Acclaimed Architect-Designer Jean-Michel Gathy Appointed by Aman as the First Designer to Lead the New Janu Brand

Posted in News on 31 July, 2023

Hotel group Aman have announced that internationally award-winning architect-designer Jean-Michel Gathy has been appointed as the first designer to lead its new sister brand, Janu. The opening of of its first hotel Janu Tokyo, is set for Autumn 2023.

Jean-Michel Gathy. Image courtesy of Denniston

The much anticipated ‘Modern Urban Village’, Azabudai Hills, is an 8.1-hectare visionary lifestyle hub surrounded by green spaces and a focus on wellbeing, in synergy with the values of the new Janu brand, which seeks to nurture purposeful connection and to bring people together. Under the supervision and leadership of Jean-Michel Gathy, Janu Tokyo will be a 13 floor hotel with 122 light-filled guest rooms – the majority with private balconies with views of the iconic Tokyo Tower or surrounding gardens.  Ranging from 55sqm Deluxe Rooms to the 284sqm Janu Suite, there will be an abundance of connecting rooms to encourage travel with family and friends.

An Urban Oasis for Soulful Balance and Collective Moments
Translated as ‘soul’ in Sanskrit, the new Janu brand will deliver an elevated guest experience akin to Aman, while providing a spirited social scene in contrast to Aman’s whisper-quiet seclusion. Through Janu’s appreciation of cuisine, art, design and service, Janu Tokyo will reflect and celebrate the city’s rich, cultural fabric.

Janu Tokyo, Japan – Accommodation, The Janu Suite. Top image: Aman Residences, Tokyo (right) and Janu Tokyo (centre), part of the Toranomon-Azabudai development. Images courtesy of Aman

Capturing the Compelling Energy of Tokyo Steeped in History and Dynamic Culture
Bringing a contemporary and creative zest for life to Azabudai Hills’ hospitality scene, Janu Tokyo will be home to six restaurants as well as a bar, lounge and garden terrace. Each will exude the Janu brand’s signature energy inspired by connection, balance and exploration, including a patisserie, a vibrant Italian food emporium and a grill restaurant complete with an open kitchen and bar. It will house two Japanese restaurants, the first serving the finest and freshest sushi and the second a sumibiyaki menu, as well as a Chinese restaurant and a host of private dining venues.

Restaurant. Image courtesy of Aman

Wellness pool. Image courtesy of Aman

The Janu Wellness Centre, spanning over 4,000sqm, will be one of the largest wellness facilities of any luxury hotel in Tokyo. Entirely rethinking the idea of balance, and with a social wellness and goal setting concept at its core, the space goes above and beyond the common notions of spa with a contemporary take on traditional wellness beliefs. On property, group classes and shared experiences will be realised through a range of facilities including five movement studios offering spinning, boxing, yoga, Pilates and simulated golf training, this is in addition to seven treatment rooms and a large gym featuring functional and circuit training equipment. An extensive hydrotherapy and thermal area, centred around a 25-metre heated lap pool, will also have a separate Lounge Pool, traditionally a place for socialising in Japan, as well as two Spa Houses.

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