The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Benesse House Oval Guest Room
Luxury Hotel and Ryokan Collection
Welcome to JapanQuest Journeys’ Luxury Hotel and Ryokan Collection. Having traveled extensively throughout Japan for many years, we have developed close and unique relationships with a great many of the country’s finest hotels and ryokans. Our first-hand, insider knowledge at each of these properties enables us to share with you the secrets to creating a truly memorable stay. From being able to recommend a luxury hotel with impeccable service and the most splendid views of Tokyo’s glittering skyline to a serene and tranquil Kyoto inn, we will work with you to ensure that your accommodations in Japan will be extraordinary. Our access extends far beyond our Luxury Collection illustrated below so please contact us about any region of Japan where we can suggest and book the very best.
Complementing our full destination management services, we offer our more self-directed clientele the expertise and advice to choose and book the very best places to stay, all the while benefiting from our access, pricing and experience. Let JapanQuest Journeys make your journey easier and more enriching through our consultative approach to choosing your accommodations. Please enjoy our collection and send us your inquiries about reservations today.
Luxury Ryokan Collection
Imagine a stay at a beautiful Japanese ryokan, a quintessential cultural experience of remarkable serenity. Relax in the confines of a simple tatami room, look out at an exquisite private garden while sipping delicious green tea, enjoy an enticingly warm “ofuro” bath and return to your room for a fabulous “kaiseki” traditional Japanese meal. There is no better way to deeply experience the noble nature of the sophisticated kaiseki menu than at a peaceful inn. The lady-owner of the house, kimono-clad and a paragon of Japanese beauty, welcomes you to her well-reputed inn-family owned for generations-with a cautious politeness but a genuine warmth that makes you feel instantly welcome.
Taking off your shoes and stepping into the inn’s dimly lit halls and wooden corridors, the alluring charm of old Japan soon embraces you with its nostalgic flair enticing your senses to tune into the subtle shades and muffled sounds of the centuries old building tucked away in a picturesque street or valley of evergreen forests.
The Zen-like simplicity of the tatami-floored rooms bare of furniture except for a low table and zabuton cushions where seemingly invisible hands serve you green tea and lay out your futon, teaches you to appreciate the intricate lattice and translucent white paper of the fragile sliding screens that serve to hide the majestic view of the surrounding lands’ serene beauty.
A quiet evening spent leisurely wearing a comfortable yukata gown and listening to the mysterious gurgling of a nearby stream evokes beautiful memories of the day.
For 510 years, the Asaba family has heartily opened its doors to visitors. The establishment of our inn dates from 1675. Over the years, we began to acquire the notion that nothing calms the hearts of our guests more soothingly than nature itself; the way a river flows, sparks of light that flitter through a bamboo forest, or the melody of a birdsong. Enticing our guests to enjoy the delicate rhythms of our natural surroundings, while providing an unsurpassed level of luxury, comfort and aesthetic beauty, we have endeavored to create the most naturally inviting of all Japanese inns today.
Beniya Mukayu, Yamashiro Onsen
Since 1928, in the spa town Yamashiro, Beniya Mukayu has drawn its inspiration from Zen philosophy to provide a serene and minimalist experience for its guests. Here, the beauty is subtly suggested through the interplay of shade and light. Natural colours dance within a highly original architectural masterpiece, serenely merging into the natural setting.
Each of the 17 rooms is facing the authentic Japanese garden and has its own private open-air hot spring bath.The beautiful Kaga Style Kaiseki Cuisine is served on locally crafted dishes. The seafood from the fertile Japan Sea is of the finest quality. That’s why our Kaga Style Kaiseki Cuisine is among the most highly respected in all of Japan.
As well, Beniya Mukayu has a Spa named Entei sejutsu-in. Inspired by the long and rich history of healing hot springs, we conceived our unique Yakushiyama (Mount of the healing Buddha) treatment, using hot spring water and various medicinal herbs and plants, as an homage to those times. Being able to unravel in this way is nothing more than sheer bliss. Beniya Mukayu received the “Relais & Châteaux Welcome Trophy 2013 and is located approximately one-hour by car outside of Kanazawa in Yamashiro Onsen.
Gora Kadan, Hakone
Gora Kadan, located in the heart of the Fuji-Hakone National Park, is an architecturally stunning ryokan at which one can enjoy the finest aspects of traditional Japanese hospitality. Located on the grounds of the former summer villa of a member of the Imperial family, the building and facilities have earned high praise for their design, being in harmony with the nearby mountains and blending Japanese tradition along with modern design elements. A stay at Gora Kadan is akin being at a luxurious retreat. Relax while gazing upon the surrounding mountainside, enjoy a tranquilizing spa treatment or sooth your soul in a delectably warm Japanese bath. Since 1981, Gora Kadan has been a member of Relais & Chateaux, the French association synonymous with first class standards.
Hiiragiya Ryokan, Kyoto
Hiiragiya, established in 1818, is one of Kyoto’s premier ryokans. Unobtrusive, meticulous attention is the hallmark of Hiiragiya. An inscription that holds a prominent place in the entry hall of Hiiragiya – “Kuru mono, kaeru gotoshi” – has become the innkeeper’s motto…that a guest at Hiiragiya might feel “as if he or she has come home.” The service at Hiiragiya is attentive to a fault, but the real charm lies in the time and care given to the most inconspicuous details: catching a glimpse of the gardener carefully removing the last microscopic weed from the mossy garden floor…or the maid, who has been with the inn for over fifty years, fussing over the flower arrangement in the alcove. She must slip the last and most important flower into place just before you enter your room. Located in central Kyoto, Hiiragiya makes for a very pleasant base from which to explore this fascinating city.
HOSHINOYA Kyoto, Kyoto
On the Hozu River, deep in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, HOSHINOYA Kyoto stands like an aristocrat’s retreat from the Heian Dynasty from over a thousand years ago. Guests arrive by boat, traveling along the river surrounded by lush mountains whose trees change color with the seasons. Arriving at HOSHINOYA Kyoto is entering a different world and a different time.
HOSHINOYA Kyoto promises an extraordinary Kyoto experience. It has traditional yet stylish Japanese rooms with river views and beautiful serene gardens. Here, you can relax with fluffy futons on an elevated platform and elegant couches facing the river. Or enjoy the creative Japanese cuisine at HOSHINOYA, which includes a dynamic demonstration of soba noodle making. If you wish to explore the Kyoto experience further, HOSHINOYA Kyoto offers various cultural activities such as incense and tea ceremonies, kimono rentals, Zen meditation, and guided private tours.
HOSHINOYA Okinawa, Taketomi Island
HOSHINOYA is an embodiment of the vision, “Discover the Ultimate Japan Experience”, a new class of Japanese resorts infused with contemporary style, and is dedicated to upholding the standard of Japanese hospitality.Taketomi Island, located in the southernmost part of Japan, is a remote destination with distinct styles of traditional architecture, landscape, and lifestyle, preserved for centuries by the locals. Surrounded by untouched white sand beaches and coral paths, HOSHINOYA Okinawa is a true getaway experience. Leave all your worries and stress behind as you step onto the dock at Taketomi Island. The sky, the beach and the ocean will welcome you to island time. Let yourself go in this untouched pristine island away from home.
Iwaso Ryokan, Miyajima
An evening at Iwaso on Miyajima is magical. After the crowds have returned to the mainland for the day, Miyajima takes on a feeling of absolute serenity. In the early morning hours, you can stand on the beach and watch in complete silence as the sun rises and illuminates the sky over Itsukushima Shrine. Your only company will be the deer that make their home on the island. While a stay at Iwaso is a treat at any time of year, in the autumn, the island’s maple trees burst forth in an array of colors creating a beautiful scene beyond your imagination. When staying at Iwaso, we recommend that you spend the evening in one of the inn’s hanare or detached cottages, where you can pass the night in complete silence only to be greeted in the morning by the deer roaming nearby.
Iyuki Ryokan, Kyoto
Iyuki, located at the top of Maruyama Koen in the heart of Kyoto, is an oasis of refinement and serenity. This beautiful 100-year old sukiya style property, which has been lovingly maintained by the same family for three generations, consists of three simple yet elegant guest rooms. A night at Iyuki is like a stay in a luxurious yet traditional Japanese home where guests are pampered with accoutrements of the finest quality. After awakening in the morning to the gentle ringing of the bells at nearby Chioin Temple, you will be treated to a wonderful breakfast (Iyuki is renowned among ryokan aficionados as having the finest Japanese breakfast in the land). While dinner is not typically served at Iyuki allowing guests to enjoy one of Kyoto’s many fine restaurants, in-house arrangements for dinner can be made.
Miyamasou Ryokan, Kyoto
Miyamasou, located in the heart of the mountains approximately one hour north of Kyoto by car, was originally a Buddhist temple lodging constructed over 110 years ago. A journey to Miyamasou is like a trip through time as one passes through secluded mountain villages that have remained in many ways as they have been for centuries.
This small yet elegant property consists of four guest rooms, three of which face directly onto the gleaming teratani river with the fourth being the original temple lodging. Each room is stunning in its own right. A stay in one of the glass fronted sukiya style rooms facing the river evokes a feeling of being at one with nature while the temple lodging offers a glimpse into a bygone era with gorgeous wood paneling and beautifully adorned fusuma sliding doors. As much as a stay at Miyamaso is a feast for the eyes, it is also a feast for the palate. Miyamasou utilizes the finest seasonal ingredients from the surrounding fields, forests and rivers to create a sumptuous kaiseki dinner and a delectable breakfast. The service at Miyamasou is sublime with friendly and attentive staff.
Miyamasou is beautiful any time of year: mountain cherry blossom trees herald the arrival of spring, fireflies flicker in the summer night air, while autumn brings forth an illumination of a different kind as the mountain side bursts forth in an array of red, yellow and orange only to be followed by a blanket of white snow in the winter.
Ryokan Kurashiki, Kurashiki
This lovely inn, located in the middle of Kurashiki’s historic district, was once a sugar wholesaler’s mansion. The house and its former sugar storehouse have been renovated to make five spacious and beautiful guest rooms. Ryokan Kurashiki is undoubtedly one of the best run inns in Japan for no detail is too small in ensuring guests’ comfort. A unique feature of Ryokan Kurashiki is that each room has beds thereby allowing a first time visitor to Japan to ease into the experience of staying at a Japanese inn. The finest ingredients from the Inland Sea are used to create the wonderful meals at Ryokan Kurashiki, which are served by gracious and attentive staff.
Tawaraya Ryokan, Kyoto
For over 300 years, the world-renowned Tawaraya Ryokan has been run by generations of the same family. It is one of Kyoto’s classic ryokans with traditional and elegant kaiseki meals served in the confines of your room by ever attentive kimono clad staff. Walking into Tawaraya is like finding the Japan you always read about in glossy photo books: romantic wooden corridors, soft lights from paper-covered lamps, baskets of wild flowers and shadowy rooms open to a moss garden. Located in the center of Kyoto, Tawaraya provides easy access to all of Kyoto’s wonderful sites.
Tobira Onsen Miyojinkan, Matsumoto
In the heart of Japan’s “Northern Alps”, discover the secret charms of this ryokan that opened in 1931. This little jewel is tucked away in the calm and serenity of the mountains, between the snowy peaks and fine traditional hot springs, located in the national park, and renowned for their therapeutic qualities. Tobira Onsen Myojinkan offers a divinely serene atmosphere in the forest, relaxing baths in the heart of nature, superb rooms and suites and aromatherapy. The sophisticated Kaiseki-style food is a marvellous balance of textures, flavours and colours. Organic French cuisine is also on offer, prepared by a talented chef who specializes in macrobiotic cuisine. Tobira Onsen Miyojinkan has been a member of Relais & Châteaux since 2009.
Wanosato Ryokan, Takayama
Wanosato is located in the heart of Gifu prefecture, close to Hida-Takayama. The name ‘Takayama’ means ‘tall mountain’. There’s something magical about taking the train through the mountains of Hida-Takayama and catching your first glimpse of the Wanosato’s quaint and majestic 160 year-old minka (house of the people) with ‘gassho-zukuri’ roof construction, which literally means ‘praying hands style’. Tucked away in the forest, a short walk from the main building are the minka with their lichen-covered thatched roof and earthen walls, camouflaging them into a backdrop of a tale from old Japan. The love of nature instilled by Japan’s religious beliefs and an abundance of forest has lead Wanosato to become a well-known hot spring destination and nature retreat. Wanosato is relatively young compared to its architecture, but it defies its youth with its preserved heritage, great taste, creativity and friendliness of its staff. The atmosphere inside the centuries-old minka is intriguing; exposed wood beams, comfortable futon and fine linen, hardwood floors, a mix of eclectic elements, unique furniture, all result in an establishment with lots of character. Expect to indulge in Wanosato’s local foods including ‘sansai’(mountain vegetables), ‘kawasakana’ (river fish) as well as Hida beef and locally distilled sake. Hidden are the rewards in this exquisite escape into natural beauty and discovery. During your stay you’ll enjoy gracious accommodations and deliciously healthy and deservedly honored Wanosato cuisine with unlimited fresh mountain air.
Yagyu no-Sho, Shuzenji
Yagyu no-Sho dates back to 1959 when the ryotei restaurant Yagyu opened in Shiba Shirokane, Tokyo. From this beginning as a purveyor of authentic Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine, Yagyu no-Sho emerged out of our founder’s desire to further dedicate himself to the culinary arts. In 1970, inspired by the traditional scenery of Japan that remained unchanged for centuries on the mountainside of Shuzenji Temple, our founder decided that it should be home to an inn of quality and distinction. From his involvement in kendo, the founder took the revered Yagyu name and christened his newly built hot-spring inn—a classic sukiya-style structure nestled in a copse of bamboo—as Yagyu no-Sho.
In the decades since, in accordance with the founder’s philosophy of “a conscientious inn of sumptuous comfort,” we have consistently sought to make our inn a place where traditional cuisine, baths, scenery, hospitality, and the beauty of Japanese architecture come together as one. In 2009, to mark our 40th anniversary, we undertook renovations of the entrance, baths, and all great suites into authentic honsuki style using generations-old techniques of master craftsmen. With conscientious hospitality as our guiding light, we pledge our utmost to provide our guests with a truly beautiful and wonderful Japanese-inn experience.
Located in Iwamuro Onsen in the heart of Niigata Prefecture, Yumeya is the perfect place to enjoy the warmth of Japanese hospitality in a beautiful natural setting. From ephemeral cherry blossoms in the spring to dancing dragonflies in the summer to majestic snowcapped mountains in the winter, one will always feel in harmony with their surroundings at Yumeya. A classic Sukiya style Japanese inn with only ten rooms and a detached cottage for extended family stays, Yumeya is the pinnacle of Japanese luxury.
Luxury Hotel Collection
Japan’s exclusive 5-star hotels are citadels of luxury towering high above some of the most impressive and plush of neighborhoods far below. Breathtaking vistas from every room and their palace-style grandeur capture your heart as much as their impeccable service meticulously attends to your every need with utter discretion and integrity topped off with unfailing friendliness and a large portion of local charm.
It will be a divine experience of indescribable comfort reflecting the very best of Japan’s characteristics. You will gaze dreamily over the night sky, an ocean of twinkling lights stretching to the horizon and beyond into your sweetest of dreams.
JapanQuest Journeys will introduce you to our exclusive selection of the most distinguished hotels, personally visited time and again, to let you revel in Japan’s heartfelt hospitality leaving nothing to be desired during your sojourn and all the time ensuring an unforgettable journey perfect in every aspect imaginable.
The Peninsula, Tokyo
An exciting new purpose-built hotel, The Peninsula Tokyo, is shaped like a lantern and with breathtaking views towards the Imperial Palace Gardens has brought a new dimension to hospitality in the Marunouchi District. The Peninsula Tokyo is located at the crossroads of Harumi Dori and Naka Dori, opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park. A two-minute walk to the Imperial Theatre, a five-minute taxi ride to Tsukiji Fish Market, and only a few minutes walk from the amazing Ginza shopping district makes the hotel the ideal location to set out from on your exploration of Tokyo. At The Peninsula Tokyo, you will find rooms that are well-designed and stunning, spacious and extremely sensitive and thoughtful while being exceedingly luxurious and outfitted with the latest technology. The staff is incredibly accommodating and it is simply divine to stay there.
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Located in Nihonbashi, the literal centre of the city, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is a tower of contemporary luxury. Of Tokyo’s key business districts, the 400-year-old Nihonbashi is the only one that retains a sense of Old World charm, reflecting the vibrant urban culture of this one-time castle town. Best of all, Nihonbashi is ideally located, making it convenient for visitors to go anywhere in the city from the hotel.
The dramatic first impression of the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo will remain with you during your stay. Sped 38 floors up by private elevator, you step out virtually into a panorama of Tokyo, a stunning sight offered throughout the hotel. Inspiring views of the metropolis emerge time and again throughout the hotel, whether from its 178 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, spectacular restaurants and bars or extravagantly sumptuous spa. The predominant feel is an extraordinary sense of space. Not only are the guestrooms some of the largest in Japan, but also the boundaries of the rooms dissolve in the expanse of glass walls and endless views across the city. In addition, the futuristic luxury of the hotel’s interiors illustrates its defining style: extreme comfort that reflects the country’s characteristics. Specially created fabrics and textiles capture the Japanese reverence for nature.
From the moment visitors walk into the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, they are given a royal welcome with absolutely impeccable service offered by highly knowledgeable staff. The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo’s eclectic range of restaurants and bars suits any mood or occasion, with three of the nine outlets holding one Michelin star. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, “the Spa in the Sky” located on the 37th floor, offers personalised treatments featuring soothing Asian and Japanese rituals.
In acknowledgment of these extraordinary attributes, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is renowned as one of the premier luxury hotels in Japan and has received a wide range of accolades, including being rated the World’s Best Hotel by Institutional Investor magazine, being awarded the Michelin Guide’s highest honour of Five Red Pavilions, and being ranked the Top Hotel in Japan by the Zagat Travel Guide. The hotel is also the only recipient in Asia of a Six Star Diamond award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
At The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, you can take in the city’s international culture from high atop a dramatic skyscraper, the tallest in Tokyo where the city views are just fantastic. Occupying the top nine floors and the first three levels of the 53-story Midtown Tower, this luxury hotel features elegant rooms and suites, panoramic vistas, wonderful dining options, and much more. At The Ritz-Carlton hotel, you can absorb the international culture of Tokyo’s Roppongi District, the city’s entertainment, diplomatic and business hub along with the latest trends in food, fashion and luxury retail. The spacious rooms with panoramic views are well layed out and beautifully appointed. The Ritz-Carlton is by far one of the finest properties in Tokyo. The Midtown complex is a contemporary mecca replete with beautiful and luxurious shops and fine cuisine.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
The sweeping vista below your window is simply breathtaking. You find yourself in harmony with the tranquility that surrounds you. In this metropolitan city, sublime heritage co-exists with modern wonders. Stroll out to explore the city. The Imperial Palace and Ginza shopping district are a mere 10-minute walk away. Be it shopping or getting to your next business meeting, everything is a breeze. Besides an ideal location, the hotel’s staff also anticipate your every need so that you can get more things done. They know that time is opportunity. When you return after a successful day in the city, the enchantment begins all over again. Wander amongst the hotel’s exclusive collection of 2,000 pieces of artwork by Japanese, Chinese and Western artists. Inspired by the writings of the Tang dynasty Chinese poet Bai Ju Yi, the artistry and beauty fill your senses. A traditional Japanese dinner at Nadaman beckons. It is a privilege to savour delights from this impeccable restaurant in its home country. The exquisite preparation from Chief Chef Takehiko Yoshida whets your appetite from the very first bite. As the day winds down, calmness comes in the form of a therapeutic massage at CHI, The Spa. The soothing oils help to restore balance, creating a deeply calming experience. At bliss, you return to your spacious guestroom for a good night’s sleep.Under the canopy of a darkened sky, you slip between the luxurious sheets of your bed. Tonight, dreams will come easily at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo.
Palace Hotel, Tokyo
With an incomparable perspective on the city and a singular, moat-side setting across from the Imperial Palace gardens, Palace Hotel Tokyo debuted on 17 May 2012 as a new haven of hospitality – serene and refined.
With a legacy that dates back more than half a century, the new incarnation of Palace Hotel Tokyo is set to redefine hospitality with its unfiltered celebration of the country’s culture.
Experience the Heart of Japan.
Four Seasons Hotel at Marunouchi, Tokyo
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi (The Four Seasons) is prominently placed in the Marunouchi central business district, the commercial heart not merely of Tokyo, but of all of Japan. The Four Seasons offers a striking, contemporary setting within the landmark glass-clad tower of the prestigious Pacific Century Place, a prestigious office and retail development neighboring Ginza shopping district and directly connected to Tokyo Station.
A small jewel in Tokyo with 57 rooms, The Four Seasons offers a boutique luxury hotel experience that focuses on providing the best-personalized service. The Four Seasons attends to the special needs of each guest with Japanese-style sincerity, ensuring that guests feel at home and want for nothing. The Spa at The Four Seasons offers a quiet and relaxing setting away from the bustle of the city. Choose ekki BAR & GRILL for an international breakfast or elegant evening dining. Relax and enjoy fine spirits in a beautiful setting. All guest rooms are equipped with 3D televisions with blu-ray and Bluetooth, making the guest room atmosphere richly comfortable and cutting edge.
Grand Hyatt, Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Roppongi Hills – a mega-complex incorporating office space, apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theaters, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheater and a park. Considered one of the most stylish luxury Tokyo hotels, Grand Hyatt Tokyo is widely acclaimed for its excellent dining options and superb location. From the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, you can easily travel within minutes to major shopping areas and other places of interest including Ginza, Omotesando and the Imperial Palace. The rooms are beautiful, somewhat minimalist and very chic and there are a host of eclectic and wonderful restaurants on premises and within the Roppongi Hills complex making it a great place to wander. You will enjoy service that will attend to your discerning tastes and needs.
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Occupying the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower, Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel is an elegant oasis of space and calm overlooking Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji. Located in the Shinjuku district, our Tokyo hotel is close to Shinjuku Station, Shinjuku Park, Nishi Shinjuku, and areas of Shibuya and Aoyama.
With luxury rooms & suites incorporating a contemporary private residence concept coupled by sleek amenities and spectacular views of Tokyo at night-time, our Shinjuku hotel is a serene oasis atop the bustling city.
The hotel also offers gourmet dining & entertainment options including the sophisticated New York Grill & New York Bar, Japanese Kozue Restaurant and French brasserie Girandole. For enhanced wellbeing, Club on the Park Spa offers the ultimate in wellness & spa treatments.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Kyoto
Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a luxury hotel incorporating modern Japanese design to create a beautiful contemporary style property in the heart of Kyoto’s Higashiyama district. The hotel features luxury rooms and suites along with several excellent restaurants. Located next to Sanjusangendo temple and across the street from the Kyoto National Museum, the Hyatt Regency Kyoto is an ideal location at which to base yourself during your stay in Kyoto. Within minutes of the property are Kyoto’s Gion and Shijo Kawaramachi districts which abound in shopping and dining options.
RIHGA Royal, Hiroshima
With a stylish exterior designed in the image of Hiroshima Castle, RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima offers a wealth of modern facilities and services befitting a hotel of the twenty-first century. This new symbol of Hiroshima, an international city of peace and culture, will surely meet your every expectation with guest rooms providing a high-class experience for peace of mind and harmony. Between the 14th and 29th floors, RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima rooms look out over the panorama of the Hiroshima cityscape.
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa, Kanazawa
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa is an attractive property with excellent, professional service conveniently located in front of JR Kanazawa Station and within walking distance of some of Kanazawa’s most famous tourist attractions. This 29-story high-rise offers wonderful views of Kanazawa and the surrounding mountains.
Benesse House, Naoshima
Benesse House, the central feature of Benesse Art Site Naoshima, combines multiple functions – museum, hotel, restaurant and spa. Benesse House is located on the southern end of Naoshima Island and has a panoramic view of the Inland Sea. It is composed of four buildings, all designed by Tadao Ando. The Museum (1992) merges two different functions – museum and hotel – in one building. The Oval (1995), and the Park and Beach (both 2006) are accommodation-only facilities. The natural surroundings of the island penetrate the architecture through large apertures. Permanent, unique site-specific works have been created for Benesse House and provide the opportunity to enjoy relaxed and enriching encounters with artworks in the changing light over the course of the day. Some commissioned artists have incorporated projects within the architectural space, while others have been influenced by the landscape to create works along the seashore and in the forests. If you are a lover of the arts, design and architecture, Benesse House offers an absolutely unique and amazing experience. The views of the Inland Sea from the peak of Naoshima Island are to yearn for from greatly designed rooms in buildings that commune with nature. The service is fantastic and everyone is immensely friendly in a highly relaxing environment.