Hotel Okura Co. said Monday it will open new luxury accommodation in Kyoto in January 2022, anticipating a recovery in demand from inbound and wealthy travelers in a post-coronavirus era.
The major hotel operator joins Japanese and foreign rivals including Imperial Hotel Ltd. and Aman Resorts Ltd., which have decided to expand upscale businesses in the ancient capital.
The four-floored Hotel Okura Kyoto Okazaki Bettei will offer 60 guest rooms and a restaurant. A room of about 40 square meters for two people will likely be priced between 40,000 yen ($364) and 60,000 yen, while prices for eight suites of approximately 80 square meters, have yet to be decided, it said.
The hotel, the second Hotel Okura-brand property in Kyoto, will be located away from downtown with convenient access to famous sightseeing spots including Heian Jingu, a historic shrine, and Nanzen-ji temple.
"We are delighted to be opening a new hotel in Kyoto, a city that was ranked one of the world's most attractive cities in 2020," said Hotel Okura President Toshihiro Ogita in a news release.
Aman opened a resort hotel in Kyoto in 2019, while Imperial Hotel plans to open accommodation in Kyoto in 2026 after renovating Yasaka Hall, a tangible cultural asset in the Gion geisha district.