With a flurry of activity surrounding summer sports in Japan for 2020, this is your go-to source for news related to Kyoto and also a rolling update of hotel availabilities and featured experiences on offer to help your guests get the most out of their Japan 2020 experience.

GET UP TO SPEED
NOVEMBER, 2019

  • The Olympic torch is set to pass through Kyoto. 

HOTEL AVAILABILITY

In anticipation of the surge in visitors to Japan in 2020, we worked hard to secure allotments with local hotels long before others did, which has helped us to provide you with a wide selection of secure and safe-to-book options your clients will love.

  • Generally these allotments are valid from 10 July through 23 August, 2020, with minor variations between properties.
  • Rates are entered as soon as they are finalised, and can be consulted on the Online Tariff section of our Agent Hub portal
  • We highly recommend only proposing services we have allotments for, as many hotels are booked out by officials, teams, etc.
  • Allotments are limited to specific room categories (see online tariff for details). All bookings have a 10% non-refundable deposit.

 

(NEW!) 4* – NOKU

Intimate living breathing spaces made warm and wonderful by their quest for perfection, the shokunin spirit of Kyoto life. Soft raw textures, locally-sourced materials. Every pattern, every weave, every carving in Noku is a curated experience of Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage.

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(NEW!) 3* – VISTA PREMIO KAWARAMACHI

The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Municipal Subway “Kyoto City Hall” station, Hankyu Railway “Kawaramachi” Station, Keihan Train “Keihan Sanjo” Station. It is located in the west of Kawaramachi which is the center of bustling Kyoto.
Guest room which emphasizes functionality is popular among customers of a wide range of nationality. Based on Western-style rooms, Kyoto’s traditional culture such as Yukimi Shoji and Japanese style lighting has been incorporated.

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(NEW!) 3* – VISTA PREMIO NAGOMITEI

The hotel is a 7-minute walk from Municipal Subway “Shijo Station” and Hankyu Railway “Karasuma Station”. “Shinmachi-Dori” where the hotel is located is the center of Hokomachi of the Gion Festival. In order to cherish the moment of encounter with customers, sitting check-in is adopted at the front desk. In addition, guest room does not feel the bustle of town, offer extraordinary experiences.

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 5* – THE THOUSAND KYOTO

Newly opened on the 29th of January 2019, The Thousand Kyoto is conveniently located just a two-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. The hotel design and layout is heavily inspired by Japanese Zen minimalist philosophy and the traditional, historic, architectural style of the machiya, wooden townhouses that were popular with merchants and craftsmen in the Edo Period. 

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4* – THE FOUR SEASONS

Set in Kyoto’s scenic temple district, the Four Seasons is a brand-new hotel with an 800-year-old pond garden at its heart. The 110 guest rooms and 13 suites blend refined, modern aesthetics with traditional Japanese craftsmanship, showcasing the work of Japanese artisans. The Spa features seven treatment rooms, one couples’ spa suite, two saunas and steam rooms, two whirlpools, and one swimming pool. Two restaurants and two lounges provide an excellent choice of dining options, or choose in-room dining for the ultimate comfort and opulence. Note: all bookings for this property are 100% non-refundable.

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FEATURED KYOTO EXPERIENCES

For pre, during and post-sports touring, we’ve curated some outstanding touring options to help guests see and experience the very best of Kyoto.

  • As with hotels, we have secured daily allotments with confirmed rates for our popular Tokyo Street Food Tour (both on a shared and private basis) and Cool Tokyo Cycling Tour (both on a shared and private basis).
  • For all other services we will be able to provide an estimate, which may change upon receipt of actual contract rates.
  • Tours with private guides.
  • Private car/van airport and city transfers.

(NEW!) INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE CULTURE

Dive into the rich traditions of Japan. Step through the doors of one of Kyoto’s historic wooden houses and enter a world steeped in culture. Don a kimono and join a tea master for a quintessentially-Japanese ceremony followed by an introductory lesson to origami.

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(NEW!) KYOTO’S CLASSIC SIGHTS BY BIKE

Take to the streets of Kyoto on two wheels. Get a different perspective of Japan’s cultural capital while cycling through historic neighbourhoods and scenic side streets. Encounter scenes of daily life, discover hidden gems away from the usual tourist trail and stop to visit Kyoto’s remarkable UNESCO-heritage sites.

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A TASTE OF GION FOOD TOUR

Kyoto lays claim to some of the most exquisitely prepared, refined cuisine in Japan. Indeed, in this regard the country’s cultural capital has nothing to envy the nation’s capital. Set off on a gastronomic adventure to remember on this exciting tour.

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ELSEWHERE IN JAPAN

ESSENTIAL JAPAN (9D / 8N)
Hakone / Nara / Kyoto / Tokyo

Get a taste of Japan’s rich culture and history on a memorable, self-guided tour. Join local worshippers at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine and spot geishas gracefully strolling through Kyoto’s cobbled streets. Soak in an onsen while gazing at Mount Fuji and wander through Nara’s 8th-century temples.   

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ACROSS THE ROOF OF JAPAN (12D / 11N)
Shirakawa-go / Matsumoto / Takayama / Kanazawa / Hakone / Kyoto / Tokyo

Experience Tokyo like never before on this unique cycling tour. Discover the lesser known and more uncommon areas of Tokyo, and enthusiastic cyclist guide, uncover some of the favourite haunts of the locals. Evening and night rides are an excellent way to see the city in summer 2020.

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TICKETS FOR 2020

EXO Japan is not able to procure tickets for our guests. Each country has its own official ticket retailer (a list can be found on the official website). We would therefore recommend either you or the guests to procure tickets through the official channels, and for us to then create a customised itinerary based on the dates of the sporting events they managed to get tickets for. This is the same pattern we have followed, with great success, for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.