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Property Details: OMO5 Kyoto Gion by Hoshino Resorts

OMO is a city tourism hotel located in a convenient city-center location, perfect for exploring the deep, urban culture, and OMO5 Kyoto Gion by Hoshino Resorts opened on 5 November 2021. Following the opening of OMO3 Kyoto Toji and OMO5 Kyoto Sanjo, this is the third OMO property in Kyoto. With the concept, “live like a local in Gion,” we will propose an enjoyable stay for guests to experience the arts and culture of the area in hopes for our guests to get an insight into the vibrant world of Gion.
Concept - “Live like a local in Gion”
OMO5 Kyoto Gion is in the Gion area, which is in Monzencho, centered around the famous Yasaka Shrine. Located along Shijodori (street), it is only a minute away from the Yasaka Shrine. In addition, as one of Kyoto’s hanamachi, a district where geisha live and work, the area has a vibrant cityscape, where it was once lined with numerous tea houses, accommodations, and theaters. People living in Gion cherish traditional festivals and seasonal events, including the Gion Festival, one of the three major festivals in Japan, while leading their daily lives. OMO5 Kyoto Gion proposes a trip to live like a local in Gion, which has a unique culture of its own. Not only will we recommend long-established tea houses and stores favored by locals, but we will also share insight into the history and traditions of the area and temples.

Characteristics of OMO5 Kyoto Gion
1)A variety of room types that can fit with each travel style 
With a total of 36 rooms, all incorporate traditional Japanese patterns and are divided into three design types, distinguished by color. The main colors are red, green, and blue where the different hues of color are all inspired by nature. The rooms have lanterns, reminiscent of a familiar city scene for locals, where lanterns were used to light the entrances of houses as well as food stalls. Some room types have kitchens, where guests can enjoy a comfortable and relaxing stay as if they are at home. There are also rooms for a maximum of 6 people so traveling and spending quality time with friends and family is assured. 
・Waking up to the scent of fresh bread in Kyoto – “In-room Bakery Set”
For breakfast, guests can enjoy fresh bread and original condiments by making bread from scratch. The bread machine is similar to that of a rice cooker, where once all the ingredients are inside the home bakery, with a press of a button, bread will be made for the next morning. People in Kyoto love coffee and bread, where there are many famous bakeries in the area. This breakfast favorite can be made during the stay, waking up to the fresh scent of bread.  
Price: 1,000 JPY (includes tax)
Includes: Rental of the home bakery, ingredients of bread, 6 types of condiment (butter, matcha green tea spread, sweet red bean paste, pork rillette, egg spread, soymilk dip), coffee
2) OMO Base inspired by the teahouses in Monzencho
The OMO Base is a public space with information and tips to make walking around town fun. The design was inspired by an image of taking a break at a teahouse in Monzencho. Lanterns decorate the space and the front desk, which are reminiscent of the local cityscape, where lanterns are used to light the entrances of houses as well as food stalls. Items and tools unique to life in Gion are exhibited for guests to take a look into the lives of locals. The local guide map, Go-KINJO MAP has all the recommendations of nearby stores and restaurants researched by our OMO Rangers, local neighborhood guide.
3) Go-KINJO service to enjoy the city to the fullest
OMO considers the city centered around the hotel to be part of the resort and hopes for guests to go out into the city as much as possible. OMO Rangers will support guests’ trips through sharing of knowledge through the Go-KINJO Map and our local guide tours of nearby attractions. 
・Tour around Gion for a fresh start to the day! – “Gion Morning Cleanse”
Every morning from 6:30 am, when the streets of Gion are still quiet and empty, this tour will guide guests to discover how hanamachi, a district where Geisha live and work, came to be. It is also a tour that was inspired by the word uruwashii, which has multiple meanings including beautiful, to emotionally move someone, to be well-regulated/cleansed, and for something to be authentic. Guests will visit a shrine known for good relationships and will practice expressions of gratitude so that bad relationships can be cut off. At the end of the tour, guests will visit Yasaka Shrine, where the connections between shrines and the life of the people in Gion will be shared. Upon return to the property, a drink known as okousen, roasted Chinese medicine infused in hot water, will be available to soothe the body after the morning stroll. This informative, yet soothing tour in the morning will surely cleanse the mind and body for a fresh start to the day. 
Time: 6:30 am to 7:30 am
Price: Free of charge
Capacity: Up to 15 people 
Reservations: Required by 10 pm the day before the tour
・Discover Japanese confectionary, wagashi, through a stroll to prep for tea ceremony
This is an activity to experience wagashi and green tea as part of experiencing Gion life. Gion is an area lined with many wagashi stores, where craftsmen created wagashi that represents the season. People used to enjoy the pairing of wagashi and matcha green tea, where matcha sets were rented out by some of the wagashi stores. Guests of OMO5 Kyoto Gion can find a wagashi store recommended by OMO Rangers to purchase wagashi for a tea break back in their rooms. Our matcha green tea set can be rented out, where green tea can be ground using the stone mill at the OMO Base. 
Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Price: Free of charge
Others: wagashi will be subject to additional charges at the store of interest

・Shidashi Dinner Delivery serviec 
Depending on the price, food of interest, takeout, etc., OMO Rangers will recommend restaurants of this is a perfect service for first-time visitors of Gion. Shidashi service is part of Kyoto’s food culture, and it is a meal delivery service to specifically host guests or to celebrate. If a reservation is made 3 days prior, then meals by long-established restaurants can be enjoyed as a takeaway for the room.
Time: Dinner delivered around 6pm 
Price: Cost of the meal is charged, no extra deliver fee
Reservations: Required 3 days prior (shidashi service only)

About OMO5 Kyoto Gion by Hoshino Resorts
Address: 288 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Shijodori Yamatooji Higashiiru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Price: Starting from 24,000 JPY per night per room (includes tax)
Number of Rooms: 36 
Directions: Approximately 6 minutes by walk from Gion-Shijo Station

About OMO Brand
City tourism hotel to discover the wonders of the city
OMO is a city tourism hotel in a convenient city-center location, perfect for exploring the deep, urban culture. We consider the city centered around the hotel to be part of our resort, offering a variety of options to see, eat, and shop. With the cooperation of the local community, city-lovers can get an insight into culture through our original tours and maps; sharing locals’ all-time favorites to hidden gems only with you!

What is an OMO number?

The number after “OMO” in the name of the property represents the breadth of our services to meet a variety of travel needs. With this number, guests can choose an OMO hotel that is best suited for a particular trip. Every trip may differ depending on its purpose and the way time is spent will change accordingly, so find your best OMO, which is your number 1 supporter of city tourism.

About Hoshino Resorts
Hoshino Resorts was first established as a Japanese inn/ryokan in 1914 in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture before it began the operation of other resorts in Japan. Today, it has evolved into a highly influential hotel management company and is run by 4th-generation family member Yoshiharu Hoshino. Providing a unique experience focused on the local charms of each destination and a high level of omotenashi, Japanese-style hospitality, the company has expanded rapidly out of Karuizawa since 2001 and now operates more than 60 accommodations both in and outside Japan with one of the following categories: luxury hotel brand “HOSHINOYA,” hot spring ryokan brand “KAI,” countryside resort hotel brand “RISONARE,” city tourism hotel brand “OMO,” free-spirited hotel brand “BEB,” or other unique lodgings.

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