When the Regent Kyoto opens its doors in 2024, it will boast some of Japan's most esteemed heritage under its roof.
Not only will the Regent Kyoto be set within a garden that was originally landscaped 100 years ago by renowned gardener, Kumakichi Kato, the 86-room property will also share an address with Tsuruya, one of Kyoto’s most celebrated restaurants with its number of Michelin stars over the years.
With more than 100 years’ history, Tsuruya is housed in sukiya-style wooden buildings, some of which were designed by celebrated architect Isoya Yoshida. Originally developed as accommodation for the Japanese imperial family, the former private residence has welcomed some of the most important cultural and political figures in the world, including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, George H.W. Bush and François Mitterrand, among other heads of state and dignitaries.
The upper-luxury hotel will incorporate Tsuruya and the gardens into its designs, including a lobby lounge, fitness centre and spa, along with several restaurants in addition to Tsuruya.
Regent Kyoto will be Japan's first Regent hotel by IHG Hotels & Resorts, which has signed an agreement with GI Capital Management to manage the property.
IHG Hotels & Resorts acquired a majority stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts in 2018, and has since added six hotels to the pipeline, including Regent Shanghai, Regent Phu Quoc, Regent Bali, Regent Kuala Lumpur, and Regent Hong Kong.