Immersive Experiences

Immerse yourself in fascinating history and modern culture in the heart of the ancient capital at Dusit Thani Kyoto. We warmly welcome you to an urban sanctuary, where you’ll find luxurious accommodation, elegant design and exquisite cuisine, as well as the chance to uncover the treasures of Kyoto.

Conveniently located near many famous and historic sites, including Nishihonganji and Higashihonganji, the hotel provides a gateway to the city and we invite you to explore beyond the ordinary with a selection of unique local experiences that will elevate your stay.

Local Connections

Maiko and Matcha

Experience the elegance of Japanese tradition in the Tea Salon as expert Maiko dancers perform their craft. After the graceful and unique dance performance, the Maiko prepare and serve matcha, paired with sweets inspired by the flavours of Kyoto and Thailand. Take the opportunity to enjoy this serene ritual every other Saturday from 14:00 to 16:00. Contact us

Taiko Drum Workshop

The taiko is a Japanese drum often used for celebrations; it captivates audiences as a symbol of Japan's cultural heritage and artistic expression. Its unique and powerful rhythms are made by beautiful full-body performances. Explore the skills, discipline and teamwork required to master this form of entertainment and art. Contact us

Kumihimo Class

Explore a traditional Japanese art form. Kumihimo translates to "gathered threads" or "braided cords" and refers to a centuries-old braiding technique used to create beautiful and intricate cords by interlacing different strands of thread or yarn. These braids are often used as decorative elements, closures, or handles, as well as for traditional clothing and accessories. Immerse yourself in Kyoto culture with an interactive Kumihimo workshop. Contact us

Kimono Tale

Unravel the threads of Japanese elegance. "Kimono Tale" is an enchanting voyage that takes you beyond the cloth and stitches to uncover the captivating history and cultural significance of Japan's most iconic garment. Immerse yourself in the world of kimono-making, where art and tradition intertwine to create a timeless masterpiece. Learn more in the Lobby, where you’ll find a beautiful, informative display.  Contact us

Kintsugi Class

Kintsugi gold joinery is the Japanese art of repairing chipped, cracked and broken ceramics. See an example of this ancient art form at Kati restaurant and learn the secrets of this historic skill for yourself in a workshop using 100% natural materials, including Urushi lacquer and 24-carat gold powder.  Contact us

Heritage Site Adventure

Kyoto is the proud home to no less than 17 UNESCO world heritage sites. From Dusit Thani Kyoto, you can easily travel east to Kiyomizu Temple, north to Nijo Castle, south to Toji Temple and west to Nishi-Honganji Temple. Venture out on a journey to uncover the rich history and cultural significance of these ancient treasures, where every stone and structure tells a tale of bygone eras. Immerse yourself in the beauty of historical architecture and traditions on an unforgettable adventure into the heart of our heritage. Contact us

Kyoto Food Tour

Kyoto is renowned for its rich culinary heritage and offers a diverse range of delicious delights. Embark on a curated exploration of the city’s gastronomy and eateries with an expert and try all the iconic bites and flavors. Sample local vegetables, pickles, and seafood. Wander around with finger food like a local. Savor traditional Kaiseki and indulge in tasty sweets. Contact us

Body and Mind

Running and Walking for Wellness

Embark on a revitalising journey through Kyoto’s scenic beauty with our Wellness Running & Walking Programme. Enjoy guided runs through the historic Nijo-jo Castle and Toji Temple complexes or take a leisurely stroll around the serene grounds of Nishihonganji Temple. Suitable for all fitness levels, the programme promotes both physical fitness and mental well-being through movement at your own pace in the heart of Kyoto. Contact us

Shakyo: Sutra Transcription

The traditional Buddhist practice of hand-copying sacred texts is a form of meditation and devotion. Shakyo is a spiritual practice that engages both body and mind. The act of carefully copying each stroke fosters a sense of reverence and humility, reinforcing the understanding that the teachings are worth preserving and passing on. Take the chance to explore this ancient practice and clear your mind as you think of nothing but the shape of each character. Contact us

Juzu Bracelet Making

The juzu bracelet – also known as a Buddhist prayer bracelet or rosary – is used by Buddhists as a tool for counting recitations of mantras or prayers. Making a juzu can be a meaningful and meditative activity and we invite you to participate. String your chosen beads and central charm onto your own unique bracelet to wear when you visit Kyoto’s temples. Contact us

Yoga and Breathwork

Join us to relax your mind and body in a morning yoga session – the perfect opportunity to set your intentions for the day. This class is suitable for guests of all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yoga practitioner. Our instructor will offer personalised tips on postures, breathing and movement to create an enjoyable, mindful experience. Contact us

Zazen Meditation

The word "zazen" comes from the Japanese "za" (seated) and "zen" (meditation). It is a fundamental and essential practice in Zen Buddhism that focuses on the cultivation of mindfulness, concentration, and insight. Join an experienced temple monk in a tranquil setting away from distractions, explore this discipline and enjoy an opportunity to clear your mind and see inside of yourself. Contact us

Morning Chanting at Nishi Hongwanji Temple 

Experience a traditional Buddhist practice at Nishi Honganji Temple, one of Kyoto’s most important temples. As a form of meditation, morning chanting is a way to centre yourself before starting the day. It is believed that by participating in the chanting and reciting the sacred texts, one can cultivate mindfulness, compassion and a sense of interconnectedness with all beings. Contact us

Tea Ceremony

Also known as "chanoyu" or "sado" in Japanese, the tea ceremony is a highly ritualised way of preparing and serving matcha (green tea). Kyoto, a city deeply connected to the history and cultural significance of the practice, is one of the best places to experience it in its most authentic and refined form. After learning the proper way of serving matcha tea, you’ll enjoy the complex taste and aroma in a tranquil setting.  Contact us

Nature Exploration

Hollyhock Watering

Held on the 15th of May every year, the Aoi Matsuri Festival is one of Kyoto’s most important annual events and celebrates Futaba Aoi – the hollyhock. The flower is central to everything, from the costumes to the float decorations, and visitors to Kyoto are invited to be part of the ritual by watering the flowers from February to September. Contact us

Romantic Rail Travel

The Sagano Scenic Railway, also known as the Sagano Romantic Train runs old-fashioned trains between Saga-Arashiyama, alongside the Hozugawa River gorge for beautiful views of forests and mountains. Gaze out of the windows or take it all in from the open-air viewing car. The vistas are particularly picturesque in autumn and spring. Contact us

Fushimiinari Hiking

Inari is the god of business and prosperity and its shrine stands at the base of the mountain of the same name. More than 1,000 red torii gates, donated over the centuries, lead away from the main shrine to trails up the mountain, creating a uniquely fascinating hike. The trail to the summit takes up to three hours, but shorter walks are available too.   Contact us

Explorations by Bicycle

Explore Kyoto without sitting in traffic in your car or on a crowded bus; hop on a bike and discover the city on two wheels. Electric and sports bicycle rentals are available, and we’re happy to help make the arrangements. Once on your clean, green mode of transport, you can find hidden gems and connect with locals. Contact us

Harvest Experience

Connect with nature as you step into the harvest fields, just 30 minutes from the centre of Kyoto and surrounded by mountains. Ohara is a beautiful traditional farming village where you can see where our ingredients come from. We plant several kinds of herbs in the fields and serve them in our restaurants at Dusit Thani Kyoto. Seasonally, you may harvest and enjoy them during lunch or dinner at the restaurant. The best time to visit the field is from April to November. Contact us

Dusit Tea Plantation

Embrace the beauty of nature and experience the profound cultural heritage of a drink rooted deeply in Japanese culture at Dusit Thani Kyoto's Wazuka-cho field. Nestled in a region that celebrates an 800-year legacy of Uji Tea cultivation, our tea field offers guests an intimate journey. Witness firsthand how the distinct shifts in seasons shape the taste and aroma of our teas, each carrying its own story and heritage. Contact us

Gastronomic Journeys

Culinary Partnerships

We occasionally team up with the best chefs from Kyoto and beyond to deliver a selection of delectable gourmet experiences that will entice your senses and tickle your taste buds. Join us for wine tastings, festive celebrations with seasonal menus, and food fusion journeys such as Thai food paired with Japanese sake. Contact us

Thai Cooking Class

Discover the art of authentic Thai cuisine with our talented chefs. Use ingredients hand-picked from our organic garden and learn how they’re used to intricately enhance the balance of flavors and textures in classic Thai dishes. Perfect for a couple, family, or small group, this activity combines creativity and culinary arts, culminating in a delicious finale in which you’ll enjoy your creations. Contact us

Wagashi Making Class

Japanese sweets, known as wagashi, are made in the shapes of flowers that represent each season and served with hot or cold tea depending on the time of year. Join us to experience culture and cuisine by crafting your own wagashi flowers using traditional tools and enjoying them as part of the tea ceremony.  Contact us

Kaiseki Dinner with Maiko and Geiko

Maiko and Geiko are the Kyoto names for Geisha. After enjoying a traditional Kaiseki dinner, you’ll have the chance to see these artists perform their classical dance, join them in a unique game and enjoy a fascinating conversation with them as you admire their beautiful attire. Prepare for a night of Kyoto culture. Contact us

Children and Family

Herbal Bundles and Yoga

Join us at Devarana Wellness for a unique family wellness event. While the little ones get creative choosing their favourite fragrant herbs and making scented bundles, the grown-ups can indulge in a rejuvenating yoga class. Make time during your stay for imagination and relaxation as a family. Contact us

Colouring Kyoto

Nurie (colouring) is a relaxing activity for kids that promotes creativity, fine motor skills, and imagination. Let your child explore their creativity by choosing colours and expressing themselves through art. After colouring in the line drawings of Kyoto's shrines, temples, five-story pagodas, and other fascinating attractions, go see the real thing. Contact us

Hiragana Drawing

Hiragana is one of the three writing systems used in the Japanese language. It consists of 46 basic characters, each representing a specific sound. Join us to learn these fundamentals and master the art of writing your own name in the Hiragana script for a unique souvenir and skill to take home and impress your classmates. Contact us

Family Retreat

Spend quality time together with a selection of fun activities designed to make magical memories rooted in this unique destination. Enjoy an escape packed with amusements including a chopsticks challenge and Japanese fan decorating. Have a tea party at our plantation in Wazuka-cho, in the mountains of Kyoto, and dye your own fabrics using the traditional art of Kyo Yuzen. Contact us

Origami Fun

Origami, or paper-folding, is a popular activity for children and adults to enjoy peaceful moments crafting incredible shapes. Learn to make a crane – Japan’s favourite origami creation – and many more shapes. Race against one another to see who can make the most cranes in 10 minutes. Contact us

Kendo Class

Give your child the chance to experience the Japanese martial art of Kendo, famous for its Shinai – bamboo sword, and Bogu – armour. Explore the spirit of Kendo by learning to focus on yourself and respect your opponent as you learn about Reiho – the etiquette of the art, as well as the offensive and defensive movements. Contact us