is a never ending supply of museums, parks and historical monuments to keep you busy
    Short break  -  Ideally located close to the Naka river and the eclectic nightlife of the Hakata Ward
    City Style  -  Minimalist modern styling with a real industrial-chic feel
    Value chic  -  Stunning accommodation at bargain basement prices
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    A modern lifestyle hotel close to Fukuoka's highlights. Exposed concrete and steel and chic industrial furniture give a modern minimalist aesthetic to both bedrooms and communal areas, plus there's a cafe lounge for coffee and snacks. A cool urban base that won't break the bank! See More

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  • Jr Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki Nagasaki (Nagasaki-shi) 144 rooms from £60

    City Style  -  A stylish city choice, perfect for exploring Nagasaki whilst on business or on a holiday
    Designer Shopping  -  The hotel sits above the Amu Plaza Nagasaki Shopping Mall, perfect for keen shoppers
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the scenic Heiwa Park, just a few minutes from the hotel
    Value chic  -  A sophisticated hotel in a central location, offering very reasonable rates
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    A smart hotel conveniently located next to JR Nagasaki Station. Light and airy rooms feature soft hues, crisp white linen and simple dark wooden furniture. Find efficient service and massages on arrangement. With easy access to the city this is an ideal property for both business and leisure. See More

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See all » 81 hôtels in Kyoto

  • The Reign Hotel Kyoto (Minami ku Higashikujo Yanaginoshitacho 67-1) 51 rooms from £35

    Value chic  -  With stylish modern design and entry-level rooms starting below $50, this is a very reasonably priced stay
    Boutique  -  With just 51 rooms, sleek contemporary design, and Danish inspired cuisine this is a unique boutique stay
    Families  -  Luxury Deluxe Twin rooms (sleeping up to four) are good for families while kids will love the Loft Rooms
    Designer  -  Japan meets Scandinavia in this stylish minimalist hotel — a fresh option in Kyoto
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    A stylish contemporary boutique pitched at great value and offering something a little different to the traditional Kyoto hotels. Sleek rooms are minimalist with a Scandinavia-meets-Kyoto aesthetic. The popular Danish restaurant is worth booking for alone. A hip city base. See More

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  • Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo Kyoto (Nishinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku) 278 rooms from £78

    Museums  -  Admire the expansive collection at the Kyoto International Manga Museum for a sense of modern Japanese culture
    Value chic  -  A stylish and affordable city pad, with simple, modern rooms in a good location
    Groups  -  Large rooms with multiple beds are perfect for group trips
    Cycling  -  Hire a hotel bicycle to explore the city on two wheels
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    A contemporary property located in the heart of Kyoto. Sophisticated rooms are minimalist in style with large windows, crisp white linen and soft hues. Indulgent Japanese meals are served in the restaurant and a public bath provides the ideal spot to unwind after a day exploring the city. See More

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See all » 70 hôtels in Tokyo

  • Andon Ryokan Tokyo 24 rooms from £69

    Value chic  -  A great value hotel in a quiet locality but with easy access to the city's main attractions.
    Learning  -  Cultural activities at the hotel include tea ceremonies & flower arrangement classes
    Local exploring  -  Excellent location for exploring the surrounding neighbourhood on foot
    Great walks  -  Located close to popular Ueno Park, which is lovely for relaxed walks
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    A traditional guesthouse in a quiet neighbourhood. Simple rooms have roll down futons, tatami matting, large windows and almost nothing else. Bathrooms are shared. The lounge area is a more contemporary affair with new-age furniture and bold colours. A friendly base for travellers on a budget. See More

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  • Hotel Cen Tokyo (Shinjuku Ku) 44 rooms from £66

    Local exploring  -  A short walk to the cosy taverns at the bustling Shinjuku Golden Gai district
    Value chic  -  A cool, industrial vibe — great for budget-conscious travellers
    Great walks  -  Stroll through nearby Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    Restaurant  -  There's a cafe for brunch and light fare
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    A welcoming hotel in Shinjuku. The compact, industrial-chic rooms in stylish monochrome contrast nicely with the vibrant lobby. There's a relaxing deck and outdoor area for drinks, plus a cafe/bar downstairs serving brunch and light fare. A quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo life. See More

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See all » 46 hôtels in Hokkaidō

  • Bespoke Hotel Sapporo (Hokkaido) from £46

    Local exploring  -  Embark on a local exploration trip and discover Sapporo's hidden gems from the refined comfort of this welcoming space
    City Style  -  Immerse yourself in the vibrant artwork and curated amenities of this boutique gem
    Local markets  -  Wander through the colourful stalls of Nijo Market, where you can sample fresh seafood delicacies and savour local street food
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through Odori Park, a spacious urban oasis in the heart of Sapporo, featuring beautifully landscaped gardens
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    Discover urban elegance at this art-infused haven in Sapporo. Vibrant decor sets the scene for unforgettable experiences. From chic rooms to a bustling lounge, every moment is crafted to perfection. An ideal place to get closer to the heartbeat of the city and at a very reasonable rate. See More

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  • Grandpapa Niseko (Kutchan-chō, Abuta-gun) 19 rooms from £75

    Groups  -  Budget-conscious groups will appreciate rooms with multiple beds, shared bathrooms and a communal lounge with games area
    Trekking  -  The mountainsides are criss-crossed with hiking trails, perfect for spring, summer & autumn treks
    Skiing  -  Hop aboard the hotel's free shutte service to Niseko's ski lifts for a big day on the slopes
    Value chic  -  A well-located, friendly hotel offering low-cost accommodation close to the slopes
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    The family-owned Grandpapa offers unfussy accommodation in the ski town of Niseko. Each room comes with a TV and wifi, there's also a common area for socialising in the evenings, karaoke breaks the ice! Unwind in the Yukoro Onsen hot spring located just next-door! A simplistic & very friendly spot. See More

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See all » 36 hôtels in Osaka

  • Kamon Hotel Namba Osaka 38 rooms from £44

    Local exploring  -  Steps from Nippombashi, this spot is perfect for exploring Osaka's vibrant heart and shopping delights
    Value chic  -  Experience stylish affordability in Namba, where modern design meets festive Japanese charm
    Close to nightlife  -  Capture iconic Osaka nights with a visit to the gleaming Glico Man, an 8-minute walk away
    Local markets  -  Stroll to Namba CITY for shopping spree moments away from Kamon Hotel's cosy embrace
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    Nestled in Osaka's vibrant Namba district, this modern Japanese hotel is an urban oasis. With its chic decor, blending tradition with contemporary flair, it's a visual feast. Beyond cosy rooms, indulge in unique festival activities and savour showstopping traditional and Western breakfasts. See More

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  • Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda Osaka 134 rooms from £45

    Value chic  -  Luxury meets affordability, indulge in world-class Simmons beds & feather pillows, elevating your stay without breaking the bank
    Local exploring  -  Each room at this hidden gem offers a serene "nest of comfort", ensuring a rejuvenating retreat after a day of city exploration
    Local markets  -  Embark on a culinary adventure through Osaka's famed Dotonbori district, savouring delicious street food delights by the canal
    Sights nearby  -  Dive into Osaka's cultural tapestry with a serene stroll to Tsunashikiten Shrine, just moments away
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    Discover urban tranquility at this chic retreat in Osaka. Each room is a cosy haven, thoughtfully designed for relaxation with unique design features, muted tones and luxurious bedding. Conveniently located near major attractions, it's the perfect base for exploring this vibrant city. See More

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See all » 35 hôtels in Hakone

  • Hakone Lake Hotel Hakone (Kanagawa) 48 rooms from £118

    Sauna/Steam  -  The outdoor hot spring bath and steam sauna is surrounded by the Hakone forest in a unique open space
    Views  -  The property boasts breathtaking view over both Lake Ashinoko and the surrounding mountains
    Families  -  An excellent base for both large and small families with loads of facilities and space
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for taking in Hakone's highlights both cultural and country based
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    Idyllic resort in the national park with verdant lawns overlooking Lake Ashinoko and mountains beyond. Choose between Japanese or Western bedding and meals. Extensive spa services and public indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Ideal for families, and as a base for local sightseeing. See More

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  • Mount View Hakone Hakone 37 rooms from £147

    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy a tranquil experience in the hot spring baths, with rare nigori-yu milky water or enjoy a Japenese style massage
    Traditional  -  Japenese style decor, with tatami floors and authentic furniture and furnishings creating a relaxing space
    Local exploring  -  A great location for exploring not only Hakone's sights, but also enjoying the surrounding countryside
    Great walks  -  Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is a 7 minute drive — enjoy the beautiful setting, spectacular Mount Fiji and its lakes
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    A relaxing retreat with nigori-yu hot springs in Hakone. Spacious rooms (both Japanese and Japanese/Western style) feature tatami floors and contemporary furnishings, the best with private baths. The restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine. The hot springs are the star of the show. Total bliss. See More

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See all » 27 hôtels in Hiroshima Prefecture

  • Nest Hotel Hiroshima Station Hiroshima Prefecture 84 rooms from £40

    Local exploring  -  This conveniently situated hotel, offers easy access to cultural sites and dining hotspots in Hiroshima
    Families  -  Ideal for a family getaway to the city, with quadruple rooms catering to the whole gang
    Local markets  -  Immerse yourself in the local flavours at the nearby Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre offering authentic delicacies & souvenirs
    Sights nearby  -  Embark on a cultural journey with a visit to Myoei-ji Temple, less than 1 km away
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    A chic urban retreat in the heart of Hiroshima. Every room is designed for optimal comfort, with world-class Simmons beds and crisp white sheets. Thoughtful interior details, and splashes of vibrant life from pot plants add to the appeal. Complimentary natural yeast bread and coffee in the lobby. See More

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  • Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori Hiroshima Prefecture 126 rooms from £48

    Local exploring  -  Immerse in the city's vibrant nightlife, moments away from clubs & bars, after a day of discovering nearby temples & monuments
    Short break  -  It's walking distance to many of the main attractions, plus close to public transport so perfect for a spot of sightseeing
    Cooking classes  -  Indulge your tastebuds with a okonomiyaki cooking class, where you'll learn the secrets of this savoury pancake dish
    Great walks  -  Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Shukkeien Garden, a haven of tranquility amidst the bustling city
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    Discover your central hub to historical Hiroshima at this chic hotel set in the heart of the city. Interiors are simple and modern with unique details. With rooms designed for comfort and relaxation, featuring world-class Simmons beds and complimentary bread and coffee, it's your perfect retreat. See More

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