Set in the central ward of Kyoto you could be forgiven for thinking that this was just another ultra-traditional Japanese hotel. But times are changing and this modern and super stylish hotel has taken Kyoto by surprise whilst still managing to keep a solid tie to the cities ancient roots.
The hotel offers 8 rooms types which range from your standard double room to large, spacious suites that accommodate up to 4 people comfortably between the main bedroom and the lounge room. Many rooms also come with a little tatami mat space as well that is perfect for relaxing or sleeping.
The hotel also contains a shared library lounge, featuring a surprisingly large selection of books about Kyoto, as well as a shared kitchen where guests can prepare the food they’ve bought at the local markets. If you don't feel like preparing your own meals, There is a proper restaurant on-site as well, called Tsunagu, which is open from breakfast straight through to 11:00 at night. It serves both classic Kyoto-style grilled fish with pickled vegetables and its own, rather more universal, special fried chicken.
The hotel encourages guests to intermingle and interact with each other through the use of the shared services and tries to make every single visitor feel like home in Kyoto. The hotel also hosts regular fitness and craft activities. Morning Yoga classes in the Library are one of the highlights as is the occasional sunset Yoga on the rooftop.
The hotel is located in Nakagyō-ku (中京区) which is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, Japan. Its name means "central capital ward" and it is just that, the most central ward in the city. Most of Kyoto's legendary craft stores are located here, along with numerous restaurants and bars. Home also to Nijo Castle, Nakagyō-ku has a number of exclusive ryokans tucked away in delightful neighbourhoods typical of old Kyoto.
The apartments can easily be reached by public transport from the centre of Kyoto or from the main Kyoto Train Station where you can then get high-speed bullet trains to the rest of the major Japanese cities. The closest public transport hub is the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line "Maruta-cho" which is about 2 minutes away from the hotel by foot.
Address: 186 Joshinyoko-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0867View larger map