Kyoto to host the first Dusit-branded hotel in Japan

by | 23 Nov 2020 | Projects

Bangkok-headquartered hospitality group Dusit International has struck a deal with property developer Yasuda Real Estate to manage a high-end scheme in Japan’s former imperial capital.

Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Yasuda Real Estate to operate Dusit Thani Kyoto, which will be its first branded hotel in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Sustainable expansion for Dusit

The deal, which was signed through Dusit’s Tokyo-based subsidiary D&J, reflects the group’s commitment to sustainable expansion. The hotel promises to bring long-term value to the local community by creating jobs, contributing to the economy and placing a focus on responsible tourism.

“We are delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to work with Yasuda Real Estate Co, Ltd to bring our unique brand of Thai-inspired hospitality to Japan for the first time,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, group CEO of Dusit International. “Continuing our strategy for sustainable expansion, the signing of Dusit Thani Kyoto serves as a major milestone for our company.

“It also highlights our confidence in the strength and resilience of Japan’s travel market and its ability to bounce back strong after all the current challenges. Kyoto is a wonderful destination, rich in history, heritage and culture, and we look forward to embracing this in our operations while doing our utmost to deliver long-term value for all stakeholders.”

“Our company prides itself on developing projects which not only celebrate cultural and natural heritage but which are also positioned to deliver social and economic value far into the future,” said Masahiro Nakagawa, president of Yaduda Real Estate. “With a locally inspired design and unique blend of Thai and Japanese hospitality traditions, Dusit Thani Kyoto will be ideally positioned to deliver a truly distinctive stay experience in the heart of the city. We are delighted to partner with Dusit for this very special project.”

A prime setting in Kyoto

The hotel will be located in the Honganji Monzen-Machi district, placing it within easy reach of Kyoto Station. It’ll house around 150 rooms across four floors, along with facilities including a Thai all-day dining restaurant, a specialty Japanese restaurant, a lobby lounge and bar, a health club, wellness facilities and function rooms.

A stay here will offer easy access to some of Kyoto’s major sites, such as Nishi Honganji Temple, Kyoto Tower, Kyoto Aquarium and Higashi Honganji Temple. The city’s famous Geisha district, Gion, is only ten minutes away by train, meanwhile, and the lively shopping street, Nishiki Market, is just 15 minutes away.

As a whole, the city attracted 87.9 million visitors in 2019, which was an increase of 2.9 million in the previous year. Dusit expects Kyoto to rapidly regain its status as a major tourism hub once travel restrictions have been lifted.

Dusit’s portfolio now consists of 339 properties operating under six brands across 14 countries. The company already has a presence in Japan thanks to Elite Havens, which manages a number of ski chalets in Niseko.


Founded in 1948, Bangkok-headquartered hospitality group Dusit International is able to draw on decades of experience in the hotel sector.

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