There are already thousands of reasons to visit Japan (scrummy food, countless cultural sights and bowing deers, just to name a few), but Kyoto’s new Ace hotel may convince you to book tickets and pack your bags right now.
Designed in partnership with Kengo Kuma (the architect behind the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium and the swirly-whirly Exchange building in Sydney), the boutique hotel features beautiful zen courtyards, a gallery, restaurants and frequent artist collaborations. Plus, being part of the Ace hotel chain, the rooms are cool as all get-out, with cosy, vintage-tinged décor and Japanese-style soaking tubs.
Those familiar with the Ace accommodation in New York, LA, Palm Springs and London will already know why creative folks are obsessed: each design-focused hotel is unlike the next and overflowing with character and awesomeness. If you can afford to shell out for a night or two, the latest Kyoto outpost is currently taking bookings over here.