Aman sister brand Janu launching in Tokyo in 2024 with design by Denniston's Jean-Michel Gathy

by Megan Whitby | 12 Dec 2023
Janu, sibling brand to luxury hotel and spa operator Aman, will make its debut in Tokyo next March
Janu Tokyo’s unveiling will be the first in a 12-strong global pipeline of projects across city, country and coastal destinations
The destination is connected to the new Azabudai Hills – a mixed-use urban district managed by Japan’s leading developer Mori Building and designed by Heatherwick Studios
The only hotel within the development, Janu Tokyo is located in the Residence A Tower designed by architects, Pelli Clarke & Partners
Credit: Aman Group
My vision is for the Janu brand to trailblaze a new direction in hospitality
– Vladislav Doronin

Aman’s sister brand Janu will launch its flagship property in Tokyo in March 2024, representing the first in a 12-strong global pipeline of projects across city, country and coastal destinations.

Meaning ‘soul’ in Sanskrit, Janu is a hotel, residence and lifestyle brand based on social connection, equilibrium and human interaction.

With reservations now open for bookings in March, the first Janu will feature 122 rooms and suites, eight dining venues, two boutiques and extensive spa, wellness and fitness facilities.

Aman CEO Vladislav Doronin said: "The arrival of Janu Tokyo signifies a pivotal moment in Aman Group's progression – not only introducing the energetic spirit of Janu for the very first time – but also representing the evolution and enduring strength of Aman.

“As we unveil this new concept in one of the world's greatest cities, my vision is for the Janu brand to trailblaze a new direction in hospitality whilst preserving, upholding and following in the illustrious footsteps of its legendary sibling Aman.”

Sense of place

The upcoming destination is connected to the new Azabudai Hills – a mixed-use urban district created and managed by Japan’s leading developer Mori Building Co as part of a 30-year urban regeneration project.

A progressive new neighbourhood designed by architectural firm Heatherwick Studios, Azabudai Hills is described as a city within a city, abundant in nature, culture and art. The location features Japan’s tallest skyscraper and 24,000sq m of green space designed by founder Thomas Heatherwick, alongside offices, residences, educational institutions, galleries and over 150 luxury retail and dining outlets including a Japanese food market.

The only hotel within the development, Janu Tokyo is located in the Residence A Tower designed by architects, Pelli Clarke & Partners.

Interiors from DennistonJanu Tokyo reveals itself with a lofty gallery and reception, where a sense of space is fostered through the considered use of glass and textured mouldings that reflect soft, glowing light.

Above, a ceiling embellished with intricate lattice woodwork and rows of woven rope arches (a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese technique of shimenawa) connects guests from street level into the soul of Janu.

“Janu Tokyo’s DNA exudes a youthful energy, brimming with liveliness and playfulness that sets it apart from the poised and composed character of Aman,” comments architect Jean-Michel Gathy – the founder of design firm Denniston which is responsible for the hotel’s interior design.

“The space is a thrilling exploration of textures, colours and design elements that awaken the senses and ignite the imagination.”

Aman  Vladislav Doronin  Tokyo  Janu  Jean-Michel Gathy  Denniston  Heatherwick Studios 
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Aman’s sister brand Janu will launch its flagship property in Tokyo in March 2024, representing the first in a 12-strong global pipeline of projects across city, country and coastal destinations. Meaning ‘soul’ in Sanskrit, Janu is a hotel, residence and lifestyle brand based on social connection, equilibrium and human interaction. With reservations now open for bookings in March, the first Janu will feature 122 rooms and suites, eight dining venues,
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