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My Stay at The Westin Miyako Kyoto

The Westin Miyako Kyoto, a renowned five-star hotel, stands as a testament to luxury and hospitality in Kyoto.

This famous hotel offers a perfect blend of comfort, elegance, and easy access to the city’s rich cultural and historical sites. I had the pleasure of staying here in the past and I am always happy to return to this amazing place.

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Westin Miyako Kyoto Lobby

My Room - Comfort with a View

My check-in at The Westin Miyako Kyoto was a breeze, thanks to the attentive staff who promptly took care of my luggage and led me to my room. The room I was assigned to was a spacious corner suite, a choice that enhanced my experience significantly. As I entered, I was greeted by a breathtaking panoramic view of Kyoto. The suite’s large windows offered a picturesque scene of the city’s contrasting landscapes – the serene foothills to the north and the bustling city center to the west.

Westin Miyako Kyoto Room
The suite’s spacious balcony was a highlight, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the cityscape. Inside, the large, comfortable bed and sizable desk made both rest and work enjoyable. And you know that I highly value both of them. The modern bathroom was another highlight, equipped with a generously sized shower that provided a rejuvenating experience.
Westin Miyako Kyoto Viewroom

Bar "ROKUZA" - Local Flavors and Relaxing Moments

Choosing to spend my evening at the bar “ROKUZA”, conveniently located within The Westin Miyako Kyoto, turned out to be a delightful decision. The bar’s high-end decor created an inviting atmosphere, matched by the professionalism of its staff, who provided impeccable service throughout the evening.

Westin Miyako Kyoto Bar

The culinary experience was very nice, featuring an array of Japanese delicacies. I indulged in a dinner set that included an assortment of sushi, each piece skillfully prepared and showcasing the freshest ingredients. The addition of snacks and tempura offered a delightful contrast with its light, crisp texture, complementing the sushi perfectly.

Westin Miyako Kyoto Dinner

Sampling local Japanese wine and Kyoto Dry Gin was an enjoyable exploration of regional tastes. These drinks, with their distinct profiles, enhanced the overall dining experience, making my evening at Rokuza Bar a memorable part of my stay at The Westin Miyako Kyoto.

Westin Miyako Cocktail With Jin

A Breakfast Buffet to Remember

Starting my day at The Westin Miyako Kyoto, I headed to the Raquo all-day dining restaurant for breakfast. The buffet there was a showcase of diverse flavors, blending Japanese and Western culinary traditions. Among the Japanese offerings, the miso rice stood out for its authentic taste, while smoked salmon added a touch of indulgence to the morning.

Westin Miyako Kyoto Breakfast

The Western dishes complemented the Japanese selections well. Pancakes, a classic breakfast staple, were light and fluffy, providing a sweet contrast to the savory Japanese options. The array of dishes was thoughtfully prepared, ensuring a satisfying start to the day. This breakfast experience at Raku was an enjoyable foray into the varied tastes that Kyoto has to offer, fueling me for a day of exploration.

Biggest Spa in Kyoto

I am sure all of you know how much I love to complement my evening and morning meals with a hot bath. Well, one of the reasons I keep coming back to The Westin Miyako Kyoto is it’s famous Spa Kacho. It presents a unique blend of modern luxury and natural wellness. This spa, one of the largest in Kyoto, features natural hot springs sourced directly from the hotel’s grounds, offering a rare and authentic experience. The facility includes a well-equipped gym and a skincare treatment center, catering to a variety of relaxation and health needs.

Westin Miyako Kyoto Bath
The design of Spa Kacho, particularly the outdoor and semi-open air baths, draws inspiration from the nearby Suiroku Kaku aqueduct, evoking a sense of ancient Roman bathhouses. The serene ambiance, coupled with the elegantly smooth lines of the decor, creates a peaceful retreat. Opting for the hot pot experience, I found it to be rejuvenating, adding a touch of tranquility to my stay.
Westin Miyako Kyoto Bath

Prime Location Amidst Kyoto's Wonders

Located near the engineering marvel of the Kaege Incline, the hotel offers guests a glimpse into Kyoto’s historical significance. The nearby Nanzenji Temple, set in the Higashiyama forests, presents a serene Zen Buddhist experience. Visitors can also appreciate the Roman-style aqueduct, a unique architectural piece in the region.
Westin Miyako Kyoto Gion
While these historical sites are a stone’s throw away, the hotel’s location also allows for convenient access to other prominent areas of Kyoto. Guests can easily reach Gion, known for its traditional wooden machiya houses, and the vibrant Hanamikoji Street, a hub for authentic Kyoto dining and culture. The Kamogawa River, with its picturesque views, and the historic Sanjo Bridge are also within close proximity, making the hotel an ideal base for exploring the city.
Westin Miyako Kyoto Hanamikoji

A Serene Escape Right Next to the Hotel

The garden at the Westin Miyako Kyoto stands out as a highlight of my stay. Tucked away within the hotel’s grounds, this garden was a delightful discovery. As I walked through its trails, I was enveloped in a peaceful ambiance, a stark contrast to the bustling city streets. The trails, ideal for both hiking and bird-watching, wound their way up the hill, each turn offering a new perspective of Kyoto’s sprawling landscape.
Westin Miyako Kyoto Torii
During my walk, the panoramic views of the city were truly spectacular, especially as the sun began to set, casting a golden hue over the city. I found myself pausing frequently to admire these vistas, feeling a deep sense of tranquility. This garden, with its blend of natural beauty and serene atmosphere, provided a much-needed respite from my urban explorations and left me with lasting memories of peaceful solitude and scenic beauty.
Westin Miyako Kyoto Garden View


Overall, the Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel offers a blend of convenience, comfort, and access to Kyoto’s cultural and natural beauty. Its prime location, comfortable accommodations, and array of amenities make it a commendable choice for travelers looking to experience the eastern part of Kyoto.

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