Hotel Granvia Kyoto
At a Glance
Central location above the station
12 restaurants and bars
Visually striking architecture
Huge underground shopping mall hotel
Panoramic views from the Choraku Suite
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best and most popular times to visit Kyoto are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Kyoto in early April. Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Be warned that Kyoto is crowded with domestic and international tourists during the cherry-blossom and autumn-foliage seasons.
Of course, you can visit Kyoto at any time of year, although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.
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Integrally connected to the striking futuristic JR Kyoto Rail Station, Hotel Granvia Kyoto is one of the most desired luxury residences in the city due to its superior location. Everything is literally on your doorstep.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto is directly connected to JR Kyoto Station, making it the perfect location for sightseeing in Kyoto and the surrounding area as well as hugely convenient for getting to other parts of Japan quickly.
The hotel provides all the comfort and amenities expected of an urban deluxe hotel and each guest room is neutrally decorated and strikes an ideal balance between contemporary convenience and enriching traditions. The design is elegant Japanese and over a thousand pieces of contemporary artwork can be found throughout the hotel.
The vast choice of restaurants and bars here is phenomenal and the Teppanyaki Restaurant, Gozanbo is highly recommended - everything is prepared before your eyes by the skilled chefs and the backdrop of the mountains makes the experience even more special. Tempura, sushi, bento as well as cuisines from across the globe can all be found here in exquisitely designed settings. The hotel also has an indoor pool and wellness centre for guests seeking relaxation and a retreat.
The 535 tastefully decorated rooms and suites stretch from the seventh to the fifteenth floors of the building, with the top two floors housing the Granvia Floor (an executive floor with private lounge). All rooms and suites are comfortably and neutrally furnished throughout and have high speed internet access and DVD/CD players (in Deluxe Room and above).
Children are welcome at Hotel Granvia Kyoto where there are triple rooms and spacious family rooms (which can accommodate up to five people comfortably). There are no specific facilities for children but they will enjoy the hotel's lovely indoor swimming pool and babysitting can be arranged on request.
The Hotel Granvia Kyoto has an amazing 13 different restaurants and bars and cuisine includes French, Italian, both contemporary and traditional Japanese and Chinese. The Sky Lounge on the 15th floor offers great views across the ancient capital. There is also a 20-metre indoor swimming pool and a wellness and fitness centre (small fee applies).
Hotel Granvia Kyoto can arrange geisha experiences and Japanese cooking classes for guests who pre-book them. The hotel's excellent concierge knows the city inside out and can help plan any activities or excursions.
Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)
If you are staying at the Granvia, try and book their Choraku Suite. It is one of a kind so often not available but if you can book it, it is definitely worth it. It is on the 15th (top) floor with the most incredible panoramic views of Kyoto with Kyoto Tower in the foreground and the mountains in the distance. Designed by a famous Kyoto interior designer, the suite is huge and comes with its own balcony and jacuzzi - it is perfect for a romantic honeymoon.
Victoria Douglas (Staff)
Maybe not your most exclusive, or design conscious hotel but the best thing about the Granvia is definitely it's location. Right next to the central train station and within easy walking distance of bars, restaurants and shopping. The rooms are not anything special here, although the heated loo seat is worth a giggle! What I enjoyed most about staying here was that there was some atmosphere with a vast Asian market creating a slightly more authentic experience.
A Day in Kyoto
Today, explore the gorgeous 'Silver Pavilion' and stroll along the Philosopher's Walk. Visit the Heian Shrine before taking a tour of Nijo Castle. End the day with some free time to explore Nishijin Textile Centre or the Teramachi.
Afternoon Tea with a Maiko
Get a glimpse into the cloaked world of the geisha as you take part in a traditional tea ceremony with a fully trained geisha or maiko. This ancient art epitomises the mystery and beguiling beauty of one of Japan’s most iconic traditions.
Ancient Nara Day Trip
Make a trip to Nara and visit the Deer Park, Todaiji and Kasuga Grand Shrine. In the afternoon, wander in the old town of Naramachi, with its charming Edo period architecture. If time permits, explore the ancient Gangoji Temple.
Cooking Sun Afternoon lzakaya Class
A three and a half hour cooking class in mid-town Kyoto learning the basics of lzakaya cooking. The class takes place in a beautiful small wooden townhouse, called a machiya.
Cooking Sun Morning Bento Class
A three-hour cooking class in downtown Kyoto learning the art of preparing a traditional Japanese bento meal, including classics such as sushi, tempura and miso soup. The class takes place in a beautiful wooden townhouse, called a machiya.
Gion by Night
Embark on a Gion district night walk either with the guide or on your own and if you are lucky, catch sight of the geishas' in beautiful kimonos as they go about on their evening activities.
Half Day Kyoto Exploration
Visit Kiyomizu Temple and admire the outstanding architecture. Head to the 'pottery street' of Kyoto.
Japanese Home Cooking Class
Get a taste for Japanese culture and cuisine as you’re welcomed into the home of an instructor and taught how to cook a handful of traditional dishes in a private class.
Kaiseki Dinner with Geishas
Enjoy the height of sophistication in Japanese society, having a sublime Kaiseki dinner made up of many delicious courses, accompanied by entertainment from two Geishas whilst you enjoy your meal.
Maiko Performance and Traditional Dinner
This evening, enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner and watch a performance by a Maiko, an apprentice of the Geisha.
Morning Cooking class in Kyoto
While in downtown Kyoto, in a quaint little machiya, join in on a traditional Japanese cooking class.
Nara - The Ancient Capital
Spend an afternoon exploring Nara, the ancient capital of Japan from 710 - 784, before the capital was moved to Heain-kyo (present day Kyoto), with its freely roaming herds of deer, ancient streets and spectacular temples.
Nishiki Market Tour with Sushi Making
Experience the whole sushi creation process with this unique cooking experience, from an educational market excursion to mastering the art of sushi-making yourself.
Private Sushi Class with Nishiki Food Market
Shop for ingredients at the historical Nishiki Market, while tasting different Japanese foods. Afterwards, head to the studio for a private cooking class, guided by experienced instructors, before enjoying your culinary creations for lunch.
Private Tour of Nara
Today venture outside of Kyoto and explore the ancient city of Nara, the capital of Japan in the 8th century, with a plethora of historic sites to see.
A guided day in Arashiyama district, located at the base of Kyoto's western mountains. Take a boat trip on the Hozugawa River before discovering Zen Buddhist temples and the famous bamboo grove, one of Japan's most iconic scenic areas.
Suitable for both older families and couples, this guided Samurai Experience offers guests the chance to learn more about this ancient art. Learn the skills required to draw, sheathe and wield a katana, the traditional swords used by samurai.
Shopping in Kyoto
Enjoy a shopping trip around Kyoto. Wander down the picturesque streets of Gian where you can visit local handicraft and pottery shops.
Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.
The Art of Zen in Kyoto
Spend a day discovering the traditional Japanese experiences of Zen meditation as you learn about the history of Zen before trying your hand at this spiritual form of meditation.
Tour of Western Kyoto
Make your way to Western Kyoto and explore the beautiful bamboo forest in Arashiyama. Relax in a scenic train ride before taking a traditional raft down the Hozugawa River. Afterwards, continue the exploration of the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.
Location & directions
The hotel is located atop JR Kyoto Station which also includes a department store, museum, musical theatre, and a vast underground shopping mall
How to get there
12-hour International flight to Tokyo International Airport-Haneda, followed by a 2-hour Shinkansen (bullet train) journey to Kyoto.
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