One great thing about Japan is that you can stay in lovely spots without spending too much. But if budget wasn't an issue, well, there are more than a few spots we covet. So here are just a few of the places we'd love to stay.
Kyomachiya Hotel Shiki Juraku, Kyoto
This 'machiya' style lodging is a series of ten smaller 'apartments' each themed and designed in a different fashion. Ten creative talents take care of different aspects of the property from breakfast design, to the provision of interesting reading.
Hoshinoya Resort, Arashimaya, Kyoto
The Hoshinoya chain deals in serious luxury, and this refined resort-style hotel is so exclusive you can only reach it by boat. Nestled into the trees, you're a five minute walk from the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, Tokyo
Combining top-end luxury, and a Shibuya location, this hotel is the place when you want to be among the action, but enjoy a certain (very high) standard. You'll find the rooms on the 19th to 37th floors of the tallest building in Shibuya, meaning that along with the luxe, you'll get a killer view. On a clear day you might even spot Mt Fuji.
Lamp No Yado, Noto Peninsula
No WiFi, no electricity, a selection of outdoor and indoor onsen, and rural seclusion. We think this is the spot for when you want to switch off. Be advised that it's best to rent a car if you're planning to head there.
Benesse House, Naoshima
Designed by legendary architect Tadao Ando, the hotel is split across four areas, each outdoing the last in terms of luxury. As well as the hotel and restaurants, guests can also visit the adjoining Benesse House gallery during exclusive times, and enjoy a private bus service around the island.