To coincide with the triennial Okayama Art Summit 2019 which runs from September 27 to November 2, two new architect-designed boutique hotels have opened up in Okayama City. Both buildings were designed in collaboration between Japanese architects and foreign artists.
Ichigo Hotel REIT has sold Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto to an undisclosed domestic buyer for 4.5 billion Yen (approx. 42 million USD). The 6-story, 84-room hotel has a total floor area of 3,867 sqm and was built in 2008.
US-based Travel + Leisure magazine has ranked Kyoto as one of the top 10 World’s Best Cities for the past seven years, so it is no wonder that in 2018 the number of hotel guests in Kyoto reached the highest number in history. The historic city welcomed 15.82 million hotel guests, up 1.6% from 2017 and the second year in a row to exceed 15 million.
For investors looking to dip their toes into the hotel pool, there are several hotels and hostels currently for sale in Tokyo. These range from small 2-storey wooden houses that have been converted into minpaku-style accommodation, 10 ~ 15 room hostels, right up to more contemporary hotels featuring exposed concrete, high ceilings and trendy lounges and guest rooms. The properties tend to be centered in popular tourist districts, including Asakusa and other areas around eastern Tokyo. Prices currently range from 100 million ~ 1.2 billion Yen and up (approx. 925,000 ~ 11 million USD), while net yields run anywhere from 4% ~ 9% depending on the property.
Work is well underway on the conversion of a historic and traditional residence in Gifu into a boutique hotel. The former Matsuhisa Residence was built 100 years ago by the operator of a successful wholesaler of Japanese paper materials. The residence was designed to accommodate guests and customers during the Meiji and Taisho eras. The two-story sukiya-style wooden house with tiled roof has a total of 12 tatami rooms, a tea room, and four warehouses. The buildings sit on 2400 sqm of land.
This month, Tokyo-based developer, Global Agents, will open a boutique hotel in a historic 1930s building in Otaru, Hokkaido. The UNWIND HOTEL & BAR Otaru will have hotel rooms ranging from 15 ~ 40 sqm (161 ~ 430 sq.ft), along with a banquet / dining hall. This is the company’s second UNWIND-branded hotel, with the first located nearby in Sapporo.
The Sekisui House Reit has acquired 40% joint ownership of the trust beneficiary rights to the The Ritz Carlton Kyoto for 17.8 billion Yen (approx. 160 million USD). The sale took place on January 31 and the seller was the Reit’s sponsor, Sekisui House.
On February 4, Thai real estate developer Property Perfect announced plans to invest 100 billion Yen in their Kiroro Resort in Hokkaido over the next 10 years. The plans include expanding their ski facilities and building new luxury villas.