The Classic Fusion Hotels of Japan

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The Classic Fusion Hotels of Japan

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
Founded in 1894, Mampei Hotel is one of the nine hotels that form Japan Classic Hotel Association
The Classic Hotel Passport is also part of the Japan Classic Hotel Association launch campaign, and it allows guests to earn stamps by staying at member hotels. Stamps are valid for three years. Collect four different stamps from four different hotels for eligibility to win a lunch voucher for two at any hotel restaurant. Collect nine stamps from all nine hotels for eligibility to win an accommodation voucher for two at any participating hotel.
Currently, the nine hotels are hosting Classic Cocktail Fair. Enjoy classic cocktails at participating hotel bars, where the waitstaff will reproduce traditional cocktails as well as the contemporary ones to celebrate the launch of the Japan Classic Hotel Association. Until March 31, 2018.

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