Just as varieties of cultural interest in Japan, the new hotel scene is a mélange in style, concept, architecture and destination. One of the highlights is modern capsule hotels, one of the Japan’s inventions from the 1980s. Three of them re-blossomed in the traditional city of Kyoto with the 21st century style and Kyoto’s traditional hospitality, modern efficiency and affordability. Nine Hours, opened in December 2009, has sleek d esign and Japan’s technology nicely applied for relaxation. Opened in March 2010, First Cabin in Karasuma Kyoto provides compact luxury from airline’s first class, and the Capsule Ryokan Kyoto is a surprising unique capsule with traditional ryokan interior such as tatami flooring and futon bedding.
Japanese brands are competing in the hotel business in major destinations: The Tokyu Hotels, one of Japan’s most prestigious hotel chains, is opening its door to Tokyo’s most stylish hotel the Capitol Hotel Tokyu on October 22, 2010. This is the flagship property of the Tokyu Hotels with contemporary yet functional design of an internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Guests will be greeted by the calm Hié Shrine’s garden as approaching the hotel entrance. The hotel updates the traditional hospitality from former Capitol Hotel Tokyu, who proudly hosted the Beatles and other international celebrities for the best luxurious experience in Tokyo.
Following the grand opening of Hoshinoya Kyoto in December 2009 and the unique capsule hotels, Kyoto is also adding Hotel Kanra on October 28 with the Kyoto’s traditional townhouse machiya atmosphere. The hotel’s highlight is “edutainment,” which touches guests with real experience and understanding of Kyoto’s traditional beauty and hospitality through the hotel’s cultural and art programs.
A big international brand is also opening doors: St. Regis Osaka is opening on October 1, 2010 on Midosuji Avenue, the equivalent of Champs Elysees of Paris or the Fifth Avenue of New York City. The world’s highest luxury hotel is the sophisticated calm atmosphere in the busy merchant-oriented city with spectacular culinary center of Japan.
Coming in 2011
Royal Park Hotel the Kyoto (Opening in fall 2011)
Best Western Sapporo Nakajima-Koen (Opening on October 1, 2010)
Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno (Opening on September 14, 2010)
Westin Hotel Sendai (Opened in August 2010)
ANA Holiday Inn Sendai (Renewed in July 2010)
Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo (Opened on June 2, 2010)
Citadines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo (Opened in March 2010)