An artist's impression of the indoor onsen at Mercure Hida Takayama

Hotel operator Accor is set to introduce its first hotel in Takayama, Japan, with the signing of Mercure Hida Takayama — the seventh Mercure hotel in the country.

The hotel, which is due to open in November 2022, is located in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture and will celebrate Takayama’s traditional handicrafts as part of a modern hotel experience.

The midscale Mercure brand reflects the local area in which each hotel opens, through design, dining and experiences, according to Accor.

“Mercure Hida Takayama will be a great showcase for a locally-inspired hotel, where the decorative design is rooted in authentic values,” said Accor Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea CEO, Garth Simmons.

An artist’s impression of the lobby at Mercure Hida Takayama

“In partnership with Samty, we believe the hotel will become an exciting addition to the Japan hotel scene. Mercure Hida Takayama will offer travellers yet another breath-taking base to explore the beautiful experiences the city has to offer.”

The property offers 161 guestrooms, two dining experiences as well as indoor and outdoor onsens on the top floor.

Accor currently operates 18 hotels across eight destinations in Japan. Mercure Hida Takayama will join a collection of over 810 Mercure addresses globally across 60 countries.

An artist’s impression of a guest room at Mercure Hida Takayama

Simmons said Accor is confident in the Japanese market.  

“Accor remains positive in Japan’s strong tourism potential and we are delighted to expand our network in the country to offer unique and authentic hotel experiences for local and international travellers,” he said.

“As one of the largest international operators in Japan, we are excited to be taking the Mercure brand into Takayama, a charming cultural destination.”