Second Indigo Hotel to open in Inuyama in 2021

InterContinental Hotels Group will open their second Indigo Hotel in Japan in 2021. Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen will replace the Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel located just outside of Nagoya City.

The Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel opened in 1965 with 123 rooms. The grounds include a Japanese tea house built for Oda Nagamasu (1548-1622), the younger brother of powerful daimyo Oda Nobunaga. The 400-year old tea house, called ‘Jo-an’, is considered one of the three best tea houses in Japan, and is designated as a National Treasure. It was relocated to the gardens by Meitetsu in 1972.

The Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel, to be demolished in 2019.

A government-mandated building inspection in 2017 found that the 53-year old hotel building was at high risk of collapse in the event of an earthquake with a seismic intensity level of upper 6 or higher. Given the age and condition of the building, on June 4th Meitetsu announced that they will be demolishing and rebuilding the hotel, with the current hotel to close at the end of August 2019.

The hotel site is across the street from the Kiso River and next-door to the historic Inuyama Castle. It will have around 150 guest rooms, a restaurant, banquet hall and spa facilities. Room rates are expected to be higher than the current hotel’s rates.

The property will continue to be owned by Nagoya Railroad Co., Ltd (aka. Meitetsu), with operating and management rights assigned to IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan.

The first Indigo branded hotel will open in Hakone in 2019.

Location

Gomonsaki, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture

The Jo-an Tea House. Built in 1618 in Kyoto. It was relocated in one piece to the main residence of the Mitsui family in Tokyo in 1908. In 1938 it was shifted to one of MItsui’s holiday homes in Oiso, before being relocated to Inuyama in 1972. The name Jo-an is said to have derived from Nagamasu’s baptismal name of John, or Joan/Johan.

Sources:
The Asahi Shimbun, June 5, 2018.
The Nikkei Keizai Shimbun, June 6, 2018.