Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Jo Bettei MGallery is located in central Kyoto, at the heart of a city so rich in culture that the US Secretary of War removed it from his list of bombing targets during World War Two. As such, its ancient teahouses, gardens, Buddhist temples and imperial palaces – built over more than a millennium as the Japanese capital – remain wondrously intact. Many are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Nijō Castle, upon whose southern boundary our boutique hotel stands.
The castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa shogun. His descendants continued to rule from there until 1867, when they eventually relinquished power to the Japanese emperor. The treaty that formalised this shift was signed at Nijō-jo, and not long afterwards the imperial capital was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo.
Many other top Kyoto attractions are easily reachable from the hotel, including Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nishiki Market (dubbed Kyoto’s Kitchen) and the Gion district. In the latter, beautiful geiko and maiko can still be seen hurrying along streets – lined with kaiseki restaurants and traditional machiya houses – on the way to their next engagement. Our hotel offers several exclusive Memorable Moments, including a monk-led visit to areas of Mibu Temple that are usually closed to the public, and a morning worship experience at Takamatsu Shinmei, a 10th-century Shinto shrine.
The hotel is a one-minute walk from Nijōjō-mae subway station and approximately one hour by road from Osaka International Airport (ITM). If arriving by train, hotel staff will meet you on the platform at Kyoto Station.