Now Open: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Luxury hoteliers Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has opened the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, set in the city’s temple district in the shadow of the Higashiyama mountains.


Hidden amid a 5-acre Japanese pond garden from the 12th century, the 180-room property affords breathtaking views in every direction (including Kyoto’s famed Kiyomizudera Temple) and remains easily accessible from JR Kyoto Station as well as key business addresses and cultural attractions.


Designers Hirsch Bedner Associates gave the light-filled property a traditionally-inspired, yet contemporary interior styling. Traditional elements such as shoji panels, polished woods, locally crafted Kyoto-style fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware are paired with modern technology and the signature Four Seasons Bed in the guestrooms and suites, with selected accommodations also having balconies from which to take in the pond garden, Myoho-in Temple and surrounding neighbourhood.


Fittingly for Kyoto’s continuing history of innovative cuisine, the hotel offer 4 distinct dining venues for guests. The Brasserie blends the spirit of modern bistro fare with a distinctive local twist, while the exclusive Sushi Wakon produced by Michelin-starred Chef Rei Masuda showcases top-notch Edo-Mae style sushi for just 10 guests per seating at its 8-meter hinoki counter. Gourmet bites, creative coffee drinks, teas, whiskies and imported spirits await at the inviting Lounge, while the Shakusui-tei teahouse across from the pond offers a decidedly different experience to enjoy tea, local sakes and premium champagnes.


For relaxation and wellness, the property offers an exclusive 20-meter indoor swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness centre complete with steam rooms, saunas and stateof-the-art exercise equipment, available around the clock. The full-service Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is a haven of Kyo no Iyashi (Kyoto healing), with restorative therapies using all-natural, synthetic-free products and state-of-the-art techniques.


Beyond the hotel, the Experience Creator helps guests immerse themselves in Kyoto’s traditional culture with custom programs to satisfy personal curiosities and interests. These include a genuine Kiyomizu ceramics-making class using traditional techniques (after which the handmade pieces are shipped home), lantern making, a ninja training session and amateur cooking lessons (with the opportunity to bring home a personally-monogrammed Aritsugu kitchen knife from a centuries-old shop that originally crafted swords for the Imperial Family). 3 curated rickshaw tours showcase the best sights Kyoto has to offer.


The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto joins its sister property Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi. The company is poised to increase its presence in Japan, having recently announced plans for a third hotel in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district.


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