The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Hotel, Japan

Stand on your balcony, overlooking the serene Kamogawa River and you’ll be pleased you made the Ritz-Carlton part of your luxury, tailor-made tour of Japan. Especially as you’ll be perfectly placed to explore Japan’s old city and one its most historic places. Kyoto has literally hundreds of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, not to mention palaces and tranquil ornamental gardens.

But the hotel has also brought the outside traditional atmosphere and tranquillity inside. Some of its suites, for example, have gardens based on tsukimidai or moon-viewing decks. The rooms typically have old fashioned engawa verandas and the décor reflects the timeless Japanese ideas about space and light. In fact, they’re amongst the largest in Kyoto. And they have restful views of the Kamogawa River and the Higashiyama Mountains.

The Ritz-Carlton, at a glance

  • Five-star luxury hotel on the banks of the picturesque Kamogawa River
  • Choice of 134 guest rooms and suites, amongst the largest in Kyoto
  • Traditional engawa verandas
  • Bathrooms featuring bathtubs, rooftop rain showers and double sinks
  • Views of the mountains and river through floor-to-ceiling observation windows
  • Suites have outdoor gardens
  • Italian and superb Japanese restaurants, bar and lounge

For leisure and pleasure

  • Close to the historic district of Gion and convenient for the bustling streets of Kawaramachi and Pontocho
  • Access to the ancient capital’s 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrine
  • Tours of the palaces and gardens for which the city is famed
  • Traditional markets and artisan shops
  • Modern department stores
  • Museums and galleries close by
  • Catherine was so friendly, helpful & efficient that right from the start we felt our holiday was being well organised.

    A.S. and T. Everson, Netherlands, 2016


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7