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NTT Urban Development and Prince Hotels to Open “The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu” in Kyoto, Japan’s Premier Tourist Destination, in
March 2020

October 24th, 2019

October 24th, 2019: NTT Urban Development and Prince Hotels will open “The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu” in Kyoto, Japan’s former capital city and the country’s premier tourist destination, in March 2020. This project is being developed by NTT Urban Development and will be operated by Prince Hotels.

The hotel is a conversion of the former Kyoto Kiyomizu Elementary School, a part of Kyoto’s history and traditions, which opened in 1869. This school was loved by the local community for many years, and now it will be reborn as a luxury hotel with 48 guest rooms, restaurants, private baths, a gym, and more.

From 794, Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years, and it flourished as the center of Japan of the course of the country’s history. With shrines, temples, and historic landmarks, the elegant culture of Kyoto is as rich as ever, charming people from across the world. The hotel will be approximately 8 minutes’ walk from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto,” and it will be ideally located for general sightseeing in Kyoto as well.

The name of the hotel combines two elements: “Kyoto Kiyomizu,” one of the world’s leading tourist sites and an area steeped in history, and “Seiryu,” the name of the guardian deity who was believed to have protected the surrounding Higashiyama district (eastern Kyoto) since antiquity. We chose this name to convey to the world how this hotel is unique to this area, taking advantage of the features of the former school campus and its rich tapestry of local flavor and historic value.

NTT Urban Development and Prince Hotels aim to create a one-of-a-kind luxury hotel that welcomes guests from across the world with the finest hospitality, while also respecting the character and history of the old building.

Complete bird’s eye view (illustration)
Garden (illustration)

Hotel Overview

[Address](Land Lot Number) 2-chome/4-chome Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
[Access][Taxi] Approx. 10 minutes from Kyoto Station
[City Bus] Approx. 15 minutes from Kyoto Station
Approx. 5 minutes’ walk from Kiyomizu-michi bus stop; 10 minutes from Gojo-zaka bus stop
[Keihan Railway] 20 minutes’ walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station

Going toward Kiyomizu-dera via Matsubara-dori from the hotel, 3 minutes’ walk to Sannenzaka/
8 minutes’ walk to Kiyomizu-dera Temple
[Floors]4 floors above ground
[Guest Rooms]48 (30 king rooms, 18 twin rooms)
[Included Facilities]Breakfast restaurant (42 seats indoors, 22 outdoor terrace seats), guest lounge, private baths, gym, etc.

* The information given in this document is accurate as of October 24th, 2019 and is subject to change.

About NTT Urban Development:

NTT Urban Development is a vertically integrated real estate investment and development company based in Tokyo, which owns office buildings, retail properties and multi-family rental apartments. NTT Urban Development’s total assets as of September 30, 2018 are approximately 995 billion Japanese Yen. NTT Urban Development is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.

About Prince Hotels:

Prince Hotels is one of Japan’s leading hotel and leisure businesses, and the core company of Seibu Holdings, a group of 81 companies within and outside of Japan. Prince Hotels operates 74 hotels worldwide, alongside its subsidiary StayWell Holdings, based in Sydney. Domestically, Prince Hotels operates 43 hotels in globally renowned cities and resorts, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Karuizawa, and Hakone, and internationally, it operates 31 hotels in Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, the United States, Europe, and other areas. Prince Hotels has a portfolio of nine hotel brands, consisting of The Prince, Grand Prince Hotel, Prince Hotel, and Prince Smart Inn, four brands operated by Prince Hotels, and The Prince Akatoki, Policy, Park Regis, Leisure Inn Plus, and Leisure Inn, five brands operated by StayWell Holdings. Additionally, the company operates 28 golf courses domestically, 3 golf courses abroad, and 9 domestic skiing resorts, and it also owns hot springs, skating centers, cinemas, aquariums, and a diverse variety of other leisure facilities.?

Concept illustration of guest room after renovation of the existing school building
Concept illustration of extension guest room
Concept illustration of suite room
Concept illustration of suite room
Concept illustration of lobby
Concept illustration of breakfast restaurant

Concept illustration of whole site

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