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Kanra
Kyoto

Hotel Kanra in Kyoto can be described as a hybrid traditional Japanese inn, meaning it is arguably the perfect introduction to Japanese culture for first-timers. This boutique hotel offers an excellent spin on the classical ‘ryokan’, thanks to its mix of luxurious amenities and Western comforts, which is beautifully showcased within its 68 spacious rooms.

The rooms and suites stay true to local ‘Machiya’ design (reminiscent of Kyoto’s traditional wooden architecture), while also keeping up-to-date with fresh and modern twists: right from the sliding paper shōji screens and tatami mats, all the way to the hi-tech electronic systems and clean-cut sleek lines of the interior design. Each en-suite also provides a serene ambiance and comes with a smooth cypress bathtub as well as a white mosaic shower.

While this minimalist aesthetic may not necessarily be for everyone, rest assured that there is beauty in its simplicity - a celebrated design concept in Japan. Also, the artistic touches scattered around provide subtle splashes of colour and stop the Zen atmosphere from feeling soulless.

Typically high standards of Japanese hospitality run strong in this hotel’s veins, so you are sure to appreciate the attention-to-detail and personal service offered here. The cuisine served within the on-site restaurants is also fantastic: we recommend tasting the special sake and succulent Wagyu beef at HANAROKU or enjoying the wood-fired pizza at The Kitchen Kanra, if you are after international dishes.

Soft eucalyptus and mint aromas flood though the property giving off a sense of tranquillity, but if you are after deeper relaxation then look no further than the award-winning Kanra spa. We are sure you will not be disappointed with the massages provided in the 4 nature-themed rooms here, as they are the perfect antidote to an exhilarating packed day of sightseeing or jetlag.

While Hotel Kanra Kyoto’s exterior and location are not the most scenic in the city, it is in fact a conveniently placed haven: Kyoto station lies either a 10 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride away, and Gojo subway station is only a 2 minute walk from the hotel’s doorstep. During a stay here, take advantage of the hotel’s state-of-the-art electronic bikes and whizz around the ancient Imperial city admiring all of its UNESCO-protected sites to beat the tourist crowds.

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