Where To Stay In Kyoto: 5 New Japan Themed Hotels In Kyoto

Where To Stay In Kyoto: 5 New Japan Themed Hotels In Kyoto
Chia Han Keong
Chia Han Keong 

With a rich history dating back to more than a thousand years ago, it is no wonder that Kyoto is an essential destination for anyone with an interest in Japan. This is a city that was the ancient capital of the Japanese empire, and its importance is evident in its multiple palaces and thousands of venerable temples and shrines. It is undoubtedly a great place to experience the nation’s unique cultural heritage, and it is also a prime location to view the gorgeous cherry blossoms in the country. It is easy to see why Kyoto is a “must-do” city for travelers to Japan.

Kyoto was among the few Japanese cities that escaped the bombings of World War II and as a result, it still has an abundance of historical buildings intact. In fact, 17 of them around the city region are inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List, and they make for a great start to your Kyoto explorations. Don’t forget the imperial palaces (Kyoto and Sento) and villas (Katsura and Shugaku-in) with their regal buildings and beautifully manicured gardens, as well as the cherry tree-lined Philosopher’s Path during the blossoming season. And go for whatever cultural performances you can snare tickets for – they are bound to be cherished experiences.

So don’t hesitate – plan a visit to Kyoto and be enriched by its historical heft, enlightened by its cultural depth and enchanted by its natural beauty. Experience living in Kyoto by staying in one of the 5 properties of ENSO ANGO in Kyoto that blend local tradition with modern expression.

Experience a taste of living in Kyoto

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With such a vibrant cultural heritage resonating throughout every part of Kyoto, travelers willing to venture away from the popular tourist destinations will be richly rewarded with a deeper experience of the city’s lifestyles and traditions. For those eager to embark on this journey of self-discovery and reflection, you can look forward to staying in 5 new Zen-inspired themed properties of ENSO ANGO, a new brand of accommodations by Ango Hotels set to open from autumn 2018.

Japanese themed hotel by international designers

Each ENSO ANGO property is designed by a different international designer to bring a different flavor to each building. Artists also contribute to the uniqueness of each hotel, displaying their works and holding the occasional workshop on the premises. The hotel buildings are designed with respect to both local tradition (in Kyoto’s classical Machiya architecture styling) and modern artistic expression, with a broad team of designers providing new and original flourishes to the furniture and decor. Communal open spaces encourage communication, while the guest rooms provide space for private reflection and relaxation.

Enjoy a 5-in-1 innovative hotel experience in Kyoto

ENSO ANGO Hotel Network
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ENSO ANGO offers a unique “5-in-1” hotel experience, with guests being able to visit and use the lounges and facilities in any of the 5 ENSO ANGOs, regardless of the one they are staying in. So not only can the guests experience 5 different types of Kyoto living amid the lounges and facilities, but by walking among the 5 ENSO ANGOs, they can enjoy an authentic experience of Kyoto’s culture and lifestyle – through their explorations of the nearby eateries, craftsman shops, as well as events and festivals happening around the area.

These 5 properties offer a great opportunity to be immersed in the local neighborhood, allowing the guests to experience a taste of life in Kyoto. All of them are located amid Kyoto’s central neighborhoods between Shijo Street and Gojo Street, away from the hectic bustle of the city’s commercial center, and are within walking distance of one another.

Together with top-notch facilities such as restaurant, bars, guest kitchen, tearooms, fitness gym and traditional multi-purpose rooms, ENSO ANGO provides a stress-free opportunity for an out-of-the-ordinary Kyoto experience that puts you amid the city’s wondrous neighborhoods.

5-in-1 ENSO ANGO Japanese themed hotel in Kyoto


This 16-room FUYA I embodies the classical Machiya architectural construction, with a small garden inside the building (called Tsuboniwa) that is a typical feature of Kyoto homes. Natural light permeates the hotel lounge, while the gallery-like corridor features the stylish pottery works of ceramic artist Masanobu Ando.

Read more about FUYA I.


Address: 298 Tawarayacho, Ayanokoji-sagaru, Fuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8042 Japan


Bringing the best of Japanese minimalism to a hotel space, this 89-room accommodation, FUYA II, has a simple but atmospheric composed color scheme that lends a sense of tranquility amid the premises. Work out at the gym while admiring the hotel’s serene Japanese garden, or have a cup of tea while admiring the striking Japanese tea room designed by renowned designer, Shigeru Uchida of Uchida Design Inc.

Read more about FUYA II.


Address: 241-1 Nabeyacho, Takatsuji-agaru, Fuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8055 Japan


Food is the main theme of this 29-room TOMI I. Guests can enjoy cuisine-themed wall art from popular Japanese modern artist Katsuhiko Hibino, and can also utilize the guest kitchen for dining occasions and group cooking with family and friends. There is also a professional kitchen unit in the hotel lobby which can be used for events such as cooking classes or private dinners with hired chefs.

Read more about TOMI I.


Address: 152 Sujiyacho, Takatsuji-agaru, Tominokoji-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8061 Japan


Of the 5 ENSO ANGOs, this is the only one that has a restaurant, which is open for breakfast and dinner. This 75-room accommodation has fun with “shadow” as its interior theme, with Japanese umbrella-inspired light shades and wall decoration made of thin Kiyomizu pottery plates, offering a playful blend of cultures, thanks to Swiss designer studio atelier oï.

Read more about TOMI II.


Address: 180-1 Ebisuyacho, Takatsuji-sagaru, Tominokoji-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8062 Japan


With the nearby Yasaka Shrine and Kenninji Temple offering great sightseeing opportunities, this 23-room YAMATO I provides no-frills, functional accommodation to encourage guests to go out and explore. Simplicity is the theme for YAMATO I, designed by Uchida Design Inc., and accentuated by signature paper model work wall art by architect Naoki Terada. Simple comfort and understated beauty is also presented through functional bunk beds amid uncluttered rooms.

Read more about YAMATO I.


Address: 18 Yamatocho, Shijo-sagaru, Yamatooji-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0802 Japan

Step into Kyoto's wealth of cultural heritage

 ENSO ANGO TOMI I Guest Lounge
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Sure, there are plenty of attractions to explore and admire in Kyoto, but they are only a part of the historical city’s wealth of cultural heritage. You really need to step out of the usual tourist loop of large hotels, group tours and staged photo opportunities, and explore the neighborhoods that are filled with artisan offerings, cultural events and exhilarating festivals. The good news is that there are comfortable accommodations amid these neighborhoods, such as the 5 ENSO ANGOs in central Kyoto, which offer great opportunities to seek out such nuggets of Kyoto lifestyle.

So don’t just travel to Kyoto – experience living there. Check out this new concept of designer themed hotel, and book a stay to enjoy Kyoto’s hidden delights.

There is a great promotional offer for the ENSO ANGO experience from 15 Oct 2018 to 30 June 2019: Save up to 15% if you book at least 90 days in advance, or get a 10% discount if you stay for longer than 2 nights.

This article was brought to you by ENSO ANGO.

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Han Keong is a former sports journalist in Singapore whose lifelong passions are travel and music.

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