A historic icon with Kyoto-style hospitality
322 Rooms / 10 Suites
Nestled close to the banks of the peaceful Kamogawa River, Kyoto Hotel Okura has been one of the city’s great landmarks since 1888, its very walls festooned with a sense of history and tradition of this former capital city. The lobby has classic grandeur and style, with marble pillars leading the eye to a stately staircase and second-floor balcony. In true Kyoto style, hotel staff is unobtrusive yet always on hand to offer warm hospitality.
The luxury hotel is an old-fashioned blend of Western and Eastern influences. With much of the building renovated in recent years, it still manages a fine balance between traditional atmosphere and modern comforts. Combined with its downtown location, fantastic access (there’s a subway station directly below), breathtaking vistas of the nearby Higashiyama Mountains and fascinating city streets, Kyoto Hotel Okura has long been a top choice for those staying in the cultural capital of Japan.
Accommodations are attractive and spacious, with an understated elegance on display throughout, be it a standard room or the Imperial Suite. But what will really impresses are the magnificent views in every direction from the panoramic windows. As the tallest building in the city, and with guest rooms located on the seventh floor up to the 16th, all rooms offer fantastic views of the nearby mountains, historical temple districts or nighttime cityscapes, meaning you don’t even have to leave the hotel to get a real sense of this famous city.
Rooms vary in style, with classic but modern designs in muted colors, while luxurious beds and ambient lighting make it easy to relax and unwind. Bathrooms are handsome and sleek, the lavatories complete with those uniquely Japanese-style bidets and seat-warming toilets, while a full range of bathroom amenities are thoughtfully provided.
Kyoto Hotel Okura’s fitness club offers just about everything you could need for relaxing or building up a sweat. The well-equipped gym is stocked with modern equipment and free weights, and personal trainers are on hand to offer tips and expert advice. There is a good-sized swimming pool and adjoining Jacuzzi, along with sauna, male and female baths and a relaxation area.
Eight grand banquet rooms of varying sizes are perfect for hosting events of any kind, from business conventions to private functions.
There’s also a free and convenient shuttle bus that takes you to and from Kyoto Station, where there is also a private welcome lounge and very useful baggage deposit service.
Building on the city’s reputation as a center for refined cuisine, the Kyoto hotel is home to a variety of high-end restaurants where food is not just a meal but an experience. The 17th-floor Orizzonte buffet and lounge offers nearly 60 dishes from early morning breakfast through late-night dinner and cocktails, all of which can be enjoyed along with the glorious top-floor views.
Pittoresque specializes in contemporary French cuisine that uses only super-fresh seasonal ingredients. For a dinner to remember, try the Japanese black beef at Tokiwa, which features one of the longest and most impressive teppanyaki grills in all of Kyoto. Alternatively, Irifune offers stunning Kyoto cuisine in the famous kaiseki style, where food is more like art and is a feast for all of the senses.
For more causal dining, terrace restaurant Belcanto has a varied menu in a relaxed setting, while Toh-Lee is an authentic Chinese restaurant with a waterfall view. A number of cafés and bakeries provide fresh breads and pastries straight from the oven. Hit up Chippendale to experience a clubby British-influenced bar with an extensive cocktail menu and warm ambience.