Hotels In Japan With Unique Architecture And Cool Design | CoolJapan

Even as the world hits the pause button on travel, there’s no reason why you can’t put together a list of dream destinations to visit once restrictions are lifted. Here are four must-visit unique hotels in Japan that feature stunning architecture.


Shishi-Iwa House (Nagano)


Shishi-Iwa House Nagano

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Located in the resort town of Karuizawa, this 10-room boutique hotel is ingeniously built into the surrounding woodland. Designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban, the hotel underscores his ethos of using only natural materials and being in harmony with nature. Winding through the forest, the property features vaulted ceilings and retractable walls and windows, which enable plenty of natural light to come in and a gentle breeze to flow through. 


Shishi-Iwa House Nagano

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Enjoy peaceful solitude as you marvel at the view of the picturesque Mount Asama at a distance.


Hoshinoya (Tokyo)


Hoshinoya TokyoPhoto from: Hoshino Resorts Inc.


Tall, dark and arresting, this building is the brainchild of Rie Azuma (of Azuma Architects). This imposing structure features a distinctive façade made of intricate black lattice metalwork, a design that resembles traditional kimono patterning. Style aside, this clever design also serves a practical purpose: to shield the hotel rooms from the view of nearby office buildings. 


Hoshinoya TokyoPhoto from: Hoshino Resorts Inc.


But the main attraction in this hotel is the luxurious hot spring baths on the top floor. Hot spring water from 1,500m below the ground is pumped into the two bath halls, each comprising an indoor and outdoor bathing area.

Amanemu (Mie)


Amanemu MiePhoto from: © Amanemu/Aman


The name Aman conjures up images of beautifully designed hotels in exotic locations around the world and Amanemu is no exception. Nestled within the Ise-Shima National Park, this resort takes luxury to the next level. Built with Japanese timber and outfitted with woven textiles, the well-appointed suites and villas feature magnificent picture windows and private terraces that afford you with panoramic views of Ago Bay. 


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At their sprawling 2,000sqm spa, you can immerse yourself in the mineral-rich onsen waters or simply unwind on any of the cosy day beds by the outdoor fireplace.


Zaborin (Hokkaido)



Attracting skiers and snowboarders from all around the world, Niseko is a snow-capped wonderland for lovers of winter sports. After an active day out on the slopes, you’ll want to wind down in a comfortable and luxurious spot. Few places hit all the right notes quite like Zaborin. Designed by the award-winning Makoto Nakayama of NA Nakayama Architects, this property takes advantage of its beautiful surroundings — from the mystical Hanazono forest to the majestic Mount Yotei — inviting guests to drink in the beautiful scenery wherever they look. Perfect for couples, this charming boutique hotel has 15 discreet villas and each minimalist-chic space comes with its own outdoor and indoor bath, filled with mineral-rich volcanic water.


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