With a grand opening on September 2, 2019, Oriental Hotel Kyoto Gallery will give you a lifetime experience of enjoying the captivating Kyoto city. Once Japan's capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is now a modern city still retaining its whimsical historic value seen from its many shrines and temples.
Staying in the Oriental Hotel Tokyo Gallery will present you the essence of Kyoto City to the fullest. Constructed specifically in mind to promote the substantial historical value of the ancient city, the hotel is situated in the Kiyomizu-Gojo area bestriding the Kamogawa River. The river is famous among locals for romantic walks under blossoming Sakura trees, complete with stepping stones where you can cross the river.
Furthermore, the hotel is also enclosed by the Kiyomizu Temple and the Gion area, two more nearby points of interest you should visit during your trip. Exploring either location will become an excellent jump-start for you to fully embrace the distinctive Kyoto from its traditional values and events.
The Kiyomizu Temple, for instance, is gazetted as a UNESCO world heritage site and has long since been one of the most renowned temples across Japan since its discovery in 780. Gion area has a reputation of being Kyoto's most popular geiko (traditional Japanese entertainers in Kyoto dialect) district lined with ochaya (teahouses) and other dining establishments.
From the 150 available smoke-free rooms in Oriental Hotel Tokyo Gallery, some of the types you can book are:
● Standard Double and Twin (A and B)
● Superior Twin
● Deluxe Twin
Every room has Japanese Yukimi Shoji window screening, a typical Japanese door made of two sections: the upper part made from Japanese washi paper and the lower part created in transparent glass. This structure is standard in many local Japanese residences, serving the purpose of allowing residents to witness the piling snow during winter. It also explains the literal meaning of yuki-mi in Japanese: snow-see.
With such memorable design, your air-conditioned room is already inclusive of a safe box, clothes rack, free bottled water, telephone, wake-up service, fridge, heating system, flat-screen TV, electric kettle, IC security card, shoehorn, and extra linens. You can also use the provided negative ion dryer, toiletries, slippers, and towels in the private bathroom.
Enjoy breakfast with the generous chef-prepared buffet menu in the on-site restaurant that caters to 48 seats limited only to the hotel guests. More amenities and services available include 24-hour front desk, vending machine, luggage storage, smoking area, elevator, and 24-hour security. Wheelchairs are also available for disabled or sick guests. Do note that the high-speed Wi-Fi access is only accessible within the premise, and parking isn’t available yet. Therefore, you can only reach the hotel by public transportation or taxi to drop you off.
The hotel is in close proximity to Osaka International Airport, allowing you to arrive after a reasonable 43-minute drive (44km). Also known as Itami Airport, this first-class airport only serves domestic routes within the Kansai region (the prefectures of Shiga, Osaka, Kyoto, Wakayama, Nara, Mie, and Hyōgo). If you’re coming by international flight (e.g., Scoot or Singapore Airlines), you can book your plane ticket to Kansai International Airport instead. Upon arrival, you can reach the hotel within a 1 hour and 20 minute-drive (97km).
Be mesmerised from the moment you step into Oriental Hotel Tokyo Gallery, where its entrance incorporates decorative lattice work designs or tategoshi in Japanese. This design concept emerged during the Heian Period, which the hotel combines with the long-adored checkered patterns since the middle of the Edo Period. Along with other unique features, they set the hotel landscape reminiscent of "old Japan," a vibe you won’t find elsewhere!