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Natural Luxury, Design and Tradition: 8 Exciting Hotel Openings making Waves in Kyoto this Year

Whilst Kyoto has not been spared from the challenges brought on by the global health crisis, the cultural capital of Japan is set to charm visitors with a range of exciting new stay options once international travel resumes.

From international hotel brands through to arty-chic lifestyle hotels and traditional ryokans, the latest additions to Kyoto’s thriving hotel scene truly offer something for every taste and budget.

Kyoto City Tourism Association is excited to share some of the not-to-be-missed Kyoto hotels we can’t wait for you to check into once it is safe to travel again:

Fauchon Hotel Kyoto *Scheduled opening: March 2021*: Renowned French gastronomy brand FAUCHON is about to bring Parisian glam to Kyoto with the opening of its second property in the world. The five-star FAUCHON Hotel Kyoto, located centrally in the Shimogyo-ku district, will be home to 70 guest rooms and suites as well as a FAUCHON bakery, The Grand Café FAUCHON and a spectacular view over Kyoto and the surrounding mountains. Learn more

MUNI KYOTO *Opened August 2020*: A Kyoto boutique luxury hotel offering a soothing, relaxing atmosphere that blends with the unique natural scenery of Arashiyama. The 5-star MUNI KYOTO adds new colour to the history of Arashiyama, from large windows overlooking lavish nature and stunning gardens to the incorporation of natural materials into the architecture. Learn more

Sequence Kyoto GOJO *Opened August 2020*: In the heart of Kyoto, this unique hotel follows a philosophy of “Flow”, seeking to give guests the space and time to gently connect with the people, the city and the times. The property’s guestrooms elegantly evoke the Indian painting of Kyoto-Higashiyama culture. Learn more

Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto *Scheduled opening: 3 November 2020*: Designed under the brand concept “embracing Japan’s beauty”, Hotel the Mitsui Kyoto combines the storied past of the old capital with modern elements. The property features 161 contemporary guest rooms with each room being a contemporary reimagining of the traditional Japanese tearoom. Learn more

The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike (rebranded from “The Grand Prince Kyoto”) *Scheduled opening: 9 October 2020*: The iconic “The Grand Prince Kyoto” is about to reopen under the name of “The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike”. Tucked in a quiet location that has been known for over thousand years as a resort for aristocrats, this property, with its stunning natural environment and pristine waters, lets you escape the hustle and bustle of the world.

Nazuna Kyoto Tsubaki St. *Opened June 2020*: From traditional Japanese townhouse (“machiya”) to luxury ryokan, this unique property was renovated from an entire L-shaped alleyway of machiya built over 110 years ago, and combines the fine “omotenashi” hospitality of a ryokan, traditional machiya buildings and inspiring contemporary interiors. Learn more and visit virtually

The Gate Hotel Kyoto Takaragawa by HULIC *Opened July 2020*: A former elementary school, this property truly lets you step back in time. In the heart of the city, by the Takase river, immerse yourself in the essence of old Kyoto. Learn more

Mercure Kyoto Station *Opened September 2020*: The perfect choice for travellers looking for a local and authentic experience, this hotel was designed around the concept of pastimes of Heian nobility. Learn more

These are only some of many unique stay options available to visitors. If you are opting for a truly authentic accommodation experience, Kyoto is home to some of Japan’s best ryokans, offering travellers an insight into the city’s deep-routed traditions. And whilst you may not be able to make your dream of visiting a ryokan in person as yet, find out what to expect with this virtual ryokan visit.

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