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New Hotels in Japan 2010

Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager
Japan National Tourist Organization
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 New York City, New York – September 28, 2009.  In spite of global recession that seems to shadow international tourism, Japan is becoming more colorful with varieties of new properties.

HOSHINOYA Kyoto (December 12, 2009)
This century old ryokan is reborn in a historic riverside chalet as another one-of-a-kind superb ryokan in Kyoto, Japan’s top destination.  For a thorough hospitality from arrival, guests are taken directly to the guestroom by boat before checking in the homey yet high quality traditional ryokan.  All 25 guest rooms have the river view, and the secluded location offers quiet private stroll in Kyoto’s historic Arashiyama.

Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima (March 2010)
Japan’s World Natural Heritage Site Yakushima Island celebrates the new resort hotel. Yakushima is the house of centuries-old untouched nature including ancient cedar trees and mystique trekking courses through the ancient forests.  Sankara, named after a Sanskrit word for benefit from the heaven, is the modern luxurious space that harmonizes stunning nature of this island.

Akihabara Washington Hotel (Spring 2010)
One of the major chain hotels is renewing its Akihabara property, the ground zero of Japan’s anime pop culture.  Focusing on modern utilities for digital oriented travelers, the amenity includes internet connection, business center and exclusive women only floor.  The new property occupies from the third to the 13th floor in a 14-story brand-new building.

Westin Sendai (August 1, 2010)
Sendai, the hub of Japan’s Tohoku Region (north east of Tokyo), opens a new global chain hotel.  Westin accommodates visitors to this historic and cultural center of Tohoku Region with the Western style hospitality.  Sendai is surrounded by many historic and cultural landmarks, and the largest city in Tohoku Region that cherishes several traditional colorful festivals and lifestyle to this day.

St. Regis Osaka (October 1, 2010)
The first St. Regis property in Japan opens in the heart of Osaka’s commercial and cultural district.  The property is located on Midosuji Avenue, Osaka’s equivalent of Champ Elysées, easy access to Osaka’s urban life and business district, yet the world’s top class relaxation.  The hotel’s restaurant serves the renowned chef Jean-Georges’ culinary experience.

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu (Fall 2010)
In the heart of Tokyo’s business and political district, the Capitol Hotel Tokyu will be renewed as Tokyu Hotels Groups flagship property.  Just like all other Tokyu Hotels’ properties all over the country, this flagship hotel is renewed in 2010 with the efficiency and urban luxury and the hospitality that the Group has been cultivated.  The interior is designed with modern architectural essence with Japanese traditional beauty.

Citycruise Ginoza (2010)
Japan’s tropical destination Okinawa is becoming more popular than ever, and Ginoza, one of the many Okinawa’s beach resort towns opens a new resort hotel Citycruise Ginoza.  The property consists of cottages and time-share guestrooms, accommodating visitors with longer stay to enjoy the tropical climate and beach vacation.

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