HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa

What kind of 5-star hotel is HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa?

The luxury hotel opened in Nov 2020. It’s exactly the kind of hotel I would want to stay in even if I wasn’t in Kyoto. I would recommend it to enjoy spending time at this hotel rather than enjoying the sights of Kyoto.

As you enter through the more than 300-year-old gate, you will see a wonderful courtyard. We checked in at the lobby with a view of the wonderful garden. The hotel offers a space of tranquility and serenity that you would not expect in the city of Kyoto. I was amazed at the idea of arranging the splendor of Japanese architecture in a modern way while providing a sense of freedom and luxury. 

Then all staff is excellent. I was impressed with the hospitality. Thanks to all the staff for their smiles and polite service. All the cab drivers said, “The staff here is good.

If you are looking for a wonderful 5-star hotel in Kyoto, the hotel is one of the best. Like the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, it was one of the top hotels in Japan, and I was highly satisfied.

The only drawback would be the location of this hotel. The surrounding atmosphere is very Kyoto-like, as Nijo Castle is next door, but it’s lacking compared to the Higashiyama area. Except for Nijo Castle, it’s just a normal Kyoto street. If you want to feel like a samurai as much as possible during your stay in Kyoto, I would recommend staying at a hotel in the Higashiyama area.

On the other hand, if you want to enjoy a five-star hotel experience in Kyoto, I would recommend HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO. This may be the only 5-star hotel in Japan where you can stay with a view of the historic castle.

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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it’s about a 3-minute walk from Exit 2 of Nijojo-mae Station on the Tozai Subway Line. Exit 2 is stairs only, so if you have large baggage, we recommend using Exit 1, which has escalators and elevators.

If you take a taxi from Kyoto Station, it takes 15min and costs around JPY,1,500 to 2,000.

Then the hotel just opened in 2020. When you take a cab, you may want to show the address and TEL No. in the below Japanese as a cab driver can enter the phone number into the car navigation system to confirm the destination.

〒604-0051 京都府京都市中京区油小路通二条下る二条油小路町284
電話番号 075-468-3100

The hotel is located next to the World Heritage Nijo Castle. I heard that it is one of the most famous running courses in Kyoto, with a circumference of 2 kilometers, so I found time to go for a run.


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If you are looking for a good place for a special occasion in Kyoto, the property is one of the best. The staff arranges flowers and cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request in advance.
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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with a Nijo castle view. From the room, you can see Nijo Castle lit up at night, floating outside the window. The layout of the rooms is innovative, user-friendly, and comfortable.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, pajamas, bathrobes, TWG tea bags, bottled water, a coffee machine with capsules, an umbrella, and a Japanese tea set.  Also, you can complimentary request skincare products.  There are many types of pillows to choose from. Turn-down service is available. A BOSE speaker was placed.  Room service is available for 24H.  There is a convenience store nearby.  The free WiFi reception was excellent.

Then this is child-friendly. If you need amenities for children, you need to request in advance when you book a room. Baby cribs are available for borrowing. *One child up to 12 years old per adult will be free of charge for co-sleep. Activities for children are also available.
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How about In-house Facilities?

There is an amazing indoor communal hot spring on B1. The hot spring here is a large bath that looks like a swimming pool. It is different from regular hot springs. You need to wear swimwear to enter the hot spring. Swimsuits are available for borrowing, but you can also bring your own. *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing areas.

Then there is a nice private hot spring with a small Japanese garden. It costs JPY19,500. You need to book it in advance. *If you have tattoos, you may want to use the private one.

There is a gym with all the latest machines on B1. Swimwear, sportswear, shoes, t-shirts, etc, are available for free. *The gym has a minimum age requirement of 16 applies.

Then there is a great spa treatment shop with a small traditional garden on B1. You need to make an appointment in advance if you have a spa treatment service. The spa treatment is popular.  You may want to make an appointment early.

The spa area and the gym are open between 7:00 and 23:00.

Then the hotel is a perfect universal design. Wheelchairs are available for borrowing. If you bring someone with weak legs, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they arrange a room near the lift.
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Then a free art tour of the museum is available. For more information, please click here.

How about meals?

The hotel has an Italian restaurant and a teppanyaki restaurant. We had dinner at the Italian restaurant. Beautifully appointed but had a limited menu that was overpriced for what I would consider a casual restaurant. There are many restaurants near the hotel. You may not even need to have dinner in the hotel.

Then after dinner, don’t forget to visit the bar. The ambiance is amazing. This garden bar is a great place to have a cocktail while overlooking the beautiful, illuminated garden.

For breakfast, you can choose from American breakfast, continental breakfast, healthy breakfast, or Japanese breakfast. The freshly baked croissant was also delicious. Breakfast is between 7:00 and 10:00.

Then next to the lobby, there is a traditional tea room. Free green tea is available after check-in, so if you are interested, please visit the staff.

My impressions

Like the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, it was one of the top hotels in Japan, and I was highly satisfied. I have visited Kyoto many times, but this hotel is exceptional. If you want to make your stay in Kyoto a special time, this hotel is one of the best. If possible, I would recommend that you don’t do too much sightseeing and prioritize spending time at the hotel. It will be an unforgettable memory.

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Info about HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa

Style Luxury Hotel
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 100,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available at JPY4,000 per day
The valet service is available
Location HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa’s MAP
Access 15min by taxi from Kyoto Station
Address and TEL Tel +81 75 468 3100
Official Homepage HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.

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