According to Japanese custom, the first sunrise of the year holds supernatural powers and all those who behold it will be blessed with good fortune, especially when viewed rising over sacred places or the ocean. These Japan hotels provide the perfect vantage point from which to admire the first sunrise, without the crowds.
Chiba > Choshi – Inubosaki Shio Inubouzaki Kanko Hotel
Cape Inubo, on the extreme eastern edge of the Kanto Plain, is famous as the place where the sun first appears on New Year’s day in Japan. From your room you can drink in the breathtaking sight of the sun rising above the horizon. The large outdoor hot-spring baths — two each for men and women — are available to guests starting from 5:30 in the morning.
Inubosaki Shio, Inubozaki Kanko Hotel is located in Choshi and takes about 3 minutes by car from Inubo Station, near Inubozaki Onsen and Inubozaki Marine Park. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Yukata are available for guests to wear during their stay. Guests may borrow hair dryers and kettles at no additional charge (please inquire at the front desk for details). Facilities include a communal bath, an open-air bath and a sauna. The hotel possesses 25 guest rooms.
Miyazaki > Takachiho – Ryokan Unkai no Yado Chigi
Located at the foot of the Kunimi hills, famous for their sea of clouds, this inn with its ample use of wood offers a quiet, rustic ambiance that simply has to be experienced. The rooms offer a view of a sunrise that seems shrouded in mystery. The inn also offers very popular breakfasts featuring mountain paste, soba flakes, and other delicacies of the Takachiho area.
Located at the foot of Kunimigaoka Hill, known for its sea of clouds, simple and quiet Unkai no Yado Ryokan is the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons of Takachiho.
Shizuoka > Atami – Atami Onsen Hotel Kanichi
The two outdoor hot baths that can be reserved on the top floor come with a panoramic view of Hatsushima and Oshima islands. The spacious guest rooms, built in the traditional sukiya-zukuri style, offer a view of Sagami Bay and are the perfect setting for taking in the first sunrise of the year. You will also enjoy the dinners featuring seasonal ingredients and the breakfasts offering generous helpings of vegetables.
Atami Onsen Hotel Kanichi is located a 13-minute walk from Atami Station. Situated in the heart of the Atami hot spring district, the hotel is conveniently located with easy access to the city. Traditional Japanese meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients are served in guest rooms.A private open-air bath on the top floor with panoramic views of Sagami Bay is also available for hire. Japanese and Japanese-Western-style rooms with views of the ocean are available. WiFi is available in guest rooms.
Aichi > Minamichita – Shinojima Hill Top Villa Takamineso
Perched on the Shinojima bluff in the midst of Mikawa Bay, the inn’s open-air hot bath and rooms are renowned for their spectacular view. The inn is the perfect spot to view the sunrise, and also the ideal place to watch the sun set into the sea. In winter you can savor here the fugu (blowfish) cuisine for which Shinojima is famous.
Shinojima Hill Top Villa Takamineso is located in Minamichita and about 25 minutes by ship from JR Kawawa Station, near Nishino Hama Beach and Minami Chita Onsen Resort. Yukata are available for guests to wear during their stay. Shinojima Hill Top Villa Takamineso is located in Minamichita and about 25 minutes by ship from JR Kawawa Station, near Nishino Hama Beach and Minami Chita Onsen Resort. Yukata are available for guests to wear during their stay. Facilities include a communal bath and an open-air bath. The hotel possesses 22 guest rooms.
Chiba > Kamogawa – Chisun Resort Kamogawa
All rooms come with a view of the ocean. By day you can enjoy the sparkling horizon, by night the mysterious sound of the waves, and at dawn the beauty of the sunrise over the water. The view of the sea is also spectacular from the open-air hot bath and the lounge.
Shiosai Resort Kamogawa is located in Kamogawa and takes about 7 minutes walk from Futomi Station, near Namikiri Fudoson Temple and Kamogawa Sea Workld. Yukata are available for guests to wear during their stay. Guests may borrow irons and humidifiers at no additional charge (please inquire at the front desk for details). Facilities include a communal bath, an open-air bath and a coin laundry. The hotel possesses 30 guest rooms.
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