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.
This hotel, part of the famous Hyatt luxury accommodation chain, is one of our favourite options. Rooms are decorated in a fresh, contemporary Japanese style, with each boasting a unique display of traditional kimono fabric. Located in the eastern side of Kyoto, the Hyatt is close to the Higashiyama Mountains, the celebrated Sanjusangendo Temple and a variety of other points of interest. Amenities include a beautiful spa and fitness centre, and a number of excellent, stylish restaurants offering both Japanese and Western cuisine. After a busy day of sightseeing it will be nice to relax and unwind in the spa and enjoy the dining options that the Hyatt has to offer.
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The rooms at the Hyatt Regency have lovely Japanese touches throughout, such as kimono fabric headboards. These inviting guest rooms and suites provide amenities to make your stay enjoyable including flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and nice bathrooms with deep bathtubs for complete relaxation. The views either overlook the Kyoto National Museum or the hotel's central Japanese garden, which dates back several hundred years, with the building constructed around it. Rooms range from simpler standard options to deluxe and executive suites.
The Hyatt is very conveniently located in the eastern part of Kyoto, just a five minute walk from the Keihan Shichijo Station or a five minute car journey from the main JR Kyoto Station. There are also a number of famous temples in the area including, Sanjusangendo Temple and Chishakuin Temple. Located directly across the street is the Kyoto National Museum.
Food and drink
The Hyatt has some of the best options for hotel drinking and dining. Cuisine includes Japanese style dining as well as a variety of Western options. Each restaurant has its own unique feel and the open kitchens add to the enjoyable dining experience. The restaurants range from light meals, pastry boutiques, grills, Italian, to traditional Kyoto style Japanese dining. The bars and lounges all have a uniquely Kyoto feel making this Hyatt different from any others.
Facilities and activities
The Hyatt has great fitness and spa options. Riraku Spa offers treatments and massages with Eastern and Western influences. The gym is free of charge but wet areas including sauna and relaxation are an additional fee. At an additional rate you can join in relaxation yoga classes.
A welcome addition to Kyoto’s luxury hotel market, offering smart and convenient accommodation in town.
Kyoto tour ideas
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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 favourite 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.
Hotel Kanra is a great boutique hotel offering spacious modern rooms centrally placed for sightseeing in Kyoto. The integration of Kyoto style, whether it is in the hotel's cuisine, décor or design, will make your stay in Hotel Kanra enjoyable and relaxing.
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 neighbours.
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 neighbour, 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.