Japan is welcoming for the first time an increase of globally recognised hotel brands in regional cities to further meet inbound visitor expectations.
Kanazawa, on Japan’s north coast in the Hokuriku region, sees the opening of a Hyatt Centric hotel and a Hyatt House hotel in mid-2020. This hotel complex near the JR Station offers 250 guest rooms and 90 apartment-style suites, with restaurants, a rooftop bar, a fitness centre and meeting facilities.
Inuyama, in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, will get its first internationally-branded IHG Indigo hotel. IHG has signed an agreement with Nagoya-based Meitetsu to open Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen Garden in late 2021. Boasting a garden setting beside Kiso River and the historic national treasure of Inuyama Castle, its 150 guest rooms support a traditional onsen and spa.
DoubleTree by Hilton Toyama will also open in the Hokuriku region in 2022. Toyama is well connected with various popular day trip destinations, including the Kurobe Alpine route, famous for massive snow walls, the traditional villages of Shirakawago and Gokayama, and the Noto Peninsula. The Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) connects Tokyo with Toyama in about two hours. The new 201-room hotel will be located in front of Toyama JR Station with close proximity to government offices and major tourist attractions.