Autograph Collection Hotels has announced the opening of The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike, Autograph Collection hotel in the Takaragaike area, situated in the northern section of Kyoto, Japan.
The hotel joins Marriott International’s exciting Autograph Collection portfolio of more than 190 independent properties across the globe, which are each distinct in design, character, and charm.
“We are excited to expand the Autograph Collection portfolio in Japan with the brand’s 3rd hotel in the country, said Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.
“The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike perfectly highlights Autograph Collection’s promise of showcasing experiences that are informed by unique perspectives on craft and hospitality. This opening reinforces Marriott International’s commitment to continue expanding its footprint across Japan.”
The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to Kokusaikaikan Station, and is approximately 58 kilometers from Osaka International Airport, making it accessible from other areas of Japan.Takaragaike Park, which offers walking trails with scenic views of spring cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.
For centuries, Takaragaike, was a favourite for the city’s upper class to relax amid scenic nature. Local attractions include the 17th-century Shugakuin Imperial Villa, as well as the breathtaking gold leaf-covered Kinkakuji Temple, all within walking distance.
Designed by renowned Japanese architect Togo Murano, The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike showcases an mix between Japanese tradition and Murano’s modernist approach to architecture and design.
The hotel’s 310 spacious guestrooms are all appointed with thoughtful amenities including free Wi-Fi and captivating views of Takaragaike Park and its surroundings, with guests welcomed upon their arrival at the hotel with a cup of matcha prepared in Urasenke style.
Dining options are all designed to create an immersive experience in local as well as international culinary traditions, with the hotel’s main restaurant, Ito-Zakura, serving up French cuisine showcasing well-selected local ingredients from the region. Guests are also invited to visit the century-old Morita Farm in nearby Kamigamo to handpick their own vegetables, which they can then enjoy in a French-inspired meal.
Guests can also dine at the Takaragaike Japanese Restaurant, which presents an array of classic Kyoto cuisine and other Japanese regional favourites. Elsewhere, there is the Tohen Chinese Restaurant, a Beijing style cuisine served with a touch of Kyoto essence.
The hotel also boasts the Mizu-No-Ne hotel lobby lounge, Bar Ascot, an English-style bar and its own traditional wooden Japanese Tea House is set within the hotel grounds, where guests can also experience an authentic formal Japanese tea ceremony.
To explore the dining scene in Kyoto, guests can request a curated list of must-visit places, such as the traditional riverside dining or kawadoko at the nearby Kibune or Takao restaurants. For a fully immersive Kyoto culinary experience, offering a deep understanding of the culture and tradition, guests can enjoy a special dinner in a tatami room with a maiko at the hotel, by special arrangement.
“Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan, and for many centuries, it has welcomed visitors from all over the world who come to take in its beautiful natural scenery, fascinating culture and excellent cuisine,” said Masashi Takizawa, General Manager, The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike.
“We are extremely pleased to become part of Marriott International’s prestigious Autograph Collection, and to present our very special hotel to the next generation of visitors who wish to discover authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences when they visit Kyoto.”