Kyoto – The first Banyan Tree debut by Banyan Group in Japan

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Banyan Group is set to debut in Japan with the opening of Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto in the third quarter of 2024. This new property, located in the historic Higashiyama Ward of Kyoto City will feature 52 guestrooms, the signature Banyan Tree Spa and two distinctive dining experiences, promising a blend of luxury, heritage and sustainability.

Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto stands on the esteemed former site of Hotel Ryozen, nestled in the heart of Kyoto’s renowned Higashiyama district. This area is home to iconic attractions such as the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. The location also boasts the rare Higashiyama Onsen hot spring, making it a cherished retreat. Developing this property aligns with Banyan Group’s commitment to preserving cultural heritage and sustainability for future generations.

Banyan Tree expands into Japan
Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto stands out for its sustainable, culturally rich experiences

One of the unique features of Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto is its Noh stage, designed by the renowned architect Mr. Kengo Kuma. This is the only hotel in Kyoto to have a Noh stage, reflecting the historical and cultural significance of the Nohgaku performing art, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008. The stage offers a venue for traditional Nohgaku performances, contemporary art events and musical performances, providing guests with an unforgettable cultural experience.

Sanctuary for the Senses

The hotel’s 52 guestrooms, designed by designer Mr. Yukio Hashimoto, draw inspiration from the concept of “yūgen” (mysterious, quiet beauty) and the famous Noh phrase “Hisureba Hana” (hidden beauty revealed). Each room features traditional Japanese materials, including large cypress wood bathtubs, tatami mats, natural wood elements and gold leaf accents. These elements engage all five senses, providing guests with a serene and immersive sanctuary.

Banyan Tree expands with New Kyoto Property
Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto - Sanctuary for the Senses

Commitment to Sustainability

Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto harmonizes with natural surroundings through three distinctive gardens and a bamboo grove, offering a unique landscape experience. The hotel’s sustainable practices include preserving historic stone walls from Hotel Ryozen, cultivating moss for these walls during construction and maintaining existing symbolic trees and the bamboo grove.

The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa will offer unique Kyoto-specific treatments, promising guests distinctive ways to unwind and explore. Additionally, two unique dining experiences will highlight the rich culinary heritage of Kyoto, ensuring that guests enjoy both cultural and culinary delights.

A Future of Sustainabilities and Culture

Banyan Group’s expansion into Japan with the Higashiyama Kyoto property exemplifies an ongoing commitment to sustainable and culturally enriching hospitality. By preserving cultural heritage and embracing sustainable practices, Banyan Tree continues to set a benchmark in the global hospitality industry.

For more information, please visit Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto.

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