• 1890
    Starting out as “Yoshimizu-en”

    Established as Yoshimizu-en

    The day before the Lake Biwa canal opened, a wealthy merchant named Nihei Nishimura opened a garden called “Yoshimizu-en” at the current hotel location, overlooking the cityscape of Kyoto. Our history began along with the modernization of Kyoto.

  • 1900
    The Opening of the Miyako Hotel

    The Opening of the Miyako Hotel

    The Miyako had only 18 rooms when it opened. However, we welcomed many overseas guests from countries such as North America, England, and Germany with meticulous service.

  • From 1915 onwards
    An Authentic Western Banquet Hall

    An Authentic Western Banquet Hall

    When the Taisho Emperor took the throne, a new main dining hall (Aoi-den) was completed as a representative Western banquet hall of Kyoto. In 1924, another new main hall was completed, and these additions solidified our reputation as an international hotel.

  • From 1966 onwards
    Business Partnership
    with Westin Hotels

    Business Partnership

    We partnered with Westin Hotels, one of America’s three largest hotel chains. After the partnership, in 1970 during the Japan World Exposition, we welcomed government guests of honor from 37 countries and one state as an international hotel.

  • From 1985 onwards
    Complete Renovation

    Complete Renovation

    For the 100th anniversary project, we began to renovate the entire hotel. The newly constructed building was also the last design of architect Togo Murano, who had worked on construction of the hotel for 50 years. In 1991, we hosted the 42nd National Arbor Day celebration which was attended by the emperor and empress.

  • 2002
    Renamed to
    “The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto”

    Renamed the Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

    We became a member of the Westin Hotels group, which we already had a business partnership with, and changed the name to The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto. We continuously strive to improve our service quality as a world-class international hotel.