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The 26 Best Hotels In Japan

From Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka to Hakone, and beyond. 

When it comes to important travel decisions, deciding where to stay is a close second behind the fundamental question of where to go. When Journy trip designers are providing hotel recommendations for travelers, they think holistically, with considerations for for neighborhood, type of accommodation, budget, services/features, and design/aesthetic.

  • Neighborhood
    Are you okay hopping on the metro to go from one end of the city to the other for sightseeing? Do you want to be within walking distance of restaurants? And what about shopping? If this is just a stopover from one city to the next, do you want to be near a transit hub? Geographical proximity is an important factor to consider when thinking about what neighborhood best aligns with your tastes, preferences, and priorities.
  • Type of accommodation
    Are you traveling with kids and looking for an adjoining room? Do you want two rooms on the same floor? Would you mind dozing off in a Queen bed or are you a stickler about a King? When it comes to hotels in Asia—especially luxury ryokans—you can't expect the same type of accommodations as traditional American hotels, so it's important to do your research.
  • Budget
    How much you want to spend per night (or per person, per night) is arguably the most important considering when deciding where to stay.
  • Services/features
    What are your non-negotiables when it comes to hospitality services and features? Non-smoking? Free breakfast? A view of the city?
  • Design/aesthetic
    In your mind, is a hotel just a spot to catch some Zzzs, shower, scarf down breakfast, and head back out again? If so, the design and overall aesthetic of the property may not be as important of a consideration. But if you have plans to spend time around the hotel, maybe perch yourself in a corner to read or answer some emails, or head up to the rooftop, you may want to consider the vibe of the space

With these five considerations in mind, we've narrowed down a list of the best hotels in Japan across various styles and price points. But remember, travel is personal. That's why Journy builds every itinerary (complete with hotels, restaurants, activities, and transportation) from scratch, every time.

1Aman Tokyo


Japan, 〒100-0004 Tokyo, Chiyoda, 大手町1-5-6
The Aman Tokyo was the Aman brand's first foray into urban accommodations. Like their hideaways in Sri Lanka and the mountains of France, though, the Aman Tokyo is a true sanctuary. Sitting 38 stories high, nearly every part of the hotel - from the individual rooms to the restaurant/lounge to the fitness center - surveys the city, with Mt. Fuji visible in the distance on clear days. 

The rooms (which are massive by all standards) each have a stone soaking tub and hinoki bath salts - an ideal indulgence after a long day of sightseeing. Aman's instinct for the luxurious combined with the distinctly Japanese aesthetic makes this hotel one of Tokyo's most beautiful. 

2Hoshinoya Tokyo


1 Chome-9-1 Ōtemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-0004, Japan
Ryokans — traditional inns characterized by tatami mat rooms, hot spring baths, and kaiseki dining — are typically considered rural retreats. Hoshino Resorts sought to change that with Hoshinoya Tokyo, the city's first "urban ryokan." 

Here, amid the high rises of Tokyo's Otemachi business district, guests can relax in the indoor-outdoor hot springs and sample traditional sweets in the tearoom-inspired lounges on each floor. Traditional ryokan cuisine is offered for both dinner and breakfast. Best of all, guests can enjoy all these amenities in a setting that clearly draws on classic Japanese aesthetics — a rare find among Tokyo's modern, Western-style hotels. 
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3Park Hyatt Tokyo


2, 3丁目-7-1 西新宿 新宿区 東京都 163-1055, Japan
Looking for a moment of luxury and opulence? Then the Park Hyatt Tokyo has exactly what you’re looking for, with incredible restaurants, bars, a spa, and unbeatable views of Mount Fuji. Choose from New York Grill & Bar on the 52nd floor, Kozue (authentic Japanese), or Girandole (French brasserie). The Peak Lounge & Bar on the 41st floor atrium is a great spot for a glass of Champagne, a cocktail, or afternoon tea. 

Originally designed as a private urban residence by Dr. Kenzo Tange, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, the modern property boasts a private art collection (with original works in each guest room).

Not only that, the Park Hyatt is a true Tokyo icon thanks to its starring role in "Lost in Translation." A stay here gives you access to live jazz at the famous bar — and bragging rights to all your friends who've only seen it on screen. 

4The Tokyo Station Hotel


1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-0005, Japan
Set in a Renaissance-style building dating back to 1915, this upscale hotel is directly connected to Tokyo Station and two kilometers from the Imperial Palace. 

Airy rooms with classic furnishings offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, plus tea and coffeemakers. Chic, upgraded rooms feature chandeliers and plush fabrics; some have palace or station views. Suites, some of which are split-level, have separate lounges.

A free breakfast buffet is served in an atrium lobby lounge. Other dining options include high-end French and Cantonese restaurants, an Italian eatery and a cozy cocktail bar. There's also a gym and an expansive spa.

5Trunk Hotel


5 Chome-31 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Nestled on a quiet street, Trunk Hotel is a mere 10-minute walk away from the colorful frenzy of Harajuku and Omotesando (like a youth-driven Fifth Avenue of Tokyo) and a wander away from Fuglen and Streamer coffee shops, the Shibuya Cheese Stand and other walk-worthy stops.

From the outside, it looks like a geometric layer cake, gray angles stacked on top of gray angles, with verdant greenery, like frosting, bursting from each layer. By Mount Fuji Architects, the hotel is built from stone, metal and upcycled wood from old Japanese houses; Jamo Associates and Line-Inc designed the interiors.

The lobby bar is abuzz at all hours, with a restaurant featuring an airy chef’s counter facing an open kitchen. Choose terrace seating or gather your own group in the private dining room as you lunch on cheery bento boxes accompanied by fresh juices and a wide selection of low-intervention wines. You’ll also find sake, shochu and hyper-locally brewed beers, plus honey from the Shibuya Honeybee Project.

6Mandarin Oriental Tokyo


2 Chome-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0022, Japan
The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo epitomizes modern Japanese luxury. The rooms are adorned with kimono fabrics, washi paper, and bonsai trees, while the views remind guests of the megacity they're visiting. 

The hotel has all the features one would expect from this price point (full-service fitness and spa facilities, an attentive concierge), but the dining options really set the Mandarin Oriental apart from the city's other high-end hotels. This property has 12 restaurants alone, with a cumulative three Michelin stars. The theatrical Tapas Molecular Bar is the most well-known, but all are worthwhile. 

This hotel is just a couple minute's walk from the historic Mitsukoshi department store, and just another hop, skip, and jump from the shopping and dining in Ginza. 

7Gora Kadan


Japan, 〒250-0408 Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi, 箱根町Gōra, 1300
Gora Kadan is a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) located on the grounds of Kan’in-no-miya Villa, the former summer house of Hakone’s Imperial Family.

The villa perfectly blends Japanese tradition with modern design elements. Expect a hot spring onsen bath with water straight from the source, along with authentic, seasonal kaiseki dining.

8Gora Hanaougi


1300-681 Gōra, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken 250-0408, Japan
Gora Hanaougi is a ryokan (traditional inn) in Hakone, a hot springs town 90 minutes from Tokyo. The inn features spacious rooms with tatami mat flooring. Some have Western-style beds while others have space for Japanese-style futons. All rooms have private open-air baths, while guests can also access the public indoor and outdoor hot springs (separated by gender). 

Gora Hanaougi is located in the Gora district of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, less than a 10-minute walk from the Hakone Ropeway. 

9Yama No Chaya


171 Tōnosawa, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken 250-0315, Japan
Yama no Chaya is a traditional ryokan (traditional inn) in the forest alongside the Hayakawa River. With only 15 rooms, the service is exceptionally warm and attentive — the epitome of omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality. Upon arrival, guests are assigned a room attendant, who will explain the rituals and processes and will serve the in-room meals. Each room is unique, and some have attached open-air baths and terraces. The property also has an indoor and outdoor hot springs, segregated by gender. 

Yama no Chaya is one of the few ryokan in Hakone that explicitly permits guests with tattoos. 

10Ritz Carlton Kyoto


572-4, 志水町 下京区 京都市 京都府 600-8241, Japan
A luxury, 5-star hotel boasting high-standard services and spacious guest rooms, the Ritz Carlton Kyoto is the perfect place to stay while you’re in this historic city.

With spectacular views, world-class food, and (most importantly) incredibly comfortable rooms, this hotel will set you up perfectly for your time in Kyoto. And you won’t have to travel far; most of the city’s famous landmarks are quite close, such as Nijo-jo Castle.

11Hoshinoya Kyoto


11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzanchō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-0007, Japan
A ryokan is a type of traditional Japanese inn that typically features tatami-matted rooms, communal baths, and people walking around in a yukata (casual summer kimono). 

HOSHINOYA Kyoto takes this concept—along with all of the tradition that comes with it—and updates it, creating a unique, luxurious, riverside experience in the verdant, serene, and soothing countryside of Arashiyama, outside of Japan’s historical city. 

What better way to discover Kyoto—a city that itself blends modernity with history—than with a hotel that does the same?

12Gion Hatanaka


Japan, 〒605-0074 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Minamigawa, 東山区祇園町南側505
Gion Hatanaka offers guests an opportunity to stay in a ryokan (traditional inn) in the heart of Kyoto. There's no need to compromise convenience for the experience — the property is within walking distance of the city's best sights and neighborhoods, including Kiyomizu-dera temple. Rooms feature tatami mat bedding and sliding washi doors, plus a public bath on site. 

Gion Hatanaka also hosts a regular geisha performance, and its one of the best opportunities for travelers to experience this traditional form of entertainment outside an exclusive (and very expensive) teahouse. Outside guests are also welcome to join these shows, which include a full kaiseki dinner. 

13Kyoto Granbell Hotel 


Japan, 〒605-0802 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, 東山区Yamatochō, 大和大路通四条下ル大和町27番
Kyoto Granbell Hotel is a stylish yet reasonably priced hotel in the heart of Gion, the city's historic geisha district. Though it's ultimately a Western-style hotel, the property feels at home in Kyoto with its traditional Japanese architecture and design touches. An on-site restaurant and bar, as well as a public bath overlooking their Japanese garden, provide guests with ample opportunity for rest and relaxation between jaunts throughout the city.  

14Cross Hotel Kyoto


Japan, 〒604-8031 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Daikokuchō (Kawaramachidōri), Kawaramachi Dori, 三条下る大黒町71-1
The central location, modern aesthetics, and exceptional pricing have made the Cross Hotel Kyoto a perennial favorite among travelers. The rooms are spacious by Japanese standards, with a simple yet chic aesthetic. There is a restaurant and bar on site. 

It doesn't have the amenities or over-the-top service of the city's upscale properties, but it also doesn't come with the price point. As a home base for exploring Kyoto, the Cross Hotels is more than sufficient. 

15The General Kyoto 


187 Ebisuyachō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8062, Japan
The General Kyoto is a "dispersed hotel" concept comprised of five hotels in Kyoto. While each property has a slightly different design aesthetic, all incorporate the work of local artists to compliment the minimalist spaces. 

Each of the five properties has its own lounge, and guests from one property are free to relax at the lounge spaces at the others. In addition to the lounges, a facilities are spread across the properties, and include a guest kitchen, tea room, gym, and traditional machiya dining room serving breakfast. 

16Hotel Kanra Kyoto


Japan, 〒600-8176 京都府京都市下京区Shimogyō-ku, Kitachō, 北町190
The Kanra is a beautiful, thoroughly modern hotel inspired by Kyoto's aesthetic traditions. Rooms are all slightly different, but feature tatami mat floors, blond wood, and washi paper wall accents. Bathrooms feature cypress wood tubs. There are two restaurants on site — one serving teppanyaki and the other Italian. Traditional and Western breakfast is served. 

17Hyatt Regency Kyoto


644-2 Sanjūsangendōmawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0941, Japan
In the leafy, elegant district of Higashiyama Shichijo in Kyoto, you’ll find the Hyatt Regency, which has its entrance marked by lush bamboo thickets.

All 187 rooms are designed in a traditional Japanese aesthetic with framed works of antique kimono fabric, softly-lit paper lanterns, low-slung beds, and deep tubs. 

Be sure to enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the hotel’s scenic Japanese garden, where over 30 types of tea are served alongside homemade scones and monaka brought fresh from the “Housendo” in Kamigamo.

18Hotel Granvia Kyoto


Japan, 〒600-8216 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Higashishiokōjichō, 烏丸通塩小路下ルJR京都駅中央口
Hotel Granvia is located within Kyoto Station, and is the city's largest hotel. With over 500 rooms, it's a bustling property, but the upside is that guests here are spoiled for choice. The hotel has 14 restaurants ranging from French to Chinese to teppanyaki, and there's a large swimming pool and gym on the premises. Because of its location in the station, guests are also in close proximity to nearby services and dining — not to mention all the transportation options. 

19Hilton Osaka


1-chōme-8-8 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
The Hilton Osaka is a large, comfortable hotel adjacent to Osaka Station. The rooms are spacious and offer extra-long beds. Facilities include aa fitness center and pool.

20Conrad Osaka


3 Chome-2-4 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0005, Japan
The Conrad Osaka is a contemporary five-star hotel on the 40th floor of a new skyscraper on Nakanoshima, an island within the Dojima River. In both the lobby and rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows open up on an exceptional view of the entire city. 

The hotel has multiple restaurants, from the breakfast buffet with smoothie bar to the lobby lounge offering afternoon tea and later, cocktails. Kura, the main Japanese restaurant, serves sushi and teppanyaki at counter seat dining. The hotel also has a full-service spa and fitness facility. 

21InterContinental Osaka


3-60 Ōfukachō, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0011, Japan
The Intercontinental Osaka is a five-star hotel on the upper floors of the Grand Front Osaka shopping mall. As such, it's in close proximity to much of the city's shopping and dining, as well as the major transportation hub Osaka Station. 

The rooms here are understated yet elegant, and incorporate Japanese touches like ceramic teacups. On-site, guests have access to a one Michelin-starred French restaurant and a 24-hour gym and indoor pool. 

22Hotel The Flag Shinsaibashi 


1 Chome-18-30 Higashishinsaibashi, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0083, Japan
Hotel The Flag Shinsaibashi is a trendy, ultra-affordable option within walking distance of Osaka's famous entertainment and dining district. The property has a minimal, industrial-chic aesthetic throughout the common lounges and rooms. Despite the lower price point, service remains exceptional. There's one restaurant on site, and guests have access to a nearby gym for 2,200 yen. 

23Hoshinoya Fuji


1408 Ōishi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 401-0305, Japan
Hoshinoya Fuji gives glamping a new meaning. Amid the forest near Lake Kawaguchi, 40 pod-like "cabins" look out at Mt. Fuji, and are connected via a network of wooden walkways to various terraces and buildings among the trees.

While it's a far cry from the type of camping most people are familiar with, campfires and outdoor cooking abound. Touches like steel mugs, headlamps, and wood stoves provide just enough of a rustic touch. Of course, there's the nature too — the most essential component of any camping getaway. Guests can canoe on the lake, go horseback riding, and hike. The particularly adventurous can conquer a part of the iconic mountain just across the lake.

24Benesse House


3419 Miyanoura, Naoshima, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa 761-3110, Japan
Benesse House is one of the only accommodations options on the island of Naoshima, but there are many more reasons to stay here than simply because it's the default option. A stay at Benesse House allows guests to immerse themselves in the island's art facilities. In addition to the Benesse House Museum on site, the world-class Chichu Art Museum and Lee Ufan Museum are nearby. A multitude of art installations occupy the grounds, including Yayoi Kusama's Yellow Pumpkin. Guests at the hotel have after-hours access to these areas, as well as two restaurants and a spa.  

25Beniya Mukayu


1-3 Yamashiroonsen, Kaga, Ishikawa 922-0242, Japan
Beniya Mukayu is a serene escape near the seaside town of Kanazawa. Between the daily yoga lessons, private open-air baths, local kaiseki cuisine, and restful spa treatments, this ryokan (traditional inn) is a wellness retreat the Japanese way. While Beniya Mukayu is a classic ryokan experience through and through, the property notably has a modern, minimalist design bent. 

Both Western-style beds and tatami mat futons are available. In addition to the private rooms, the property also has gardens, a library, and a public hot spring for guests to enjoy. 

26Aman Kyoto


Japan, 〒603-0000 京都府京都市北区大北山鷲峯町1
Aman Kyoto is a small resort nestled in the verdant foothills of the symbolic mountain of Hidari Daimonji. 

Surrounded by small Jizo statues and yama momiji maple trees, the resort has a heavy emphasis on privacy, peace, and relaxation. It offers ryokan-inspired accommodations, complete with onsen bathing and haute Kyoto-style and Western cuisine at the onsite restaurant, Living Pavilion.

The surrounding area is Japan’s ancient Imperial capital, home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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