Illuminated pagoda after dark at Toji temple
Kyoto is a city in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It
has a population close to 1.5 million.
As the imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is
now composed of the major
part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. With the temples, parks,
bustling business districts,
markets, from regal estates to the tightly-packed neighborhoods, Kyoto
is one of the oldest and
most famous Asian metropolises.
(L) Ginkaku-ji, The temple of the Silver Pavilion, is a Zen temple of Kyoto
(L) Typical maiko dress, hair ornaments, and nape make-up
(R) A visitor in a Japanese dress
Smoke-free hotels in Kyoto
Kyoto Century Hotel
Kyoto Century Hotel is located at the two-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station
and is very convenient,
making access easy in the central region. This hotel changed a smoking
policy to be smoke-free.
Since April 2016, in all 219 guest rooms, smoking is prohibited. The total
public and private space
Kyoto Century Hotel
Kyoto Garden Hotel
Kyoto Garden Hotel is located at one-minute walking distance from Karasuma-Oike
Station of Kyoto Municipal Subway.
Nijo Castle is nearby. A total of 129 guest rooms is provided for visitors
This hotel has kept the policy that all rooms in the hotel are non-smoking.
The total public and private
space is smoke-free. This would be the reason of a good reputation of tourists
Hotel Gimmond Kyoto
Hotel Gimmond Kyoto satands in the center area of Kyoto, and it is convenient
to acsess to ashightseeing spots of
ancient city, within the one houe distance. All 139 rooms are smoke-free.
A smoking booth is provided on the lobby floor.
Urban Hotel Kyoto
The hotel is located in the eight-minute driving distance from the Hachijouguchi
Exit. It provides an ideal place for
sightseeing and business, offering quick easy access to Fushimiinari-taisha
Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
All 199 guest rooms are smoke-free. Smoking booth is set on the first floor
near the entrance.
Kyoto Brighton Hotel
Kyoto Brighton is located in a quiet residential area. Kyoto-Gosho (Kyoto
Imperial Palace) is about five-minute
walking distance. A free shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes between Hotel
and "Karasuma Oike" subway station.
It's about 15 to 20-minute taxi ride to reach the hotel from JR Kyoto station.
Kyoto Brighton Hotel has been awarded four pavilion marks in 'Michelin
Guide Kansai 2015'.
All 182 guest rooms are smoke-free since April 2014. Smoking booth is set
at the entrance on the first floor.
The Palace-Side Hotel
The hotel is situated in the heart of historical city of Kyoto, just next
to the Kyoto-Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace).
It takes three minutes from Karasuma Oike station on the Karasuma subway
line. All 120 rooms are smoke-free.
On the first floor, there is a free Internet booth, coin laundry and a
smoking booth on the second floor.
ibis Styles Kyoto Station Hotel
ibis Styles Kyoto Station is located right in front of JR Kyoto Station,
which is just a minute's walk away. Guests also
enjoy easy access to all of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, including
the famous historical shrines. This is the hotel
is ideal for both leisure and business travellers. All 215 guest rooms are smoke-free. Smoking booth is set on the
Hotel Kintetsu Kyoto Station
Hotel Kintetsu Kyoto Station is directly connected to Kyoto JR and Kintetsu
stations, and it is very convenient
to go anywhere in Kyoto. It takes 75 minutes by an express train from Kansai
All 368 guest rooms are smoke-free. Japanese and Westrern style buffet
is provided to a hotel guest in the
The hotel is located at the two-minute walking distance from the Gojo-station
of the subway Karasuma line, Kyoto.
It provides an easy access to the central area of the ancient city of Kyoto,
good for a sightseeing.
All 52 guest rooms are smoke-free.
Hotel Sunroute Kyoto
Hotel Sunroute Kyoto is located at the 10-minute walking distance from
Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Dentetsu Line),
and 5-minute walk from Kiyomizu-gojo Station (Keihan Dentetsu Line). It
takes about 7 minutes from JR Kyoto Station.
Kiyomizu-dera temple is at 20 minutes in walking from the hotel.
The temple is built on the side of a steep hill, and this facilitated the
construction of a huge platform that is now
famous as an overlook. From the temple, it will give visitors a good tour
of the old capital of Kyoto.
All 144 guest rooms are smoke-free. Smoking booth is located on the second
Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
Grand Prince Hotel is located at somewhat remote area from the central
area of Kyoto. Its round building is not like
the ancient city of Kyoto. In September 2017, all 310 guest rooms were
renovated to turn the smoke-free hotel.
A smoking booth is located on the basement floor. Access: From Kyoto station,
take a subway Karasuma line, and
get down at Kokusai-kaikan Station. Three minutes walk from Gate 4-2.
Royal Park Hotel Kyoto
Royal Park Hotel Kyoto is located in Kawaramachi-Sanjo, in the heart of
Kyoto, one of the foremost tourist destinations.
Access: Take the subway Karasuma Line from JR Kyoto Station, change train
at Karasumaoike, and get off it
at Kyoto-Shiyakushomae Station. Three-minute walk is needed to come the
Royal Park Hotel.
This hotel changed the policy to turn all 172 guest rooms to be non-smoking
in April 2014. Smoking booth is provided
on the basement and third floor.
Hotel Monterey Kyoto
Hotel Monterey Kyoto is located near Karasuma-oike Tozai Line subway station.
It takes about three minutes on foot.
This hotel combines the Kyoto's stylish culture and Britain's traditional
heritage. The design is based on the arts and
crafts of Scotland, particularly Edinburgh, its ancient capital. This hotel
expresses the relationship between the two cities
through its traditional architecture and warm atmosphere. All 327 guest
rooms became non-smoking from October 2017.
The top floor is designated as a woman's floor. Smoking booth is set on
the first floor.
Almopnt Hotel Kyoto
Almont Hotel Kyoto is located at the place of five minutes on foot from
Kyoto JR station ( The Exit Hachijyo-Higashi).
All 169 guest rooms became non-smoking from September 2017.
The hotel provides a relatively large public bath.
A partial smoking ban in a hotel does not protect guests from dangers of
Hotels, that have the smoking and non-smoking rooms, do not adequately
from the dangers of tobacco. That is the conclusion of a new San Diego
State University study
published in the Journal Tobacco Control.
Researchers took air quality readings and tested surfaces for evidence
in a random sample of San Diego hotel rooms. Ten hotels had complete smoking
while 30 others had some dedicated non-smoking rooms. Compared with hotels
prohibit smoking, hotels with only partial ban had higher surface and air
That was true even in the non-smoking rooms in hotels with a partial ban.
Only five U.S. states,
Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Vermond and Wisconsin, require all motels
and hotel rooms
to be smoke free. Four cities in California, including Santa Monica, have
such a law.
Researchers say guests who want to avoid tobacco exposure should stay only
in smoke-free hotels.
Source: KPBS, San Diego, May 15, 2013
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The article was written in June 2013, and revised in Novembr 2017,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.