According to construction database TOPHOTELPROJECTS, Japan will experience steady growth in the coming years, supported by expansions in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Our researchers report that 72 hotels with 17,730 rooms are currently in the pipeline across Japan. We take a closer look at the country’s development slate and highlight some schemes worth pursuing.
Opening hotels in Japan by year
Before the end of 2021, five more hotels with 1,085 rooms will open their doors in Japan. For 2022, 28 launches with 4,733 switches are already underway, followed by another 14 schemes with 2,915 rooms in 2023. An additional 25 projects and 8,997 switches are in the works for 2024 and beyond.
Of the 72 new hotels in Japan, 43 will be four-star hotels, while the remaining 29 will target the five-star market.
Top urban growth markets
Osaka, one of the country’s major economic centers, will acquire eight new hotels in the coming years, adding 4,553 rooms to the city’s offering. More than half of that impressive number stems from one gigantic project by chance – the 2,500-key MGM Resort Osaka.
Elsewhere, and just a short drive from Osaka, Kyoto’s cultural hotspot will get seven new hotels with 995 rooms. The capital, Tokyo, will witness the opening of six hotels with 1,348 rooms soon.
Global hotel brands expand in Japan
All three of the fastest growing hotel brands in Japan hail from North America.
Fairfield Inn & Suites, from Marriott International, leads 11 active projects to provide 900 new rooms. Meanwhile, the world-famous Hilton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide subsidiary, Hilton Worldwide, will add five hotels and 1,747 rooms to its offering in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Finally, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Canada is currently working on three projects comprising of 495 rooms.
Exciting new hotels in project pipeline in Japan
Let’s start with Hoshino Resorts Omo7 Osaka Shin-Imamiya, which is scheduled to open opposite a major train station in the second quarter of 2022. From here, guests will have easy access to Kansai International Airport as well as popular downtown areas. On top of its convenient location, the hotel will benefit from vast green spaces, multiple restaurants, a cafeteria and open spaces for public events.
Located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fuji Speedway will provide guests with easy access to events at the new Motorsports Village facility. Once the property opens, it will feature 120 rooms and suites, a 500-square-meter flexible party room, a 200-square-meter conference room, fine dining restaurants, bars, an indoor pool, fitness center, spa, and landscaped pool. Hot spring shower facilities. Guests will also have access to the on-site Automotive Museum, to celebrate the Fuji Speedway’s historical significance.
Finally, in early 2023, Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa will begin welcoming guests. The 120-room beachfront resort is located along the island’s west coast, just 31 miles from Naha International Airport. Its facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, specialty restaurants, a lounge, shops and recreational facilities, as well as public parks and gardens.