Ritz-Carlton

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Why we like it

  • Luxury hotel located in the heart of Japan's former capital, Kyoto
  • Largest rooms in Kyoto
  • Interiors are inspired by the culture of Miyabi
  • World-class ESPA Spa with indoor pool
  • Close to the Teramachi Street and the Gion district

A&K Top Tip

Pierre Hermé, a renowned Parisian patisserie owner, serves a range of his signature desserts at La Bettolina Della Boutique.

Guest Testimonial

While planning our trip to Japan I dealt with two Vickys (Smith and Hamlin). They were both delightful - being articulate, helpful and most efficient. Their knowledge about Japan was very much appreciated. The few changes we requested to the first suggested itinerary were carried out quickly and to our complete satisfaction. You have two highly talented ladies who obviously love their job and are a great credit to A&K. We

- PD, London



Ritz-Carlton's fourth Japanese hotel has just opened in the cultural city of Kyoto, overlooking the Kamogawa River with views that extend to the Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo - the famous 36 mountain range. Welcoming you to Kyoto's unique charm, the Ritz-Carlton is a luxury hotel situated within walking distance of many of Kyoto's major attractions, including the iconic Geishas of the Gion district, Teramashi's random boutiques and Kyoto Imperial Palace.


The hotel interiors have a creative design dotted with the works of more than 80 of Japan's most prominent artists. Each of the 134 rooms cover a spacious 50sqm with light and airy decors displaying a natural Japanese style; light wood, bonsai plants, washi paper artwork and serene hints of cherry blossom. Room amenities include touch screen environmental controls, roof-top rain showers and LED TVs, while some of the suites also have a private Japanese garden, created by designer Kanji Nomura and modelled on traditional tsukimidai "moon-viewing decks".

Choose from two top quality restaurants; Misuki embodies the region serving four distinct types of Japanese cuisine - sushi, kaiseki banquets, tempura and tantalising teppanyaki dishes - while Italian cuisine dominates at La Locanda. For something a little more personal, the Ebisugawa-tei private rooms offer a modern twist on a traditional tatami mat dining space, with sliding paper screens and low wooden stools.


Useful info

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Best time to be there

Spring (late March to April) for cherry blossom, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, autumn (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colours.

Fly to

Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes from London

time difference

GMT +9 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No vaccinations required

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