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Last updated: 27 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Rob Goss

If you’ve ever had an urge to spend the night in a gallery, this ultra-hip boutique hotel several blocks south of busy Shijo-dori can scratch that itch.

A self-proclaimed ‘art hotel’, created by Tokyo-based contemporary art collective BnA, the 31 rooms here are all different – some pop-arty, others abstract, many hard to pin down with a single label.

The vibe continues beyond the rooms, with communal areas in the 10-story building functioning as a vertical gallery. Not surprisingly, the laidback bar here has become something of an artist’s hangout – a good place to plug into Kyoto’s creative scene.

And as well as immersing yourself in art by staying here, you’d be supporting the arts too – the artists receive a slice of the revenue from every stay in the rooms they created.

BnA in Kyoto is about a five-minute walk to Gion and just south of Kawaramachi, which is good for bars and restaurants. Kanra is about 7-8 mins north of Kyoto Station, which gives fairly decent train/bus access to all sorts of places, though the immediate surrounding area itself isn’t the most exciting.


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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

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Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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