"Noryo Yuka" are Kyoto's famous outdoor dining spaces by the Kamogawa River, perfect in the summer for fine dining, dessert, snacks or drinks.

"Noryo Yuka" are Kyoto's famous outdoor dining spaces by the Kamogawa River, perfect in the summer for fine dining, dessert, snacks or drinks.

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Continuing a practice created in the city in the 10th century, the rock garden at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, is carefully raked into contemplative shapes.

Continuing a practice created in the city in the 10th century, the rock garden at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, is carefully raked into contemplative shapes.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Try Cycling by the Kamogawa river in winter and capture the sunrise over the Higashiyama Mountains for your most instagrammable moment during your stay at the hotel.

Try Cycling by the Kamogawa river in winter and capture the sunrise over the Higashiyama Mountains for your most instagrammable moment during your stay at the hotel.

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Bamboo lined paths lead the way to new #discoveries in #Kyoto. #Japan #Forest #TravelGram #InstaTravel via- @travelawesome

Bamboo lined paths lead the way to new #discoveries in #Kyoto. #Japan #Forest #TravelGram #InstaTravel via- @travelawesome

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Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto can enjoy a fun and creative "Japanese Zen Garden Making" Activity and discover the art of dry landscape garden with our master gardener.

Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto can enjoy a fun and creative "Japanese Zen Garden Making" Activity and discover the art of dry landscape garden with our master gardener.

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