Multi-storey Wooden Hotel Now Open in Nagaokakyo Near Kyoto

The first hotel in Japan built mainly with wood had open its doors on September 3rd. Given that the hotel had 5 stories, the fact that it was wooden is an amazing architectural feat. Hotel Discover Kyoto Kagaokakyo Hotel is located in Nagaokakyo, a 10-minute ride from Kyoto by JR. The hotel is a 10minute walk away from JR Nagaokakyo Station.

The hotel features an in-house cafe/bar serving locally grown produce, whiskey, and sake. The hotel also offers pay activities such as ceramics, sword making and photo session in kimono. The hotel also organizes nightly meet up of locals with hotel guests for chats (in Japanese or English).

Given the location, this hotel would be a good alternative to beat the crowd in Kyoto proper. Its location (right outside Hankyu Nagaoka-Tenjin Station, and walking distance to JR station) is great for going to Kyoto and Osaka.

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The Ryoko Shimbun article about the hotel