According to the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database, Japan will experience steady growth in the coming years, fueled by expansion to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Our researchers report that 72 hotels with 17,730 rooms are currently in the works across Japan. We take a closer look at the country’s development slate and highlight some projects that are worth watching.
Hotel openings in Japan by year
Before the end of 2021, five more hotels with 1,085 rooms will open in Japan. For 2022, 28 launches with 4,733 keys have already been scheduled, followed by 14 other projects with 2,915 rooms in 2023. 25 other projects and 8,997 keys are underway for 2024 and beyond.
Of the 72 new hotels in Japan, 43 will be in the four-star category, while the remaining 29 are aimed at the five-star market.
Main urban growth markets
Osaka, one of the country’s key economic hubs, will get eight new hotels in the coming years, adding 4,553 rooms to the city’s supply. More than half of that staggering figure comes from a single megaproject – the 2,500-key MGM Resort Osaka.
Elsewhere, and just a short drive from Osaka, Kyoto’s cultural hotspot will get seven new properties with 995 keys. And the capital Tokyo will soon see the opening of six hotels with 1,348 rooms.
International hotel brands are growing in Japan
The three fastest growing hotel brands in Japan originate from North America.
Fairfield Inn & Suites, by Marriott International, is taking the lead with 11 active projects that are expected to add 900 new rooms. Meanwhile, US giant Hilton Worldwide’s iconic brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, will add five properties and 1,747 keys to its offering in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Finally, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, based in Canada, is currently working on three projects with 495 rooms.
Exciting New Hotels in Japan’s Project Pipeline
Let’s start with Hoshino Resorts Omo7 Osaka Shin-Imamiya, which is slated to open opposite a major train station in the second quarter of 2022. From there, guests can easily reach Kansai International Airport as well as popular downtown areas. In addition to its ideal location, the hotel will benefit from large green spaces, several restaurants, a cafeteria and open spaces for public events.
At the foot of Mount Fuji, Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Fuji Speedway will offer customers convenient access to events in the new Motorsports Village. Once the property opens, it will include 120 rooms and suites, a flexible 500m² banquet hall, a 200m² conference room, gourmet restaurants, bars, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a spa and natural onsen. hot spring bath facilities. Guests will also have access to the on-site Automobile Museum, celebrating the historic significance of Fuji Speedway.
Finally, in early 2023, the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa will begin welcoming guests. The 120-room resort is located on the waterfront along the island’s west coast, just 50 km from Naha International Airport. Its facilities will include an all-day restaurant, specialty restaurants, lounge, shops and recreational facilities, as well as public grounds and gardens.