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Tokyo

Con­ve­niently lo­cated in Ni­hon­bashi near the Im­pe­rial Palace, book one of the Man­darin Ori­en­tal’s ex­pan­sive suites for sweep­ing city views. En­joy Miche­lin-starred din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, as well as drinks in the 38thfloor Man­darin Bar, which stocks a solid se­lec­tion of whiskies, sea­sonal cock­tails and snacks. man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/tokyo

Ky­oto

Over­look­ing the re­lax­ing Kamo River, the Ritz-carl­ton Ky­oto is de­signed in a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of sukiya- style ar­chi­tec­ture, with ground-floor wa­ter fea­tures, an abun­dance of wood and a se­date min­i­mal­ism. The Bar car­ries an ex­cel­lent range of whiskies and other spir­its. ritzcarl­ton.com/ky­oto

Hokuto

Sun­tory’s Hakushu dis­tillery is fa­mous for its for­est set­ting—and Hut Walden, a quirky moun­tain inn, is the per­fect com­ple­ment. Not only does it boast Perch, a top-notch whisky bar, its res­tau­rant Nest of­fers ac­com­plished mod­ern Ja­panese cui­sine made with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and a ro­bust list of lo­cal wines. hut-walden.com

Sendai

Lo­cated above Sendai Sta­tion, the Ho­tel Metropoli­tan’s mod­ern ex­te­rior con­tains a few sur­prises, in­clud­ing the lav­ish Royal Suite— dec­o­rated with al­lu­sions to Sendai’s history— and a Ja­panese-style suite with tatami floors and a view over a pri­vate podium gar­den. Bar Knight stocks a range of lo­cal Miyagikyo whisky. sendai.metropoli­tan.jp

Mount Zao

The Chikusenso Mt Zao Re­sort & Spa near Ya­m­a­gata is the per­fect place to un­wind af­ter a whisky tour. De­signed with a nod to the tra­di­tional ryokan inn, but with con­tem­po­rary decor and ser­vice, the re­sort is set in lush woods next to a rush­ing stream, with the ever-re­lax­ing on­sen (hot springs). mtza­ore­sort.com

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