Japan has a wealth of great scenery; both natural and man-made. There are dramatic mountains, peaceful islands, idyllic woodlands and rocky shores alongside tranquil shrines, ancient temples and futuristic cityscapes.
We’ve picked 5 hotels that show you the best of Japan from the comfort of your room.
The Benesse Art Site is notable not only for its amazing views over the Inland Sea, but that there are only a handful of rooms available, as the complex is primarily an art gallery. The Museum rooms offer sea views as well as handpicked original artworks on the walls. while the Oval rooms at the top of the hill are based around a stunning modern courtyard and have floor to ceiling views out to Shikoku. The Beach suites are ideal for larger groups or families and face directly on to the shore line.
Located near the town of Kawaguchiko at the very base of Mount Fuji, the hotel looks over Lake Kawaguchi and the slopes of Mount Fuji. The hotel has extensive gardens with hundreds of cherry trees which blossom spectacularly in the spring. The hotel lobbies and dining rooms have amazing views over to Mount Fuji, but book one of the rooms with a Fuji view to get the full experience.
Kobe is one of Japan’s largest cities, but is often overlooked by tourists. This gem has stunning views over Kobe harbours, and several terraces and rooftop pools to enjoy them from. Many rooms have balconies and bathrooms that overlook the harbour; the Port Tower and harbour are particularly pretty at night.
One of Japan’s best ski areas, Tomamu is also beautiful in summer, with stunning mountains and extensive woodland. The Tower rooms allow you to stay in the heart of the mountains, and the rooms on the higher floors have great views over the surrounding peaks. In winter there are snow villages and fireworks displays as well as a wide variety of winter sports.