IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) has signed a management agreement with AXA IM Alts to open Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo by early 2025.

The opening heralds the return to the brand’s roots in Japan, with the first Holiday Inn opening more than 50 years ago in 1973.

As Holiday Inn returns to Kyoto, it will be Japan’s 11th hotel under the Holiday Inn brand family and IHG’s third hotel in the city, alongside ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto and the recently opened Six Senses Kyoto.

The 183-guest room property will undergo a comprehensive refurbishment before rebranding as Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo.

Following its reopening, the hotel will feature dining and leisure amenities, including a lobby lounge and bar, upmarket restaurant, multiple banquet rooms, traditional Japanese daiyokujo baths, as well as a gym.

Located between Kyoto’s main station and numerous cultural heritage sites and traditional restaurants in downtown Kyoto, the hotel says it is ideally positioned for visitors arriving via the Shinkansen bullet train.

Kyoto’s tourism market has displayed a robust recovery following Japan’s reopening of its borders post pandemic, with visitor numbers now surpassing 2019 levels.

IHG currently has 59 hotels open and in the pipeline across the country.

“We are very pleased to announce our agreement with AXA IM Alts to open Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo by early 2025, marking the return of the brand to its roots in Kyoto where it was first launched back in 1973.

The historical, cultural and beautiful Kyoto is one of the world’s favourite destinations, so we are confident that Holiday Inn, as the world’s largest hotel brand family, along with IHG’s other Kyoto hotels, ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto and Six Senses Kyoto, will provide a place for everyone to stay when visiting this unique and wonderful city,” said Abhijay Sandilya, IHG managing director of Japan and Micronesia, and CEO of IHG-ANA Hotels Group Japan.