Sitting on the banks of the Kamogawa river, overlooking the vast Higashiyama mountains, the Ritz-Carlton embodies the grandeur of the former imperial capital of Kyoto. Close to the city's bustling central quarters of Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho, the hotel makes a handy base whether here for business or leisure. Kansai airport is 90 minutes away by train and two hours by car.
You may want to keep up your fitness regime in the well equipped gym, choose from an array of massages or simply have your stresses soothed away on a spa journey. Whatever you choose, The Ritz-Carlton has the facilities to keep you feeling tip-top during your stay. ESPA products take centre stage here, and the seven rooms are the setting for rituals from facials to body scrubs and anti-ageing treatments. Round them off with a dip in the indoor pool.
Combining views of the city, river, garden and mountains, the various rooms and suites are available in a range of stunning categories. Large windows allow in plenty of natural light, and the contemporary interiors have a subtle design, with Japanese traditional motifs and natural colours. Luxury touches include Nespresso machines, 600-thread-count linens and dual vanities.
A rich history and strong cultural identity make Kyoto a must for any visitor to Japan. The Ritz-Carlton makes sure its guests get this first-hand, from arranging cookery classes or workshops with artisan craftsmen, to cycling, art tours and origami. Those wanting a more complete immersion may want the Samurai or Kimono Experience, learning sword skills or colours and patterns of traditional dress.
Afternoon tea at The Lobby Lounge includes Pierre Hermé desserts and light snacks in an art-filled space, to the sound of a cascading waterfall. The sophistication continues at Mizuki, which has four styles of dining: kaiseki, sushi, tempura and teppan. Overlooking the rock garden, it's a haven of calm. Offering a different choice, La Locanda uses fresh local vegetables and the finest ingredients for its classic Italian cooking, all in a modern and delicious style.
Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi HotoriNakagyo-kuKyotoJapan