When one thinks of a unique hotel in Japan, the ryokan usually comes to mind. However, other more unique hotel experiences await. In November this year, nine hotels came together to form the Japan Classic Hotel Association and promote their western-style accommodations with rich histories. The ryokan catered to a domestic clientele with cultural tweaks to localize the experience. However, the classic hotels came into being to meet the needs of the foreign tourist, offering them a comfortable place with enough Japanese culture to be exotic. The Japan Classic Hotel Association represents nine historically renown hotels that emerged from the late 1800s to World War II—the dawn of Western influence on Japan. Each is considered a cultural asset and representative of the industrial age, and each has maintained its original architecture through restorations and renovations. The unique point about these accommodations is how the original designers blended Japanese and Western cultural elements. Japanese castellated surfaces combined with art deco interiors and furniture. It’s only one example of the fusion of cultures. One senses originality and ingenuity in aesthetics designed to welcome Western guests while giving them a glimpse into the Japanese culture. These classic hotels offered the perfect balance of Japanese sensibilities and western expectations.
Words: Pen Editorial
- Japan Classic Hotel Association