The Hatanaka Gion in Kyoto is located close to Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine. It spreads over the wooded hillside, making it a peaceful retreat from the frenetic downtown area.
The Kanra Hotel is located to the north of Kyoto Station, centrally placed for sightseeing around the city. Indeed, the name Kanra literally means ‘experience the city,’ so your stay here should be an excellent base from which to explore. The rooms are modern and integrate Japanese style with contemporary design. The Kanra’s attention to design detail is spectacular. From the hotel lighting to the carpets, the Kanra has subtly used symbols of Kyoto throughout the hotel and the lighting changes depending on the time of day, season or guest movement in the lobby.
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The hotel has modern rooms with sleek design that are well sized for Kyoto – almost as notorious as Tokyo for its lack of space! Rooms range from their standard double all the way to deluxe rooms and luxury suites. Some upper rooms at Kanra have two floors and terraces. A unique feature of the Kanra is that all rooms have a cypress wood bath, seamlessly blending the modern with the traditional and allowing you the opportunity to relax and unwind in your room after a long day of sightseeing.
The Kanra's central location is ideal for sightseeing around the city. Next to the hotel you can find the Higashihongan-ji Temple, the Shosei-en Garden and the geisha district of Gion. The Kanra is also within walking distance of the Kyoto Station, a great jumping off point for temples around Kyoto or other sightseeing districts.
Food and Drink
Dining in the hotel is based around fresh, local ingredients, with a focus on vegetables in particular, some of which are grown on the rooftop garden. The chefs take pride in preserving the traditions of Kyoto and preparing local food with simple traditional techniques. The restaurant at the Kanra serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as opening as a café during the afternoon.
We love the Kanra, a rare boutique option in Kyoto, with a great atmosphere and convenient location.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Providing a relaxing stay with all the comforts of an international chain, the Hyatt is a great option when visiting Kyoto. It is clear that the designer of the hotel paid close attention to detail adding thoughtful Japanese touches throughout.
The Sakura Ryokan is only a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station and offers an excellent stay at a fraction of the price of some of its more distinguished neighbors.
Located a short distance from Kyoto Station, Sakura Terrace The Gallery offers a convenient base from which to explore the city. A modern, boutique-style hotel, it offers a bright and playful retreat.
There is a prevailing sense of calm and quiet at the Tawaraya and a stay here should leave you rested and revived, aided not least by the solid hinoki wood baths in each room.
The Vista Premio in Kyoto featues Japanese touches throughout. Its standard rooms are themed to reflect the bamboo groves of Arashiyama and deluxe rooms are decorated in the hues of a Kyoto autumn.
A stay at Yoshikawa Ryokan will open the doors to some of the many unique customs of staying in a traditional inn and leave you with some wonderful memories of Kyoto's famed hospitality.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Maiko are trainee Geisha (Geiko in Kyoto dialect) who train for six years before becoming fully fledged Geisha. They learn skills such as dance, singing, instrument playing as well as how to entertain guests with conversation.
Explore around the Gion district and other parts of Kyoto to help shed some light on the exclusive and mysterious world of the Geisha and other aspects of Japanese culture.
Take the opportunity to learn more about a traditional Japanese pastime of your choice. These courses are instigated and run by the Women's Association of Kyoto and you will visit the home of one of the members.
Like nearby Kyoto, Nara was once the Japanese capital and a source of enormous cultural and religious outpourings. Unlike its more celebrated neighbor, however, Nara has survived relatively untouched by modern advances and remains a relaxed town dotted with temples, shrines and parkland.
Enjoy a day of culinary delights with trips to Kyoto's Nishiki Market, Horino Sake Museum to learn all about sake production and then a traditional machiya (tea house) for a Japanese cooking class.