• Where to stay in Japan

Our guide on where to stay in Japan

Our accommodation in Japan is hand-picked based on thorough research, first-hand visits, and up-to-date feedback. There is a real variety of accommodation on offer in Japan – from mid-range business hotel to a family-run village guesthouse; from boutique spa retreat to luxury small ship cruise – and as hotel junkies ourselves we know that accommodation choices are just as important to a trip as the destinations or experiences.

Hotels in Japanese cities are by and large ‘western-style’, which – biggest budgets aside – often translates to comfortable but functional business hotels. When booking such properties we’ll always prioritise those hotels which offer ideal locations, helpful staff, and good value. Should your budget be more flexible then there are some truly exceptional urban oases on offer: from iconic big brands such as the Park Hyatt Tokyo or Four Seasons Kyoto, to more exclusive hideaways such as an Aman, Hoshinoya, or Andaz.

Out in rural Japan however, the predominant accommodation choice are ryokan – traditional Japanese inns. Ryokan are exactly as you’re probably picturing: matted tatami floors, sliding shoji screen doors, exquisitely-prepared kaiseki meals…all set against a backdrop of manicured gardens and bubbling hot springs. A taste of authentic Japan, with a hosting style which has barely changed since the days of the samurai.

Wherever you’re planning to visit in Japan, and whatever your preferences on accommodation are, there will be some truly memorable properties to suit. Our experts will be delighted to take you through the options.

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Our recommended hotels and ryokans in Japan

Our experts will hand-pick your accommodation in Japan, specifically tailoring to your requirements, using their own research and first-hand visits as a base. Below is a snapshot of our favoured properties in Japan’s key destinations.

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