Have you heard the news? The highly-anticipated Ritz-Carlton Kyoto has made its debut. This is the fourth Ritz-Carlton hotel in Japan, after Tokyo, Okinawa and Osaka. Perched directly on the banks of the Kamogawa River, the hotel provides resort-style facilities in one of the prettiest destinations in Japan. (The former capital is chock full of UNESCO-listed palaces and temples, and the surrounding landscapes have been captured on the canvases of artists throughout history.)
There is a spa by ESPA, and destination restaurants include a pastry shop by Pierre Hermé. The building is styled after a traditional Meiji house and courtyard, and the 134 guest rooms have views of the river or Higashiyama mountains. (Note that four floors are above ground, and three are below). The suites with “moon-viewing decks” and/or fireplaces sound particularly enticing.
President and Chief Operating Officer Herve Humler said, “We are honoured to open our fourth Ritz-Carlton in Japan, in the beautiful city of Kyoto. Our customers are always looking to explore evocative, new and inspiring destinations and have long expressed a desire for us to offer in this incredible location. I believe this hotel offers a timeless window to Japan.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto; Address: Kamogawa Nijo-ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0902 Japan; Tel: +81 75 746 5555; www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Kyoto/Default.htm