Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, opens

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto opened last week as the city’s first international luxury hotel and Japan’s first urban resort.

“We are honored to open our fourth Ritz-Carlton in Japan, in the beautiful city of Kyoto. Our customers are always looking to explore evocative, new and inspiring destinations and have long expressed a desire for us to offer in this incredible location” said Herve Humler, president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton. “I believe this hotel offers a timeless window to Japan and complements perfectly 85 other Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe.”

The 134-room property 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 hotel’s rooms and suites offer full views of the river and the Higashiyama Mountains. The architects and designers retained the aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the architectural structure of the building. 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 and water features, including a four-story waterfall, are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel.

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