With views over the Kamogawa River and the Higashiyama Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a destination hotel unlike any other. Combine their 134 rooms, each one carefully decorated with elegance and sophistication, with a location that is in the heart of the city and you have yourself a stay to remember.
The entrance seems to say it all — Japanese tradition in its finest welcome. A smile with warm tea greets you when you arrive at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The lobby’s refined architecture and modern textures pays homage to tradition and Japan’s finest materials. As you pass through, you get a glimpse of the lush nature that surrounds the hotel, its descending gardens that provide shelter to a private oasis.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto highlights the best of Japanese culture. With four restaurants, the wide range of dining offers an opportunity to taste the local cuisine. Whether it’s sitting at the bar to dine at their Mizuki Sushi or trying tempura at Tempura Mizuki, the restaurants create an evening to remember. A feature that cannot be overlooked would be Kaiseki Mizuki — the one meal not to miss while sojourning at the hotel. This style of dining originated in Kyoto and what better place to try this artistic meal, centered on service and plating, than at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto? Each plate is carefully set with small dishes featuring ingredients from Japan that taste as good as they look. By the morning, it seems that it would be near impossible to lift your chopsticks again, but at La Locanda, the traditional Japanese breakfast is sure to win you over. Savory courses presented with sophistication is just another incredible way to experience Japan.
Experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto continue on. Whether it’s a dip in their serene pool or a treatment at the wellness spa, there’s always a way to unwind. The hotel offers guests several unique activities. In the morning, there are complimentary, guided bike tours that take you at sunrise to the iconic sights, like Fushimi Inari, to beat the crowds. Two experiences, for those looking to experience a cultural tradition, is the Kimono Experience and Kyoto by Rickshaw. These two make a great pair. You get dressed in a traditional kimono and then see the city by rickshaw at night. It’s a special opportunity to understand the history and origin of kimonos, and seeing Kyoto by rickshaw as the sun starts to set is absolutely magical.
Each room and suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is spacious and carefully thought out. The bright tones and natural materials makes the room feel at home with its surroundings and no detail is overlooked. The bathroom is outfitted with a tub and shower, Yukata, Imabari bathrobes and slippers. Amenities like a Nespresso machine and a beautiful tea set add the final, luxurious touch to the room. The beds, of course, will make it hard to leave the room and that much easier to order room service.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a hotel that is a destination within itself. The elevated service, knowledgable concierge team, and modern luxurious rooms makes it a perfect stay in Kyoto.
Bon Traveler’s Tips For Staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto:
- Book a room with a river view.
- The traditional Kimono experience and Rickshaw experience are beautiful ways to get a look into traditional Japanese culture. The concierge team can help set this up.
- Do one kaiseki dinner at Mizuki for a beautiful and memorable dinner.
Get in touch
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Kyoto, 604-0902, Japan
Call +81 75-746-5555 or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/kyoto
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*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. As always, all opinions are own.
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