Hoshino Resorts KAI: 'Travel in Your 20’s' Project

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Luxury ryokan brand KAI is offering guests aged 20-29 the chance to stay overnight for around 50% of the usual price as part of its ‘Travel in Your 20’s’ project.

Under KAI's new 'Travel in Your 20's' project, eligible guests in their twenties can enjoy a one-night, two-meal stay at any Hoshino Resorts KAI location for just 19,000 JPY (approx. £126) per guest, which is around 46% off the standard rate, between now and the end of March next year.
 
KAI is a leading brand of luxury boutique hot spring ryokan (Japanese inns) operated by Hoshino Resorts. The new 'Travel in Your 20's' project aims to encourage more young people to stay at KAI ryokan around Japan and enjoy the pleasures of their relaxing hot springs, delicious Kaiseki food, and cultural activities and entertainment.

Dates: from December 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Participating locations: All 14 KAI locations
Rates: 19,000 JPY (approx. £126) per person for 1 night, 2 meals included
Eligibility: Guests and companions ages 20-29, two people or more per room

With 14 different locations across Japan, each of Hoshino Resorts’ KAI properties offers a luxurious and unique experience for overnight guests. Guests taking advantage of the limited-time offer by staying at one of the following six KAI ryokan located in popular tourist areas of Japan can also enjoy a range of top tourist attractions when they get out and about from their hotel during their stay.

 Find out more about the 'Travel in Your 20's' project on Hoshino Resorts' website.

 

KAI Atami

KAI Atami

KAI Atami is a luxury hot spring ryokan that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Stay at KAI Atami and relax and watch the sunrise from an open-air bath, dine on meals of specially prepared seasonal Kaiseki meals, and enjoy the rare experience of nightly performances by Atami geisha. KAI Atami is just 50 minutes from Tokyo by train, making it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway away from the capital’s big neon lights.

Get Out and About...

MOA Museum of Art, an outstanding museum of Japanese and East Asian art, is just 30 minutes walk or 7 minutes drive by car. The museum also has a Noh theatre and a Japanese-style garden with teahouses.

Get a benchmark for your stay at KAI Atami by visiting Kiunkaku Former Ryokan, a 10-minute drive away. Built in 1919 as a shipping magnate's private villa, it became a ryokan in 1947 and continued to serve guests until as recently as 1999. Go inside and explore the guest rooms, landscape garden, and Roman-style tiled baths, all showcasing its idiosyncratic blend of Japanese architectural style with Western and East Asian-influenced interior design.

KAI Aso

KAI Hoshinoya

KAI Aso is a luxury hot spring ryokan located within Aso Kuju National Park in Kyushu. Stay in one of twelve luxury villas and enjoy access to a private, outdoor hot spring bath adjoining your room. If you need any extra entertainment, drop by the in-house Caldera bar. Stay at KAI Aso and savour a moment of true luxury in a wide, beautiful natural setting. KAI Aso is 110 minutes from Fukuoka by car.

Get Out and About...

KAI Aso is perched on the slopes of the volcanic Kuju mountain range, which includes the highest peak on Kyushu. Take a hike along the network of hiking trails crisscrossing the mountains for spectacular views of the volcanic scenery, especially during the showstopping autumn foliage season.

Take a stroll through the streets of Kurokawa Onsen, one of Japan's most attractive hot spring towns. A plethora of natural materials such as wooden buildings, earthen walls, and stone stairs has helped to preserve its pleasant, traditional townscape. Located in a forested valley, the streets are lined with ryokan, public bath houses, shops and cafes, shrines and bridges. Kurokawa is a 30-40 minute bus ride or a 7-minute car ride from KAI Aso and is compact enough to explore on foot.

KAI Alps

KAI Hoshinoya

KAI Alps will hold its grand re-opening on 21 December, 2017. Nestled deep within the snowy Japan Alps, this luxury hot spring ryokan is the perfect place for snapping Instagram-worthy shots of unique sights such as a snow dome or by a Japanese sunken hearth. Those who venture outside can enjoy the pristine ski slopes of Hakuba Snow Resort. KAI Alps is 30 minutes from Hakuba and 90 minutes from JR Nagano station by free shuttle bus.

Get Out and About...

Take a daytrip up into the Japan Alps to Kurobe Dam, Japan's tallest dam with a height of 186 metres. From the hotel, it's a 17-minute drive up to Ogisawa, from where it's a quick change to the Kanden Trolley Bus, an electric-powered bus that whisks passengers on an amazing 15-minute journey through the belly of the alps and under Mt Akasawadake's 2,678 peak to the dam. At the dam, enjoy breathtaking aerial views from an observation deck, a ride on Japan's highest sightseeing boat, and the awe-inspiring sight of the dam's scheduled water discharge (daily from June-October).

The town of Shinano-Omachi, where KAI Alps is located, has recently made a name for itself with a new outdoor modern art festival, Japan Alps Art Festival (JAAF) - find out more about the inaugural event earlier this year here.

KAI Hakone

KAI Hakone

KAI Hakone is located in Hakone, one of the most famous hot spring areas in Japan. This luxury hot spring ryokan boasts beautiful river views from every guestroom, and a warm, semi-open giant bath. At night, sit back and relax in the yomogi wood tea room with plenty of local snacks and drinks. KAI Hakone is just 90 minutes from Tokyo by train, making it ideally placed for a relaxing weekend break from the capital.

Get Out and About...

KAI Hakone is pretty much equidistant between the former feudal town of Odawara to the east (30 minutes drive or 35-45 minutes by public transport) and Lake Ashinoko, in the foothills of Mt. Fuji, to the west (30 minutes drive or 60 minutes by public transport), meaning it offers a choice of daytrips.

In Odawara, visit Odawara Castle - known for its cherry blossoms in spring and plum blossoms in winter - or the Enoura Observatory, a quirky modern art facility newly opened by veteran photographer and art patron Hiroshi Sugimoto earlier this year - find out more here.

On the eastern shores of Lake Ashinoko, visit atmospheric, mist-shrouded Hakone Shrine - the shrine itself is hidden in thick forest, but the bright orange lakeside torii shrine gates are a dead giveaway - and take a sightseeing cruise on the lake in a pirate ship or American-style paddle-steamer.

KAI Kaga

KAI Nikko

KAI Kaga is a luxury hot spring ryokan that was featured in the Michelin Guide 2016. The winter season Kaiseki meal featuring fresh crab is particularly noteworthy. Guests can also take a selfie with the star performer of the impressive shishi-mai traditional lion dance performance held every night in the hotel’s lobby. KAI Kaga is 3 hours from Tokyo or just 30 minutes by train from Kanazawa, making it an ideal side-trip from Kanazawa.

Get Out and About...

Yamashiro Onsen - one of four historic hot spring towns making up Kaga Onsen, where KAI Kaga is located - lends itself to being explored on foot. Guests at KAI Kaga won't have to stroll far to find the town's main attraction: its two public bath houses - Soyu (public bath) and Ko-Soyu (old public bath) - are less than a minute's walk from the ryokan's front door.

From KAI Kaga, it is also just a few minutes walk east to atmospheric Yakuoin Onsenji Temple, perched on the hillside behind the Soyu. From there, Rosanjin's Hut Iroha, the former home of Rosanjin, one of Japan's most famous ceramicists, is just a few steps to the south. Further afield, the Kutaniyaki Museum, with displays of the local Kutaniyaki pottery, the ruins of an Edo period kiln, and hands-on pottery-making workshops, is 15 minutes drive east.

In the other direction, Natadera Temple's spacious grounds, just begging to be explored, can be found 15 minutes drive to the west. Spend a happy hour or so discovering its treasure house, pond garden, bell tower, pagoda, and the amazing stone steps and meditation caves which are hand-carved into a rocky cliff-face.

KAI Nikko

KAI Nikko

A stay at luxury hot spring ryokan KAI Nikko makes it a breeze to visit Nikko’s nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ornate Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Getting to the ryokan is a piece of cake, too, with a free shuttle bus between Tokyo and KAI Nikko until 31 March 2018. A three-hour direct bus journey transports guests from Tokyo Station to the hotel doorstep, so there's never been a better time to stay. If you’re looking from some in-house entertainment, try the Nikko geta (wooden sandal) show.

Get Out and About...

Sitting on the eastern shores of Lake Chuzenji, KAI Nikko is ideally situated for lakeside strolls and views aplenty. Hundred-metre tall Kegon Falls is an easy 10-minute walk through the town, while Chuzenji Temple is 15 minutes walk south along the lake shore - keep an eye out for the gorgeous ceiling paintings, one of a giant white dragon and the other of over 100 varieties of local flowers.

Meanwhile, for those who are happy to stretch their legs a bit farther, then a 30-minute drive or 40-minute bus ride back towards Nikko Station brings you to Nikko's cluster of celebrated UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Futarasan Shrine, Rinnoji Temple, and Toshogu Mausoleum.

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