In December 2019, I checked into the Ninenzaka House at Park Hyatt Kyoto (@parkhyattkyoto), a luxury hotel which opened its doors in the ancient Japanese capital on 30 October 2019. Situated in the historic Higashiyama hills steeped in ancient Japanese traditions, the 70-room property is literally steps away from the charming Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka stone-paved slopes and alleys lined with quaint Japanese shops and restaurants which invoke feelings of the old capital city and within walking distance from key Kyoto destinations like Yasaka Shrine, Yasaka Pagoda and notable UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Kiyomizu-dera temple and Kodai-ji temple.
Boasting spectacular views of Yasaka Pagoda and overlooking the streets of Ninenzaka, the 68sqm Ninenzaka House plays it all plush and luxurious residential comfort, combining traditional-style Japanese wood interiors with modern touches such as automated blinds and sheers as well as a wealth of power and USB outlets throughout the suite. The bedroom directly faces both the hotel’s main entrance as well as the popular Higashiyama shopping district, and I was startled by just how physically close my room was to the Ninenzaka area. Given the likely visibility of the suite from those vantage points, guests who do not possess exhibitionistic tendencies may be well-minded to lower the sheer when they require privacy, or at least limit both nudity as well as amorous activity to the bathroom area or other blind spots away from public view.
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