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This experience introduces a new way to enjoy Gion, focusing on design and the contemporary culture of this famous entertainment district. While paying respect to the historic past of this neighborhood, this experience will explore Gion as a modern, vibrant community full of gorgeous pathways, charming shops and architecture.
Kyoto has long been the epicenter of the Japanese tea ceremony including the beautiful pottery that features in ritual tea gatherings which remains a thriving part of the local culture. Join our ceramics expert to understand Kyoto Pottery and visit some of the most historically relevant areas of this ancient ritual. The experience will also involve exploring and shopping at local shops and studios.
Inspire – Wellness Trail
Enjoy a wellness walk through the northern mountains of Kyoto with an expert guide and let nature heal you while you learn about spirituality and the history of the surrounding area. The experience will finish at one of Kyoto’s most famous shrines where you will get to experience a private blessing by the shrine priest.
Inspire – Spiritual Experience
Be granted exclusive access into the spiritual world of Kyoto and learn about spirituality and the deep culture of Kyoto through our expert guides. With their vast knowledge and network they will grant you exclusive access to the temples and shrines which are usually off limits or hidden from the public.
Nourish – Wellness Experience
Mindful eating and enjoying natural ingredients is a big part of Shojin Ryori- a traditional Buddhist cuisine in Japan. Learn how to prepare the traditional cuisine from a top Shojin Ryori chef at a beautiful zen temple in Kyoto. Enjoy your freshly prepared lunch overlooking the temple garden. The experience will also include a private tour led by the temple monk who will grant you access to areas which are usually prohibited.
Movement – Running Experience
Experience the beauty of Kyoto while working up a sweat. Your personal trainer will get your heart pumping and your spirits lifted as you run through some of the most scenic areas of Kyoto. Enjoy a glass of fresh vegetable juice upon your return to the hotel in this tailored tour which will keep you active while on holiday.
Local Cultural Attractions
Kodai-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple, the largest subtemple of Kennin-ji and a neighbor of Park Hyatt Kyoto. The gardens are a nationally designated historic site and a place of scenic beauty.
Kennin-ji is a historic Zen Buddhist temple in Higashiyama, near Gion, at the end of Hanami Lane. It is considered to be one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or "five most important Zen temples of Kyoto".
A sub temple of the well known Kodai-ji temple, offering a stunning collection of priceless art collections and a beautiful karesansui (dry stone) garden. A serene Buddhist temple known for its hand painted sliding doors & illuminated landscaped grounds.
Ryozen Gokoku Shrine
The Kyoto Ryozen Gokoku Shrine is a Shinto Shrine located in Kyoto. It honors the heroes of Japan, especially from the Bakumatsu period and the Meiji Restoration. Sakamoto Ryōma, a Japanese samurai and influential figure in the establishment of the Empire of Japan in the late Edo period, and his associate Nakaoka Shintarō are buried side by side in the shrine.
The Ryozen Museum of History is located in the Higashiyama hills just behind Park Hyatt Kyoto. It specializes in the history of the Bakumatsu period and the Meiji Restoration. The Museum is next to the Kyoto Ryozen Gokoku Shrine.
Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, also known as Kiyomizu Temple, is a Buddhist temple of more than 1,200 years old. Its name, derived from the Otowa Waterfall, refers to the purity of water. Located in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Hills, on Mt. Otowa peak, Kiyomizu-dera is visited by guests who pay respect to Kannon, a diety of mercy and compassion. Surrounded by blessed nature and composed of several shrines and temples, Kiyomizu-dera is one of Kyoto’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Ichinen-zaka, right at the main entrance to Park Hyatt Kyoto, is a picturesque traditional street of Japanese townhouses lined up in a narrow cobblestone alley.
Ishibe-koji alley is one of the most beautiful lanes in Kyoto and feels like you are entering another world. Once you enter Ishibei-koji, you will find yourself in the Kyoto of your imagination, where there is nothing modern to be seen – only beautifully maintained traditional inns, restaurants and bars.
This traditional street, on which Park Hyatt Kyoto is located, is filled with local stores, cafes and restaurants. We recommend to walk here for great photo opportunities as well as Kyoto gifts and souvenirs to take home.
Nene-no-Michi Lane is a path that runs by Kodai-ji Temple, and was named after Nene, the wife of historic figure Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The temple was founded by Nene herself, hence the name of the path. This is a pedestrian-only zone, and is a perfect place for a stroll. It gets particularly picturesque in spring when the cherry trees are in blossom.
Sannen-zaka features restaurants, ceramics shops, and souvenir stores. It leads up to the famous sightseeing spot, Kiyomizu Temple. There are various stories about the origin of the name Sannen-zaka, which translates the three-year hill, one of which is that it was named after Hideyoshi Toyotomi's wife going up the hill in consideration of the birth of their child to visit Kiyomizu-dera.
Hanami Koji Street
A famous street situated in the Gion district. This street takes you back to the traditional Japan, showcasing historical wooden houses and teahouses. It is also one of the main Kyoto geisha districts, and you may spot a Maiko or Geiko on your evening stroll.