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Kyoto geisha district to have Imperial Hotel

Luxury rooms planned at venerable theater in area known as tourist magnet

Plans call for converting Yasaka Hall in Kyoto's Gion district into a hotel.   © Kyodo

KYOTO -- Japan's Imperial Hotel plans to open luxury accommodations in Kyoto's Gion district, banking on the geisha neighborhood's old feel amid concerns the area's character is being lost as tourists flock to it.

The project marks the Tokyo-based company's first new hotel in Japan since 1996 and provides a long-sought foothold in the old capital.

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