The Tokyo Station Hotel in an historic brick Gothic building from 1915 will reopen Oct. 3, 2012, after a major restoration. With a design that is not characteristically Japanese, the building makes an architectural statement that represents Japan’s social and cultural globalization trend in the early 20th century.
The Kyoto Royal Park Hotel is the latest property in Kyoto. The hotel opened Oct. 8 along with another THE Series property in Fukuoka that was opened in July 2011. THE hotel is in the heart of the cultural center of Kyoto, surrounded by famous Gion district where traditional geisha dancers stroll, and historic cobble stone alleys with hidden restaurants.
A Japanese luxury hotel developer Hoshinoya will open a new property in Japan’s beach island Okinawa in summer 2012. THE Hoshinoya Okinawa will welcome guests with Okinawa’s relaxing and rich tropical atmosphere. The 16-acre property consists of 48 red tile-roofed villas with private garden, white coral sand paths and the Okinawa ocean view.
Hoshino Resorts started a new brand called KAI, a series of ryokans (traditional Japanese style inns) with natural hot springs. With four historic ryokan properties in Tsugaru, Matsumoto, Izumo and Aso, Hoshino Resorts KAI offers authentic ryokan experience with hot springs and truly local culinary experience. At KAI properties, Hoshino Resorts guarantees compact and high-quality environment, the fundamental relaxation of hot springs and traditional ryokan hospitality, staff members are as detailed as butlers, and the KAI properties introduce each guest to regional uniqueness and culture. Hoshino Resorts is acquiring more properties into the KAI series in 2012 and years to come.
Ritz Carlton acquired Kise Bettei Hotel& Spa, an Okinawa-style luxury resort offering the ancient Okinawa kingdom’s style of hospitality, and will reopen it as The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa in April 2012. The property is accompanied by Kise Country Club for, which provides the guests relaxing activities in the tropical air, The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa is the very first resort in Japan following two urban properties in Osaka and Tokyo. For more information on tourism to Japan, see www.japantravelinfo.com.