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Park Hyatt Kyoto

Well-located, refined, great views

360 Kodaiji Masuyacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0826


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At a Glance

Park Hyatt Kyoto is an elegant guesthouse-style property in Higashiyama and offers a stylish home base looking out over the skyline of Kyoto.

Indagare Loves

  • The Ki No Bi “Blue Dragon” gin created exclusively by Kyoto Distillery for Park Hyatt
  • The unique and thoughtful gardens throughout the hotel designed by Yasuo Kitayama
  • The incredible views from its hillside position out over Kyoto


Designed in the style of a luxury Japanese guesthouse, the Park Hyatt is an intimate, sleek property that opened in Kyoto at the end of 2019. Located in Higashiyama, it is in a good walking location from which to explore temples, restaurants, and sights in the area.

The hotel comprises several buildings tiered into the hillside, and it feels small and tranquil, with multiple intimate spaces for relaxation and dining. Located next to Kyoyamato, a traditional family-run ryotei restaurant established in 1877 during the Meiji Era, which not only provides a traditional Japanese breakfast for guests to enjoy, but is also a lovely old building with a beautiful garden (which many of the hotel's rooms overlook). The other gardens around the property were designed by Yasuo Kitayama, a renowned landscape designer whose work includes many of the region's temple gardens.

There are only seventy rooms total in the property, and the décor is simple and sleek. Rooms are thoughtfully constructed of Tamo wood walls and ceilings, with neutral tones of brown and grey, tables and chairs made by local artisans and large windows that highlight the Kyoto skyline views.

The property also has several dining venues of its own, which range from its discreet street front café, Kyoto Bistro, to Yasaka, which offers a French twist on classic teppanyaki cuisine and amazing views out over Kyoto. Across the terrace is the hotel bar Kohaku, serving craft cocktails in an intimate, stylish space. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s spa and fitness center after a day exploring the city.** **

Who Should Stay

This is a great property for couples, friends, or families with older children. While young children are allowed, the smaller and refined feel of the hotel might lend itself to a more mature clientele.

Written by Lizzie Eberhart

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