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Hotel the Cliff

You’ll need a good head for heights in a new hotel that’s just opened on the cliffs above Izumo in Shimane Prefecture.

All rooms at Hotel the Cliff are built into the cliff face around 10 metres above the beach below, offering close-up views of the waves and across the vast Sea of Japan.

Described as eight private “cave” rooms, each one features a private terrace with a hot tub overlooking the ocean, while the Garb Cliff Terrace restaurant serves guests a seasonal seven-course dinner while they enjoy panoramic views.


Hoshino Resorts KAI Akiu

This newly opened resort in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, allows guests to experience the very best of this popular onsen (hot spring) destination with a 1,500-year history.

Located in Akiu Onsen, you’ll discover a luxurious retreat with spacious rooms looking out over the river valley and surrounding forest.

Boasting one indoor and one outdoor onsen, and a relaxing footbath, you can enjoy the natural beauty of Sendai’s outdoors all year round, while the spacious rooms have been designed with calming blue tones to reflect the river below.


Fumimoto Brewery

After 120 years of operation, Fumimoto Brewery in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, reopened its doors in 2023 following a major renovation project offering a completely refreshed approach to its guest experience.

Showcasing its long-held sake making legacy, the brewery invites guests to visit its new pairing bar to taste its daiginjo sake which is made with Niida rice sourced from the local area.

Allowing guests to truly immerse themselves in the art of sake making, you can learn more about the intricate processes and ingredients involved in Fumimoto Brewery’s time-honoured tradition of sake making as part of a multi-night experience.

Fumimoto Brewery offers brewery day tours paired with a traditional BBQ and overnight stays at the nearby Iwamotoji Temple or Skyhill Glamping ground.


Nol Hakone Myojindai

Reopening on May 17 following an extensive rebrand and renovation, the Nol Hakone Myojindai Spa Hotel will provide guests with the opportunity to rejuvenate body and mind within the serene surroundings of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Designed to create a tranquil hideaway retreat where guests can reconnect with themselves, the hotel features its own natural onsen sourced from Miyagino and a thermal indoor pool.

The hotel invites guests to relax on its Totonoi Terrace – a large outdoor wooden deck overlooking Mt Hakone and with access to the hotel’s luxurious saunas and pool.


Hotel Condo Vivoviva

Perched on the tropical shoreline of Okinawa’s Ishigaki Island overlooking Taketomi Island and the turquoise waters in between, Hotel Condo Vivoviva opened its doors in March.

A stay here promises all the spoils of a luxurious escape, with rooms offering private infinity pools overlooking the ocean, a restaurant serving the very best of Okinawan cuisine and an extensive menu of spa treatments.

The hotel also encourages guests to connect with Okinawa’s natural beauty through a variety of organised activities including snorkelling and diving, island hopping trips, sunset cruises and other aquatic activities.