the ritz-carlton kyoto

02  /  2014

The project is a dichotomy of needs: on the one hand, it had to appeal to guests from oversees and all over Japan, while on the other, it had to correctly and appropriately interpret Kyoto’s Miyabi cultural heritage.

Adding to the challenge, the resort had to capture the Ritz-Carlton DNA and meet the hallmarks of the Ritz-Carlton  brand in terms of comfort, service, quality of materials and  ‘surprising guests with the unexpected’.

The interiors pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs created by local artisans and the  incorporation of Zen rock gardens (locally known as “karesansui”) and water features, including a four-story  waterfall, are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel.