The Westin is located on the east side of the city at a vantage point looking out over the historic Higashiyama area. Kyoto's temples, shrines and atmospheric areas are dotted all over the city but are perhaps densest here, with mighty Kiyomizudera a 10 minute walk in one direction and 'Philosopher's Path' from Nanzen-ji to the Silver Temple being 10 minutes in the other direction. This old canal path is particularly beautiful in cherry blossom season with trees all along it. Just north is the Geisha quarter of Gion. The Westin may not be much to look at from the front (most Kyoto hotels aren't), but behind are concealed small but perfectly formed Japanese gardens designated as scenic places of beauty in the city. There is even a traditional tea room at the end of one of them. This is one of the most well established hotels in the city with both western as well as a few Japanese 'ryokan' style rooms, free Wi-fi, pool, spa and of course the views.