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September 14, 2023

KAI Yufuin to be selected for AD’s 2023 Hotel Awards

AD's 2023 Hotel Awards - The 21 Best New Hotels Around the World
On September 13, 2023, Hoshino Resorts KAI Yufuin was selected for AD's 2023 Hotel Awards, their annual award for the best hotels in the world whose spectacular accommodations are worthy of an immediate trip.Architectural Digest, published by Condé Nast, is a design and architecture magazine with readers all over the world. First launched in 1920, it has become one of the leading international magazines with over 3 million readers and nine international editions. AD's Hotel Awards is their annual award recognizing the best new hotels within the past year around the globe. Carefully selected by the editors at AD, this year, 21 hotels around the world has been selected and as the only hotel from Japan, KAI Yufuin has been recognized for its design. 

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 aims 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.

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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 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.

About Hoshino Resorts
Hoshino Resorts was first established as a Japanese inn/ryokan in 1914 in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture before it began the operation of other resorts in Japan. Today, it has evolved into a highly influential hotel management company and is run by 4th-generation family member Yoshiharu Hoshino. Providing a unique experience focused on the local charms of each destination and a high level of omotenashi, Japanese-style hospitality, the company has expanded rapidly out of Karuizawa since 2001 and now operates more than 60 accommodations both in and outside Japan with one of the following categories: luxury hotel brand “HOSHINOYA,” hot spring ryokan brand “KAI,” countryside resort hotel brand “RISONARE,” city tourism hotel brand “OMO,” free-spirited hotel brand “BEB,” or other unique lodgings.

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