Look Forward To Visiting These Exciting New Hotels in Japan | CoolJapan

To say that the past year has been tough would be an understatement. The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world, including Japan. However, things are beginning to look up with comprehensive vaccination programmes being rolled out worldwide. More and more countries are welcoming back tourists and Japan also recently re-opened its borders to business travellers.

As we wait (im)patiently to visit Japan once again, here are four new hotels to put on your travel wish list:

Azumi Setoda, Hiroshima (opened March 2021)

From the visionary Aman founder Adrian Zecha comes the new brand, Azumi. This contemporary ryokan in Setoda town is the brand’s first opening and boy, is it spectacular. Built within a 140-year-old residence, Azumi Setoda retains the old-world charm of Japanese design sensibilities, with liberal use of light wood and paper screens as well as an exquisite inner garden wrapped by 20-feet cedar fences known as kakine. As a nod to the ryokan’s location on an island known for its lemon production, the bathhouse offers a slightly unusual — but downright zesty — onsen experience, where you soak in steaming hot baths with lemons bobbing on the surface.

Treeful Treehouse Sustainable Resort, Okinawa (opened August 2021)

Treeful Treehouse Sustainable Resort, Okinawa

Get away from it all at this serene treehouse deep in the Okinawan forest. (Photo from : Treeful Treehouse)

You’ve already read all about the benefits of forest bathing, so why not spend some quality time amidst these glorious health-giving trees at this treehouse resort? Located in the forest in Nago, in the north of Okinawa, this tranquil accommodation is serious about its commitment to the environment. Eschewing the use of fossil fuels, the resort uses solar panels to generate electricity and even has an in-house goat to “mow” the lawn (instead of using a fuel-burning mowing machine).

All the treehouses are built at least 1.2m above ground so as not to trample on the homes of the critters and creatures that live on the forest ground and are made using a sustainable source of wood. During your time here, you can join a tour on an eight-wheeler to explore the secret sights and sounds of the Higashi area in ​​Okinawa.

Sea Cruise Glamping Kumamoto Amakusa (opened in August 2021)

Conveniently located 1.5 hours from the Kumamoto Airport, this resort is perfect for those looking for an idyllic holiday by the sea. The dome-like accommodation can sleep between four to six people, and offers panoramic views of the surrounding waters. There is also a private BBQ pit attached to each room, so you can enjoy local specialities such as Amakusa pork, Amakusa prawns and Sagari beef. Families with young children will also be delighted to know that the resort organises dolphin spotting excursions.

Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto, Hokkaido (opens January 2022)

Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto

This stylish resort offers postcard-perfect views of Lake Poroto. (Photo from : Hoshino Resorts)

Overlooking serene views of Lake Poroto and enveloped by the wild forests of Hokkaido, this upscale ryokan offers Shiraoi hot spring water, which contains a wealth of organic plant-derived minerals. If you’re someone who enjoys anthropology, you’ll love your time here as the resort works closely with the Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park, which is the country’s first museum focusing on the indigenous Ainu people. During your visit, you can get a glimpse of Ainu culture by sampling Ainu specialties, learning the traditional Ainu dance, as well as participating in wood carving and embroidery workshops.