HotelsBanyan Tree Group secures a five-property stronghold in Japan while Club Med scales the Hokkaido slopes.

Banyan Tree goes big in Japan as Club Med grows too

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Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto, opening in 2024, will be the first and only hotel in the city to have a Noh (Japanese classical dance) stage.
Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto, opening in 2024, will be the first and only hotel in the city to have a Noh (Japanese classical dance) stage. Photo Credit: Banyan Tree Group

Banyan Tree Group is making its first foray into Japan with the introduction of five new properties, including two which opened earlier this month, and signing of new strategic partnerships.

Through a partnership with Wealth Management Group, Banyan Tree Group opened Dhawa Yura and Garrya Nijo Castle, while Banyan Tree Higashiyama and Banyan Tree Ashinoko Hakone are scheduled to open from now through 2026.

In addition, Banyan Tree Group signed new partnerships, one with Terraform Capital for a new-build Cassia to open in Niseko, and one with Intrance Hotels & Resorts Inc., focusing on conversion projects to propel further growth in Japan.

The group's properties come online just as Japan's borders reopen for international travel after two years.

Garrya Nijo Castle Kyoto: The 25-room hotel is located right in front of Nijo Castle, a 17th-century UNESCO World Heritage site. It offers views of lush greenery from the lobby, seasonal French cuisine, and a wellbeing room for restorative exercises and yoga.

Dhawa Yura Kyoto: The 138-room hotel opened its doors on 17 June beside the Sanjo Ohashi bridge that served as the final station of the ancient Tokaido Road from Tokyo during the Edo period. History is reflected in the interior design and artwork, along with a wellbeing spa.

Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto: Located in the Gion and Higashiyama district, the 52-key hilltop urban resort will open in spring 2024 with views of Kyoto city.

Cassia Hirafu: A newly built resort set to open in 2025, Cassia in Niseko will be mere minutes from the Hirafu ski slope. The resort will have 50 keys, and 113 keys for residences – ranging from one-bedroom units to villas that are available for sale.

Banyan Tree Ashinoko Hakone: Slated to open in 2026, this new Banyan Tree will be a luxury resort adjacent to Lake Ashino, renowned for its hot springs and views of Mount Fuji.

Club Med Kiroro Grand offers facilities and services suitable for families with young children.
Club Med Kiroro Grand offers facilities and services suitable for families with young children. Photo Credit: Club Med Kiroro

Meanwhile, Club Med also heads to Japan this year with the opening of its newest resort in Kiroro, Hokkaido in December.

Two existing properties were combined to create the integrated new Club Med Kiroro resort, which now spans two buildings, Club Med Kiroro Peak and Club Med Kiroro Grand, a short gondola ride or a three-minute buggy ride from each other.

Designed for couples and families with teenagers, Club Med Kiroro Peak has a minimum age access of 12 years old while Club Med Kiroro Grand offers family-oriented activities and facilities suitable for all ages. The resort also features a French Alpine speciality restaurant.

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