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Founded in the eighth century, Kyoto was Japan's capital from 794 until 1869, the city has long been a cultural, artistic and religious center for Japan. Guests who have experienced Okura hotels in other parts of Asia will welcome the marquee Kyoto property, which was founded in 1888, and now stands today as one of the tallest buildings in the city. Its height caused a stir of protest by locals who advocate stricter height restrictions so as not to upstage Kyoto's ancient, low lying shrines and temples. Its modern facade hints at traditional Japanese latticework, while the spacious lobby, designed after the hotel's original 1920s ballroom and renovated in 1994, causes feelings of nostalgia.
The property lies on top the Shiyakusho mae subway station while buses 5, 17, or 205 to Kawaramachi shiyakusho mae are also nearby. Okura's seven restaurants offer an extensive range of cuisines from traditional Japanese, Chinese and seasonal specialties from Kyoto to French and Italian. One experience not to miss is the 17th floor sky restaurants with stunning views of the surrounding temples, shrines and city life.
For those needing a meeting venue, the hotel offers one of the largest meeting and banqueting venues in Kyoto, with a full range of versatile rooms that can be configured into a variety of settings to suit every kind of event for up to 1400 guests. This hotel also features a pool and fitness equipment. The indoor pool and related facilities are available to guest from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. only.
The Okura's 322 guestroom are beautifully appointed in western style d?cor and feature large picture windows and mountain views. After experiencing a day in one of Japan's most enchanting and rewarding cities, guests can arrange an in room massage.