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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

This is part of the Trip Report The Visa Run Keeps Running (October 2014) which started and ended in Mongolia with these stops along the way:

Here is the overview for this report: All in Business, All for $200 And $30,000 US AIR Miles

Getting There: Unlike the Hyatt Regency Osaka, it is very easy to get to the Hyatt Regency Kyoto. From Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX), catch the 80-minute rapid train ride to JR Kyoto Station and take a quick taxi from there.

From Osaka, the St. Regis we took the train from Osaka Station to Kyoto Station.

The issue with chain hotels is that they inspire laziness. Here’s the conversation:

Me: Where should we stay in Kyoto?

Not me: Let’s look at the traditional ryokans.

Me: They all say sold out. I wonder if there’s an SPG or Hyatt there.

I went on Hyatt’s website and was mesmerized by the Hyatt Regency Kyoto. The price was $166 inclusive of tax so I booked it.

The Trip

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This guy popped out from behind the ticket counter
Kyoto Station
Kyoto Station
In Japanese
In Japanese
Train to KIX
Train to KIX


The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is not in the heart of the city. It is about a twenty-minute walk to the city center or a quick bike ride.

The Hotel Itself 

Hyatt did a great job of giving the hotel the traditional ryokan feel while remaining upscale.

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The wines
The hotel is beautiful
The hotel is beautiful
And ornate
And ornate
mixes of Japanese and Western
mixes of Japanese and Western

The Room 

The room was spacious and comfortable. It was modern but like the hotel itself had the traditional feel.

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Living room area
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Bed with kimono provided
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Modern bathroom
The soaps were terrible, too much citrus for my taste.


I didn’t spend too much time at the hotel because there is so much to see and do in Kyoto. The length of detail and lack of passion in this review goes to my earlier point that staying in a chain hotel is not always the way to go despite the price, convenience, and beauty of the resort. I am a little annoyed at myself for not trying harder to stay at a ryokan which is part of the experience of going to Kyoto. In my defense, the first week of November is within the peak season of travel to Kyoto so without booking ahead it would’ve been tough to find an affordable ryokan. Some are over $300/night with food, some are more without food. Lesson learned for next time I go back.

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