The Celestine Kyoto Gion

Kyoto, Japan

At a Glance

  • Amazing location in the heart of Gion

  • Beautiful design, sympathetically in line with the tea houses in Gion

  • Yasaka Endo serves traditional cuisine local to Kyoto giving you an authentic taste of the city

  • Regular Maiko performances providing a brilliant insight into a fascinating part of Japanese culture

  • Traditional hot spring bath available at the hotel, in the heart of Kyoto

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Best time to Visit

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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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Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to The Celestine Kyoto Gion or take a look at our itineraries to Japan


The Celestine Kyoto offers guests a truly authentic experience showcasing the best of Japanese hospitality and unique experiences within the ancient city of Kyoto. The Celestine has a fantastic location facing Yasaka Doori avenue in the heart of Gion.

The Celestine Kyoto has a beautiful and unmistakable Japanese character, designed to provide a unique and authentic experience. Located in the heart of Gion, the traditional style of the property blends seamlessly into the historic quarter of the city and provides a brilliant base from which to explore. The aim of the property is to provide an experience within itself, almost taking you back in time through the small side streets of Gion.

Traditional Japanese themes of design are reworked through the property to create a beautiful and modern atmosphere whilst still retaining a fantastic sense of space. Lovely clean lines and natural warm hues welcome you at the property with a relaxing sense of minimalism.

Designed to follow in the style of the surrounding tea houses in Gion, Celestine's restaurant, Endo Yasaka provides both unique and traditional Japanese menus completed by Maiko performances. Alongside the beautiful and delicate cuisine, The Celestine offers a natural hot spring bath so that guests can relax and unwind, soaking away aches and pains from busy days exploring.



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Rooms at The Celestine follow traditional Japanese design, using crisp clean lines to create a sculptural use of the space with limited additional decor. The decor that is used, tastefully complements the space and provides a fantastic sense of place in the heart of Gion. There is a good mix of double and twin rooms and the suites are designed with individual themes, with a 'Spirit of Kyoto' and 'Tea Room', providing a truly 'Gion Experience.'


Although there are no specific facilities for children at The Celestine, families are welcome.


The Celestine offers a unique dining experience showcasing the best of traditional Japanese cuisine in the form of their restaurant, Yasaka Endo. Breakfast is not to be missed with traditional Kyoto Kaiseki cuisine, Kyoto Banzai, and Shojin vegetarian cuisine on the menu and inventive dishes created before your eyes such as a tempura omlette roll or tempura burger made from home grown Kyoto beef.  Dinner is equally oppulent with Tempura Kaiseki, Sushi Kaiseki and Kyoto Shabu-shabu cuisines all available.

For when you are looking to relax with a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap the Bar Oumie provides simultaneously a welcome and stylish atmosphere and is the perfect wateringhole in the heart of Gion. As a hotel rooted in tradition the hospitality would not be complete without a soothing hot spring bath for aching muscles after days exploring this fascinating city.  


The Celestine is located in the heart of Gion and is the perfect base from which to explore the huge depths of history and culture that Kyoto has to offer.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Japan

    Tokyo, Miyajima, Kyoto, Hakone, Tokyo

    from £5000 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights

    • Although we will provide you with a private guide at times, you’ll have plenty of time to explore this captivating country independently, and you’ll have the pleasure of using the high-speed bullet trains.
    • Enjoy the tranquillity of the hot springs whilst you stay at Yama No Chaya inn, located in Hakone
    • We’ll arrange an intriguing insight into a Geisha’s life for you with one of our experts in Geisha culture

Location & directions

Kyoto, Japan

The Celestine is located in the heart of the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, better known as Gion and has a prime location in the heart of the city.

How to get there

International flight to Tokyo International Airport-Haneda, followed by a 2-hour Shinkansen (bullet train) journey to Kyoto.

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