Holiday Inn Returning to Kyoto

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) announced today that they have signed a management agreement with AXA IM Alts to open Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo by early 2025. This announcement marks the return of the brand to the city; the first Holiday Inn in Japan opened here in 1973.

The Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo Expands IHGs Presence in the City

While the opening of this hotel will mark Holiday Inn’s return to the city, it will be the eleventh Holiday Inn branded property in the country and the third IHG hotel in the city, alongside ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto and the recently opened Six Senses Kyoto.

According to the press release, the 183 room hotel will undergo a comprehensive remodel before reopening as Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo. Upon completion, the hotel will feature a lobby lounge & café bar, upmarket restaurant, multiple banquet rooms, traditional Japanese daiyokujo baths and gym.

Rendering of the Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo Lobby
Rendering of the Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo Lobby

The property is planning to prioritize energy conservation during the remodel through the installation of energy saving showers, guest room management systems and new facilities.

The new hotel will be located between located between Kyoto’s main station and numerous cultural heritage sites and traditional restaurants in downtown Kyoto. Thanks to its location near the station, the hotel is well positioned for visitors arriving via the Shinkansen bullet train.

Abhijay Sandilya, Managing Director of Japan & Micronesia for IHG Hotels & Resorts and CEO of IHG-ANA Hotels Group Japan G.K., had this to say about the opening;

“The historical, cultural and beautiful Kyoto is one of the world’s favourite destinations, so we are confident that Holiday Inn, as the world’s largest hotel brand family, along with IHG’s other Kyoto hotels, ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto and Six Senses Kyoto, will provide a place for everyone to stay when visiting this unique and wonderful city.”

Abhijay Sandilya, IHG Hotels & Resorts

Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo Fast Facts

NameHoliday Inn Kyoto Gojo
Scheduled OpeningEarly 2025
Location179 Higashikazariyachō, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Number of Guest Rooms183
FacilitiesLobby lounge, café bar, restaurant, banquet rooms, gym, traditional Japanese bathhouse facilities and parking
2-minute walk from Gojo Station, 5 minutes by taxi from JR Kyoto Station, and 20 minutes from Kyoto Higashi exit of the Meishin Expressway.


Holiday Inn is returning to Kyoto, Japan with the refurbished Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo. The hotel is set to open in 2025 and will be the third IHG property in the city. This marks the return of the brand to the city where it opened the first Holiday Inn in the country back in 1973.

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