The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Japan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0902 Japan
Date of Creation
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First international luxury resort to open in the city of Kyoto.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
History & Story
Perched along the banks of the famous Kamogawa river, in an enviable location favored by Japanese noblemen since the 17th century, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto offers sublime views of the river, and walking proximity to Gion – where shopping, dining and entertainment await. Often interpreted as a ryokan, this 134 room hotel features an authentic Japanese restaurant Mizuki with its Michelin-starred tempura, teppanyaki and sushi counters, backed by a cascading waterfall. La Locanda provides true Italian fares in an atmospheric ambience, including a 110-years-old repurposed Japanese house – Ebisugawa-tei within its repertoire.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Arriving at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is stepping into a sanctuary, almost like being transported into a different state of mind – at once modern, but deeply connected to the richness of the past. Greeted by the waterfall and the gently sloping stone water garden, the calm sound of the stream water, guests are personally escorted by Guest Experience ladies dress in Kimono to the rooms for a personalized check in and local Japanese tea is served to refresh the senses. Guests can also enjoy more than 25 specially crafted guest activities ranging from temple chanting to bicycle tours, zen garden making classes to sake tastings. The hotel’s luxury guestrooms and suites offer full views of the river and the Higashiyama Mountains.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto enjoys an excellent strategic location as an urban resort on the Kamogawa river, set within walking proximity to Kyoto’s popular downtown areas including Gion, Pontocho and Kawaramachi, the city’s retail and entertainment district.
Key sites/activities in the area
Kyoto Imperial palace
– In-room check-in for all guests by Guest Experience agents in traditional kimono
– Traditional Japanese Tea service with the rooming procedure for all the guests in-room
– Seasonal change of Kimono for Guest Experience team
– Local Kyoto organic soap from Shabonya offered alongside Asprey
– 80 Japanese artists exclusively created a total of 409 art pieces for the hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto aims to delight our young guests by making memories that last well beyond their stay with us. Ritz Kids is an engaging and immersive experience that builds upon the adventures of travel our young guests will always treasure.
Ritz Kids Treasure Hunt
Seven Buddha statues are hidden somewhere in the hotel – and it’s up to the young guests to find them, using the secret treasure map. Take part in our treasure hunt challenge and receive a special gift at the end of the activity.
What’s more fun than a balloon? How about a balloon shaped like a rabbit or a lion? Join this special balloon art and learn how to make balloon animals and other great shapes with just a few twists and turns.
Sweet treats taste even better when our young guests have made them themselves! In this class, kids have fun making their own simple sweets and pastries. Classes are taught by our in-house PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS patissiers.
Ritz Kids Night
Life is full of discoveries, starting from the earliest years. At our young guests’ evening program, we like to combine fun with valuable learning experiences. Enjoy a quiet dinner in one of our excellent restaurants and let us be the guardians of the little loved ones. This program is specially designed for guests aged 4 to 12.
• Number of suites: 17 oversized suites
• Number of Deluxe and Luxury Rooms: 117
• Total number of rooms: 134
Restaurants & Bars
• La Locanda
Traditional Italian cuisine like no other Italian restaurant in Kyoto with 3 private dining rooms, two of them are 110-years-old repurposed Japanese houses.
Four kinds of cuisine: Kaiseki or Japanese traditional haute cuisine, Sushi, Tempura and Teppanyaki. Tempura Mizuki is a One-Michelin Star winner in 2018 and 2019.
• The Lobby Lounge
Indulge in PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS signature Afternoon Tea
• The Bar
An international selection of fine wines, and innovative signature cocktails
• Spa with 7 self-contained Spa Suites (including a Couple Room)
• Heated indoor Swimming pool
• 24 hours Fitness Centre
Corporate & Celebration Events
• TAKANE 2615 SQ FT
• KOCHO 882 SQ FT
• SHIDARE 624 SQ FT
• KANZAN 301 SQ FT
Extra Notable Features
• Destination wedding full-services both in the chapel and a Shinto shrine
Hotel and Restaurant Awards
Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Rating 2019 Recipient – for two consecutive years and the only hotel in Kansai region, Japan
#1 Best Luxury Hotel in Japan, TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards
Tempura Mizuki awarded a One-Star in Michelin Guide Kyoto, Osaka + Tottori
Top 3 Hotels in Japan, Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
#1 Best Hotel in Kyoto, Travel + Leisure World Best Awards
Ranked #1 out of the 20 Top Hotels in Japan by International Travelers | TripAdvisor
Tempura Mizuki awarded its first Michelin One-Star | Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka 2018
Ranked #1 among the Top Hotels in Japan | Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
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