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
* This experience is suitable for guests aged 13 and older.

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
*This experience is suitable for guests aged 13 and older.

Join us for a wellness breathing session led by an 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: JPY13,200
* Reservations accepted for a minimum of two persons.
* Please note that reservations need to be made a minimum of three days prior to the date of the experience.

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 Special Morning of Zen at Taizo in, Myoshinji Temple

Duration: approx. 90 minutes
(Allow around 40 minutes travel time to/from Taizo in Temple, part of the Myoshinji complex.)
Cost per person: please inquire about costs
* Please note that reservations need to be made a minimum of seven days prior to the date of the experience.

Japan's largest zen temple complex is Myoshinji , with over 40 subtemples in its substantial grounds. One of the most renowned and well established subtemples is Taizo in, home to one of Japan's oldest ink paintings, Catching Catfish with a Gourd ( hyōnen zu ), painted by Josetsu in 1413, which is a National Treasure of Japan, as well as the dry garden designed by a painter of the Muromachi period, Kanō Motonobu. The yoko en pond garden is a Japanese style garden with a path around a central pond. It is the perfect location for an introduction to zazen sitting meditation, followed by a special asa gayu breakfast made in the Buddhist shojin vegan tradition by Ajiro.
* Please note that during certain times of the year, as well as the period over new year, temples do become rather busy, and it may not be possible to offer this experience at those times. Please ask us for more details.

  • * Once you have chosen an experience, we recommend making a reservation.
  • * Currently, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, we are limiting participation numbers for some of the experiences.
  • *Please note that all images shown are depictions.