Located in the centre of Kyoto’s temple district, our intimate, contemporary hideaway is grounded in the city’s ancient traditions. It’s the perfect place to discover Kyoto’s heart – including its hidden gems. Who better to draw up a local guide than our in-the-know staff? Tailor your itinerary with their picks; then explore, retreat and repeat.
red and yellow leafed-trees line a walkway leading to a temple in kyoto

Where to Sightsee According To Our Assistant Director of Sales

– Chan Zhang, Assistant Director of Sales

“I love sightseeing and collecting stamps from temples and shrines like Chishakuin Temple, which is within a five-minute walk of our Hotel. I’ve collected close to 70 stamps from all over Japan. Kyoto is such cosy town to explore by bicycle as well. Ask me for a route off the beaten track!”

a winter scene on a shopping street in kyoto

Where Our Fitness Team Leader Jogs in the Morning

– Alexander Wood, Fitness Team Leader

“Jogging along Kamo River or by Kenninji Temple in the bustle of the Gion area is the best way to wander the city, especially if you’re a frequent jogger. Fushimi Inari Taisha is a unique location; by running through the thousands of Torii gates you'll pass on your way up the mountain, the atmosphere becomes more and more Zen the higher up you go. I recommended heading out early, when there’s less foot traffic, giving you clear paths to ascend.”

National Museum overlooks a lush green lawn in kyoto

The Best Art Museum According to our Bar Captain

– Megumi Yamamoto, The Lounge & Bar Captain

“If you want to touch the history of Kyoto and Japan, visit The Kyoto National Museum, within a five-minute walk from our Hotel. Their historic collection and the building’s main entrance are recognized as important cultural property from the Meiji era. If you want to avoid the crowd, especially when they do special exhibitions, head over in the evening on Friday or Saturday until 9:00 pm.”

Walden Coffee Shop


– Shiho Kawanobe, Public Relations & Communication Coordinator

“Just a 20-minute walk from the Hotel is Walden Woods Kyoto – an artful, signless coffee shop near the Shosei-en Garden that serves single-origin roasts. I love grabbing a cup of light roast drip coffee to enjoy the flavour of the beans themselves, which come from Africa, Central America and South America. Make sure you snap a photo at the Thoreau-inspired floor-to-ceiling mural before you take a walk in the temple garden, which dates back to the mid-1600s.”