Japan – Eyeing A Geisha whilst in Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto  

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto pays tribute to the city’s rich cultural Japanese heritage, while maintaining a level of luxury and service befitting a 5-star hotel.

 

Set along the banks of the Kamogawa river and featuring panoramic views of the Higashiyama Mountain, the hotel offers 134 beautifully refined rooms and suites, as well as four dining outlets, several tastefully appointed event venues and a peaceful spa.

 

Hotel interiors include patterned motifs created by local artisans, as well as Zen gardens and water features.

 

Gracefully appointed suites, immaculately designed featuring spacious layouts and gorgeously realized details, tempting guests to forgo exploration in favor of relaxed seclusion. Suite amenities include handmade soaps, 600-count linens and complimentary Internet access.

 

Dining experience showcasing both Japanese and Western cuisine, that transports the art of fine dining to unprecedented new heights. Sample four classic styles of Japanese cooking, including sushi, teppanyaki and multi-course kaiseki dinners, at Mizuki. La Locanda, the enchanting Italian restaurant, offers classic yet contemporary dining in a historic setting. Settle in for a nightcap at The Bar, which features a 360º cellar with more than 400 meticulously considered wine selections.

 

The Lobby Lounge is a wonderful spot eyeing an authentic Geisha sipping a cup of tea and a decadent treat from the French patisserie Pierre Hermé Paris after a busy day in downtown Kyoto.

 

Whilst in Kyoto, explore numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. Kyoto is also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and Geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district.

 

Gion is Kyoto’s Geisha district, with hostesses in colorful kimonos often sighted on the wooden Tatsumi Bridge, or amid upscale Japanese restaurants and boutiques on Hanamikoji Street. Gion Corner hosts traditional Kyomai dances, while Kennin-ji Temple is known for its Zen garden and Yasaka Shrine has seasonal festivals in a lantern-lit courtyard. Nightlife ranges from quiet sake bars to buzzing, pub-like izakayas.

 

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