Japan for every kind of traveller

Planning a trip to Japan and looking for your dream accommodation? With Hoshino Resorts, you can choose from a host of hotels, ryokans and special programs adapted to different tastes.

Perhaps you’re a couple dreaming of a cosy stay or a romantic boat trip?

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Maybe your priority is a relaxed vibe and accessible prices? Or you’re travelling with kids and want to keep them busy?

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And if you’re visiting alone, we offer several special solo traveller programs to help you make the most of your stay.

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Comfort for solo travellers

At HOSHINOYA Kyoto, solo guests have special privileges. Check-in is earlier and check-out later – allowing you to stay 24 hours and enjoy the riverside setting when other guests are gone.

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To reach the ryokan, you’ll take a private boat. Located among forested hillsides, HOSHINOYA Kyoto is 10 minutes downstream from the historical district of Arashiyama – and a world apart in terms of atmosphere. Every room is a haven of calm with river views. And, as part of the solo travel program, yours will be filled with travel books for you to peruse.

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In the evening, a multi-course dinner prepared by award-winning chef Ichiro Kubota will be served in your room – paired with our sommelier’s pick of wine and sake.

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After dinner, head to the ryokan’s renovated Salon & Bar to enjoy a complimentary cocktail.

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The next day, you can sleep in until 10 am. A hearty hotpot breakfast will be served in your room. And, when other guests have checked out, you can head to the outdoor tea room for a private tea ceremony, where you’ll learn to whisk green tea matcha. Check out is not until 2 pm.

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Another solo travel program is offered by Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake in Japan’s wine country. Just two hours by train or car from Tokyo, you can treat yourself to a wine-themed stay tailored for guests on their own.

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As part of the program, you’ll enjoy an 11-course menu with your own private sommelier. What better way to learn about the local wines than from a dedicated expert?

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For a more urban solo experience, head to Hokkaido. At Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa, you can discover the northern island’s buzzing second city of Asahikawa thanks to insider advice from OMO Rangers. These local guides are part of the hotel’s experience and will point you to the best restaurants for solo travellers, ensuring you get to sample authentic Japanese cuisine with friendly restaurateurs.

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Romance for couples

Travelling as a couple? Then how about a little romance during your stay? During the winter at Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu, an entire ice village is sculpted on the grounds of Tomamu ski station.

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The domed igloos include a bar, a café – and an Ice Hotel. Why not book yourself in for a night to enjoy your own private ice bed – plus plenty of covers to wrap up warm at night?

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Or how about a romantic tea party, served at an ice bench and table in a silver birch forest?

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You can even get married in the village’s ice chapel!

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If your idea of romance is a private boat trip, how about a tour of Tokyo’s waterside cherry blossom organised by HOSHINOYA Tokyo?

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Or head to HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island to watch the sun set over an Okinawan island while sipping cocktails from an old-fashioned sailboat.

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Kid-friendly activities for families

For those travelling with children, Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Atami ticks all the boxes. Located in the famed geisha city of Atami, the hotel has a giant climbing wall for kids in the lobby. Nearby, the Kids’ Room houses a smaller climbing wall and a ball pool overlooking the ocean.

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Outside, the hotel’s Kusu Kusu Treehouse and Garden features a tree-climbing adventure park with bridges, ropeways, and wooden platforms, plus a treehouse you can reserve for tea and cakes.

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In the evening, drop the children off at the complimentary nursery while you enjoy dinner.

Laid-back vibe for young travellers

If you’re young or young at heart, how about a casual hotel where rules are relaxed, parties are allowed, and you can come and go as you please? Hoshino Resorts’ new BEB hotels are designed with the younger generation in mind.

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At Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Karuizawa, music flows from the DJ booth, breakfast is served whenever you want, and there’s a special flat rate for under-35s.

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Opening March 19, 2020, Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Tsuchiura will be bike-themed, with guests free to check in and check out on their bikes. There’s even a wall rack in each room to hang your bike.

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The BEB concept is all about spontaneity, flexibility, and 24/7 freedom.

Japan for romantics

You don’t need to be in Japan on Valentine’s Day to make a romantic gesture. This winter and spring, Hoshino Resorts is offering a number of unique opportunities for you to treat your other half.

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How about sipping sparkling sake on a private boat as you tour Tokyo’s cherry blossoms? Enjoying an intimate rosé experience in the wine region of Yamanashi?

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Or watching the sun set over a remote Okinawan island onboard a traditional sail boat? There’s something for every kind of romantic.

Sakura sightseeing by rickshaw and private boat

This spring, guests at HOSHINOYA Tokyo will not only enjoy a luxury ryokan experience in the city centre; they’ll also have access to an exclusive cherry blossom tour with a private guide. Running during sakura period (March 25 to April 10 in 2020), this evening activity takes you on a rickshaw and a small private boat for an intimate moment, far from the seasonal crowds.

You and your partner will travel in your own rickshaw from HOSHINOYA Tokyo to Nihonbashi Pier. During the 60-minute ride, you’ll pass famous cherry blossom spots such as Edo Sakura Street.

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On arrival, you’ll board a small private boat, helmed by a guide who will steer you to the best waterside sakura spots of the moment. In the Edo period, cherry trees were planted along the Sumida river by the Tokugawa shogun clan to encourage inhabitants to use boats. Today, HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s Sakura River Cruise is a chance to relive that golden era, enjoying close-up views of cherry blossom that most Tokyoites never see.

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During the hour-long trip, you’ll cruise to locations such as the coast of Tsukudajima or the banks of the Oyokogawa river. You’ll pass a host of famous landmarks, including the Eitaibashi Bridge and Tokyo Skytree.

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And you’ll be served sparkling sake and a special sakura-inspired bento box made by Shinkaika, an old Japanese restaurant located in Kanda Myojinshita. Expect cherry blossom-coloured sea bream with kombu seaweed and sushi rice, followed by matcha tea and sweet delicacies.

To complete the whole experience, why not wear a pure silk kimono for the occasion?

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They’re available for rent at the hotel – and you can even ask for your hair to be done Japanese-style!

Cuddle up with a rosé in wine country

Two hours west of Tokyo by car or train, you’ll find yourself in Japanese wine country. Here, in the foothills of the majestic Yamanashi mountains, lies Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake. This corner of Japan has plentiful sunshine, a generous supply of pure water, and clement weather thanks to the hills acting as a natural barrier.

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No wonder the national Koshu grape has been cultivated here for over 1000 years.

From March 25 to April 22, 2020, Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake is organizing a Romantic Rosé Stay so couples can make the most of the idyllic surroundings and local rosé wines. As part of the experience, you’ll enjoy a 3-course dinner inspired by Italian cuisine and paired with different rosé wines. Expect the dishes to include touches of pink throughout the meal.

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After dinner, head to the garden chapel ZONA, open exclusively for participants of the Romantic Rosé Stay, to see the exquisite cherry blossom. You’ll be served sparkling rosé and sweet treats such as strawberry macarons.

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During your stay, you also have the chance to become a rosé connoisseur at the hotel’s Wine School. Learn about grape varieties, fermentation methods and how to distinguish rosé colours and flavours from light to deep.

Island sunset and exotic cocktails

If watching a stunning sunset from an old-fashioned sailboat is your idea of romance, HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island has the perfect formula for you.

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Set on a tiny Okinawan island inhabited by just 360 villagers, this luxury resort is offering a private trip on a sabani, a wooden boat typical of the Ryukyu Islands.

You and your partner will be alone on the sea with just your guide for company. From the boat, you’ll have the perfect viewpoint to watch the skyline gradually take on an orange hue as you sip cocktails of local passion fruit and awamori, the Okinawan version of sake.

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By the time night falls, you’ll be ready for a multi-course menu at the resort’s restaurant, where the chef combines Okinawan ingredients with creative French-style cuisine.

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Then head outside to gaze at the stars in the clear sky. What better way to end your romantic evening on this tiny sub-tropical island?

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Japan’s top coffee shops

Japan may be associated with green tea, but the Japanese are also one of the world’s leading importers of coffee. Whether your favourite brew is a dark espresso or a frothy macchiato, you’re never far from a coffee outlet.

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Vending machines sell it hot and cold, convenience stores sell it at all hours – and Japan is also home to some of the best and quirkiest coffee shops around.

Discover our pick of where to go when you’re next in need of coffee in Japan!

Coffee art in Tokyo

Looking for a coffee experience with a difference? Japan’s capital is full of them! Stay at Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka and you’ll have your own coffee shop on site. This stylish urban hotel is a great base for discovering alternative Tokyo thanks to its local guides and casual vibe – which extends to the coffee shop in the reception area.

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Fresh coffee is served all day, as well as original sweet treats, including Japanese-style pancakes (dorayaki) with fruit fillings. In the evening, the café doubles up as a bar.

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From Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka, you can take the Yamanote line a few stops to Harajuku – where the tiny Reissue café has been crafting astonishing latte art since 2015. Order any milk-based drink and then put the resident artist’s talents to the test by requesting the image of your choice.


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You can opt for flat 2D art or the more Instagram-friendly 3D art. The edible milk foam masterpieces will leave you marvelling.

For more latte art, head to the café at Nissan Crossing, the glamorous Ginza showroom of the Japanese carmaker. First, you’ll be photographed by staff. Next, a high-tech latte printer will render the image in steamed milk on top your coffee – with jaw-dropping detail and clarity.


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Your final stop on the latte art tour of Tokyo? The Roar Coffee House and Roastery in Hatchobori. Here, steamed milk comes in full colour! Sit back and let the barista inject some polychromatic pizzazz to your cup.


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Alternatively, if bean quality is your priority, you’re sure to appreciate Koffee Mameya. This Shibuya shop focuses on some 15 varieties of beans from a range of origins and roasted all over the world.


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Bags are available for home brewing, but you can also order a cup at the counter – where you’ll be treated to the mastery of coffee guru Eiichi Kunitomo and his staff.

Taking their time, they’ll guide you through the diverse beans and then carefully make the perfect cup in front of you.

Beachside settings

Away from Tokyo, you can drink coffee with your feet in the sand. Quite literally at Sorano Beach Books & Cafe. Located on the top floor of Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Atami, this entire library-café is lined with boardwalks, white sand and beach recliners.

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It’s exclusively open to guests of the hotel, situated just over an hour from Tokyo and a great base for exploring the beautiful Izu Peninsula. The relaxed beach vibe extends to the menu, featuring fresh fruit smoothies as well as coffee and green tea latte. And thanks to its hilltop setting, there are sweeping vistas of the city and Sagami bay.

Another prime panoramic beach café is opening May 20, 2020 on the main island of Okinawa. Set in the middle of an inlet surrounded by craggy cliffs, Hoshino Resorts Banta Cafe offers terraced seating, allowing you to choose between shoreline sofas and panoramic seaview seats.

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Greenery and rocks are intertwined with café furniture to create a spectacular setting for sipping fresh coffee.

Fuji coffee culture

If you’re staying at HOSHINOYA Fuji, you’ll have first-class views of Japan’s most famous peak from your room – and you can help yourself to complimentary coffee around the resort’s all-day bonfire.

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Just a few minutes downhill, the town of Kawaguchi is home to a number of notable coffee houses.

Coffee connoisseurs should head to Cisco Coffee. Inspired by the third wave of coffee, its menu covers everything from organic to limited-edition flavours.

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All beans are single origin and roasted by a famed San Francisco roastery. Alternatively, head to the book café TABiLiON to sip new crop coffee while browsing English books from the shelves.

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Two other Kawaguchi coffee houses are worth visiting for their bread. Bakery Cafe Esola is famed for its 120 types of bread baked using lava from Mount Fuji, while Lake Bake Studio crafts a walnut and raisin “Aged Bun” made with wine yeast aged for 10 days.

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Both cafés offer excellent views of Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Where better to enjoy a casual coffee breakfast?