Marriott International and Mori Trust Group announced the grand opening of five distinct Marriott Hotels across Japan, which collectively add more than 800 rooms to the company’s overseas portfolio.
“We are pleased to partner with the Mori Trust Group on expanding our flagship brand, Marriott Hotels, across Japan,” said Craig S. Smith, president & managing director, Marriott International Asia Pacific. “We currently have 40 hotels open in Japan and 10 in the pipeline. Japan remains one of the top travel destinations in the world and we want to welcome a new generation of globetrotters to discover unique corners of the country.”
Whether guests are seeking refuge from the big cities by embarking on an eco-tour into the mountains, or taking a dip in the healing hot springs, distinctive cultural influences can be uncovered in each of the deluxe resorts. Authentic regional cuisines are available at the hotels’ on-site restaurants, all named The Grill & Dining G Restaurant. The five hotels are gateways to exploring Japan’s beauty, from the lake area surrounding Mount Fuji to the beaches, temples, bamboo groves and modern art found further afield.
A Breakdown of the Five Hotels
Set amidst a rich natural environment, the Karuizawa Marriott Hotel is located 70 minutes away from central Tokyo. Spread across four wings, the 142 rooms are designed in a modern style fused with Japanese elements. Family-friendly suites are available as well as premium rooms featuring forest views and private hot springs. Dog-friendly cottages create a pet-friendly environment. The Grill & Dining G Restaurant offers local tastes, while corporate functions and private events can be held in a choice of three conference and banquet rooms. Other amenities include An Spa Karuizawa, a 24-hour Fitness Center and a large hot spring bath.
Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenji is nestled into the densely wooded hills of the Izu Peninsula. Interiors of this 128-room hotel merge contemporary Japanese aesthetic with Western influences, some with private open-air baths. Grilled regional Japanese cuisine and international favorites are available at the hotel restaurant, while the two banquet halls are ideal for meetings and special events. Diverse wellness options include a communal onsen hot spring, bedrock bath, a 24-hour Fitness Center, a large gymnasium, a golf course and tennis courts.
The 105-room Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka peacefully unveils mesmerizing views of iconic Mount Fuji. This hotel offers both Japanese tatami and streamlined Western-style guest rooms, with premium rooms featuring private hot spring baths as well as spacious executive suites ensuring a tranquil stay. The hotel restaurant serves regional fare and also includes an exclusive private room for up to 40 guests. Two conference rooms, a communal onsen hot spring and tennis courts, complete the environment.
Located close to Kyoto, Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel showcases the beauty of Japan’s largest lake. Breathtaking views are offered in the hotel’s 274 guest rooms, which include Japanese-style rooms and executive suites. Local delicacies are celebrated at The Grill & Dining G Restaurant and large banquet facilities are ideal for conferences or social events for up to 500 guests. A true wellness destination, the hotel also offers a communal hot spring, 24-hour Fitness Center and affiliated recreational facilities.
Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel is home to mountain trails and white-sand beaches, set against enthralling sunsets, that can be admired from the 182 Japanese and Western-style rooms that embrace the “Marriott Modern” design ethos. Fresh seafood dishes and the communal onsen add local flair.
Designing for Authenticity
“In order to showcase the beauty of our country, it was important for us to remain authentic in our design and approach to welcome guests to these destinations,” said Miwako Date, president and CEO, Mori Trust. “The resorts are all easily accessible through gateway airports and superior rail networks, making them ideal destinations that will even further help to upturn the domestic travel market.”
In order to promote these unique destinations, Mori Trust has been featuring the picturesque scenery, the region’s traditions, cuisines and modern art on a digital platform, JapaTabi.com. Linked to Marriott International’s booking platform and guided by expert concierge recommendations and beautiful video footage, this multilingual site offers guests a clear vision of the journey they are about to embark on.