The Essence of Kyoto

Come discover a new type of hotel
that uniquely captures
the flavor of the ancient capital city of Kyoto and all its traditional motifs.
We are located in the Kiyomizu-Gojo area,
which straddles the Kamogawa River
as it calmly meanders
through the center of Japan's ancient capital.

Basking in the traditions of the heart of Kyoto, the ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO GALLERY is lovingly corralled by the Kamogawa River, the Gion area, and Kiyomizu Temple. The internal spaces of the hotel stylishly blend various traditional Kyoto motifs, while also allowing visitors to enjoy a cozy and relaxing space designed with people in mind and for the flow of hotel visitors.

Our sole purpose is to relay to all our visitors the full charms of the ancient capital city of Kyoto, all for their enjoyment. Come join us and relish in a time of leisure with such historic charms in mind, all at ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO GALLERY.


Vertical grid design (latticework)

Vertical grid design patterns (latticework), known in Japanese as tategoshi, were used during the Heian Period as a design concept for shrines, temples, or the residences of noble families, and were incorporated into doors or developed as fixtures. This design concept came to form some of the important elements commonly found in ancient traditional Japanese townscapes. These latticework designs help aid privacy while also allowing breeze and light to penetrate inward. The atmosphere of a street lined with traditional wooden townhouses featuring vertical latticework designs as typified in the historical capital of Kyoto is widely known domestically and abroad as part of a landscape reminiscent of "old Japan."

Checkered patterns

This design is characterized just as it sounds: Two different-colored squares or rectangles set in a pattern that alternates. During the middle of the Edo Period, kabuki actor Ichimatsu Sanogawa adored this pattern for clothing, causing the pattern to become favorable Japan-wide. The pattern became preferred due to its auspiciousness, carrying the nuance of the prosperity of offspring and the expansion of business, as the pattern continues uninterruptedly.


Rinpa school of painting

The Rinpa school of painting features a design style that was active from the late Momoyama Period up to modern times. These works are characterized by a bold form of composition, along with the use of gold and silver foil as the background, repeated patterns, and techniques such as tarashikomi drip painting. In particular, it is said that Rinpa painter Ogata Korin and the Japonism art movement highly influenced overseas painters, such as Austrian Gustav Klimt.

Japanese doma room design

Doma, a traditional form of flooring, allows one to "do outside work while still inside." With this as a theme, the hotel spaces incorporate a colorful doma-like atmosphere via old fixtures, colorful lights, traditional doors, and an ambience that takes the "outside" and brings it "inside."


Wooden framing

Kigumi (a method for using wood in construction) is one of the traditional techniques of Japanese wooden architecture and is a style unique to Japan's climate, which entails substantial moisture and severe temperature differences. This beautiful technique, which does not utilize hardware in any way, is realized when carpenters use a single piece of material processed with surface unevenness so as to form joints, connections, and fittings.


Yukimi shoji
Japanese window/wall screening

By putting Japanese washi paper on the top side of a wooden frame as per a normal shoji screen but by then making the bottom portion of the wooden frame transparent glass, it was/is possible to see, for example, how much snow could possibly have piled up outside the room, thus the word/name yukimi shoji ("shoji that allows you to see the snow") was coined.

Suibokuga ink wash painting

Suibokuga is believed to have been established in China during the Tang Dynasty and is a form of sumi-e painting that is expressed in ink (i.e., ink wash painting), not only via black ink lines, but also in ways that represent shading, lightness, and darkness, via blurring. It is said that suibokuga was introduced to Japan during the Kamakura Period and that it was actively utilized alongside the rise of Zen Buddhist culture.



Rice that you can eat with soup!

How about getting a solid start to your day with chef-prepared dishes featuring rice with soup?
Our eclectic soup menu pays homage to each season and incorporates three different soup types, covering Japanese, Western, and Asian flavors.
Stop in on your way out and enjoy your favorite soup with rice and toppings that will warm the body.


ORIENTAL HOTEL KYOTO GALLERY is situated in Kyoto, Japan, and thus provides the best jump-off point for experiencing an area that sits at the convergence of Japanese history and tradition. Kyoto is home to 16 World Heritage sites in Japan.

As a major tourist destination, Kyoto is representative of Japan and provides a distinct location for anyone to enjoy taking delight in festivals, events, and the four seasons, etc., at all times of year.

The hotel is located in the Kiyomizu-Gojo area of southeast Kyoto and is within walking distance of many historical attractions, such as the Gion area, Kiyomizu Temple, and Yasaka Shrine.

  1. Note: The above picture may be different than the current form because renovation work on the roof of the main hall is currently underway, as of this writing.
    Note: As of this writing, the facility is under construction, but regular worship services have not changed.

    #01Kiyomizu Temple
  2. #02Kodaiji Temple
  3. #03Yasaka Shrine
  4. #04Gion area
  5. #05Heian Shrine
  6. #06Higashi Honganji Temple

Hotel Overview

Date of opening September 2, 2019
Guest room overview Total number of rooms 150
Smoking/non-smoking All rooms non-smoking
Internet Wi-Fi (accessible only within the premises)
Room types Sizes/
Maximum capacity Bed size
Standard double 16.9㎡ 2 guests 160cm×195cm
Standard twin 18.3㎡ 2 guests 110~120cm×195cm
Standard king 17.0㎡ 2 guests 180cm×195cm
Superior twin 21.7㎡ 2 guests 120cm×195cm
Superior king 20.1㎡ 2 guests 180cm×195cm
Deluxe corner twin 25.2㎡ 3 guests 120cm×195cm
Junior corner suite 37.4㎡ 2 guests 120cm×195cm
Corner suite 43.5㎡ 2 guests 120cm×195cm
Room featuring universal design 33.9㎡ 2 guests 120cm×195cm
Facility overview Wireless LAN internet connection (Wi-Fi), IC card security, TV (bigger than 43 inches), refrigerator (empty), safety box, negative ion dryer, humidifier/air cleaner, electric kettle, shoehorn
Restaurant 48 seats (limited to hotel guests only)


423-1 Sujakucho,
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
One minute on foot from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station on the Keihan Main Line

Note: As no parking is available, please come by public transportation.