30 November 2020

Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Jo Bettei MGallery Opens in Japan

The 25-room luxury boutique hotel takes design inspiration from the nearby Nijo Castle and offers a tranquil atmosphere in the historic city of Kyoto

Accor will introduce its second MGallery Hotel to Japan on 28th November 2020, with the opening of Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Jo Bettei MGallery.

Situated in the quiet cityscape of Kyoto, the hotel is designed by renowned architect Yukio Hashimoto and is centred around a Japanese garden, offering an elegant portal to the four seasons. Hashimoto Yukio’s philosophy focusses on designing ambience rather than focussing solely on materials, allowing him to create timeless and minimalistic interiors.

The luxury boutique hotel offers a collection of 25 rooms, from the 40-45 square metre Deluxe Room, to the 53 square metre Rikyu Suite. Select rooms feature balconies with views towards Nijo Castle and all rooms overlook the Japanese gardens, along with amenities including espresso machines, air-purifiers, mini-bar facilities and separate bathrooms.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar, Singular, will specialise in French offerings, inspired by Japan's beauty and the rich culinary traditions of Kyoto. Chef Susumu Okubo, whom trained under the French culinary masters Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire, will lead the restaurant; inviting guests to experience culinary masterpieces prepared using local ingredients gathered from carefully select producers across the region. Okubo most recently served as Head Chef of the one-star Michelin restaurant, Pierre, in Osaka, gaining a following of culinary enthusiasts whom admire his ability to pair traditional French cooking techniques with Japanese techniques to produce memorable dishes such as Dashi soup. Susumu Okubo shares that “many of us forget that we are alive due to the bountiful offerings produced by nature. I hope this restaurant becomes a place for guests to remember the very origins of life itself and the respect that each ingredient deserves”.

Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Accor, Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives commented: “The opening of our second MGallery hotel in Japan signals our confidence in this brand to offer something truly distinctive to travellers. We know that our guests are continually seeking authentic and original experiences, and we predict this to be an even stronger trend in the years to come. With the opening of Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Jo Bettei MGallery, we look forward to welcoming guests to come and experience many memorable moments in Kyoto, a charming city with countless unique stories to tell”.

The hotel is located in close proximity to Nijo Castle – one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The central Kyoto district offers an array of sights and attractions including Kyoto Gosho, the Imperial Palace. Nijo Jo Mae Station is also just a short walk away, offering guests convenient accessibility via the Tozai Subway Line. For the convenience of guests who travel by train, the hotel offers a private transfer from Kyoto Station.

“We are very excited to introduce this truly special hotel which is sure to become one of Japan’s most mysterious hideaway. We look forward pursuing the highest levels of excellence and crafting an array of authentic experiences for our guests on their next visit to this historic city”, commented Yuko Sato, General Manager of Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Jo Bettei MGallery.

To celebrate the hotel’s opening, guests can experience a sumptuous ten-course menu paired with five glasses of wine at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Singular, from JPY77,000 until 17th March 2021. Members of Accor’s lifestyle loyalty program, ALL - Accor Live Limitless can enjoy 20% discount on the best available rate including breakfast starting from JPY48,800 on weekdays from Sundays to Thursdays until 17 March 2021.