Lake Biwa Marriott, Shiga, Japan

The Vibe: Located about 30 minutes northeast of Kyoto, Lake Biwa Marriott overlooks Japan’s largest lake. The hotel’s certified wedding planners are on hand to coordinate weddings of all types and styles, organising the menu, table settings, flowers, photographers, and entertainment. With 12 event rooms, Marriott Lake Biwa Chapel has a 290-person ballroom for sit-down banquets, as well as a more intimate Sky Chapel on the 12th floor that features glass windows and contemporary white decor.

Wedding Style: Lake paradise, eco getaway, tech-savvy planning

Tech perks: All Marriott hotels have a handy online event management system, where you can embed the booking portal on your wedding website and track room reservations.

Best Part: Wedding guests will be entranced by the culturally rich shores of Lake Biwa – it’s a treasure trove of beaches, Shinto and Buddhist art, 16th-century canal towns, sake brewers and Omi beef restaurants.

Psst… Lake Biwa Marriott is the only hotel in Japan with a planetarium – time to geek out? Plus, 45 of the rooms and suites include steamy onsen-style bathtubs, which will help everyone recover after the celebrations.

Catering: The restaurant specialises in French-inspired Japanese cuisine, plated beautifully and only available in set menus.

Capacity: The hotel has 274 rooms, while the Sky Chapel can host up to 76 people theater-style.

2876 Imahama-cyo, Moriyama, Shiga 524-0101, Japan, +81-77-585-3811,

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