The main hall built in the Shinden-zukuri architectural style features transepts on each side of its front, and sandwiches a grand wooden stage in-between them. It is the foremost Kyoto landmark.
– 1.3 km from the hotel
Kodai-ji was built for Nene, Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s wife, to pray for her late husband. The temple is famous for the “Hyakki Yagyo Emaki” picture scroll which is put on display every summer.
– 900 m from the hotel
Yasaka Shrine is commonly referred to by locals as “Gion-san.” The Gion Matsuri, one of the three great Japanese festivals is held there every July. When going from the hotel, take the Minami-Romon (South Gate) for a shortcut.
– 1.0 km from the hotel
The Oldest Zen Temple ” Kennin-ji”
Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple. View the stunning 108-tatami-large Twin Dragons ceiling painting in the lecture hall. You can participate in a Zen meditation trial on the second Sunday of every month.
– 700 m from the hotel
East of Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park covers an area of 86,000 square meters. It is considered the best place to view cherry blossoms in all of Kyoto and is where crowds gather to view the famous Gion-no-Yozakura tree.
– 1.2 km from the hotel
Tower of Yasaka
Walk east down Yasaka-doori in front of the hotel to arrive at the five-story Tower of Yasaka, a majestic landmark.
– 500 m from the hotel
Patisserie Gion Sakai
A patisserie specializing in creating stylish new authentic Western confectionery. Popular entries in their lineup include Japanese chestnut Mont Blanc, green tea Bavarian cream, and Chasen with layered adzuki beans. There is also a café on the second floor making it the perfect place to take a break.
Address:570-122 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Distance from Hotel: 850 m
Kagizen Yoshifusa Honten
A Japanese confectionary store dating back to the Edo period. Select ingredients are used to make sweets by hand with the same traditional methods from the 18th century. Their signature dish is kudzu starch noodles, made from a simple combination of Yoshinohon-kuzdu starch and water. The thick and sticky texture combined with rich kuromitsu is nothing short of exquisite.
Address:264 Kitagawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Distance from Hotel: 900 m
Kyoto Gion Anon Honten
This confectionary store blending Western and Eastern styles, is known for its wide selection of sweets with red bean paste, made using traditional methods dedicated to the adzuki bean. The building was originally a townhouse, and features a wide café space where you can enjoy green tea from the old Uji green tea plantation Marukyu Koyamaen together with your dessert.
Address:368-2 Kiyomotocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Distance from Hotel: 950 m
An original stationary store housed within a former tea house. Products made by professional graphic designers are both beautiful and functional. Pick up one of their creations, such as the porcelain stationery holder (fitting 475 sheets), and you will find yourself not wanting to let go.
Distance from Hotel: 1.6 km
Wabiya Korekido Gion Hanamikoji Honten
A well-known charcoal-grilled yakitori and mizutaki hotpot restaurant use their own original Wabiya chickens, raised with care for over 100 days on a poultry farm in Tottori. The oyakodon from their lunch menu is a crowd pleaser. Wines selected by a sommelier are waiting to be enjoyed with your meal.
Address: South Hanami-koji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Distance from Hotel: 750 m
Ippodo Tea Kyoto Honten
A Japanese tea house that opened in 1717. Along with selling tea, they also offer you a chance to experience Japanese tea culture from various angles. For example, through their open tea room which is used for enjoying their high quality tea with Japanese confectionary, and through their tea brewing classes. The tea house also offers takeout.
Address: North Teramachi-doori Nijo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City
Distance from Hotel: 2.5 km