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Last updated: 31 July, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rob Goss

About a kilometre north of Kyoto Station, the Kanra is a sleek blend of traditional Japanese and minimalist Scandinavian sensibilities. Rooms are airy and spacious, with a mix of wooden, granite and tatami flooring, plus light, natural tones and wooden furnishings. To that, little touches like locally made ceramic tea sets add a carefully curated feel, while the scented baths are almost like having an in-room private onsen.

Away from the 68 rooms, a laidback café-slash-bar serves traditional desserts alongside cocktails, as well as selling local crafts, but the most unexpected feature is the hotel’s kintsugi studio – here artisans use gold and silver lacquer.

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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

Room types


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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Kansai, Japan

Geisha woman with white face paint

Ancient temples and shrines, sublime cuisine, manicured gardens, colourful geishas and living history in spades – Kyoto is traditional Japan at its best.