Entrance to Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, JapanSet the sceneJust opposite 17th-century Nijō Castle, this hotel was created by a dream-team roll-call of creatives, from Hong Kong-based André Fu, who oversaw The Upper House in his home city and Villa La Coste in Provence, to Japanese architect Akira Kuryu. The land fell out of Mitsui hands in 1945, before, in a serendipitous twist, it was purchased by their real estate company in 2015 – paving the way for its reinvention as the Mitsui hotel flagship. Some have views of Nijō Castle; others overlook the garden or the Kyoto skyline. Read next The best Airbnbs in the UK and Ireland Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in the UK and IrelandKitchen at Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, JapanFood and drinkTwo restaurants overlook the centre-stage garden. The Garden Bar is worth a daytime visit for its special afternoon tea, showcasing Kyoto tea tools; and a nocturnal pitstop, for a restorative Kira cocktail, a mesh of bamboo-grass-infused Kyoto gin, orange bitters and hōjicha tea leaves.