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September 5, 2022

KAI Poroto to be selected for Best Design in National Geographic Traveller’s The Hotel Awards 2022

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has selected KAI Poroto for Best Design in their annual hotel award, “The Hotel Awards: the world's 42 best hotels in 2022” on 1 September 2022.

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The Hotel Awards is an annual award announced by National Geographic Traveller (UK) to award the best new hotels around the world. With 14 categories in total, which includes a winner and two runners-up, winners of each category were carefully selected by the National Geographic Traveller (UK) team and travel writers and editors. KAI Poroto was selected as the hotel with the best design with “the most striking stay conjured by architects and interior experts.” *1

Located in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, it is characterized by the design in which Lake Poroto is boldly drawn into the premise, and all guest rooms face this still lake, which changes its appearance with each season. With respect to Ainu culture and the Ainu people, indigenous to Hokkaido, the architecture, art, and décor of the property were designed. For example, the bathhouse was inspired by “ketunni,” where a tripod structure using log is its basic structure, and guests are invited to enjoy a moor spring that contains organic minerals derived from plants and is rare among the world.

*1 “The Hotel Awards: the world's 42 best hotels in 2022” National Geographic, 1 September 2022,

About KAI Poroto
Location: 1-1018-94 Wakakusa-cho, Shiraoi, Hokkaido
Number of Rooms: 42
Facilities: Lobby, dining, travel library, shop, “Yuagari lounge,” Public bath – “Sankaku-no-yu” and “Maru-no-yu”
Price: Starting from 28,000 JPY per night per person in a 2 person room (includes tax and service charge, breakfast and dinner)
Direction: 15 minutes by walk from JR Shiraoi Station, 40 minutes by car from New Chitose Airport

About KAI Brand
"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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