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On the northwest coast near Nagata Inaka-hama, this gorgeous, family-run guesthouse has a collection of semidetached units that boast private verandahs and ocean views...
Visiting dignitaries might stay in one of the stratospheric-priced rooms in the sumptuous, 41-room Rikyū wing, but we of more modest means can splurge on the less expensive of its 205 rooms...
You could be stepping back in time at this sprawling family-run 1930s inn with wonderfully well-preserved rooms and fabulous art deco features and furnishings...
Yakushima Youth Hostel
Kagoshima Yakushima Island
This well-run youth hostel is about 3km west of Onoaida, nestled into the forest. Accommodation is in either Japanese- or Western-style dorms, and the shared kitchen and bathroom facilities are spotless...
Hotel Nikko Kumamoto
The classic Japanese hotel experience, Kumamoto's premier hotel offers staff in crisp uniforms, fine-grained woods, soothing marble, and spacious rooms with big bathrooms and views to the castle or Aso-san.
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
If you want to make an impression, you can hardly do better anywhere in Japan. The lobby restaurant of this César Pelli–designed hotel soars like its namesake bird, and at 1052 rooms it's Asia's largest Hilton.
Nishitetsu Inn Hakata
Across from the station, this shiny, spotless 503-room hotel has decent-sized rooms but really scores points for its common baths and sauna (in addition to en-suite facilities). Visit them in a spiffy waffle-pattern yukata (light cotton kimono).
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Ensconced amid the fountains of Canal City, this massive yet sumptuous property's warm, light-filled rooms synthesise traditional Japanese aesthetics (shoji screen room dividers) with contemporary baths (separate shower and tub) and top restaurants.
Richmond Hotel Nagasaki Shianbashi
You can't be closer to the heart of Shianbashi than this travellers' favourite. Completed in 2007, rooms are ultramodern with dark tones and flat-screen TVs. Deluxe rooms are large by Japanese standards...
Jr Kyushu Hotel Kumamoto
The best stay among the hotels around JR Kumamoto Station, this 150-room tower has a comfortably contemporary design, some English-speaking staff and larger-than-usual rooms for a business hotel...
Hotel Il Palazzo
Don't be put off by the windowless, colonnaded facade of burnt orange and obsidian, by Uchida Shigeru, whose work also includes boutiques for fashion's Yohji Yamamoto...
Chisun Grand Nagasaki
On the main drag, look for 153 sleek rooms with dark wood panelling, separate shower, tub and vanity. Staff are used to foreign guests, and there's a coin laundry. Discounted rates on the website.
At this new hotel in Tenmonkan, rooms are business-hotel sized but futuristic in style and amenities: custom-designed beds, fluffy white duvets, massage chairs, rain showers and glass windows in the bathrooms for natural light (and, thoughtfully, curt...
A rooftop rotemburo, 10th-storey common baths with sweeping city views and spacious guest rooms make this a better than average business hotel. Breakfast (¥840) is a Japanese-Western buffet. Ignore the music-box soundtrack in the hallways.
Best Western Premier Hotel Nagasaki
The city centre's top hotel has a vast marble lobby, comfortably elegant rooms with marble-countered bathrooms and panoramic views from the top-floor steakhouse and buffet restaurant, where a Japanese–Western buffet breakfast is served (¥2000).
Richmond Hotel Kumamoto Shinshigai
There's no view to speak of, but you can't beat the location or the standard of this crisp hotel near the south end of the Shimotōri Arcade, with great-looking rooms in blonde woods and chocolate browns, and some English-speaking staff...
Hotel Monterey Nagasaki
At this Portuguese-themed hotel near the Dutch Slopes and Glover Garden, rooms are spacious and light filled, beds are comfy, and staff are courteous and used to the vagaries of foreign guests. Look for online discounts.
Dormy Inn Nagasaki
Adjacent to Chinatown, this hotel would be worth it just for the location. Rooms are crisp and neat as a pin with quality mattresses. There are large gender-separated common baths and saunas in addition to in-room facilities...
Old-world Europe meets urban Japan at this unusual 48-room hotel, with good-sized rooms, hardwood paneling and stone- and brick-wall motifs. Near the station and with triple and interconnecting rooms, it's a good choice for families.
Spa Hostel Khaosan Beppu
Beppu's newest backpackers is excellent value with clean, renovated rooms (mix of Japanese and Western styles) and hot-spring baths. Look for the Thai tuk-tuk out front.
Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort
A true five-star Western-style hotel with excellent leisure facilities, this 743-room, 43-storey oceanfront tower adjoins the SeaGaia entertainment complex. Oversized rooms are well appointed, although internet access costs ¥1575...
Unzen Kanko Hotel
Designers of this grand 1936 edifice in stone and timber clearly had Yosemite in mind. A destination in itself, it has a charming library, woody billiard room, decadent onsen baths and large, ornate but not overdone rooms with clawfoot tubs...