Kyoto is not only famous for its many temples and shrines, but also for its historical machiya traditional wooden merchants’ houses. Some have even been turned into hotels, combining the buildings’ classic ambience with modern creature comforts. If you love old-school Japanese architecture as well as all things kawaii, opt for Resi Stay Nishiki’s adorable Maiko Hello Kitty Room.
If you’re more of a fan of Kyoto’s green tea culture and traditional confectionery, then Resi Stay The Kyoto’s brand new Tea House Hello Kitty room is your best choice.
No matter which room you book, you’ll get an original Hello Kitty tote bag to take home, too. To get an idea of what to expect at each room, check the photos and details below.
Maiko Hello Kitty Room
A must-visit if you want to live out your fantasy of living in old Kyoto, this room is set inside a wooden machiya townhouse. The interior boasts design touches and artworks based on our favourite cat – she’s dressed as a maiko (apprentice geisha) – that blend in perfectly with the traditional architecture and furnishings of the machiya.
You’ll find Hello Kitty’s signature ribbon on the floor and the beds’ headboards, while illustrations of the famous furball can be found on the bedroom wall, the building’s original fusuma sliding doors – even inside the closet.
The spacious room can accommodate up to four people and even comes with a kitchenette and access to Netflix.
The Maiko Hello Kitty Room is part of Resi Stay Nishiki. You can make a booking through Resi Stay Nishiki’s official website, with rates starting from ¥19,545 per room, depending on the season.
Tea House Hello Kitty Room
Resi Stay’s second Hello Kitty room is inspired by Kyoto’s green tea culture. The space can accommodate up to four guests and features a colourful checkered design on the ceiling.
The round, latticed window above the beds lets you take a glimpse of Kitty clad in kimono, enjoying a cup of green tea and some Japanese confectionery.
The highlight, however, is this little tea corner with custom-made sofas in the shape of dango dumplings, stools designed to look like flower-shaped rakugan (decorative sugar cubes) and a table designed as a giant tea cup.
The Tea House Hello Kitty Room is part of Resi Stay The Kyoto. You can make a booking via the hotel’s official website, with rates starting from ¥12,350 per room.
These hotel rooms are just the start – you’ll want to check out Japan’s island resort dedicated to Hello Kitty, too.
This article was published on January 15 and updated on February 22.
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