The Michelin Guide, published by the famous French tire manufacturer Michelin, is recognised worldwide for its restaurant and hotel rating system. The “Michelin Guide to Kyoto and Osaka 2012” is available in both Japanese and English. In the Kyoto version, traditional Japanese ryokan (inns) are also rated, and added to the existing restaurant and hotel list. In the hotel section, the number of pavilions indicates the level of comfort, with a total of five different levels of comfort applied: 1. Moderate to comfortable, 2. Comfortable, 3. Very comfortable, 4. The highest level of comfort and 5. Deluxe comfort. The evaluation is undertaken by professional inspectors from all over the world who anonymously (although they are sometimes identified) visit restaurants and hotels; readers’ comments are also surveyed. All the inspectors carry out the evaluation following the same standards in order to come up a list with the best restaurants and hotels.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this year. The hotel is known in particular for its fine incorporation of creative artwork and top-notch amenities in a contemporary Japanese style. “We are truly honoured to receive this accolade for the third time. With this recognition, we will continue to work hard with modesty and with passion. The hotel also looks forward to further strengthening its mutually beneficial relationships with the city of Kyoto and its surrounding communities,” said General Manager Mr. Yokoyama.