Many would agree that choosing the right accommodation for your travels is of paramount importance – it's something that can really make or break a trip. A carefully considered hotel can elevate the entire experience, serving as a hub for comfort and relaxation after a day of adventuring.
The World's 50 Best Hotels 2023 list helps to determine some of the top players in the industry, and three Japanese-based accommodation options made the cut.
Coming in at fifth place was Aman Tokyo, which was praised for its "sleek, serene and unwaveringly deluxe atmosphere." Located just a minute on foot from Otemachi Station, the hotel was also lauded for its wellness offerings, natural light-filled rooms, and baths with a view.
Next on the list was the Park Hyatt Kyoto at number 29. This is a fairly new hotel in Japan's culture capital, having opened in late 2019 – and it goes without saying that pandemic-related entry restrictions played a role in their subdued start. However, the hotel has capitalized on its prime location (it opens up to the popular Ninenzaka) while providing a respite from the bustling crowds outside.
Lastly, Hoshinoya Tokyo – also based in the Otemachi area of the city – took 39th place. The hotel received kudos for its luxurious rooftop bath, cultural offerings like tea ceremonies and ken-jitsu (sword-based martial arts) lessons, and seasonal multi-course omakase (chef-selected) meals.
If you're visiting Japan in the future and looking for places that really deliver on hospitality and opulence, keep these three hotels in mind.