Japan is one of the most beautiful and unique countries on Earth. Whether you have business to attend to or just want a quick getaway for some rest and relaxation, we’ve got a few recommendations for places to set up camp and grab a bite to eat while you’re exploring the land of the rising sun. Tokyo is a popular destination for business travel, but don’t feel confined to one city as the Shinkansen, or bullet train system, serves as a great way to get around the islands quickly, and domestic flights can take you from one end of the country to the other in a matter of hours.
The capital city works as a great hub to set up base for exploring the country. There is indoor and outdoor skiing, golf, and a vibrant nightlife all in and around the city. Park Hyatt offers a breathtaking view from the heart of the city and has rooms facing Mount Fuji available as well. The indoor garden, gourmet dining, and world-class suites offer a great retreat from the bustling city life. While you’re in the capital be sure to check out Sukiyabashi Jiro for a 3 Michelin-Starred sushi experience or Aragawa for one of the most delicious and priciest slabs of Wagyu that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.
If you want a break from the busy city, head over to Shima-shi and book a room at Amanemu in the Ise Shima National Park for some rest and relaxation in the hot springs. The aesthetic is heavily influenced by classical Japanese design, and the surrounding landscape is littered with sacred forests and Unesco pilgrim trails to explore. It’s the perfect place to unplug and just enjoy the beauty of nature that Japan has to offer.
A little further away is a place that is arguably even more beautiful than the last. Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is set on the shore of the Hozu River in Kyoto and offers many similar accommodations to Amanemu, but the view of the river and the surrounding hillsides have a magical and mystical serenity that can’t be replicated.
The most remote and beautiful entry we recommend is Sankara Hotel & Spa on the southern island of Yakushima. The island is said to gradually change throughout the seasons to always offer a unique experience to visitors that come at different times of the year. On-site dining and spas make this subtropical haven an exceptional location for a luxurious retreat or a romantic getaway to remember.