Explore One of Kyoto’s Most Picturesque Temples. It’s called the Silver Pavilion, but Ginkaku-ji Zen temple doesn’t actually have any silver. Rumors say the shogun ran out of money before the temple could be coated with silver leaf. What it does have is a dreamy reflection pond, a raked sand garden, and a canopy of meticulously manicured trees.
Admire the Local Artists. The National Museum of Modern Art showcases the work of 20th-century artists from the Kyoto area who have used traditional mediums (bamboo, ceramics, lacquer) and traditional techniques, like the nihonga style of painting done on fine washi paper.
Find Comfort in Ramen. You would see a lot of Ramen restaurants when you explore Kyoto city. If you are a ramen lover, try authentic local ramen by visiting them a few steps from our hotel. At the concierge desk, ask for some recommendations from our ladies and gentlemen with a map around the area.
Experience a Traditional Tea Ceremony. Japanese tea ceremony, Sado, the Way of Tea, is an ancient art involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, or powdered green tea. At the tea ceremony, you would be served whisked matcha in a cup and delivered the extra-grassy, local green tea brew to you with a bow.
Eat Some of the Best Local Food of Your Life in Gion. Originally developed during the middle ages, the district of Gion is within walking distance from the hotel and offers a wide range of establishments where you can enjoy a Japanese dinner in a traditional Japanese setting.
Explore the Bustling Gion Neighborhood. At night, the streets of Gion are lined with lanterns, geishas shuffle along the streets on the way to shows, and karaoke bars are filled with energetic singers.