THE HID­DEN SIDE OF KY­OTO

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Were it not for an out­post of chic Parisian patis­serie Pierre Hermé in the lobby of the Ritz-Carl­ton Ky­oto, you’d think you had been trans­ported to a more serene time in Ja­pan’s past. Based on a tra­di­tional Meiji-era house, the ho­tel sits on the Kamo River, where lo­cals fly kites and fish from the banks. The scenic his­toric town of Ky­oto is best seen by foot. Or take an early morn­ing bike ride through the old town of Gion, past

okiya (homes of geisha or maiko, geisha- in-train­ing), hid­den tem­ples and stores sell­ing tra­di­tional rice-flour treats ( yat­suhashi) and matcha soft-serves. You can also sign up to the ho­tel’s art tour to view the Ritz-Carl­ton’s 400-plus art­works, from 80 lo­cal artists, in­spired by the Ja­panese 11th-cen­tury novel of The Tale of Genji, or don a full ki­mono to par­take in a tra­di­tional tea cer­e­mony. Go to www.ritz­carl­ton.com. Zara Wong Head­ing to Ky­oto? Qan­tas of­fers di­rect flights be­tween Syd­ney and Osaka’s Kan­sai In­ter­na­tional Air­port from De­cem­ber 14 un­til March 24, 2018. Go to www.qan­tas.com.

THE COR­NER SUITE, COM­PLETE WITH FUTON BEDS ON TATAMI MATS, AT THE RITZ-CARL­TON KY­OTO.

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