Go off the beaten path and explore Japan in depth, learning about its rich traditions as you take part in a traditional tea ceremony, meet with a preeminent calligrapher, and stroll through Miyakawacho, a geisha neighborhood.
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Built in 2003, this 273-room hotel in Tokyo's Shiodome culture and business district offers a peaceful oasis from the busy city. Hotel facilities and amenities include several restaurants, bars, and lounges; a salon, flower shop, and gift shop; Internet access; and professional "pillow fitters" to help guests achieve a restful night's sleep. Serenely decorated guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer and other typical amenities.Number of nights: 3
Located in the small hot springs resort of Hakone, the Aura Tachibana offers a traditional Japanese-style lodging experience. Guests can enjoy a dip in the public outdoor onsen bath; dine upon fresh, local Japanese food at dinner; and experience sleeping on a futon in a Japanese-style room with private bathroom. Per Japanese tradition, shoes must be removed in bedrooms at this ryokan.Number of nights: 1
Centrally located near the railway station and a five-minute walk from Miyagawa morning market, the 283-room Hida Hotel Plaza features several restaurants, lounges, and a sake bar; beauty salon; gift shop; indoor swimming pool, spa, and sauna; Internet access; and a roof-top pool with commanding views of the northern Japanese Alps. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, refrigerator, TV, and phone.Number of nights: 1
Conveniently located within walking distance of some of Kanazawa's most popular sights, the 260-room Nikko Kanazawa combines a refined European atmosphere with the beauty of the four seasons. Hotel amenities include several restaurants, lounges, and bars; and an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, sauna, and Jacuzzi. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Internet access, TV, and phone.Number of nights: 2
Despite its contemporary exterior, ANA Hotel Kyoto offers guests traditional Japanese hospitality inside. The 298-room hotel, well located across from Nijo Castle, has several restaurants and a bar; a health club with indoor pool, spa tub, and sauna; internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; beauty salon; and gift shop. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe; mini-bar, mini-fridge, TV, and phone.Number of nights: 4