• Its location next to Sanjusangendo temple, one of the best in the city
  • The contemporary take on traditional design, especially the use of kimono silk as décor in the rooms
  • Dinner at Touzan, where the food is cooked in front of you over a charcoal pit

Contrast Kyoto’s thousand-year-old heritage with the Hyatt Regency’s contemporary luxury, evidenced across designer rooms, fine-dining restaurants and a superb spa. However that’s not to say the hotel is out of place, with unmistakably Japanese attention to detail and teppinyaki grills firmly siting you in Nippon. And, although you’ll recognise Hyatt for their city-slicking modernism, the luxury hotel brand’s Kyoto iteration responds to its ancient-capital setting in kimono tapestries and traditional ornaments. Its Deluxe rooms even feature nijiriguchi tearooms hidden behind rice-paper doors as deep-soaking cypress wood bathtubs and kotatsu seating areas sunken into the floor give the hotel a real sense of place in a city filled with dozens of UNESCO-listed sights, hundreds of shrines and thousands of Buddhist temples. Kytoto was, after all, the Japanese capital for over a millennium and you’ll be within walking distance of a selection of its World Heritage highlights.

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The Hyatt Regency also has cutting edge. Blonde wood furnishings, granite bathrooms and in-room tablets evidence Japan’s commitment to ultra-modernity while the restaurants are similarly progressive. The hotel’s signature eatery, Touzan, prepares traditional Japanese cuisine with a range of innovative techniques; the immaculately presented sushi is a particular highlight. For some protein, head to the Grill where delicately marbled wagyu steaks are served to views over the hotel’s Japanese gardens. However, if you’re after something more recognisable, book a table at the Trattoria Sette where Italian classics are prepared at a show kitchen.

There’s a full complement of facilities on offer as well. Start your day with a yoga class, make use of the state-of-the-art gym or book a treatment at the spa; there’s everything from aromatherapy to sports massages with all sessions tailored to your needs. For some refreshment, sip on a premium sake in the bar or get your sugar fix at the patisserie where Japanese goodies are baked daily. 


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This is the ideal introduction to Japan, pairing a host of highlights with personalised tours, including a trip up the iconic Tokyo Skytree, stays at luxurious ryokan accommodation, traditional kaiseki feasts and journeys aboard the bullet train.

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