Located in the scenic mountain resort of Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture, the hotel features 50 spacious guestrooms elegantly designed as havens for rejuvenation. Credit: Curio Collection by Hilton

TOKYO and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of its first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in Japan, and third in Asia Pacific, KYUKARUIZAWA KIKYO. Located in the scenic and historic destination of Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture, the mountain village hotel features 50 spacious guestrooms elegantly designed as havens for rejuvenation, and amenities such as a wellness spa, public bath, sauna, fitness center and an elegantly designed wedding chapel set in a beautiful courtyard. The hotel will be managed by Tokyo Stay Service Co. Ltd. under a franchise agreement between Hilton and Tokyu Land Corporation.

“Having recently celebrated the opening of our 50th Curio Collection hotel, we are excited to introduce the brand to Japan as we continue to expand our portfolio of handpicked, distinctive hotels and resorts around the world,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “Japan is a key market for us, and we are confident that tourism will continue to flourish in the country as travelers explore beyond popular urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka. Karuizawa, known for its rich foliage and ski slopes, is the perfect location for a Curio Collection hotel, offering travelers the authentic experience they crave.”

Guests can also look forward to memorable dining experiences at French restaurant SONORITÉ, which brings together the best of Shinshu (Nagano’s traditional name) produce and French cuisine techniques. Helmed by Chef Ryu Nakanishi, who has extensive experience at Michelin-starred restaurants in Lyon, France and Ginza, Tokyo, the restaurant offers guests classic dishes with modern elements, enhanced by a unique combination of regional ingredients.

“I am honored to serve as the first general manager of Japan’s first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel. Together with my team, we look forward to welcoming our first guests to KYUKARUIZAWA KIKYO, and showing them the light and warmth of hospitality as they recharge and rejuvenate amid the hotel’s tranquil surroundings and Karuizawa’s bountiful nature” said Yoshiaki Sugiki, general manager, KYUKARUIZAWA KIKYO, Curio Collection by Hilton.

The hotel, which is approximately 15 minutes by foot from the JR Karuizawa train station, is also a short walk from historic Karuizawa, a popular tourist destination because of its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful scenery.

KYUKARUIZAWA KIKYO, Curio Collection by Hilton is also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and access to the Hilton Honors mobile app.

For more information or to make reservations, travelers may visit the hotel’s website on www.kyukaruizawakikyo.curiocollection.com. More information on recent and upcoming Curio Collection by Hilton openings is available at news.curio.com/openings.

Clare Woodford
Hilton - Asia Pacific
+65 6833 9757

Emily Montgomery
Curio Collection by Hilton
+1 703 883 5257

About Tokyu Land Corporation
Tokyo Land Corporation is a comprehensive developer of projects such as office buildings, resorts and housing. In its hotel business, in addition to its mid- to long-term “Tokyu Stay” hotels, it began operating membership-based resort hotels under the “Tokyo Harvest Club” brand in 1988, starting with its resort in Tateshina, Nagano. Its latest “Tokyo Harvest Club Karuizawa & VIALA” will open in Karuizawa in July 2018.

About Curio Collection by Hilton
Curio Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is an upper upscale, global portfolio of more than 50 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking unexpected and authentic experiences, and the benefits of Hilton’s award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and property stories at news.curiocollection.com; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at citiesbycurio.com; and connect with Curio Collection on facebook.com/curiocollection, instagram.com/curiocollection and twitter.com/curiocollection.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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