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Marriott Debuts Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara in Japan

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Marriott is growing its luxury portfolio in Asia with the latest opening, Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara in Japan. This hotel set on lush grounds in the historic city of Nara is now open to guests — and you can even book on Marriott Bonvoy points.

Here’s everything you need to know about the newest Marriott property to open.

Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara

On September 1, 2023, the 43-room Shishui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara debuted on the western edge of Nara Park (home to Nara’s famous deer), combining Japanese architecture with the greenery of a traditional Japanese temple garden.

The property’s preservation of history is readily apparent with the lobby, restaurant, and lounge in a charming low wooden structure, first built in 1922 as the residence of the governor of Nara.

Rooms and suites offer plenty of natural daylight with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring Nara’s indigenous crafts as decor. Deluxe rooms and suites even offer private in-room hot springs or open-air baths.

Shisui Nara Marriott Room
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There are 2 restaurants and a bar on-site, including Restaurant Suiyou, the hotel’s smart-casual venue, and Sushi & Bar Shousou, showcasing innovative interpretations of traditional sushi. The luxurious SUI Spa includes the ability to soak in volcanic hot springs in 2 private rooms.

“Nara is one of Japan’s most popular travel destinations, and we are proud to reflect and showcase the history, culture, and traditions of this destination for local and international visitors,” said Hiroyuki Hatori, General Manager, Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara. “We look forward to welcoming guests who seek a journey that is both transformative and unforgettable when they come to Nara.”

Once Japan’s imperial capital during the 8th century, Nara is home to a selection of UNESCO World Heritage sites, some of which surround the hotel, including Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and Todaiji Temple.

How To Book

Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara is now open for guests and is participating in the Marriott Bonvoy programThat means you’ll be able to earn and redeem points during your stay.

Award nights for stays this November start at around 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a standard king room, with cash rates hovering around $800 per night.

If you need to top up your account balance, you’re in luck, as it’s relatively easy to earn Marriott Bonvoy points. There are several Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards, all of which offer substantial welcome bonuses. You can then redeem Marriott Bonvoy points at hotels worldwide, including at Shisui.

Hot Tip:

You can also transfer to Marriott Bonvoy via Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.

Final Thoughts

The newest Marriott property is now open in Nara, Japan. With only 43 rooms, Shishui, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nara is a boutique luxury hotel that leans into the destination’s history, culture, and indigenous traditions. Marriott Bonvoy loyalists now have an exciting new points property in the region.

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Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full-time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others


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