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For more than 1,000 years, Kyoto was Japan's administrative and cultural capital. As well as many wooden buildings steeped in Japanese history, the city boasts a wealth of cultural assets in the form of Buddhist images and other artifacts. In Otsu, our hotel rooms enjoy a view over the nation's largest lake, Lake Biwa. The city of Hiroshima is the gateway to the World Heritage site of Itsukushima-jinja Shrine, located on the island of Miyajima, and the other scenic delights of the Seto Inland Sea. Moving south to Kyushu, the Nichinan coastline of Miyazaki offers relaxation in a setting with a South Sea flavor.




About 140 minutes from Tokyo on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train, Kyoto is the quintessentially Japanese tourist destination. In a 2014 magazine ranking of the world's best cities, Kyoto took first place. With its gently flowing rivers, abundant flowers, and the autumn color of its ginkgo and other trees, the city offers picturesque scenes with a seasonal flavor. The many noted shrines, temples, and other historic sites include Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, one of Kyoto's oldest shrines, and Kifune-jinja Shrine, a spiritual place in the northern part of the city, as well as the Hoo-do (Phoenix Hall) at Byodo-in Temple and Ujigami-jinja Shrine, both of which are World Heritage sites.

Recommended Experiences

  • Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

    About 15 minutes' drive from the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto

  • Kifune-jinja Shrine

    About 15 minutes' drive from the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto

  • Takaragaike Park

    About five minutes' walk from the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto



Prosperous since olden times as a hub for land and water transport, Otsu is a place where nature is in harmony with human settlement and history. Situated on Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, the city's famous historic attractions include the World Cultural Heritage site formed by Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei. Mii-dera Temple, meanwhile, is the 14th temple in the Saigoku Sanjusansho Pilgrimage (a pilgrimage of 33 Buddhist temples throughout the Kansai region of Japan) and houses a number of national treasures and important cultural assets. With convenient access to Kyoto and Osaka, Otsu also makes for an excellent touring base.

Recommended Experiences

  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei

    About 45 minutes' drive from the Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel

  • Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)

    About 15 minutes' drive from the Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel

  • The Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel directly overlooks Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa.

  • Let's Enjoy Shiga! Hikone, Omihachiman and Otsu


Hiroshima boasts not only two World Heritage sites but also a rich natural bounty of greenery and seascapes.

One of the city's two World Heritage sites is Itsukushima-jinja Shrine on the island of Miyajima, which is also said to offer one of Japan's three best scenic views. The other World Heritage site, Hiroshima Peace Memorial (called Atomic Bomb Dome), and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are an enduring testament to the horrors of nuclear weapons, while the surrounding Peace Memorial Park provides an oasis of riverside greenery. Among the many other sites that bear witness to history is the Yamato Museum. Alongside an exhibition on shipbuilding technology, it tells the history of the port of Kure, which prospered as the largest naval base in East Asia.

Recommended Experiences

  • Miyajima

    26 minutes by high-speed ferry from the pier of the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    About 15 minutes' drive from the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

  • The Yamato Museum

    About 20 minutes' drive from the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima; about 25 minutes by high-speed ferry from the port of Hiroshima


Kyushu is the southernmost of Japan's four main islands. The prefecture of Miyazaki can be reached in about 120 minutes' flying time from Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Nango, in the south of the prefecture, boasts attractive coastal scenery and natural landscapes, while its atmospheric townscapes give a sense of history.

Nango is also famous as the venue for the training camp of the professional baseball team Saitama Seibu Lions. Nearby attractions include the Udo Jingu Shrine, whose brilliant red-painted structures are sheltered within a natural cave facing the Sea of Hyuga. Also within easy reach are Cape Toi, home to a herd of around 90 wild horses, and SUNMESSE Nichinan, a theme park that celebrates sunshine and the South Seas.

Recommended Experiences

  • Udo Jingu Shrine

    About 30 minutes' drive from Nichinankaigan Nango Prince Hotel

  • Cape Toi

    About 45 minutes' drive from the Nichinankaigan Nango Prince Hotel

  • SUNMESSE Nichinan

    About 35 minutes' drive from the Nichinankaigan Nango Prince Hotel