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Hakone Fujiya Hotel to close for 2 years for earthquake retrofitting

Hakone Fujiya Hotel to close for 2 years for earthquake retrofitting

Last month, Hakone’s historic landmark Fujiya Hotel announced that they will be temporarily closing the hotel from April 2018 to conduct necessary earthquake retrofitting and refurbishment. The hotel will re-open in Spring 2020. Fujiya Hotel’s main building was built in 1891 and is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property along with the Comfy Lodge,…

HULIC wins bid for hotel development on historic site in Nara

HULIC wins bid for hotel development on historic site in Nara

Japanese real estate company HULIC has been selected to develop a hotel on a historic site within Nara Park. Nara Prefecture received bids from four companies during the month-long public tender process held in January 2017. The 1.3 hectare site was originally home to a sub temple, but sold off to private interests in the late…

Historic Yugawara Fujiya Ryokan sold to fund, to reopen in 2018

Historic Yugawara Fujiya Ryokan sold to fund, to reopen in 2018

The historic Fujiya Ryokan in Yugawara, Kanagawa, has been sold to a fund and will re-open in 2018. The sukiya-style building was built during the Meiji period (1868-1912), while the gardens date from the previous Edo period. The ryokan was a famed high-end onsen until its closure in 2002. Since then, the building has sit…

Mori Trust to develop luxury hotel near Nara Park

Mori Trust to develop luxury hotel near Nara Park

Mori Trust has won the bid to develop a hotel on the edge of Nara’s Yoshikien Garden and Nara Park. Mori is planning to have architect Kengo Kuma design the buildings, and will be seeking out an international luxury hotel brand to operate the hotel. 

Kyoto hotel industry boosted by foreign tourists

Kyoto hotel industry boosted by foreign tourists

Hotel revenues and occupancy rates in Kyoto are rising thanks to the recent boom in foreign tourist numbers. Even the typical off-season months in winter and summer are now seeing strong demand for accommodation. According to the Kyoto Convention Bureau, a survey of 34 hotels catering to foreign tourists found that the hotel occupancy rate…

Otemachi’s first serviced apartments to open this month

Otemachi’s first serviced apartments to open this month

Otemachi, one of Japan’s top business districts, will see the opening of its very first residences at the end of this month. Until now, there have been no apartments or residential options in the Otemachi and Marunouchi districts. Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo is located on the top 9 floors of the recently completed Otemachi Park Building. The…

Hakone modernist hotel to close next year

Hakone modernist hotel to close next year

Hakone Hotel Kowaki-en will close its doors in January 2018, marking the end of 60 years of operations. The 224-room hotel was designed by modernist architect Yoshimura Junzo and built in 1959. The hotel’s garden dates back to 1914. The hotel closure is due to aging buildings and facilities. The owner and operator, Fujita Kanko,…

Details released for Akasaka Twin Tower Redevelopment Site

Details released for Akasaka Twin Tower Redevelopment Site

Details were released earlier this month on the Akasaka 2 Chome Project near Tameikesanno Station in Tokyo. The project has received special permission under the National Strategic Special Zones Law and town planning approval is expected in 2017 or 2018. Completion is tentatively scheduled for 2022. The 11,866 sqm site is owned by Mori Trust…

Luxury hotel planned for historic site in Nara Park

Luxury hotel planned for historic site in Nara Park

Nara Prefecture is accepting bids from private companies for a hotel development to be located within the Nara Park grounds in Nara City. The 1.3 hectare site is located on the southern side of Nara Park’s Ukimi-do Hall, and was purchased by the prefecture from the national government in 2005. Prior to the Meiji Restoration,…

Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi sold to Kobe-based hotel operator

Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi sold to Kobe-based hotel operator

Hotel Management International (HMI Hotel Group) will acquire the Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka, in March. The seller is Yamaha Corporation. The sale price has not been announced.

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