Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

At a Glance

  • Excellent location in the cultural hotspot of Southern Higashiyama

  • Beautiful kimono fabric used for the headboards

  • Three delicious restaurants serving Japanese, Italian and Western cuisine

  • Seasonal menus with vegetables picked from an organic farm outside of town

  • Situated next to the Sanjusangen Temple

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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. Fall is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colors, 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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Insider's View

The staff are really friendly and will assist with local restaurant bookings, as there is a huge selection

Wander down to the basement level to check out the cool sake bar, Touzan.

The concierge here is excellent so ask for up to date advice on restaurants and other local secret gems.

Enjoy a glass of sake in the hotel's Touzan Bar before heading out to dinner at any one of the local sushi restaurants.

All rooms have original and beautiful kimono fabric for the headboards and this is a really nice touch.

Head to the spa for traditional Japanese acupuncture and a Shiatsu massage - an authentic Japanese treatment, a must whilst in Japan.

Make sure you request a room on the 5th floor with view over the Japanese garden - these are the most beautiful in the hotel!

Don't miss happy hour in Touzan Bar, drinks are half price from 5-7pm and you can sample some local Japanese white wine.

A local sushi restaurant I highly recommend, but you will need to book, is "Wasabi."

The hotel is lucky enough to feature a performance each evening by a Maiko. A Maiko is an apprentice Geisha and the 15 minute dance that is performed each evening is a really unique thing to see and usually not accessible to members of the public.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Hyatt Regency Kyoto or take a look at our itineraries to Kyoto

Description

Located close to the center of Kyoto, a pleasant walk from the famous Geisha Gion district and opposite the Kyoto National Museum, the luxury Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a great base from which to explore the cultural heart of Japan.

The Hyatt Regency is located in the 'Higashiyama Schichijo' area, a cultural and traditional district within the city and is a great location for immersing oneself in all that Kyoto has to offer. The Gion district is nearby and here Kyoto's shops and restaurants offer visitor's endless choices. The temples and museums Kyoto is so well known for are also within an easy walk of this luxury hotel.

The hotel's décor reflects the traditional aspects of this historical city with luxurious Japanese silks present in all the rooms and natural materials giving the hotel a relaxed and calming feel. However, all of the modern amenities you would expect from a stylish and luxurious hotel are still very much present.

There is a Riraku Spa with specialist Japanese treatments where you can relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing and shopping. There is also a fantastic Japanese restaurant with views over a stunning traditional Japanese garden and two other excellent restaurants - an Italian trattoria and a continental grill.

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Accommodation

The 189 rooms and suites at The Hyatt Regency Kyoto range from King Room to the Regency Suite and although they vary in size, view and layout, they all have TV, DVD and high speed internet access as standard as well as reflecting traditional Japanese design in their exquisite furnishings and fabrics.

Childcare

Children are made welcome at The Hyatt Regency Kyoto and many of the room categories have sofa beds and interconnecting rooms are also available. The Regency Suite is a two-bedroom/two-bathroom suite for those seeking the ultimate in space and comfort when traveling as a family. The hotel is happy to arrange babysitting for your children on request.

Facilities

The hotel's Riraku Spa is a real oasis offering a wide range of Eastern and Western treatments including shiatsu, acupuncture and aromatherapy. There is also an indoor swimming pool and fitness center with a full range of the latest exercise equipment.

The Hyatt Regency's three restaurants serve Italian, Japanese and Grilled meat and seafood and the Touzan bar has an extensive sake collection which just has to be sampled.

Activities

The Riraku Spa has much to offer the weary traveler but once revived, the museums and temples, many of which are within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Kyoto are not to be missed. The Gion district nearby abounds with entertainment options, with Shijo Street and Nishiki Market within a short distance.

Reviews

5

Dominic Atterton (Staff)

The Hyatt Regency is an excellent hotel in a quiet area of Kyoto. Rooms are contemporary, light and spacious and I really enjoyed my stay here. I was particularly impressed by how buzzy the hotel felt in the evenings with the bar doing great cocktails and a full of like-minded travelers to strike up a conversation with. The breakfasts are also a highlight and if you can bag a table out on the terrace a really relaxing way to start the day. Kyoto is a must visit on any tour of Japan and the Hyatt Regency makes an ideal stop if youre looking to conserve funds for a Ryokan stay or a blowout stop in Tokyo.

5

Louise Brooks (Staff)

The Hyatt is bright and airy, with a contemporary style. It is one of the more affordable luxury hotels in Kyoto and it exceeded my expectations. The room design is simple but it has all the comforts you would need, as you are out sightseeing most of the day. There is a stylish, well stocked bar which is great for a pre-dinner drink, during happy hour. Overall, a wonderful stay.

5

Kirsty Cowie (Staff)

I really enjoyed staying at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto. Despite the fact that it is not as centrally located as it's local competitors it is still just a short distance from Gion, Kyoto's Geisha district. This luxury hotel promotes various activities to help you intergrate into its home in the Ancient capital. During your stay, I highly recommend grabbing a pre/post dinner glass of sake in their Touzan Bar.

5

Blanche Sherman (Staff)

Park Hyatt Regency is a fantastic choice for those looking to spend most of their time exploring Kyoto and enjoying some of the unique experiences on offer in the area. The hotel is designed in a light, contemporary Japanese style with some subtle hints of colorful silks among the light tones and wood. Despite the hotels welcoming and relaxed environment, the service is impressively efficient. The high number of interconnecting Guest Rooms also make it great for families.

3

Sarah Rowan (Staff)

This is a good option for a stay in the gorgeous Kyoto. The staff are friendly and helpful and it offers easy access to the center of the city to explore. The best room option is the Deluxe Balcony Room, which feels lovely and spacious, with a great size bathroom. From here I highly recommend taking a stroll to Gion, where you can enjoy some local sushi and ice-cream at the delicious Cacao Market.

5

Sophie Jones (Staff)

The Touzan restaurant was an absolutely incredible experience. Each dish was cooked and presented in front of us on the cooking bar over a charcoal pit where the temperatures can get up to 1,200 degrees! Some of the dishes served were sushi and sashimi while others were grilled by placing the charcoal directly on the fish and beef - it was so unique. Alongside the dishes we had Japanese wines and sake perfectly paired with the meal which were so delicious.

5

Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)

The Hyatt Regency is a wonderful hotel where you immediately feel at home and I think it is the best Western hotel in Tokyo. Ken Yokoyama, the wonderful GM knows everything there is to know about Kyoto and can organize wonderful experiences whilst you are there. I was taken to Sakamoto, a tiny and traditional Japanese restaurant hidden away in Gion for the most exquisite Michelin-starred Japanese dinner. When are you in Kyoto, Ken could also arrange dinner with a geiko, meditation with English-speaking monks, a mountain hike with a professor from one of Kyoto's many universities or you could even visit a bamboo shop to get customized furniture made to ship home. All of these experiences and more would really add to any stay in Kyoto and you will definitely leave with a lot of happy memories...

4

Victoria Douglas (Staff)

The Hyatt is perfect if you are looking for a peaceful retreat at the end of a busy day exploring Kyoto. The quiet and elegant ambience is present throughout the hotel, so this is not a place for party types or those seeking the crazy buzz typically associated with Japan. Although not as central as other hotels, I really enjoyed the location as it was perfect for visiting the temples of the eastern side of Kyoto, and still only an enjoyable twenty-minute walk to the station and other main attractions.

Experiences

  • A Day in Kyoto

    Today, explore the gorgeous 'Silver Pavilion' and stroll along the Philosopher Walk. Make a quick visit at Heian shrine before taking a tour of Nijo Castle. End the day with some free time to explore Nishijin Textile Center or the Teramachi.

  • 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.

  • Geisha and Samurai Dressing

    Learn the art of Geisha and Sumurai Dressing, with all the intricate knots and how to properly wear the ancient costumes.

  • 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.

  • Half Day Private Tour of Kyoto and Japanese Tea Ceremony

    This afternoon enjoy a half day private tour of Kyoto taking in some of the highlights providing a great introduction to this fascinating city.

  • Japanese Calligraphy

    Spend some time learning from a master, with a visit to a traditional tea house where you will learn the ancient art of Japanese Calligraphy.

  • 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.

  • 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 Central Kyoto

    Today, rather than focussing on historical sites of the city you will have the chance immerse in the cultural side of the city visiting markets and the stunning and beautifully preserved area of Gion.

  • 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.

  • Private Tour of Western Kyoto

    Today you will meet your guide in the morning to explore some of the key highlights of Western Kyoto including Nijo Castle, the Golden Temple and Ryoanji Temple.

  • Rural Arashiyama

    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.

  • Samurai Experience

    Half day guided tour Samurai Experience 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

    Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.

  • 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.

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Location & directions

Kyoto, Japan

Located in the traditional and historic area of Higashiyama Shichijo, in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. Located just a few minutes away from JR Kyoto Train Station.

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