February 7, 2014 saw The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto’s arrival on the banks of the Kamogawa river. While the resort enjoys easy access to districts such as Gion, Pontocho and Kawaramachi, the crowds will be a distant memory once you step inside. Japanese motifs and traditional crafts are a hallmark throughout this 134-room property, as are artworks by local artists and panoramic vistas of the Higashiyama mountainscapes. Some suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace that overlooks the garden, some feature traditional tatami mats and futon, while others come fitted with a fireplace and a private balcony. Dining establishments also pay tribute to the country’s heritage: options include a kaiseki restaurant that showcases the best of the cuisine through its meticulously prepared and exquisitely plated dishes, and an outlet where sushi remains the star of the show. For something sweet, head to the on-site Pierre Hermé Paris boutique store—one of the very few in Japan. When guests aren’t busy churning out laps in the resort’s 20-meter pool or indulging in a pampering session at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, they’re encouraged to delve into activities like gardening and sake-tasting.
To celebrate its third anniversary, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto has rolled out an offer that’s valid until March 31, 2017. Starting from US$521 a night, the package includes a stay in a room of your choice, daily breakfast at one of the hotel’s restaurants (option of either an American spread or a Japanese meal set), a chance to enter the resort’s lucky draw, and a special gift of either a bottle of wine, a tea set, or a traditional fan.
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