Since ancient times, the Japanese people have been moved by the unparalleled beauty of nature and the four seasons, and this unique sense and appreciation of beauty has served to bring the Japanese together as a people and culture. The harmony between the natural environment, scenery and history is what brings joy to our guests, and it is our mission to ensure that our guests have a joyful stay.

This harmony and joy is key to the ideal hotel experience, which is duly expressed in our brand concept – something we call EMBRACING JAPAN’S BEAUTY. We want all of our valued guests to have special experiences with us, coming into contact firsthand with Japanese traditional culture, architecture, cuisine, arts and crafts – their own personal brush with Japan’s unique beauty and refinement.

Regarding the Hotel Name

In 1603, the Tokugawa Shogunate constructed Nijo-jo Castle in order to safeguard the Imperial Court located in Kyoto. Adjacent to Nijo-jo Castle was the location of the Kyoto home of the Kitake, the executive branch of the Mitsui Family - a home the family maintained for over 250 years.

The connection with the site began in the early 17th century with the decision taken by Takahira Mitsui, the second-generation head of the Kitake, the executive branch of the Mitsui Family, to build a residence next to Nijo-jo Castle. The property remained in the possession of the Kitake, the executive branch of the Mitsui Family until the period just after the Second World War. From the beginning of the 18th century until the early Meiji Period, the Oomotokata – the business steering committee for the Mitsui families – was organized and run from the Kyoto residence.

There are a number of relics that remain to this day, such as the main gate, some landscape features, stone lanterns, etc. The development has breathed new life into the heritage and legacy of the site. The Mitsui Fudosan Group is concentrating all of its efforts to build the ultimate luxury hotel brand in Japan, with HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO serving as the new flagship property.

This storied history and legacy – as well as the new challenge – is represented in the name of HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO.

Standing imposingly at the entrance to HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, the Kajiimiya Gate has a history stretching back over 300 years and a long-standing connection with the Mitsui family. The gate has been lovingly restored to its former glory.


Our courtyard garden is located in the centre of the property and measures some 1,300㎡. Landscape Designer Shunsaku Miyagi has created a modern recreation of the garden of the Mitsui residence that used to be located on the site of HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO.


Architect, Interior Designer, Landscape Designer, Artist... Here we introduce some of the leading people in their respective fields who have come together to make the concept of HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO - EMBRACING JAPAN’S BEAUTY – a reality.



Opening November 3, 2020
Location 284 Nijoaburanokoji-cho, Aburano-koji St. Nijo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0051
Ground Area of Project Site 7,459 square meters
Location On the subway Tozai Line, alight at Nijojo-mae Station Exit 2 (3min walk)
On the subway Karasuma Line, alight at Karasuma Oike Station Exit 2 (10min walk)
No. of Guestrooms 160 rooms
Areas of Guestrooms by type 43-213 square meters
Food/Beverage Facilities TOKI (Innovative) – 44 seats
FORNI (Italian Cuisine) – 105 seats (including 10 terrace seats)
THE GARDEN BAR (Bar and Lounge) – 44 seats (including 6 terrace seats)
Spa Thermal Spring (natural hot spring pool facility, swimwear required)
Private Onsen (2 rooms)
Treatment Room (4 rooms)
Gym, etc.
General Manager Manabu KUSUI
Operating Company Mitsui Fudosan Resort Management Co., Ltd.