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445−3 Myōhōin Maekawachō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0932, Japan
In an area rife with traditional, minimalist ryokans, the Four Seasons Kyoto is a spectacle of grandeur. The opulence is subtle, however, camouflaged by clean, Zen-like style. At the hotel’s heart is a beautiful, 800-year-old pond garden, which features a picturesque teahouse surrounded by...
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Japan, 〒605-0088 Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Nishinochō, Shin Monzen Dori, 大和大路東入西之町229
Dating back to 1747, this ryokan occupies a convenient location in Kyoto’s Gion neighborhood, otherwise known as the city’s geisha district. Keeping with tradition, guests must wear slippers and yukata robes, and rooms are minimalist, with tatami-lined floors, sliding shoji doors,...
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Japan, 〒604-8094 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Nakahakusanchō, 中京区麩屋町姉小路上ル中白山町277
A historic property, Hiiragiya has hosted many a notable writer, artist, celebrity, and imperial family member since its opening in 1818. Operated by the same family for six generations, the ryokan is steeped in centuries-old tradition, etiquette, and service, with the aim of making guests feel...
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Japan, 〒616-0007 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nishikyō-ku, Arashiyama Genrokuzanchō, 京都市西京区嵐山元録山町11−2
The journey is part of the experience at Hoshinoya Kyoto, where a charming wooden boat ferries guests to the hotel’s scenic perch on the banks of the Oi River. Here, tucked away in a grove of old cypress, maple, and cherry trees, the Hoshinoya offers a respite from urban life. Rooms...
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190 Kitachō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 600-8176, Japan
In a city where tradition prevails, Hotel Kanra Kyoto offers a modern antidote to the ryokan. The design hotel features a sleek, modern interior but still maintains ties to local tradition. Guestrooms include sliding shoji doors, tatami-lined floors, cypress tubs, and glass-walled...
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Japan, 〒604-8161 Kyoto, Nakagyō-ku, Manjūyachō, Karasuma Dori, 三条下ル饅頭屋町604
A British-themed property inspired by Kyoto’s sister city of Edinburgh, Hotel Monterey caters to travelers seeking more modern comforts than typically provided at a ryokan. Tartan makes an appearance, as do bookshelves lined with old tomes and dainty tea sets in The Library, the...
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Japan, 〒605-0941 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, 三十三間堂廻り−644番地2
Behind its fairly unassuming façade, the Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a lair of Zen-inducing design. The sleek, wood-accented interior is minimalist at its core, but garnished with eye-catching details like white lattice panels and walls made out of old books. Guestrooms also feature colorful...
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Japan, 〒604-8044 Kyoto, Nakagyō-ku, Dainichichō, 御幸町通四条上る大日町407
Given its location right next to Nishiki Market, it's no wonder this historic ryokan is famous for its food. The kaiseki dinners here include a parade of perfectly crafted dishes, marked by local, seasonal ingredients and an obsessive attention to detail. The miniature works of art arrive...