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From reliable three star to super-deluxe

Japan has its fair share of tourist class hotels catering mainly for the millions of Japanese who every year vacation in Japan. Most of these fall into the category of being around 4 star standard and they have all the facilties you'd expect of this level of hotel. However, where Japan excels is with its luxury hotels. Some of the finest hotels in the World are in Japan and if you have the money to spend then there can be few better places to treat yourself to something really special.

Tokyo boasts many top luxury hotels. However, without a doubt the most famous and the hotel with the most distinguised history is the Imperial. The original building, designed by the eminent architect Sir Frank Lloyd-Wright, was part of a hotel that in its day, put all others in the shade with its oppulence and grandeur. The original building may be long gone but the Imperial lives up to these standards today with service of the absolute highest order.

In contrast to the Imperial is the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku, renowened as one of the World's finest modern hotels. Located in the top 15 floors of a Shinjuku skyscraper, this hotel is the true height of modern chic and luxury with its rooms all offering views across the great metropolis. Its top floor bar, the Manhattan Grill has been voted the best bar in the World and if you fancy a dip in the pool whilst admiring the view the glass roofed pool and gym provide the perfect opportunity.

However, the Park Hyatt no longer stands alone in the super-deluxe market in Tokyo. The last few years have seen a spate of high profile openings with Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula and Ritz carlton adding their famous names to the Tokyo skyline. Each hotel offers out-of-this-world service and every luxury you could hope for - the Peninsula particularly impressing with individual Lavazza espresso makers in every room and built in nail driers for their female guests.

Other classic hotels in Japan include the Fujiya in Hakone (see above picture), the country's first Western style tourist hotel, and the Kanaya in Nikko. Both are near perfect examples of classic design in settings of outstanding natural beauty all topped off with levels of service only the Japanese seem to know how to provide.

All this does not come cheap but if it is luxury and indulgence you are looking for then Japan has more than enough to satisfy. Just ask us for some recommendations and we will be delighted to help you plan the luxury Japan vacation of your dreams.

Left - The Peninsula, Tokyo; Centre - New York Grill Bar, Park Hyatt Hotel; Right - Fujiya Hotel, Hakone