New York, NY, February 13, 2006 - A new Hyatt Regency hotel will open in Kyoto City, Japan’s ancient and cultural capital on March 15, 2006. The five-story property is conveniently located minutes from the Japan Railway Kyoto Station, but is set in the Higashiyama Shichijo district in the traditional cultural heart of Kyoto, a neighborhood that is also home to the Sanjusangendo Temple, the Kyoto National Museum and many shrines and landmarks.
Formerly the Kyoto Park Hotel, the building has been completely renovated. The newly presented facility blends contemporary Japanese style with traditional design elements and is the work of the renowned Tokyo-based international design firm SuperPotato (www.superpotato.co.jp). Elegant bamboo trees provide a dignified entrance, leading to a mature, beautifully maintained Japanese garden, with a waterfall and pond, dating back 850 years to the reign of Emperor Goshirakawa (1155-1158AD).
Each of the 188 guestrooms will offer a comfortable and relaxed environment, combining traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern facilities. Guestrooms are designed with a simple functional concept, using natural colors, white oak wood and Japanese kimono fabric. All rooms are equipped with 32-42 inch flat-screen satellite televisions and high-speed broadband Internet access. Internet connection costs 40 cents per minute or 1500 yen (about $13*) for a 24-hour period.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto will feature innovative, stylish restaurants and bar, serving only the freshest and authentic produce available from the local Nishiji market. The restaurants include an Italian Cafe, a steak and seafood Grill and a Japanese restaurant and sake bar. Located at the lobby level, the steak and seafood grill will have a contemporary interior, open kitchen and wood-fire ovens. Guests will enjoy relaxing views of the traditional Japanese garden. The Italian Cafe will be a casual trattoria-style restaurant with a show kitchen, offering pasta, pizza and home-style dishes. At the Pastry Boutique guests will have freshly baked bread and pastries from the hotel bakery, with an excellent range of specialty sweets and chocolates.
Modeled after a traditional Kyoto-style house, the Japanese restaurant will offer three choices of cuisine: Kappo (ala carte) style, a Sushi bar, and charcoal grill. It also features a bar, a private dining area and chef’s table.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto’s banquet and wedding facilities include a Regency Ballroom, two junior ballrooms, additional meeting and function rooms, as well as a wedding chapel, wedding salon and family rooms. The hotel’s professional wedding concierge will help produce a fully tailored wedding, ranging from the: ceremony style, choice of menus, wedding dress design and flower bouquets for the bride.
The spa and fitness center will feature the latest fitness equipment, 10 spa treatment rooms and personal training and wellness programs. The usage charge is 1500 yen (about $13*).
Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, with its 1600 temples and shrines; simplistic, manicured gardens; historic machiya (merchant-style) shops and homes, and artisans specializing in limitless traditional crafts, is a mecca for tourists from around the world. Business travelers also know Kyoto as the headquarters of Nintendo and Hewlett Packard Japan.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto’s room rack rates start at 31,500 yen for a standard room (about $275*). The hotel is a welcome addition to Kyoto’s diverse accommodations scene. From budget and luxurious traditional ryokan to business hotels and upscale, modern Western-style boutique and convention hotels, Kyoto offers lodging establishments to meet the needs of all travelers.
For information and reservations at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto log on to www.hyatt.com. For travel information on Kyoto visit Kyoto Prefecture’s new website, "Welcome to Kyoto," www.pref.kyoto.jp/visitkyoto/en, launched in July 2005. For travel information to all of Japan, include visit the Japan National Tourist Organization’s websites: www.japantravelinfo.com and www.jnto.go.jp.
About the Japan National Tourist Organization
The Japan National Tourist Organization is a public-private partnership under the auspices of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, with the mission to encourage international travel to Japan and support Japanese travel suppliers.
* Note: Dollar prices were computed at a 115 yen to the dollar exchange rate