Opened in 2010, this rather new addition to the Kyoto skyline has taken the ancient capital's hotel scene by storm. Citadines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo is an "aparthotel," that is, a mixture of a hotel and apartments, so its rooms are fit for those spending only a couple nights as well as those on extended stays in Kyoto. The stylish design, clean and comfortable accommodations, easy access, and impeccable service have landed Citadines Kyoto a nearly perfect score here on JAPANiCAN.com and put it in the #2 spot out of all Kyoto hotels on TripAdvisor.com. Keep reading below for more info and some really big pictures.
With Autumn well underway, and the glorious season of leaves turning into flaming reds and burning oranges just beginning, this is the perfect season to get away from the concrete nightmare of the city and escape to the calming influence of Mother Nature. Japan's autumn leaves or koyo, as it is referred to in Japanese, are some of the best that can be seen on the planet. But, the only drawback is: doesn't everybody know it. It's tough to appreciate the leaves themselves with all the admirers ambling through the woods in droves.
It goes without saying that seeing Mt. Fuji at least once is a must. You can visit the iconic (and volcanic) peak on tours or even climb it overnight to watch the sunrise from the top, but one of the most popular ways to enjoy Mt. Fuji is gazing at it from afar, particularly from a relaxing hot spring in the Fuji Five Lakes area for example. Below, find our top recommendations for hot spring-equipped inns and hotels that are ideal for taking in Mt. Fuji's splendor, listed in order of ratings given by JAPANiCAN.com customers.