Japan Travel Guide

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Tool Around Tokyo in a Peninsula Rolls-Royce or Audi R8

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  Site Where: 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 100-0006
April 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve been to Tokyo, you know it’s possible to go from historic serenity in one of its temples to futuristic frenzy among its skyscrapers in a split-second. That proximity of the traditional and modern comes through at the Peninsula Tokyo as well; pick the right aspect and you can gaze out from your technology-filled room over the Imperial Palace, and when it’s time for a ride in the house car, your options range from a restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II to a very 21st century Audi R8 sports car.

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Andaz Tokyo to Open on June 11th, Here's What to Expect

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  Site Where: Tokyo, Japan
March 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not much longer to wait!

The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills will officially open its doors on June 11, making it the first Andaz in Japan and the 12th Andaz hotel overall. Here are a few words from the hotel's general manager:

“We are thrilled to introduce the Andaz brand to this exciting city to become a bridge between Tokyo’s fascinating past and dynamic future,” said Arnaud de Saint-Exupéry, General Manager of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. “We look forward to offering the boutique lifestyle hotel concept to both guests and locals, which is something quite new for the Japanese hotel market. The Andaz brand is deeply rooted in local culture, and we are committed to providing an unscripted, Japanese-inspired experience to guests that will help them feel truly connected to the heart and soul of Tokyo.”

We couldn't find a room online for June 11th (it said the hotel was sold-out) but we did find a special opening offer for June 16th for about $375 a night for an Andaz King. Remember, this is Andaz, so complimentary WiFi, minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are included.

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And Now There's a Transformers Suite at This Japanese Hotel

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  Site Where: 6-jo-dori 9-chome, Asahikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan
March 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just in time for the fourth installment of Transformers movie, comes a hotel suite that is perfect for Autobot or Decepticon fans of all ages. The Asahikawa Grand Hotel in Hakkaido, Japan has transformed one of their Grand Deluxe twin rooms into a suite decked out in everything...well, Transformers.

Even just the basic theme is perfect for the younger fans since guests will be able to sleep under a character comforter, watch classic cartoons on a Matrix of Leadership-style monitor and play with plenty of toys from Bumble Bee to Megatron. Some of the room art has been swapped out from the hotel's usual Japanese garden scenes to action shots from the movie featuring fan's favorite characters.

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Funky Friday: The Room With the Dragon Tattoo at the Park Hotel Tokyo

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  Site Where: Shiodome Media Tower 1 -7-1, Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku 105-7227, Tokyo, Japan
March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Tokyo’s Park Hotel is kicking up its artwork a notch while integrating Japanese culture into the guest experience--one room at a time. Their new program, “Artist in Hotel,” aims to transform 31 guest rooms over the next three years, all designed by Japanese artists. Ultimately, all the new rooms will encompass one full floor of the hotel with each featuring original wall paintings or other decorative art that inspired an artist while staying at the hotel. Rent the entire floor and you can have your own artist-inspired block party.

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Your Next Andazm Will Be In These Tokyo Rooms

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  Site Where: 1-23-4, Toranomon, Minato-ku , Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001
February 19, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

The list of places present and future to have an Andazm is growing rapidly (hello Munich), but nearest on the horizon is Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, opening this summer. Most of the visuals we’ve seen so far of the 52-story tower have been renderings, but now we have what looks like actual photography of the rooms.

There will be 164 of them on the tower’s top six floors, which means stupendous views of both Tokyo’s urban maze and, if on the right side of the building, the Imperial Palace in the distance – giving local cousin Park Hyatt some serious killer view competition. A ten-minute walk from Andaz takes you to Shinbashi station, connecting you to the Yamanote line, which loops through central Tokyo and is sure to be one of your main modes of transport when exploring the city.

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Japan's Hotel Scene Will Be Singing 20 New Tunes

Where: Japan
January 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

While we wait to find out if/when Malaysian budget-happy, pay-as-you-go, chain Tune Hotels will make their entry into the U.S. market, we hear that they are going gangbusters in Japan, having just announced plans to open 20 new hotels over the next six years -- just in time for the 2020 Olympics.

The brand currently has 38 hotels in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, United Kingdom, India and Australia, and there is currently already one Tune Hotel in Japan: in Naha, Okinawa. Tim Hansing, CEO of Red Planet Hotels, owners and operators of 18 Tune Hotels across Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia says: “Now that we have established ourselves and the Tune Hotels brand in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, our strategy has always been to expand in north Asia and we will be commencing this move in Japan first of all.”

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Who Was Caught in a Compromising Position at the Conrad Hotel In Tokyo?

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  Site Where: 1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Tokyo, Japan, 105-7337
November 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that hotel rooms are used for trysting but we were in for quite a shock when we saw this happening at the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo. Yes, that's right. We're talking about the two teddy bears getting too close in a cup inside one of the guest rooms.

All joking aside, the snapshot from Ken E. Lee in the HotelChatter Flickr Pool gives us an up close and personal look at the sweet teddy bears, which are only available to guests. (The hotel also gives guests a Conrad duckie too.) You can purchase these directly from the hotel but you know, you have to go to Tokyo to get it. Otherwise, eBay it.

Rates start at around $400 a night for a King City room with seriously stunning views of the skyscrapers in Ginza and Shiodome. Check out more of Photo: Ken E. Lee/Flickr]

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Our Eyes Are Now On Tokyo's Hotel Scene

Where: Tokyo, Japan
September 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

It looks like Andaz Hotels made a very good decision in adding Tokyo to their list of new cities, now that Tokyo has been selected as the site of the 2020 Summer Olympics. (The Andaz is set to open sometime next year, giving it plenty of time to get things in order before the crowds arrive. )

As with all host cities of massive events like the Olympics, we can expect many more new hotels to pop up as the date approaches, as well as lots of renovations by existing hotels. Remember London last summer? Insanity.

Of course, we need to contain our excitement as these Olympics are still a good SEVEN YEARS AWAY. Nevertheless, according to the Wall Street Journal, Tokyo plans on having 87,000 hotel rooms available within a 10 kilometer radius, and 140,000 rooms in a 50 kilometer radius. And Forbes.com believes the rates and prices will remain "fair" especially compared to other cities (cough, NYC, cough.)

We just wonder if more hotels will break out special Hello Kitty suites , perhaps with an Olympics theme?

[Photo: Tokyo2020/Facebook]

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Tokyo Prince Hotel Brings All the Kawaii with a Hello Kitty Suite

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  Site Where: 3-3-1 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-8560
August 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nowhere does cute quite like Japan does cute, so we're not all that surprised to hear that the Tokyo Prince Hotel is currently offering a Hello Kitty-themed suite.

While it's not the first Hello Kitty themed room we've come across in Japan, it is rather more family friendly than our previous find; the Hello Kitty S&M Room at Hotel Adonis, Osaka

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A Museum with Rooms on Japan's Naoshima Island

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  Site Where: Gotanji, Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan, 7613110
August 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Plenty of hotels are upping the ante in terms of in-house art collections -- think the Basquiats, Botero and Warhols decorating the walls of New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel -- but how would you like to sleep inside an actual museum? We’re not talking about a Night at the Museum-style slumber party, but a place where the hotel rooms form part of the museum itself.

The concrete, minimalist Tadao Ando-designed Hotel Benesse House, located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, is a combined museum/hotel that is the centerpiece of the Benesse Corporation's art facilities on this fishing community turned 'art island.'

Around twenty years ago, Naoshima, which was facing an aging population, declining birthrate and disappearing industry, caught the attention of the art-loving billionaire chairman of the Benesse Corporation, Soichiro Fukutake. Fukutake’s donations opened art galleries and installations (including the museum/hotel in 1992) that helped to revitalize the island’s economy by turning it into a contemporary art center. Naoshima, along with the surrounding islands of the Japanese Inland Sea, is currently hosting the Setouchi Art Triennal, an international art festival that takes place over three cycles every three years (the current cycle runs from July 20th through September 1st).

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Three Small Hotel Chains You've Probably Never Heard Of (But Should Try!)

Where: Osaka, Japan
May 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM | by | Comment (1)

There are over 3,500 Marriott hotels on Earth. There could be 3.5 million and that still wouldn't be enough to satisfy the world's traveling population, and so, for your future travel pleasures, we present three small hotel chains you've probably never heard of but should totally book because they're awesome (and growing):

P.S. - they all have free WiFi!

25hours

They just rebranded with a new tagline, "come as you are," and we couldn't be more in love. 25hours have become our number one choice for a hotel when staying in the four cities where they have locations, and we've reviewed two right here on HotelChatter—Frankfurt-Goldman and Hamburg-HafenCity.

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Konichiwa! Ritz-Carlton Kyoto To Open Next Year, Much More To Come

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  Site Where: Kyoto, Japan
May 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we looked at the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa last October, we mentioned that a fourth Japanese property was in the works in Kyoto, the country’s former imperial capital and home to no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Now, the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is confirmed as opening on February 7, 2014, alongside a host of other new hotels being announced. We’ll give you a breakdown of what’s happening below.

Billed as an urban resort, the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto will have 136 rooms on the banks of the Kamogawa River, with views of the Higashiyama Mountains. Traditional Meiji house and courtyard architecture is incorporated into the building’s structure, and the hotel will have four dining options, as well as meeting facilities and a spa.

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