Marriott International has announced the opening of its 800th hotel in the Asia Pacific region, the JW Marriott Nara in Japan.

The opening marks the debut of the JW Marriott brand in Japan and Marriott’s 50th  property in the East Asian country.

Situated on the edge of a 1,300-year-old garden set on former royal palace grounds, JW Marriott Nara offers 158 guest rooms. Marriott says Osaka International Airport is approximately 75 km away from the new property, making this location “easily accessible” to both domestic and overseas travellers.

Dining options at JW Marriott Nara include Silk Road Dining, which is the hotel’s all-day dining venue featuring an open kitchen and design details incorporating elements from the ancient maritime Silk Road; specialty restaurant Azekura, which offers three styles of Japanese cuisine – teppanyaki, sushi and kaiseki; the Flying Stag, which is the hotel’s lobby lounge and bar.

The hotel offers a 24-hour fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool, as well as a spa with treatments such as massages, facials and therapy baths.

The hospitality brand says it is also aiming to introduce the Edition and Aloft brands in Japan before the end of this year.

Marriott International in the Asia Pacific has, on an average, added close to 80 hotels per year in the past three years.

In the first half of 2020, the company recorded 73 new signings, including 43 in the Greater China region.

Recently the AC Hotels by Marriott brand debuted in the Asia Pacific region with three properties in Malaysia earlier this year and the AC Hotels Tokyo Ginza launched this month.

Craig S. Smith, group president, Asia Pacific for Marriott International said, “We remain confident in the resilience of travel, our owners and franchisees, guests and associates as well as the future prospects of lodging in the Asia Pacific, our second-largest market.”

Adding to this, Paul Foskey, chief development officer, Marriott International, Asia Pacific said, “These highly-anticipated brand debuts are a testament to the confidence that the owner and franchisee community has in the Asia Pacific, as well as Marriott International’s long-term vision, especially in today’s challenging business climate.”