The Shisui Hotel, part of the Luxury Collection by Mariott Bonvoy, is an exceptional property located in Nara, Japan. It seamlessly merges the old and new, nestled on the western side of Nara Park and surrounded by the enchanting greenery of a 7th-century Japanese temple garden.
In the past, the hotel’s site belonged to the Kofuku-ji temple grounds, which remains a significant historical monument showcasing Japanese architectural wonders and cultural heritage. Nara, once the imperial capital of Japan, is renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and Todaiji Temple—all easily accessible from the hotel. Additionally, the area offers pristine forests, valleys, and charming traditional Japanese villages waiting to be explored.
The renowned architectural firm, Kengo Kuma and Associates, designed the hotel, carefully blending traditional Japanese architectural elements with modern aesthetics. The reception lobby, restaurant, and lounge are housed within a wooden structure that was once the residence of the Governor of Nara in 1922. The main entrance of the hotel proudly showcases a preserved classical Japanese roofed gate.
The name “Shisui” was thoughtfully chosen to represent the natural beauty of Nara, symbolized by the area’s stunning purple trunks and green leaves. This hotel perfectly captures the rich history, culture, and traditions of Nara, promising guests unique and authentic experiences. Furthermore, the hotel’s location is incredibly convenient, with a short 10-minute walk to the Kintetsu-Nara train station, providing direct connections to Kyoto and Osaka in just 35 and 45 minutes respectively. For travelers coming by air, Osaka Itami International Airport is only a quick 45-minute drive away.
We are thrilled about the opening of this luxurious hotel in Japan and cannot wait to pay a visit. It promises a delightful blend of traditional Japanese architecture and modern design. The location, surrounded by historic temples and picturesque landscapes, is simply perfect. Join us in celebrating the #ShisuiNara experience—a true epitome of luxury stay.
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