Results of the World's 50 Best Hotels 2023

Three Japanese accommodation spots made the cut

Kim   - 3 min read

Many would agree that choosing the right accommodation for your travels is of paramount importance – it's something that can really make or break a trip. A carefully considered hotel can elevate the entire experience, serving as a hub for comfort and relaxation after a day of adventuring.

The World's 50 Best Hotels 2023 list helps to determine some of the top players in the industry, and three Japanese-based accommodation options made the cut.

Coming in at fifth place was Aman Tokyo, which was praised for its "sleek, serene and unwaveringly deluxe atmosphere." Located just a minute on foot from Otemachi Station, the hotel was also lauded for its wellness offerings, natural light-filled rooms, and baths with a view.

Photo: Aman Tokyo

Next on the list was the Park Hyatt Kyoto at number 29. This is a fairly new hotel in Japan's culture capital, having opened in late 2019 – and it goes without saying that pandemic-related entry restrictions played a role in their subdued start. However, the hotel has capitalized on its prime location (it opens up to the popular Ninenzaka) while providing a respite from the bustling crowds outside.

Lastly, Hoshinoya Tokyo – also based in the Otemachi area of the city – took 39th place. The hotel received kudos for its luxurious rooftop bath, cultural offerings like tea ceremonies and ken-jitsu (sword-based martial arts) lessons, and seasonal multi-course omakase (chef-selected) meals.

Photo: Hoshino Resorts

If you're visiting Japan in the future and looking for places that really deliver on hospitality and opulence, keep these three hotels in mind.

Getting there

Aman Tokyo and Hoshinoya Tokyo are located between one to two minutes on foot from Otemachi Station. The station is served by various lines, including the Tozai Line, Marunouchi Line, Hanzōmon Line, Chiyoda Line, and Mita Line.

The Park Hyatt Kyoto can be accessed from JR Kyoto station via local bus, Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan line, or Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu line.


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