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April 7, 2023

KAI Yufuin to be selected for Travel + Leisure® It List 2023

The 100 Best New Hotels of the Year

On April 06, 2022, Hoshino Resorts KAI Yufuin has been selected for Travel + Leisure® It List 2023, their annual award for the best new hotels in the world.

Travel + Leisure®, published by Dotdash Meredith, is a travel magazine based in New York City, New York with readers all over the world. First issued in 1937, it has become one of the leading international travel magazines with over 8.1 million readers. The It List is their annual award recognizing the new best hotels around the globe. This year, 100 hotels have been awarded and KAI Yufuin is the only accommodation from Japan to be selected. For Hoshino Resorts, this is the first time to receive this award under the hot spring brand, KAI. Click here to see the full list

KAI Yufuin is a hot spring ryokan with a sculpted landscape painted with nature’s brush, where the cascading rice terraces with Mount Yufu as a dramatic backdrop can be captured. Relax at this hot spring ryokan where the change in season can be felt through the change in the appearance of the views of the rice terraces. Rice terraces, one of Yufuin's original landscapes, is recreated in the center of the premise and aim to become an accommodation where guests can enjoy the seasonal changes of the rice terraces. For example, the reflection of the clear blue sky on the water before planting rice, the fresh green leaves just after planting, the golden color of the ear of rice that spreads, and the rice straw in late autumn, etc. Following KAI Beppu, this ryokan built around the rice terraces was designed by Kengo Kuma. A relaxing hot spring stay can be enjoyed as one feels the charms of the area such as its rich nature and rural village landscapes.

Details of KAI Yufuin
Address: 398 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu, Oita
Price: Starts from 35,000 JPY per night (per person in a 2-person room, includes tax and service charge, breakfast, and dinner)
Number of Rooms: 45
Facilities: lobby, dining area, Travel Library, shop, public hot springs (separated by gender, in both areas: 2 indoor baths, 1 outdoor bath), rice terraces, Rice Terrace Deck, Asagiri Terrace, Yuagari Lounge
Directions: Approximately 10 minutes by car from JR Yufuin Station, approximately 60 mins by car from Oita Airport

About KAI
Japanese Auberge" in classic hot spring regions
KAI is a leading brand of hot spring ryokan where every establishment offers a contemporary take on traditional Japanese inn whilst keeping Western comforts. KAI invites one to discover the multifaceted aspects of Japan through natural hot springs, exploration of local arts and entertainment, and classic Kaiseki-style course meals using local and seasonal flavors. Experience Washoku, Japanese cuisine, presented on carefully selected ceramics for full exposure to culinary sensations.

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