CONCEPT

The Tea Garden and the Lights of the Tea House

DESIGN

Design concept

Our lobby lounge is inspired by “Chatei” - the traditional tea garden culture nurtured in Kyoto with which we offer all guests a warm welcome. By guiding guests to their rooms, which are analogous to teahouses, through the dim garden that lies outside a traditional teahouse with the light of paper lanterns, we create Kyoto’s unique worldview through the presence of the tea garden and the effects of light and invite guests to explore it. With an emphasis on paper lanterns, cobblestone, and ceiling latticework to create essential value and a focus on stone and light in the approach from the entrance to the elevator hall, we use primitive expressive techniques to execute the designs of individual elements.

Paper lanterns

Lighting fixtures evoking the paper lanterns used in Japanese festivals were fabricated just for the hotel. They have been placed at random heights to evoke the ambience of a festival. We’ve worked to create gentle, warm light that fills the space.

Cobblestones

We’ve embedded stones in the ground and placed a large stone in the courtyard. Stonework has been used to highlight the half-underground location of the first floor. We’ve used light from paper lanterns to incorporate the beauty of the stonework into the lobby’s design.

Ceiling latticework

We chose a latticed ceiling as a design that would evoke a uniquely Japanese space. We used aluminum to create a latticed ceiling of the type long used in Japan in order to create a more contemporary design.

Reception desk

We built the reception desk out of stone and used premium, natural ginkgo wood for its counter. Similarly, the bench in front of the reception desk features the simplicity of log cross-sections placed on large stones. To highlight the appeal of wood, the bench is made from wood from a single, valuable ginkgo tree.

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Japan's functional beauty

GUEST ROOM

The hotel has a total of 166 guest rooms ranging in area from 15.8 to 42.56 square meters. Double, twin, and triple layouts accommodate the overnight needs of a diverse range of parties ranging from one to three guests. Inside guest rooms, which like the common areas feature lighting designed to evoke traditional Japanese oil lamps, you’ll find a “toolbox” that both doubles as a table while providing storage for tea implements and other room amenities. This arrangement invites you to experience the Japanese worldview, which prizes orderly neatness and space-saving innovation while finding beauty in simple, unpretentious tools.

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A “Time Trip” Synonymous with Kyoto

EXPERIENCE

Matcha Green Tea and Zen Candy

Kyoto, which is known for the delicious flavor of its water, is located in a basin that is blessed with abundant natural groundwater. The Rokujo area in which the hotel is located is also home to the Hakusan-yu bath, which uses this groundwater. We serve matcha tea prepared with the same spring water used by Hakusan-yu to guests so that they can experience the culture that has been passed down unbroken in Kyoto during their stay.

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An experience of flavor that
will make your trip memorable

RESTAURANT

For breakfast, our restaurant serves soup with plenty of ingredients taken directly from a large pot in its open kitchen, along with superb Kyoto-grown white rice steamed in a large pot. Starting at 6:00 pm in the lounge and bar, you can enjoy matcha from Ryuoen Tea Store, a favorite of discerning Kyoto intellectuals, along with original Japanese-style sweets, or pair Japanese sake from leading Kyoto brewery Sasaki Shuzo or Japanese whiskey with Japanese-style sweets.