Hotel Chourakukan Kyoto
BLJ Tips & InsightsThe stately Chourakukan, designated a tangible cultural property by the city of Kyoto, is a prized artefact of a uniquely intriguing period in Japanese history, a time of rapid modernization and a blossoming of Western influences in the country. The villa was built in 1909 by tobacco magnate Kichibei Murai. It was a showpiece guest house of Western architectural styles, designed to impress. It offered commanding views of Mount Higashiyama and its stunning foliage, whose colors change with the seasons; inside, fine furnishings, sourced from across the country and from far corners of the globe, filled the rooms. As a man with vast business interests – he produced Japan’s first double-cut paper cigarette and later established a bank and a textile mill – Kichibei Murai moved in rarefied circles, and the guest house in his hometown of Kyoto was where he entertained some of the important and influential figures of the time. In its first incarnation, Chourakukan welcomed a parade of visiting dignitaries, business luminaries, and Japanese and foreign royalty. The name Chourakukan, which means “eternal happiness”, was given by a delighted guest, none other than Hirobumi Ito, Japan’s first prime minister. Today, Chourakukan features a boutique hotel, a restaurant and a café. The splendor of its glorious past lives on in the quality of service and commitment to good taste. The hotel has a total of six finely decorated modern guest cabins, each one offering the same stunning views John D. Rockefeller no doubt enjoyed when he visited in 1925. Le Chene, an elegant salon of wall windows and richly upholstered furniture, serves fine French cuisine as interpreted by chef Kazuki Hashimoto.
Twin Room with Cypress View
Behind the south-facing window, cedar trees line up and wrap yourself in the atmosphere of being in the forest. The 3rd floor is semi-barrier-free with door and handrails in the room, and you can spend a relaxing time in a calm atmosphere using plenty of natural stones and wood.
Twin Room with Park View
It is a calm room with modern comfort. Cherry blossoms in spring, bonfires of Gozan in summer, and autumn leaves in autumn while relaxing in your room It is a very luxurious room that you can enjoy. There is a fireplace made of coral stone in the room, and in winter, real firewood is used to light the fireplace.
Twin Room with Zip Beds Park View - 3rd floor
You can spend a peaceful time while watching the four seasons of Maruyama Park moving from the large window facing north. In the room facing Maruyama Park, you can see it from the open and large windows such as Mt. Hiei, the torii gate of Heian Jingu Shrine, and Kyoto City. It is a very luxurious room where you can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring, bonfires of Gozan in summer, and autumn leaves in autumn while relaxing in your room.
Twin Room with Park View - Top floor
A twin room with the best view located on the 4th floor of the top floor of Hotel Chorakkan. In the room facing Maruyama Park, the torii gate of Mt. Hiei and Heian Jingu Shrine. You can see it from the open and large windows such as in Kyoto City. Cherry blossoms in spring, bonfires of Gozan in summer, and autumn leaves in autumm. While relaxing in your room. It is a very luxurious room that you can enjoy.
Twin Room with Zip Beds Park View - Top floor
A twin room with the best view located on the 4th floor of the top floor of Hotel Chorakkan. It is a bright room with a sense of openness, with sunlight coming in through a large window. The north-facing window faces the country's scenic spot Maruyama Park, and overlooks the scenery of Higashiyama and the north side of Kyoto. Cherry blossoms in spring, bonfires of Gozan in summer, and autumn leaves in autumn while relaxing in your room It is a very luxurious room that you can enjoy.
- Total 6
From 74,000 JPY
1 restaurants(Fine-dining French Cuisine)
3pm / 11am
Approx. 15 mins by chauffeur from Kyoto Station.
Approx. 60 mins by chauffeur from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport)