BEST of the BEST 2014 | Journeys | Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, takes a contemporary turn at the new Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (+81.75.746.5555, The 134-room property, which opened in the former imperial capital in February, sets an authentic scene with meditative waterfalls, washi paper artwork, bonsai gardens, and other elements of the Meiji architectural style. More international in flavor are the […]

Sneak Peek: Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan

The riverfront Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, brings a new level of luxury hotel to Japan’s former capital. Why Go: Kyoto has been called one of Japan’s most beautiful cities. Among the city center, immaculate walled parks and temple grounds are tucked away. World War II bombings bypassed the city, leaving 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a […]

Private Preview 2014: Fitting Inns

Set among emperors’ palaces and Shinto shrines, the ryokan (inns) of Kyoto, Japan, have long been the preferred rest stops in the former imperial capital. Inside the inns, simple accommodations—separated by rice-paper walls and furnished with futons and tatami mats—provide guests with an authentic, if ascetic, Japanese experience. This ancient tradition will take a luxurious […]