Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto is to benefit from the opening of two
high-end hotels in 2014, a demonstration of faith in a city that was
recently voted the best in Asia by readers of US magazine Conde Nast
Ritz-Carlton has confirmed the long-rumored plan for a hotel alongside the
Kamogawa river, which is one of the most popular walking spots in the
ancient city, particularly during the cherry blossom season in the
Strict regulations on the construction of buildings within the metropolis
-- which remains one of the few low-rise cities in Japan -- mean that the
hotel will have a maximum of four floors above ground but a further three
The hotel said the property will have 140 guest rooms, with standard guest
rooms an average of 50 square meters, among the most generous of all
luxury hotels in Japan.
The second international newcomer will be the Kyoto Four Seasons Hotel,
which is to be built close to Sanjusangendo Temple, or the Hall of the
Lotus King. The temple, to the east of the city, is famous for its 1,000
statues of armed Kannon deities.
Despite its popularity with both domestic and international travelers --
in good part due to its important position in Japanese history as well as
its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to fully 20
percent of Japan's National Treasures -- Kyoto has been notoriously
lacking in top-class accommodation options.
Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton, which is being built on the site of the
demolished Hotel Fujita Kyoto, are expected to start at around Y50,0000
(Ã¢âÂ¬481) a night, while the Four Seasons, which already operates two
properties in Tokyo, will reportedly begin at Y40,000 (Ã¢âÂ¬385).
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