The stylish and sophisticated Hotel Kanra Kyoto (“Experience Kyoto”) is set in a former schoolhouse made of two separate buildings. The open lobby has chic tiling and an elegant café with delicate handmade goods for sale. The hotel is located a 12-minute walk north of Kyoto Station and just a few minutes from the Higashihonganji Temple.
The entrance to each room has serious wow-factor with a see-through wooden panelled relief wall, paper lantern and a granite step. Inside, the spacious rooms feature a living area with tatami-mat flooring and traditional Kiyomizu-yaki ceramics. Traditional Kyoto crafts like Kyo-yaki-Kiyomizuyaki cups are in every room, from which you can drink Marukyu Koyama-en tea. There is also a ‘Tamatebako,’ a square box with a copper lid with local crafts and sweets inside. Other room facilities include a flat-screen TV, a fridge, an electric kettle, and an en suite bathroom with wooden tub.
Restaurant The Kitchen Kanra serves Western dishes featuring local seasonal ingredients and a variety of local wines and spirits. The breakfast includes 20 kinds of fresh local vegetables. Small spa.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 68 rooms & suites (30-103m2) • hotel opened: 2010 • architecture & interior design: Norito Nakahara ❌ no parking available • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk