Written by Jasmine O
An Office With Mt. Fuji Views! 5 Scenic Spots For Remote Work In Japan
If you're working remotely in Japan, you can change your routine with a workcation, combining your daily job with a small vacation. This article covers scenic locations where you can be productive, relax, and enjoy sightseeing, from hotels with Mt. Fuji views to the white, sandy beaches in Okinawa.
5 Inspiring Lodgings in Japan Ideal for Remote Work
Are you working from home more lately? The luxury of telework gives more freedom, efficiency, and comfort to many people. However, a change in pace, especially if you aren't leaving your house as much as before, can be very welcome. It may be time to consider a workcation––a vacation where you can enjoy work along with sightseeing and relaxation––are growing more common in Japan.
The scenic locations below offer excellent options for working during a vacation while enforcing social distancing and other anti-coronavirus measures (see each official accommodation website for further information on policies).
Additionally, many of the lodgings listed in this article are part of Japan's Go To Travel campaign, which offers significant discounts. Search for the accommodation you want to stay via one of the travel agencies below to maximize your savings:
1. Indulge in Mt. Fuji Views at Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel
If you've ever dreamed about living near Mt. Fuji, consider Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel, boasting beautiful views of this iconic mountain on clear days. The hotel offers a workcation plan ideal for those looking to be productive while savoring the majesty of Mt. Fuji and the gorgeous Shizuoka coastal area of Mishima. Those coming from Tokyo will find the hotel easy to access, as it is a 45-minute ride on the Shinkansen to this hotel that had its grand opening in June 2020.
In addition to the comfortable guestrooms, a tatami room for meetings and times when you need to focus is available upon reservation basis. After you've finished up for the day, head to the outdoor rotemburo baths for a relaxing evening soaking by Mt. Fuji. The hotel is also close to Hakone and Izu, making it ideal for sightseeing at the end of your work week.
The workcation plans are available now until February 2021. See the links below for more information.
Official Website: Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel
2. Get Back in Touch with Mother Nature at Sierra Resort Yuzawa
Sierra Resort Yuzawa is a lodging made for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone seeking a peaceful change to their everyday work routine. Accessible from Tokyo Station in around 70 minutes via public transportat or car, the hotel is in Yuzawa, Niigata, a region is famous for its excellent skiing and sports in the winter, and beautiful nature year-round.
At Sierra Resort Yuzawa, you can enjoy working outdoors on the terrace or from the cafe with the picturesque mountains in the distance. The spacious rooms also have all you need to perform your job remotely, and for times when you really need to concentrate, there is also a private space available to reserve. Head to the outdoor rotemburo baths at the end of the day to wind down with a spectacular view.
Official Website: Sierra Resort Hotel Yuzawa
3. Soak at the Hot Springs After Work at Manza Prince Hotel
Manza Prince Hotel in Gunma is nearby Manza Onsen, a 1,800-meter (5,905 feet) elevation, mountain hot spring town in Japan. For anyone wishing to soak in a relaxing natural hot spring before, after work, a vacation combining some productivity here might be the answer.
The spacious hotel rooms equipped with fast Internet are ideal for working, and there are hot spring baths available for guests to use as well. Those who book the Work x Vacation Plan (see official website for details) will receive a Yumeguri Tegata pass, which allows you to enjoy free admission to a certain number of other onsen facilities nearby with indoor and outdoor baths. Many baths are milky white in color and have a high content of sulfur, which is known for its skin and internal body-healing benefits.
The climate year-round is comfortable, but consider an autumn workcation here, as the fall is especially gorgeous, as the leaves transform into rich shades of reds and yellows. The plan is available until November 22, 2020, so book your trip in advance.
Official Website: Manza Prince Hotel
4. Savor Island Life at Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, Okinawa
Longing for a tropical vacation? Working remotely from Okinawa will whisk you away from your everyday job routine to a paradise of blue skies and white sandy beaches. The Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, Okinawa is a four-star lodging on the tiny Seragaki Island off the coast of the beautiful Onna Village resort area, around one hour north of Naha. For a day of productivity, beautiful weather, and ocean fun, there is no better place to be.
Every room has an ocean view, and the workcation plans include a printer/scanner and other work equipment in the guestrooms, use of a conference room (reservation-based), breakfast at one of the hotel eateries, activity tickets for activities like sea kayaking and SUP (standup paddleboarding), and other benefits. The gorgeous Okinawan environment and the luxurious amenities here will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired at the end of the day.
Use the offer code "WORK" when making your reservations online or via phone. The workcation plan lasts until December 20, 2020.
Official Website: Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, Okinawa
5. Take in the Elegance of a Port City at Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
For a refreshing change of pace in an excellent location, a stay at Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is highly recommended. Located on the 52nd to 67th floors of the Landmark Tower, one of Yokohama's most iconic high rises in the Minato Mirai area, each room offers a stunning view day and night of the scenic port and surrounding coast.
The lodging offers multiple plans ideal for enjoying travel and work, including a bento lunch for lunch from the in-hotel French restaurant, LE CIEL, and a local traveling plan that comes with admission to the Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden and an all-you-can-ride ticket for the Minato Mirai line to take you to major sightseeing areas. Please confirm on the official website for details on the plans.
Official Website: Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
Change Your Location in Japan and Change Your Perspective
The difficult times right now are more tiring than ever, and a change in scenery can be beneficial. For those with the ability to work remotely, relocating for a quick trip to a new location can be very beneficial. The accommodations mentioned above can all provide a great experience professionally and recreationally and may leave you with a new way of looking at work.
All pictures courtesy of PR TIMES
Main image by Pixta