Everyone needs a break once in a while, so we’ve rounded up 6 of the absolute best staycation hotels in Japan to help you take a breather from everything that’s happened this year.
There is no way of knowing when it will be safe for us to get on an aeroplane and roam the streets of foreign countries. But if you need a break once in a while to get away from the hustle and bustle for even just a few days, then booking a staycay is a great way to go. From ziplining and sipping on free-flow cocktails (not necessarily at the same time) to inhaling the green air in a bamboo forest, we’ve curated our favourite picks to Japan’s very best staycation hotels.
For a much-needed escape from city life, consider the Sorano Hotel. Boasting breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and Showa Kinen Park as well as a 60-metre long infinity pool, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more scenic or relaxing staycation this close to Japan’s capital city. Designed with wellbeing in mind, be sure to explore the lush greenery and numerous health-conscious facilities on offer at this rejuvenating find. You can make a reservation here.
Address: W1, 3-1, Midori-cho, Tachikawa, Tokyo JAPAN 1900014
Price: Rates start at JPY 31,161 per night for up to four guests per room.
For those seeking first-rate facilities, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is an obvious choice. Discover 5-star rooms, an impressive concierge service, and exquisite dining at this uber-luxurious Collection Hotel. For a limited time only, The Prince Gallery is offering an all-inclusive three-day two-night package – jump on it now to experience five-star service. The package is available until 18 December 2020.
Address: 1-2 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8585
Price: Rates starting at JPY 550,000 per room for two guests.
Perched at the foot of Higashiyama Mountain is the famed Four Seasons Kyoto. Guests at this luxury 5-star hotel can take a stroll through their enchanting bamboo forest and bathe in the beauty of their 800-year-old Shakusui-en pond garden. The perfect retreat from digital fatigue, head here for a little tranquillity as you unplug and engage with nature. Currently, the hotel offers an aptly named “Take Your Time” plan, with a guaranteed extended stay based on your check-in time. Plus, guests here are free to pamper themselves at their impressive wellness facilities (which includes the city’s largest pool) and indulge in a lavish meal at their Brasserie.
Address: 445-3 Myohoin Maekawacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0932
Price range: From JPY 88,000 (per night per room).
Known for its countryside scenery and hot springs, Japan’s northern region of Tohoku provides the perfect escape for wearied city dwellers. Our favourite spot? The Sendai Royal Park Hotel. With its castle-like décor and lush gardens, it’s long been one of the most renowned hotels in the region. Amenities include cycling tours, starry night sky watching with a certified astronomy associate guide, berry picking, and ziplining. Particularly stunning in the wintertime, it’s the perfect location for anyone craving a vacation distant from bustling footsteps and honking traffic.
Address: 6-2-1 Teraoka, Izumi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 981-3204
Price range: JPY 22,572 – JPY 35,640.
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Nestled in the downtown Nihonbashi Hamacho area just 400 metres from Masago Monument, Hamacho Hotel Tokyo is a charming accommodation in a great location at an even better price. From compact, functional studios to spacious family rooms, the hotel offers an array of options to suit all styles and needs. Plus, its calm and inspiring environment is the perfect place to get some work done. Check-in for a weekend to recalibrate or finish off a project in solitude!
Address: 3-20-2 Nihonbashi Hamacho, Chuo-ku,103-0007 Tokyo, Japan
Price range: JPY 6,200 – JPY 38,800 per night.
The Peninsula Tokyo’s recently launched “We Meet Again” campaign offers a selection of unique, curated experiences that celebrate “The Eight Loves of The Peninsula Hotels”, including a cocktail-mixing class with award-winning bartenders, exclusive Dim Sum cooking class, the discovery of the Peninsula’s art collections, and more. With other value-added perks such as daily complimentary breakfast, JPY 5,000 dining credit, and JPY 5,000 Peninsula Spa credit, this staycation package is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but is definitely worth the splurge if you fancy treating yourselves. Oh, and reserve a second night to receive a 50% discount! Available until 31 December 2020.
Address: 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Price: A deluxe room starts at JPY 49,500 per night