Opened in 1933, this historic lodge feels almost a part of the landscape of Kamikochi National Park itself. A branch of the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, which has proudly hosted both celebrities and royalty, the Kamikochi Imperial aims to bring an equal level of grandeur to the Japanese Alps.
Both the property’s dining room and Japanese restaurant serve some of the best food available in the national park, and breakfast is served both American style and à la carte each morning in the dining room. Cake, coffee and alps spring water are available by day in the Grindewald Lounge, which is also open for fireside drinks in the evening, along with cocktails and spirits in the hotel’s Bar Horn.
Though the Swiss style decor means this hotel could be anywhere but Japan, we love the stunning views from the balcony rooms, the nostalgic approach to service and the cosy feel of the reception’s roaring fireplace after a long day of trekking.
A very good option for Kamikochi with its oddly homely European feel to it, it is rustic and quite isolated so it's likely you will stay here in the evenings for dinner too. It's by far the best property in an area with very tired hotels. Please note that all rooms are deodorised.