Ritz-Carlton is set to open the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto – a city that hasn't had much ultra-luxury so far. While Kyoto has tourists without end it does not have a business market with most domestic and international tourists coming in for the sightseeing.
While Marriott's BRG is a great tool to stay at many international Marriott hotels for less, it excludes Ritz-Carlton claims. The best way is probably to use points using the 140,000 Ritz-Carlton offer.
The city is a huge outdoor museum and if you choose your Kyoto temple tour wisely, you won't encounter huge crowds.