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Noku Kyoto


Finding reasonably priced accommodation in Japan that isn’t a generic business hotel can be tricky. We like to offer somewhere with a bit of character at every price point, and the Noku fits this brief perfectly. Modern and stylish, it chimes with our desire for independence and individuality. 

The contemporary rooms all have a minimalist aesthetic. Each is spacious and clean with streamlined mid-century look furniture. Bright, contemporary motifs central to Japanese art - bamboo, cranes - add pops of drama in otherwise soothing spaces. Many rooms have sofa beds or can accommodate three, making them a good option for families. The mid-century-meets-Japanese look continues in the hotel’s café, and there’s a cosy, intimate bar for relaxing drinks at the end of the day.


North of the station is the best place to be in Kyoto, and the Noku is ideally placed just to the south of the Imperial Palace and close to Nijo Castle. It is a bit more of a walk to Gion and Pontocho alley.

A little more detail

  • Spacious rooms

  • Contemporary styling

  • Scandinavian/Japanese fusion

  • Café for breakfast, but no restaurant

From a client…

A modern hotel that celebrates Kyoto’s cultural life in its design.

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Modern bedroom at Noku Kyoto
Modern bedroom at Noku Kyoto
Entrance at Noku Kyoto
Entrance at Noku Kyoto
Wardrobe at Noku Kyoto
Simple style at Noku Kyoto
Lobby at Noku Kyoto
Lobby at Noku Kyoto
King-sized bed at Noku Kyoto
Bedroom at Noku Kyoto
Twin room at Noku Kyoto
Twin room at Noku Kyoto

Why we love it

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Old meets new

A blend of contemporary design and traditional Japanese arts sets the tone. You’re greeted by warm lighting, a Warhol-esque image of Japanese macaques, and ceilings inset with sections that resemble the rice paper screens in traditional houses. Each room is spacious with a clean, minimal feel and streamlined furniture with a mid-century style. Bright, modern fabric on the headboards features images central to Japanese art - bamboo, cranes - and adds a pop of drama. It’s the ideal balance of modernity and tradition.

Noku hotel bedroom

Within easy reach

Apart from being only a minute’s walk from Marutamachi subway station and access to the wider city, the Noku Kyoto has some of the city’s key highlights right on its doorstep. The hotel provides guests with a handy online walking map showing the best routes to the Imperial Palace, Nijō Castle and the Kyoto International Manga Museum, as well as their pick of the best local shops and restaurants. You just have to choose which direction your feet will take you in first…


We think you may like this journey…

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Following Ancient Trails

Wander along the ancient trails of Kumano Kodo and its spiritual shrines, enjoying the peaceful, and enchanting surroundings as well as taking in the hospitality of local families along the way.

Price from: £4,190 US$5,190
Ideal length 17 days
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