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Hyatt Announces Plans for a New Park Hyatt Hotel in Kyoto, Japan

November 10, 2016 Hotel Developments No Comments Email Email

Hyatt and Takenaka Corporation announced today their affiliates have entered into a management agreement for a 70-room Park Hyatt hotel in Kyoto, Japan. Expected to open in 2019, Park Hyatt Kyoto, will combine the elegance of the Park Hyatt brand with the distinctive culture of Japan’s ancient capital.

Park Hyatt Kyoto will blend the iconic city’s historic landmarks, gardens and modern architecture to offer experiences that will capture the harmony of traditional and modern Kyoto culture. Similar to the existing 38 Park Hyatt hotels around the world, Park Hyatt Kyoto will be designed as an inspiring sanctuary – a home away from home with highly personalized service, renowned art and design, a profound reverence for culture and exceptional food and wine.

Park Hyatt Kyoto will feature a low-rise building in consideration of the Ninen-zaka cityscape and the surrounding landscape. Ideally located, the hotel will be walking distance from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, will be surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage sites, and will boast views of Kyoto City and the Yasaka Pagoda. There are also several historical buildings on site, the oldest of which is a teahouse dating back 360 years.

Takenaka Corporation has come into an agreement with Kyoyamato Co., Ltd., owners of the renowned Sanso Kyoyamato restaurant in Kyoto, to construct the luxury hotel on the site, and the 67-year old restaurant will continue to remain on site and be operated by Kyoyamato.

“For the past 22 years, the Park Hyatt brand has established a formidable reputation in Japan, by defining and delivering understated luxury for both international and local guests. Together with Kyoyamato Co. and Takenaka Co., we are excited to bring the Park Hyatt brand to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Our vision is to weave Kyoto’s rich culture and history with the Park Hyatt brand’s promise of rare and enriching experiences,” said Hirohide Abe, senior vice president of Hyatt, Japan and Micronesia.

“Kyoyamato Restaurant was established in Osaka during the Meiji Era in 1877 and has continued as a family business over 5 generations,” said Keiko Sakaguchi, CEO, Kyoyamato Corporation. “The head of the family operated the restaurant despite hardships, and we are committed to carrying on the strong will of our successors and will continue to grow the restaurant. With the cooperation of Takenaka Corporation, Kyoyamato Restaurant will remain in operations as present. We look forward to serving our community as a beloved Japanese restaurant, honoring the loyal patronage of our long-time guests.”

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Kyoyamato Co. to move forward with the Park Hyatt Kyoto project in the scenic Higashiyama region of Kyoto,” said Toichi Takenaka, chairman & CEO, Takenaka Corporation. “Our goal is to restore the historic building of Sanso Kyoyamato and its surrounding gardens with an infusion of modern architecture. Together with Kyoyamato and Hyatt, we hope to create a hotel that exceeds the expectations of our community and a property that is best suited for one of the world’s most renowned cities, Kyoto.”

Construction of Park Hyatt Kyoto is scheduled to begin at the end of 2016 with a targeted completion date of 2019. The construction and design will be overseen by Takenaka Corporation with interior designs by Tony Chi and Associates.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

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