One of the best luxury hotels in Japan providing an unparalleled Japanese cultural experience is the Ritz-Carlton resort. Its main location is in Boston, Massachusetts but has successfully expanded abroad. In Japan, it can be found in Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa and Kyoto. The hotel in Kyoto provides guests with a chance to also enjoy an authentic Japanese cultural experience in architecture, environment, and cuisine. Check it out!
The Ritz-Carlton Resort in Kyoto sits along the banks of the Kamagawa River and at the foot of Higashiyama Mountains. One of the many attractive aspects of the resort is its harmoniously-built garden. It is based on the elements of the Japanese Zen gardens which incorporate moss, rocks and white stones to represent the country’s pure beauty. This is made possible through the presence of Suzuki-san, the Master Gardner. Every guest is also invited to create their own Zen garden by participating in his class which comes at a price of 4,000 yen per person.
The resort is a fan of scents. The moment you enter the hotel, you will be greeted with its signature scent which balances complex notes of cardamom, rose, bergamot, jasmine, violet, green tea, lemon, cedar wood and heliotrope. It provides a sense of calm and tranquility in the area. If you really love the smell, you can purchase bottles of the scent in the hotel which comes in the form of aroma oil and room spray. It is a great way to take a piece of the resort home as a souvenir.
With the city’s rich Zen connections, it is definitely the perfect place to experience Japan’s authentic tea traditions. Guests are immediately greeted with a cup of tea upon arrival in order to freshen up before doing anything else. Everyone is also invited to attend seasonal brewing tea classes. Also, you can enjoy tea in the Lobby Lounge Area in the afternoon where seasonal patisseries are served.
These are only a few of the authentic Japanese experiences you can enjoy at the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Kyoto. Though the resort is less than 3 years old, it continues to draw in many visitors from Japan and abroad.