9 February 2014

Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, is Japan's first urban resort

Looking for a venue for corporate events in Kyoto? The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto may fit the bill as Japan's first urban resort and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company's fourth Ritz-Carlton in Japan.
"Our customers are always looking to explore evocative, new and inspiring destinations and have long expressed a desire for us to offer (a hotel) in this incredible location," said Herve Humler, President and COO, The Ritz-Carlton. "I believe this hotel offers a timeless window to Japan and complements perfectly 85 other Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe." 

Sited along the Kamogawa River in Nijho Ohashi, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is close to popular downtown areas including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city's retail and entertainment districts. The hotel's luxury guestrooms and suites offer full views of the river and the Higashiyama Mountains. 

The architecture is reminiscent of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard, and the interiors feature patterned motifs created by local artisans. Zen rock gardens (karesansui) and water features complete the traditional Japanese aesthetic, including a four-storey waterfall positioned in the heart of the hotel.

Source: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto website. A meeting room.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto also introduces meetings and special events spaces with four rooms, each named after a cherry blossom species – Takane Ballroom, plus the Kocho, Shidare and Kanzan meeting rooms.

Nishijin textiles, the same textiles used in Kyoto’s famous Gion festival, have been incorporated as accents in the interiors, while the carpets carry designs of cherry blossoms and plums.

Foodwise, patrons can look forward to creations by French pastry chef Pierre Herme Paris, known for his unusual macarons. He will be introducing an exclusive range of signature desserts to The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The unique collaboration will showcase his work throughout the property including at restaurants, meetings, and banquets.

Source: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto website. Mizuki.
Other event venues include the Mizuki Japanese restaurant, which has an outdoor terrace, and La Locanda, an Italian restaurant with a private room called Ebisugawatei, which is a preserved historically-listed building.

Kyoto draws 50 million visitors annually to experience the former capital of Japan and its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city and its environs is also home to almost a quarter of Japan's national treasures.