Park Hyatt Kyoto expertly marries both traditional Japanese heritage with modern minimalist design.
Guests are treated to exceptional views over Kyoto's rooftops towards Yasaka Pagoda.
Within the hotel walls lies an ancient tea house once frequented by feudal war lords - a historically inspired property.
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.
Just a short walk from many of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage sites yet nestled into the hillside, Park Hyatt Kyoto embodies a quintessential retreat for discerning travellers, showcasing classical Japanese architecture and traditional hospitality.
Located in Kyoto's historic Higashiyama Hills next to the ancient Kodai-ji temple and less than a mile from Kyoto train station, the newly opened Park Hyatt Kyoto is a low-rise hotel designed with traditional Japanese architecture in mind. The property which has been crafted from local materials such as Tamo wood and demonstrates Japanese design, features 70 guest rooms including nine premium suites - the perfect oasis of calm set back away from Kyoto's bustling streets.
Steeped in history and heritage, one of Park Hyatt Kyoto's most unique aspects is the properties connection with ancient Japan. Also located on the site of this modern design hotel is Kyoyamato - a traditional ryotei and culinary institution that has been serving traditional yet seasonally inspired Japanese cuisine since 1877. The seven generation family run business consists of several historical buildings including a "Soyotei" or traditional teahouse where guests can experience one of the regions most renowned traditions as well as enjoy tea in a private room where feudal warlords would secretly meet. A truly unique and inspiring addition tho this modern Japanese hotel.
The Park Hyatt Kyoto also offers more casual dining in the form of Kyoto Bistro - a cafe style establishment where a lively open kitchen allows guests to watch the culinary masters at work. Alternatively Yasaka offers more traditional Japanese fare - locally sourced food mostly cooked on the Japanese teppan or "steel plate". It is here where guests are treated to breathtaking views of one of Kyoto's most photographic landmarks and the restaurants namesake - Yasaka Pagoda.
One of our top picks for 2020, the Park Hyatt Kyoto retains the premium quality and service expected of the Park Hyatt group whilst offering guests a premium Japanese guest house experience whilst being located in the centre of Japan's cultural heart.
The spacious yet minimalistic guest rooms although subtle are inviting and offer a sense of calm. Each room features either a king or twin beds, a relaxing seating area with day bed and luxurious bathrooms including quality local Japanese products.
The nine suites all of which have been inspired by the mountains employ fragrant tamo wood and local materials, expertly marrying local time-old traditions with modern decor whilst the floor to ceiling windows showcase the Zen garden views that have become synonymous with this retreat.
There are no specific facilities for children at Park Hyatt Kyoto but families are welcome.
The Park Hyatt Kyoto features four distinctly different food and beverage options. From the historical Kyotamato - one of Kyoto's most famed family run restaurants that serves seasonally-inspired kaiseki cuisine dating back to 1877 to Kyoto Bistro - a more relaxed home style cooking cafe that seves both international and Japanese cuisine. The signature restaurant named after one of Kyoto's most esteemed temples, Yasaka is an experience in itself. Admire the award-winning chefs as they cook live on the iconic Japanese steel plate before indulging in an expertly crafted menu showcasing some of the regions best produce.
For pre or post dinner drinks, guests must visit Kohaku,a refined and elegant bar with dramatic views of Yasaka Pagoda. The small but expertly curated menu features artisanal whisky, local gin and of course Japanese sake, the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the sun set over one of Kyoto's most majestic sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.
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.
Located in the hills overlooking cultural Kyoto, the Park Hyatt Kyoto offers a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto.
Park Hyatt Kyoto is roughly one mile from Kyoto train station.
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