Japan’s LGBTQ friendly hotel in Kyoto

Published on : Sunday, June 18, 2017

Japan’s LGBTQNewcomers to Japan mostly dream about visiting Tokyo, but for LGBTQ travelers, Kyoto is the city to visit, and the Hotel Granvia Kyoto is the best place to stay.

Connected to the train station, Hotel Granvia Kyoto is located in the heart of the city, within reach of its bustling nightlife, the historic Gion District and an array of breathtaking temples and castles. The city has a total of 17 World Heritage Sites, all nestled within the bamboo-thicketed hillsides.

The hotel offers modern elegance and convenience, with a plethora of restaurants and bars, fitness facilities and numerous day tours. The hotel became popular among LGBTQ travelers back in 2006 when it became the very first hotel in Japan to join the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, IGLTA, the world’s largest organization dedicated to LGBTQ tourism.

Now, the hotel’s concierge staffs wear rainbow pins on their uniforms so that their support of LGBTQ guests is visible to all. When a same-sex couple is visiting, they are greeted with a rainbow paper crane as a welcome gift.

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto also became world-famous in 2014 as the first hotel in Japan to officially announce its hosting of same-sex weddings. Included in  hotel’s gay wedding package is a ceremony at the historical Shunkoin Temple, traditional kimono wedding attire, a customized floral bouquet with a touch of Japanese elegance and a reception dinner at Shiokoji Rakusui, the hotel’s private restaurant. The hotel was also the first in Japan to put up a gender-inclusive bathroom sign in its lobby bathroom as a way of welcoming transgender guests. Other hotels in Japan have since followed suit.

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