Published on : Monday, September 25, 2017
Marriott’s five new properties are located throughout Japan, acting as a gateway for overseas visitors keen to stay in the foothills of Fuji, explore the country’s modern art, or even wet their toes on paradisiacal white-sand beaches.
Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka
The windows of the 105 western and Japanese style bedrooms offer views over the mesmerising and iconic Mt Fuji.The hotel comes complete with hot springs, tennis courts, conference rooms and private dining options. Premium rooms also feature private hot springs, for an extra-special indulgence.
The hotel is located five minutes by car from the shores of Lake Yamanaka, the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes (Fuji Goko). The lake offers exceptional views of Mount Fuji from the Panorama Dai observation point on its southeast shore, as well as plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, water skiing and windsurfing
Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenji
Only a short bullet train ride away from Tokyo, the Izu Peninsula is domestic travellers’ best-kept secret in Japan. The glorious coastline, quality hot springs and fantastic food in this area are just a few of the reasons it’s so often chosen as a holiday-home location for the well-off.
The interiors of this 128 room hotel merge contemporary Japanese aesthetics with Western influences. The hotel offers diverse wellness options to encourage guests’ peace and well being, including a large communal onsen hot spring bath, bedrock bath, private onsens in some rooms and a 24-hour fitness centre. Guests can also enjoy access to tennis courts, a large gymnasium, and golf and putting range.
Set in secluded surroundings on the edge of the grounds of a country club a short drive from the small hot spring town of Shuzenji, the hotel is best positioned to be a haven for ultimate relaxation. However, central Shuzenji is only a 15-minute taxi ride away, meaning it is easy to visit its famous hot springs, Shuzenji Temple, and charming bamboo forest.
Karuizawa Marriott Hotel
Set amidst a rich natural environment just seventy minutes from central Tokyo, the hotel’s 142 rooms are spread across four wings and designed in a modern style fused with Japanese elements. There are rooms to suit a variety of different travellers, from premium rooms with forest views and private hot springs, to suites which are adapted for families’ needs and dog-friendly cottages enabling guests to take their beloved pet pooch on holiday with them. Guests can also benefit from the An Spa Karuizawa, a 24-hour fitness centre, a large hot spring communal bath and a choice of three private conference and banquet rooms.
Located conveniently close to the railway and bullet train lines, the hotel is ideally positioned to act as your base on a reatreat to upmarket Karuizawa. Skiing in winter, or hiking and cycling in summer, this is the ideal place to get outdoors. There is no shortage of sights in the local area, from hot springs, temples and art museums to stylish cafes, boutiques and restaurants – not forgetting Karuizawa’s handful of excellent golf courses.
Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel
Set in another little-visited area of Japan, this hotel is perched next to Japan’s largest lake. Surrounded on three sides by water, the hotel’s 274 guestrooms – which include Japanese-style rooms and executive suites – afford breathtaking views of the lake. A true wellness destination, the hotel also houses a communal hot spring and 24-hour fitness centre as well as banqueting and corporate facilities accommodating up to 500 guests. Guests can also avail themselves of access to a range of affiliated recreational facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, tennis and futsal courts, 1,000 sqm gymnasium, and even a planetarium with 166 seats.
Located under an hour’s journey from central Kyoto, the hotel makes the ideal base from which to explore the many and various sights of Japan’s ancient capital as well as the Biwa area surrounding the lake. Recreational activities include several local art museums, shrines, parks, Hikone’s noteworthy castle and canal district, bird-watching on the lake, World Heritage site Enryaku-ji Temple, hiking and autumn colours on nearby Mt Hiei, and Ishiyama-dera Temple, where Lady Murasaki is said to have penned Japan’s oldest novel.
Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel
Located in coastal Shirahama, home to tranquil mountain trails and picturesque beaches, witness enthralling sunsets from the windows of the hotel’s 182 Japanese and Western-style rooms, which embrace a modern design ethos. Admire the breathtaking scenery from the outdoor swimming pool, which has a children’s zone in the summer months, soak in the large communal onsen hot spring, or dine on the freshest local seafood dishes at the hotel’s restaurant.
Then head out to explore the myriad attractions in the local area, including ages-old hot springs, caves, cliffs, shrines and temples, parks, golf courses, and of course the 500 metre-long famous white sandy beach which gave Shirahama its name.
All of the hotels offer the chance to savour authentic regional cuisine at their onsite restaurants, collectively named The Grill & Dining G Restaurant, as well as facilities for corporate functions and private events, such as conference and banquet rooms.
Mori Trust has launched JapaTabi.com, a digital platform allowing prospective guests to explore the nature, modern art, traditions, and cuisine of each hotel’s area and better visualize their journey before they go. “In order to showcase the beauty of our country, it was important for us to remain authentic in our design and approach to welcome guests to these destinations.” says Miwako Date, President and CEO, Mori Trust, “The resorts are all easily accessible through gateway airports and superior rail networks, making them ideal destinations.”
Marriott International currently operates forty hotels in Japan, with a further ten in the pipeline. “Japan remains one of the top travel destinations in the world,” says Craig S. Smith, President & Managing Director, Marriott International Asia Pacific, “[W]e want to welcome a new generation of globetrotters to discover unique corners of the country, which will spark new ways of thinking about Japan as a destination.”