Marriott International’s The Luxury Collection announced the grand opening of Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Nara, Japan, marking its fifth hotel under this premium brand in the country.
Located at the western edge of Nara Park, Shisui elegantly marries traditional Japanese architecture with verdant temple gardens, offering guests a unique experience deeply rooted in the area’s history and culture.
The name “Shisui” was inspired by Nara’s picturesque vistas featuring purple trunks and green leaves, known as “Shikan Suiyou.”
Philipp Weghmann, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection, said, “Shisui is a rare and exceptional property that transforms Nara into a truly exceptional experience for visitors through its exquisite design, impeccable service, and luxurious amenities.”
The hotel is built on grounds that once belonged to the historical Kofuku-ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a timeless testament to Japan’s architectural and cultural legacy. The property is a mere 10-minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara train station, providing easy access to Kyoto and Osaka.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma conceptualized the hotel’s design, which features 43 guest rooms lit by natural daylight and decorated with Nara’s indigenous crafts. Some rooms offer stunning views of Mount Wakakusa and even feature private in-room hot spring or open-air baths.
Two restaurants and a bar will serve local and international fare, and the hotel’s SUI Spa offers volcanic hot spring treatments in private rooms. To round off the enriching Nara experience, guests can partake in the hotel’s Destination Discovery program, where they can create handmade ink stick rubbings on ink stones, an activity that evokes a deep sense of mindfulness.
General Manager Hiroyuki Hatori noted, “We look forward to welcoming guests who seek a transformative and unforgettable experience when they come to Nara.”
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