Luxury hotels in Kyoto spoil business for small timers

Published on : Monday, February 23, 2015

KyotoWith luxury hotels opening in Kyoto the ancient Japanese style inns that cost a hefty pinch to the pocket have suffered a setback.


Ritz Carlton which opened a year ago in Kyoto has already become a favourite hotel with visitors, as not only is the hotel of international class but provides the right worth for your money as opposed to the inns and domestic chains. The inns though expensive, offer basic amenities which provide a true feel of the Japanese culture.


The locally run hotels have dark lobbies and moldy carpets in the lobby, dirty small rooms with hard beds and lack modern amenities which international travelers demand.


There is yet another international brand the Four Seasons Kyoto which is scheduled to open in the Higashiyama district. The hotel is close to the Hyatt Regency Kyoto which had opened in 2006. Small luxury boutique hotels that have come up in recent years or have plans to open in the near future provide just the right touch for international travelers.


The tourism thrust in Kyoto is growing year on year with 51 million people visiting Kyoto in 2013. The city hotels were occupied by more than 13 million visitors in 2013 who occupied the city hotels and observed a  7 per cent increase in tourism from the previous year.


Kyoto is mostly visited by tourists from Taiwan, the United States, China, Australia and France. There has been remarkable growth in Kyoto tourism and visitor numbers have been growing continuously.


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