Just as previously announced, I will start my Japan blog series, beginning from today. As you know, I spent three weeks in Japan, from which of I enjoyed one week in Kansai prefecture. Within this article I will present you the feature of my stay in Kyoto city with Keihan Railways..

I have of course traveled to Kyoto before on my previous Japan trips, but this time I was exploring more of Kyoto prefecture and the sustainable style of Kyoto city itself. One part of this sustainable trip was highlighted with a stay at the Good Nature Hotel. It is a hotel, that claims itself to be “good for people and for a nature”. Good Nature is a luxurious new lifestyle hotel, that offers multiple restaurants including Michelin star restaurants and an in-house store.

The entire concept of this hotel is dedicated to frame a sustainable lifestyle. What I believe is very special about this hotel is their own products. The hotel actively promotes recycling, which process is also involved in the production of their own products. This includes for example tea and coffee, made from cacao beans, as the hotel has a pastry shop and is furthermore also producing its own chocolate under a fairtrade project. The concept of sustainability is understood with happiness, as being healthy in body, mind, community, society and the environment.  The Good Nature Hotel commits itself to happiness and comfort without overdoing it, presenting itself with a minimalistic elegance.

Sustainability is also featured within the culinary offers. That’s why the restaurants are even more focusing on a plant-based diet, which is featured and highlighted within the menues. The Michelin two-star restaurant and the other 10 restaurants, caf├ęs and patisseries in the hotel offer an exceptional food experience which includes divers menues from Halal options and local Japanese cuisine. 

The room concept is as modern as the hotel itself. There’s a total of four different rooms categories, from special room to suites. The essence of Kyoto is brought within the atmosphere, through filigree highlights and pure Japanese architectural techniques to “the breath of nature”. The influence of nature becomes easily visible and spreads a calm atmosphere. I haven’t seen it myself, but apparently there’s also a sauna room within the special room type and a meditation room. 

Another hotel that I was staying at during my trip in Kyoto was the Kyoto Century Hotel, which also belongs to Keihan Railways. It is neighbor to the newly opened The Thousand Kyoto Hotel, which is compared to the Kyoto Century Hotel more modern. The Kyoto Century Hotel is an iconic hotel of the city, which style is more expressed in an elegance and luxury. All of these 3 hotels of Keihan are committed to an eco-friendly lifestyle and feature exquisite design, each in their own way.

My last trip to Kyoto, that would last multiple days, happened to be during my first travel to Japan in 2017. Obviously, a lot of things have changed meanwhile and even back then I didn’t really do a sightseeing tour or anything touristic besides visiting the world-famous Fushimi-Inari Shrine, which I also visited within this trip. Other than that, I finally managed to do a sightseeing tour with the Sky Hop Bus. The tour offers its guest the convenient opportunity to enjoy the city and explore various districts and influences of the historic city of Kyoto, while observing the busy streets upon to the next stop. The tour includes multiple stops and sights. There is a total of 14 stops available for the tour, which starts and ends at Kyoto station and takes about two hours in total.

I will take you to Yawata City within my next blog post of this Japan Kansai series. Yawata is also a part of Kyoto prefecture, which is a city near to Kyoto city itself. Keihan Railways also supported me on this journey, that I will share more about in my upcoming article.