Experiences

As the imperial capital of Japan for over 1000 years, Kyoto is a profoundly rich locus of Japanese history and culture. As the birthplace of many cornerstones of Japanese culture, such as the Way of Tea, calligraphy and many other traditional arts, Kyoto continues to be the cultural heart of the country. Horseshoed by mountains, Kyoto is a sight to behold at any time of year, during any season. Kyoto is home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless ancient temples and shrines. At HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO, we will put our heart into making your stay a memorable one, with opportunities and activities for guests to capture and experience the unique culture and history of the ancient capital.


HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO Ambassador Curated Art Tour

Duration: approx. 45 minutes
Cost per person: Complimentary for Our Guests

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO is home to several pieces of artistic, cultural and historical significance - let one of our Ambassadors take you on a tour of the property, highlighting items both small and not-so-small, explaining what they are, how they were made and why they remain relevant today. Starting with the Kajiimiya Gate at the entranceway to the property, we will also stop by the SHIKI-NO-MA room, which contains many items and features with a significant connection to the Mitsui family.

Transformative Morning Practice - Wellness Breathing

Duration: approx. 40 minutes
Cost per person: Complimentary for Our Guests

Join us for a wellness breathing session led by an experienced instructor, beginners welcome. We will gather on the elegant wooden engawa garden-viewing corridor of the SHIKI-NO-MA room for an opportunity to be reinvigorated and energized as the morning sun warms the flora and fauna of our beautiful Japanese garden.

Afternoon tea at the registered Important Cultural Asset - The Former Shimogamo Villa of the Mitsui Family

Duration: approx. 1.5 hours
Cost per person: JPY12.000
Reservations accepted for a minimum of two persons.

This elegant villa – designated as an Important Cultural Asset in 2011 - is located in the Shimogamo district of Kyoto and has a historic connection to the Mitsui Family. The Shimogamo Villa is a prime example of a classic Kyoto property constructed for this family of successful industrialists. The afternoon tea experience is held on the second floor – a private space not open to the public – where delightful confectionery is prepared by our hotel chef.
(This experience is jointly hosted by the Shimogamo Villa Management Consortium)

A Tea Master’s Guide to the Finest Japanese Confectionery

Duration: approx. 1.5 hours
Cost per person: JPY4.000
Reservations accepted for a minimum of two persons.

Located just to the east of HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO on Nijo Street, Nijo Wakasaya has been a confectioner of note to connoisseurs of Japanese tea since 1917 (tea masters are known for their expertise in all forms of wagashi confectionery). You can sense the history and the tradition as soon as you walk into the shop. Nijo Wakasaya is a purveyor of traditional wagashi confectionery to the Imperial Family; customers also include a host of noted Kyoto luminaries and masters of Japanese tea. Come and enjoy a handmade wagashi treat served for you along with a delicious, healthy bowl of matcha tea. Be warned: the proprietor at Nijo Wakasaya likes to regale visitors with tales of old Kyoto.

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