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New experiential stays for your next trip to Japan

Experiential Japan stays - Simose

Japan boasts myriad accommodation options designed to offer guests a truly immersive experience. Here are some of the newest and most impressive offerings from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’

The world’s first movable galleries

Simose, located in Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture, has introduced the world’s first movable galleries as part of its expansive art complex. This unique feature includes eight brightly coloured movable gallery spaces perched atop the water, inspired by Hiroshima’s shipbuilding technology. Guests can stay overnight in one of Simose’s ten villas designed by renowned architect Shigeru Ban, with options including “Forest Villas” surrounded by trees and “Waterside Villas” overlooking the Seto Inland Sea.

 

Experiential Japan stays - Simose
Experiential Japan stays - Simose

A cave-like experience in Izumo

Hotel the Cliff in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, offers a distinctive experience with rooms built into the dramatic rocky cliff side, about 10 metres above the beach. Each of the eight private “cave” rooms features a private terrace with a hot tub, providing close-up views of the Sea of Japan. The Garb Cliff Terrace restaurant serves a seasonal seven-course dinner with panoramic views, enhancing the overall guest experience.

 

Experiential Japan stays - Hotel the Cliff
Experiential Japan stays - Hotel the Cliff

Onsen luxury in Sendai

The newly opened Hoshino Resorts KAI Akiu in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, allows guests to experience a 1,500-year-old onsen (hot spring) destination. The resort features one indoor and one outdoor onsen and a relaxing footbath. Spacious rooms with calming blue tones reflect the nearby river, offering a serene retreat surrounded by nature.

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Experiential Japan stays - Japanese-style Room, River View Hoshino Resorts KAI Akiu
Experiential Japan stays - Japanese-style Room, River View Hoshino Resorts KAI Akiu

Sake tasting and glamping in Kochi

After a major renovation, Fumimoto Brewery in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, reopened in 2023. Guests can immerse themselves in the art of sake making with brewery tours, a traditional BBQ, and overnight stays at the nearby Iwamotoji Temple or Skyhill Glamping ground. The brewery’s new pairing bar offers tastings of daiginjo sake made from locally sourced Niida rice.

Experiential Japan stays - Sky Hill Camping ground
Experiential Japan stays - Sky Hill Camping ground

Forest spa retreat

Reopening after extensive rebranding and renovation, Nol Hakone Myojindai Spa Hotel in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, provides a tranquil hideaway. The hotel features a natural onsen sourced from Miyagino, a thermal indoor pool, and a large outdoor wooden deck known as Totonoi Terrace, offering access to luxurious saunas and views of Mt Hakone.

 

Experiential Japan stays - Nol Hakone
Experiential Japan stays - Nol Hakone

Tropical luxury on Ishigaki Island

Hotel Condo Vivoviva on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, overlooks Taketomi Island and offers rooms with private infinity pools and ocean views. The hotel’s organised activities include snorkelling, diving, island hopping, and sunset cruises, along with a restaurant serving Okinawan cuisine and an extensive spa treatment menu.

 

Experiential Japan stays - Vivoviva Ishigaki
Experiential Japan stays - Vivoviva Ishigaki

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