In Japan, soap production began in Kyoto centuries ago. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto stands on the grounds where that first soap was made, and to honor that history, craftsmen prepare special gold-flecked soap for every guest room.
While there are traditional bridges across the Kamogawa River, the most exciting route from bank to bank is via a path of stepping stones. As you make your way, look closely — some are in the shape of turtles.
Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, can explore fall colors in the city with a rickshaw trip along its most beautiful streets. Before beginning a ride, the concierge can recommend their favorite routes through the city.
At the culmination of the Obon festival, five giant bonfires are lit on mountains around Kyoto, in an event known as "Gozan no Okuribi." A message of goodbye to visiting spirits, each fire takes the shape of a Japanese character. From The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto's Suite Tsukimi, guests can watch as "dai", the symbol for "big", glows on the slopes of Mt. Higashiyama.