IHG Hotels and Resorts, in collaboration with GI Capital Management, is set to open Regent Kyoto in 2024.

Regent Kyoto is set within a garden that was originally landscaped 100 years ago by the renowned gardener, Kumakichi Kato. The hotel’s location is currently home to the famous restaurant, Tsuruya, one of Kyoto’s top dining destinations.

The property is just a short walk from the world-famous Heian Shrine and Zenrin-Ji Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Regent Kyoto will be thoughtfully designed to incorporate Tsuruya and the gardens. The hotel will feature a lobby lounge, fitness centre and spa, along with several restaurants in addition to Tsuruya. The 86 elegant rooms blend “imagination, extravagance, and calm”.

Abhijay Sandilya, IHG Hotels & Resorts VP Development – Australasia, Japan and Pacific said:

“With today’s signing of Regent Kyoto, I can confidently say that a legend will be born in Japan. We are so honoured that GI Capital Management has placed their trust in IHG to open Japan’s first Regent Hotel under IHG management in one of Kyoto’s most affluent areas, with the added privilege of sharing our address with Tsuruya, one of Kyoto’s most celebrated restaurants.

“Regent blends Eastern and Western nuances so naturally, and we know that it will resonate with travellers from Japan and around the world who are looking for extraordinary experiences, discreet luxury and exceptional service.”

Sakae Sugahara, director and partner, chief investment officer, GI Capital Management Ltd. commented:

“When we made the decision to develop a luxury hotel at one of Kyoto’s most prestigious addresses, which is home to the famous Tsuruya restaurant and gardens, we knew that the hotel would need to be highly respectful and complementary to Kyoto’s heritage and sit a level above other luxury properties in the market.

“Following a long selection process, it became clear that Regent was the perfect fit: with its deep heritage and serene and imaginative design, it will bring a modern era of upper-luxury to Kyoto. We are proud to partner with IHG Hotels and Resorts to open Japan’s first Regent Hotel under IHG management, and look forward to a successful future together.”

IHG Hotels and Resorts acquired a majority stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts in 2018 and has since added six hotels to the pipeline, including Regent Shanghai, Regent Phu Quoc, Regent Bali, Regent Kuala Lumpur,  and Regent Hong Kong.