Japan

Hotels in Japan

Hotels in Japan range from internationally-renowned luxury resorts to budget guesthouses. While Western-style Japanese hotels are widely available throughout the country, try booking a room at a ryokan, a Japanese-style inn where guests sleep on tatami mats on the floor and are typically treated to a full traditional Japanese breakfast in the morning.

Those looking for the ultimate luxury getaway should check out the Park Hyatt Hotel. It's considered to be one of the best hotels in Japan – and one of the most famous after it was prominently featured in the Academy Award–winning film Lost in Translation. Rooms start on the 41st floor, ensuring that each one has a sweeping view of the dazzling city below. The hotel also offers a range of top-tier amenities, including an indoor pool, a steakhouse and a full-service spa.

Those searching for more affordable hotels in Japan should consider booking into a capsule hotel, where guests can rent a ‘capsule,’ i.e. a small sleeping compartment. Capsules are stacked on top of one another, which means that the space is tight, but the ‘room’ is cheap.

If you’re looking for Hokkaido’s world-famous powder, the ski-in, ski-out Green Leaf, on Japan’s north island, couldn’t provide a softer landing.

This intimate 1801 ryokan near the Nishiki food market serves owner Haruji Ukai’s seafood kaiseki meals.

The Arashiyama neighborhood of Kyoto, full of bamboo groves and Zen temples, is the site of the city’s newest—and most exquisite—ryokan, or traditional inn.

Years after its starring role in the hit indie film Lost in Translation, the Park Hyatt Tokyo—housed in the upper floors of a handsome steel Kenzo Tange tower near Yoyogi Park in Shinjuku—continues to draw moviegoers and discerning travelers alike.

With a prime location on a corner facing the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, and within walking distance of Ginza and the newly named “Golden Triangle” (Hibiya, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho), The Peninsula Tokyo wowed travelers when it opened September 2007, book-ending the city’s hotel boom.

Understated Japanese style, with expert service and an art museum spotlighting more than 2,000 Buddhist works. 

Hiirogiya is among Kyoto’s most illustrious ryokan. Their 33 rooms— featuring lacquered bathrooms with wooden tubs—have hosted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Charlie Chaplin. A night at this 145-year-old staple includes a kaiseki dinner served in your room.

The Ritz-Carlton's first hotel in Tokyo commandeers the top nine floors of the city's tallest structure, Tokyo Midtown Galleria—and its close proximity to the bustling Roppongi district gives it instant cachet.

A classic hotel with a 5-story atrium, state-of-the-art business center, and 380 rooms along the Okawa River for corporate and leisure travelers. 


Located on the 20th through 35th floors of the Southern Tower building just above Shinjuku station, the Hotel Century Southern Tower is known for its offering of views in every direction. The lobby is sparsely furnished with dark wood floors and a minimalist (but comfortable) feel.