Thai hospitality group Dusit International has signed an agreement to operate the first Dusit-branded hotel in Japan. The Dusit Thani Kyoto is set to open in 2023 in the Honganji Monzen-machi district, just 850 metres from Kyoto Station.

The 150-room hotel will be set over four floors, with facilities including a Thai-themed all-day dining restaurant, a Japanese speciality restaurant, a lobby lounge and bar, function rooms, and fitness and wellness facilities.

The Dusit Thani Tokyo will be close to various attractions, including UNESCO World Heritage Site Nishi Honganji Temple, and a 10-minute train journey from Gion, the city’s most famous Geisha district.

Dusit International signed the hotel management agreement with Yasuda Real Estate Co. Ltd., a property developer based in Tokyo.

Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International, commented on the news:

“We are delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to work with Yasuda Real Estate Co., Ltd. to bring our unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to Japan for the first time.

“Continuing our strategy for sustainable expansion, the signing of Dusit Thani Kyoto serves as a major milestone for our company. It also highlights our confidence in the strength and resilience of Japan’s travel market and its ability to bounce back strong after all the current challenges. Kyoto is a wonderful destination, rich in history, heritage, and culture, and we look forward to embracing this in our operations while doing our utmost to deliver long-term value for all stakeholders.”

Masahiro Nakagawa, President, Yasuda Real Estate Co., Ltd., added:

“Our company prides itself on developing projects which not only celebrate cultural and natural heritage, but which are also positioned to deliver social and economic value far into the future. With a locally inspired design and unique blend of Thai and Japanese hospitality traditions, Dusit Thani Kyoto will be ideally positioned to deliver a truly distinctive stay experience in the heart of the city. We are delighted to partner with Dusit for this very special project.”

Dusit International’s portfolio comprises 339 properties operating under six brands across 14 countries. The company already has a presence in Japan through Elite Havens, a provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia, which manages a collection of ski chalets in Niseko.