Jun 23, 2020
A POLISHED JEWEL AMID HISTORIC TREASURES, HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO encapsulates centuries of Japanese beauty and refinement. A harmonious fusion of past and present, it’s a haven of relaxed luxury, a mid-city escape where architecture and design blend fluidly into storied surroundings.
Situated opposite the Edo-period Nijo-jo Castle, a more esteemed location is hard to imagine. It’s here that the Kyoto home of the Mitsui Family has stood since the early 18th century, right in the heart of the ancient capital. From the hotel, the city’s fables unfold in every direction – however a relic of ancient Kyoto can be found right on the doorstep. At the entrance to HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO stands the majestic Kajii-Miya Gate, a proud symbol of the city that has guarded the Mitsui Family Residence since 1703. Bridging old and new, it’s the gateway to a luxury stay that’s infused with nostalgia for culture and tradition, yet thoroughly of the moment.
The hotel’s evocative modern interiors are led by Akira Kuryu and an award-winning dream team of creative talent. Guest rooms by André Fu of Upper House fame are a contemporary interpretation of the Japanese tea room. Rendered in oak, walnut and stone, each is a serene retreat, with objets d’art that recall Kyoto’s traditional crafts. Another gem is the hotel’s Japanese garden by preeminent landscaper Shunsaku Miyagi, where the seasons splash in vibrant colors across an elegant sakura tree.
For an authentic dip into Japanese culture, head to the Thermal Spring SPA, where tradition culminates in a Kyoto first. This sleek 1,000-square-meter Yohei Akao-designed space houses the city center’s only luxury hot-spring onsen. Sink into a spring-fed thermal bath, then rejuvenate with a pampering signature SPA treatment. Or balance your Kyoto adventures with a restorative escape in an Onsen Suite – the ultimate convergence of age-old tradition and contemporary Kyoto cool.
284 Nijoaburanokoji-cho, Aburano-koji St. Nijo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0051