Once travel restrictions are lifted, Japan is expecting a tourism boom like no other, leading to the creation of many new hotels and resorts, particularly located outside of Tokyo and Kyoto. Along with new properties to open in 2021, many hotels that have opened in 2020 with unique experiences and offerings are eager to welcome international guests.

Below is a sampling of some of the most unique hotels in Japan:

Japan Expecting Tourism Boom
Bedroom in the treehouse. (Photo credit: Treeful Treehouse EcoResort.)

wanoi KAKUNODATE—Akita Prefecture, Opened March 2020
Renovated from a historical storehouse, wanoi KAKUNODATE offers travelers a step back in time. The town of Kakunodate was known as “Little Kyoto” for samurai residences and each of the three rooms at wanoi KAKUNODATE highlights this history.The Nishinomiyake Bushigura room was inspired by the ancestor of the Nishinomiya family who was a highly regarded samurai at the time, and the room echoes hisstory through its design, including tactile tools once used by samurai. The Nishinomiyake Gakkogura room was originally a storehouse that stored pickles, guests can experience that history by taking a bath in a repurposed pickle barrel bathtub. The Tanmonogura room is located right next to the samurai residence street and is the oldest of the three storehouses, originally built in the late Edo period.

For more information, visit familio-folkloro.com/wa-no-i/kakunodate/en/#concept.

Nordisk Hygge Circles—Mie Prefecture, Opening Spring 2021
Located in Japan’s Mie Prefecture amidst towering trees and roaring waterfalls, the Nordisk Hygge Circles is a new luxury campground intended to be a healing space for guests while providing a sustainable camping experience. The campsite will consist of three main areas: a rest area with circular cabins and glamping tents, a “learning field” for nature-inspired excursions and workshops, and an area where guests can pitch their own tents.

For more information, visit tredjenatur.dk/en/2020/07/danish-regenerative-tourism-in-japan.

Nipponia Shirataka Former House of Okuyama—Yamagata Prefecture, Opening April 2021
Renovated from a house that was previously owned by a distinguished Japanese family who were in the silk production business, this “kimono retreat hotel” offers guests an escape in the rural town of Shirataka while experiencing Japan’s kimono culture. Nipponia Shirataka will span 86,111 sq. ft. with five different buildings and eight guestrooms. Owned by Tomihiro, a 400-year-old kimono fabrics store, the retreat allows guests to partake in traditional craft and local lifestyle activities.

Japan Expecting Tourism Boom
Treeful Treehouse EcoResort in Okinawa. (Photo credit Treeful Treehouse Ecoresort.)

Treeful Treehouse EcoResort—Okinawa Prefecture, Opening Spring 2021
Located in Nago city, in the north of Okinawa island, the Treeful Treehouse EcoResort focuses on the ethos of ‘sustainable luxury.’ Using minimal electricity produced solely by solar power, the resort features a number of sleek treehouses seamlessly integrated with nature. One is completely suspended, with 360-degrees views and contemporary interior design, built on the side of Genka River, considered one of the clearest waters in Japan. A passionate environmental project, the resort has engaged with Okinawa locals on various initiatives, including removing man-made concrete to restore the natural landscape and re-building a watermill, in an effort to “improve their area environmentally, culturally, and economically.”

For more information, visit treeful.net.

Fauchon Hotel Kyoto, Opening March 16, 2021
The Fauchon Hotel Kyoto, from the famous French gourmet food company Fauchon, will have its first hotel outside of Paris. The hotel will open in the center of Kyoto with 59 guestrooms and suites. Along with its iconic Patisserie & Boutique Fauchon. Fauchon Hotel Kyoto will be home to a variety of restaurants and bars, including Salon de The Fauchon and Le Grand Cafe Fauchon. The hotel will also be home to Le Spa Fauchon,which will offer a wide range of body and face treatments.

For more information, visit hotelfauchonkyoto.com.

For updates on travel restrictions to Japan, please visit japan.travel/en/coronavirus.

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