The Thousand Kyoto
Experience the epitome of Kyoto hospitality with a warm welcome and personalised stay at The Thousand Kyoto, a bold new luxury hotel located in the heart of central Kyoto.
A top choice for travellers seeking a modern, sleek hotel, the striking design of the Thousand Kyoto gives other luxury hotels in Kyoto a real run for their money. Opened in January 2019, this spacious design-led hotel is home to 222 luxuriously appointed rooms as well as a state-of-the-art zen spa, several well received eateries and even has a chapel on site!
The hotel isn’t all about the contemporary though, nestled in the heart of the property is a serene garden adding a touch of green to the otherwise dark exterior. A nod to the Japanese belief around zen the quaint garden offers visitors an oasis of calm in an otherwise bustling city.
Each room and suite at The Thousand Kyoto has been designed with minimalism in mind. Contemporary yet comfortable, the rooms are thoughtful designed, each showcasing the unique Japanese style of low-rise furniture – a stylistic nod to historical Japanese culture whilst still maintaining a supreme level of comfort using premium quality furnishings.
Each airy room features a flat-screen TV, opulent rainfall shower, a uniquely designed Japanese tea set and personal touches such as luxurious pyjamas and premium bathrobes. The decor echoes that reminiscent of a traditional Machiya tea house, employing hues of grey, beige and natural wood. The suites are an oasis of serenity – similar in décor and design to the rooms but larger in space and often with private garden terrace. All in all an expertly modern yet simplistic and serene space - an ideal retreat after a day exploring Kyoto.
Dining at a The Thousand Kyoto is an experience in itself. Kizahashi offers guests a premium Japanese dining experience featuring seasonal delights based around a traditional menu. Salae on the other hand is a more relaxed Italian restaurants where an open kitchen and chef’s table invite guests to partake in the action.
The Thousand Kyoto is also home to one of the cities most modern spas. Based around the concept of meditation, the spa is dedicated to awakening the human bodies five core senses. Offering a carefully curated selection of treatments and utilising natural products, the spa at The Thousand Kyoto defines the concept of wellbeing expertly complimenting the sense of zen the hotel emulates.
An oasis of calm in the heart of Kyoto yet just a moments’ walk from Kyoto’s mainline train station, The Thousand Kyoto’s location allows visitors easy access to the city’s most popular sites whilst offering guests a place to relax in harmony and luxury.
When to visit
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.
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.