A look at Peter Remedios' and Spin Studios' design of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Sekisui House opened The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. Located in the heart of a city known for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens, the riverside resort honors the cultural heritage of the city through its design. 

The interiors created by Peter Remedios and Spin Studios pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs created by local artisans and the incorporation of Zen rock gardens (locally known as “karesansui”) and water features, including a four-story waterfall, are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel. The architects and designers have retained the character and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the architectural structure of the building.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto sits on the banks of the Kamogawa River in Nijho Ohashi, close to Kyoto's downtown areas including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city's retail and entertainment districts.


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The Kamogawa Suite and its sister suites with their moon deck gardens (“tsukimidai”) and floor to ceiling windows offer accommodations with panoramic views of the river and Higashiyama Mountains.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, nestled at the foot of the waterfall, has seven treatment rooms and offers signature services inspired by the culture of Japan and ESPA.

For dining, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto features fine-dining venues, including the Japanese restaurant Mizuki, modeled around a dynamic landscape composed of stone garden, waterfall and historical designs. The restaurant includes an outdoor terrace complete with fire pits for gourmet diners to enjoy the scenery during Sakura and Autumn seasons. La Locanda, the Italian restaurant, pays homage to the hotel site's history. Its private room, called Ebisugawatei, is a preserved historically-listed building, while the restaurant also has its own walk-in charcuterie and l'affineur cheese cellar.

For events, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto has four rooms, each named after a cherry blossom species – Takane Ballroom, Kocho, Shidare and Kanzan meeting rooms. The property also has a wedding showroom.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe.