Imperial Hotel is to open a new hotel in the famed Gion district in Kyoto, Japan in spring 2026. This will be the fourth Imperial Hotel property after its Tokyo, Kamikochi, and Osaka hotels.

Construction will begin in April 2022. The new property will be completed in October 2025 followed by the grand opening in 2026.

The new hotel will occupy a renovated landmark. The building to be renovated for this project is the Yasaka Kaikan, originally completed in 1936 and which is recognized as a nationally registered tangible cultural property and an historic building in Kyoto City. The new property will occupy the site of Yasaka Kaikan and the land on the north side of its main building and north building.

It will be comprised of seven floors above ground and two floors below ground, and will feature approximately 60 guest rooms. The hotel will also house restaurants, a bar, a spa and a fitness centre.

Efforts will be taken to preserve the structure’s existing skeleton and to redeploy the original building materials in order to preserve the cultural value of the building. The newly added north side will be designed taking into account the existing design and the local landscape, while deploying modern technology and materials.

“Imperial Hotel intends to protect the precious legacy of Kyoto’s culture and create a hotel suitable for its historic location, to enhance patronage by both domestic and foreign clients. In addition, the hotel will do its utmost to transmit Japanese culture to the world from the internationally acknowledged Japanese cultural center of Kyoto,” reads an official release by the hospitality brand.