The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Kyoto’s storied mountainside stay

With more than 130 years of high-end Japanese hospitality under its belt, The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto knows what it takes to care for guests. Its imposing presence over Kyoto from the base of Higashiyama mountain makes it easy to see why everyone from imperial families to modern-day statespeople have made this regal retreat their home base in Kyoto.

A 2020 renovation brought refreshed contemporary interiors, chic new restaurants, an architecturally stunning chapel and a fully reimagined onsen (natural underground hot spring baths) spa to this historic grande dame. Though the property still maintains its 19th-century charm thanks to manicured grounds and views over the feudal-era Higashiyama district. This beautiful blend of past and present guarantees that The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto will continue its long-lasting legacy.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • History buffs will find a lot to love in and around The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto. The nearby Higashiyama district is home to feudal-era villages and tea houses, while UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Heian Shrine and temples such as Nanzenji, Eikando and Ginkakuji are all moments from your front door.
  • After a long day of sightseeing, schedule a much-needed deep-tissue massage or relaxing facial at Sothys The Westin Miyako Kyoto. The recently redesigned spa offers a serene escape with its Eastern and Western treatments.
  • The Kyoto hotel’s revamped culinary offerings include elegant French fare (Dominique Bouchet Kyoto Le RESTAURANT); French-influenced teppanyaki (Dominique Bouchet Kyoto Le Teppanyaki); an English-style tea lounge (Tea Lounge MAYFAIR), a bar with light bites, desserts and champagne (BAR ROKUZA); and an airy all-day dining venue (RAQOU) complete with mountain views.
  • Learn the revered art of Japanese tea preparation during an authentic tea ceremony. Make a reservation to visit the peaceful Karaku-an tea room and experience an expert-led class by honorary Urasenke (school of Japanese tea ceremony) master Soryu Tamon.
  • All guests get entry to Spa Kacho, a hot spring and day spa complex overlooking the gardens. Go soak in the indoor-outdoor onsen or sit in the steam room or sauna.

The Look

  • The recently redone lobby of the luxury hotel makes a strong statement from the moment you set foot inside. It showcases Japanese style with minimalist yet plush seating, a sleek reception area and a stunning aerial installation that artfully resembles origami cranes in flight.
  • The 266 accommodations embrace a color palette reminiscent of the nearby eastern mountains shrouded in morning mist. Think soft blue-gray carpets, monochrome patterned wallpaper featuring an abstract wave pattern, softly lit marble bathrooms and plush, purple ottomans for a fun pop of color.
  • Continuing the theme of bringing the outdoors in, Spa Kacho’s soothing design was inspired by the nearby 19th-century Suirokaku aqueduct with gray marble accents and a repeating motif of arches throughout. The highlight is the volcanic spring-fed onsen.
  • Those looking for a more authentic stay should check into the Kasui-en annex. This marvel of mid-century modernist Japanese architecture was designed by architect Togo Murano in 1959 and remains a favorite of local businesspeople.
  • Peek inside the chapel with its striking wood latticework ceiling, wood-slatted walls, wood benches and altar-fronted stone.

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Getting There
1 Awataguchi Kachocho,Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0052, Japan
KIX (1 hr 30 min-1 hr 50 min)   ITM (45 min-1 hr 20 min)  
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