Despite Kyoto's modern-day developments and its popularity with visitors from around the world, everything from the city's architecture and artefacts to its customs and festivals is marvellously well-preserved. Travel between Kyoto and neighbouring air hub Osaka also takes just 30 minutes on average, so international business travellers can easily hop over for meetings and events.
Spaces that speak volumes
Daigoji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the largest unique venues in Kyoto with seating for 750 guests in the Reihokan Hall, where most of its 75,522 designated National Treasures and Buddhist relics are housed. The temple also offers three landscaped outdoor spaces available for 200 to 1,500 people, and a function room for 120.
Once the home of great Japanese painter Seiho Takeuchi, The Sodoh Higashiyama is today a private venue with a naturalist aesthetic, particularly in The Terrace, where full-height windows seamlessly blend the room with the lush greenery outside. Five contemporary rooms are available, suiting functions for 50 to 200 guests.
A sightseeing experience like no other awaits on Kyoto's public transport, namely the Eiden electric train line (Rakuhoku area) or Randen trolley line (Arashiyama area). Rail cars on both lines can be chartered for a travelling breakout session, reception, or party where guests can enjoy views of the city as they mingle. Food and drinks can be served on board, while presentation and AV equipment can also be supplied.