Rest in Luxury at a Resort Hotel in Shirahama

Feast like royalty and soak in the healing waters at this extravagant “museum hotel”

Conveniently located only about an hour flight away from Haneda Airport or an hour and a half drive from Kansai International Airport, the Hotel Kawakyu is an ideal place to rest wherever you are in Japan. Situated on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, you will feel like royalty touring its extravagant architecture and interior, dining on a lavish banquet, and gazing out at the sea from the luxurious in-house hot springs.

Built at the height of the bubble economy in 1989, Hotel Kawakyu is known as a “museum hotel” for its architecture. It combines technological expertise from Japan, Europe, China, and the Muslim world, sparing no expense in its opulent design. The outer walls are decorated with a brilliant lapis lazuli, which is also used in China’s Forbidden City, and the interior features Italian craftsman mosaic floors, dome-shaped ceilings covered with gold leaf by French artisans, Byzantine mosaic walls, and walls incorporating Japanese pottery techniques. The hotel also exhibits the owner’s international art collection.

Hotel Kawakyu’s multiple restaurants are perhaps as luxurious as the hotel design. The seasonally changing menu offers a range of Japanese and international delicacies when ingredients are at peak freshness. You can choose to dine either on French fusion meals or on Japanese cuisine prepared with ingredients locally grown in Wakayama. There is even an oceanfront King’s Buffet with each item crafted with care.

Finally, don’t miss out on the numerous hot springs, located conveniently within the hotel complex. Soak in an indoor bath overlooking the neighboring sea, or feel the wind against your skin in the open-air bath. The rich mineral content in Shirahama Hot Springs’s water is said to help numerous ailments, such as arthritis, burns, and gynecological disorders.

Access: From Shin-Osaka Station, take the train to Namba Station, about 20 minutes. From there, take the shuttle bus to the hotel (for a fee; operation suspended at certain times), about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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