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."
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."
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.
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.
BREAKFAST & CAFE
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.