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Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima, Yakushima, Japan

Kazuyoshi Miyoshi/Courtesy of Sankara Hotel & Spa

Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima, Yakushima, Japan

A sense of mystery and magic pervades this secluded retreat on a southern Japanese island covered in old-growth cedars. The 28 airy suites and villas have teak furniture and rattan lamps fashioned by Balinese craftsmen, but interiors are decidedly Japanese, with sliding screens and delicate porcelain cups from Kyoto.

Dinner for Two: Chef Chiharu Takei can craft personalized meals from locally sourced ingredients: a risotto of Asahi crab and bamboo shoots, for example, followed by grilled Nakayama sirloin in a yuzu-and-pepper sauce. Doubles from $515.

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