Ancient temples and shrines, sublime cuisine, manicured gardens, colourful geishas and living history in spades – Kyoto is traditional Japan at its best.
Recommended place to stay:
Celestine Kyoto Gion
Kyoto, Kansai, Japan|www.celestinehotels.jp|
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This hotel in the historic Gion district mixes the calm air and hospitality of a traditional ryokan with the simple, fresh design of a modern hotel.
Passing through the noren curtains of the Celestine’s entrance most definitely feels like entering a ryokan, as does the green tea service at check-in.
Yet instead of the traditional tatami matting and low futon, the spacious rooms and suites feature carpeting and beds, all packaged in neutral tones and with Japanese accents like traditional tea sets.
It’s a nice compromise for anyone who wants a Japanese vibe to their accommodation but doesn’t want to go for a full-on ryokan experience.
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