Marriott Opens Five New Hotels
Marriott International has increased its footprint in Japan with the recent opening of five new hotels across Japan, from lakes near Mt Fuji to golden beaches just south of Osaka.Opened in partnership with Mori Trust Group, Japan’s leading homegrown lodging company, Marriott’s five new properties are located in several regions of Japan with stunning natural scenery that are familiar vacation and relaxation spots for domestic travellers but less well-known internationally.
Each of the five new deluxe hotels is intended as a gateway to explore a lesser-known scenic destination in Japan, from the lake area surrounding Mt Fuji to temples, bamboo groves, hot springs, modern art and even white-sand beaches further afield from Tokyo. These include a secluded mountain resort just over an hour by bullet train from Tokyo, scenic lakes nestled in the foothills of Mt Fuji and on the outskirts of Kyoto, and inviting golden sandy beaches on the southern coast of central Japan just south of Osaka.
The deliberate situating of the hotels in as yet relatively unknown areas of Japan is part of a growing trend to entice international travellers to explore further afield and visit some of Japan’s less familiar destinations, thereby opening a window onto sometimes hidden aspects of its natural beauty and cultural heritage.
Whether you are seeking refuge from the big cities by embarking on a tour into the mountains, taking a dip in healing hot springs, soaking up breath-taking natural views, or relaxing on a sandy beach, distinctive cultural influences as well as a relaxing and rejuvenating break can be discovered at each of the hotel resorts.
Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka
Marvel at mesmerising views of iconic Mt Fuji from the windows of the hotel’s 105 guest rooms. The hotel offers both Japanese tatami and streamlined Western-style guestrooms; premium rooms feature private hot spring baths, while spacious executive suites ensure a peaceful stay. Communal onsen hot spring, tennis courts, a private dining room for up to forty guests, and two conference rooms complement the views of Mt Fuji, providing an all-round environment fit for both work and play.
The hotel is just 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, plentiful opportunities for outdoor sports such as boating, fishing, water skiing and windsurfing, and a couple of excellent hot springs.
Should you feel the urge to get away from Lake Yamanaka, Fuji’s other four lakes offer a wealth of activities and entertainment, from Oshino Hakkai springs, Fujikyu Highland theme park, showstopping photo opportunities from Chureito Pagoda, and art, herb and gem museums on the eastern shores of Lake Kawaguchi, to bat, wind and ice caves dotted around Lake Saiko, and the eye-catching Fuji Shibazakura Festival near Lake Motosuko every spring.
Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenji
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 countryside retreat to pleasant upmarket mountain resort town, Karuizawa. From hiking and cycling in summer to skiing and ice skating in winter, Karuizawa has something for every season, meaning there is plenty of choice if you wish to explore the area outside the hotel in more depth. 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 of course Karuizawa’s handful of excellent golf courses.
Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel
Situated on the shores of of Lake Biwa, the hotel is perfectly positioned to brilliantly showcase the beauty of Japan’s largest lake, from which it takes its name. 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.
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.”