Location: Nestled at the foot of Higashiyama Mountain, alongside a thousand-year-old ikeniwa pond, Four Seasons Kyoto is located just ten minutes from Kyoto’s city center, within the temple district, making it an ideal base from which to explore the nearby shrines and historic landmarks, as well as the more modern attractions of Japan’s elegant former capital.
History: Having opened it’s doors in October 2016, Four Seasons Kyoto - the second site for the Four Seasons brand in the country - may have been five years in the planning, but the atmosphere of urbane tranquility of the Zen inspired interiors has made an indelible impression on a city known for its sense of style and sophistication.
Service: Four Seasons Kyoto provides the very best in round-the-clock luxury service, complete with 24-hour concierge and room service, manned with English-speaking staff ready to cater for to guests’ wants and needs.
Inspired by the tranquility and contemplative calm of the region’s many temples and Zen gardens, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto features 110 standard rooms, 12 suites, 57 condos and a Presidential Suite, which at over 2,600 square feet, is the largest hotel suite in Kyoto. The restrained chic of designer Agnes Ng’s modern ideas, allied with traditional design elements such as bamboo groves and shoji paper-walls, create an extraordinary set of contemporary, yet classic, accommodations – with a peaceful vibe, enhanced and completed by the gentle crash of water from the Waterfall Garden. The hotel features two restaurants, bar, lounge and even a tea house where guests can find a range of tantalizing treats and refreshments to expedite their relaxation – set off to perfection by a team of expertly trained, confident and multilingual service staff.
All 180 of Four Seasons Kyoto’s magnificent rooms and suites offer a contemporary/classic design-mix featuring traditional Japanese details such as washi paper lamps, fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware; floor-to-ceiling windows provide a choice of picturesque views - including the Myoho-in Temple and ornamental gardens.
Located on the fourth floor of Four Seasons Kyoto is the city’s largest hotel suite. With interiors measuring over 2,600 square feet, and the fully furnished balcony adding an extra 107 square feet of exteriors, this Presidential Suite is designed to make an impact. Extra-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows fill the two-bedroom suite with natural light, while also providing spectacular views of the 12th-century Myoho-in Temple. The master bedroom, with interiors inspired by the bamboo forests of the region, comes with a deep-soak marble tub and separate rain showers, providing an oasis of calm within the non-stop action of Kyoto – a level of comfort echoed in the decor and fittings of the Presidential Suite’s second bedroom. Guests can entertain friends with a cocktail or two in the open-plan central living area, or share a meal with up to eight in the spacious dining room. If necessary the Presidential suite can be made even bigger by opening up the connecting Deluxe Room for an additional bedroom.
This bright, light-filled accommodation is, covering between 527 and 570 square feet, one of the biggest standard guest rooms available in Kyoto, as well as one of the most attractive. Each Deluxe Room aims to reflect the chambers of traditional Japanese homes but with all the mod-cons needed to make a stay as comfortable and easy as possible, including the “Bathroom Oasis” which boasts modish marble, granite and glass fixtures, a deep-soak tub and indulgent rain shower.
Maximize a trip to Kyoto with the Four Seasons Kyoto’s Executive Suite. Occupying between 764 and 818 square feet, the light and airy suite comes with an oversized walk-in closet, powder room and a master bathroom replete with rain shower and deep-soak tub, guaranteed to unknot tired muscles and restore mental acuity to both business travelers and tourists alike. The large windows of the living room open onto either a Myoho-in Temple or Shakusuien pond garden and flood the comfortable living room with natural light, creating an amiable and friendly atmosphere perfect for hosting an impromptu soiree around the four-seat dining table. The room also includes powered curtains, an iPad to access hotel services, and is appointed with the same traditional touches found throughout the hotel
As well as luxurious accommodation and up-to-the-minute amenities, Four Seasons Kyoto offers world-class facilities for those wanting to relax and unwind, or keep on top of work and maintain their fitness regimen.
For working guests, Four Seasons Kyoto offers around-the-clock business assistance including computers and travel reservation, as well as secretarial and language translation/interpretation services. Further and special requests can be provided with prior notification.
Open at any time, day or night, the superbly equipped fitness center includes weight-training and cardio equipment, sauna and steam rooms for men and women, as well as specialist instructors and a program of classes to help guests get the most from their workout.
The 20 meter indoor pool offers space to serious swimmers dedicated to counting out the laps, as well as two large whirlpools and sun loungers beneath the water’s surface, suited for the guest inclined to more leisurely pursuits.
Dining in the elegant and stylish environment of Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is a lavish affair; sample tasty local delicacies, Western favourites and experience a classic tea ceremony in serene surroundings. Or, simply relax and enjoy a glass of bubbles amid the superior confines of the hotel, while receiving unparalleled levels of service and attention.
The Brasserie, on the fourth floor, is a simple yet sophisticated eatery; offering a menu bursting with piquant local dishes, prepared with seasonal produce by the hotels team of expert chefs, while bar staff and baristas are on hand to provide the perfect accompaniment to any meal, whatever the occasion. The laidback atmosphere of the restaurant is complemented by 30-foot-high ceilings, lined with vast floor-to-ceiling-windows which frame the exquisite garden views into vibrant scenes of natural beauty.
Along with the bar and restaurants, Four Seasons Kyoto also offers In-Room Dining, for a more casual experience, where guests can choose from a menu of international and Japanese dishes 24 hours a day – a children’s menu is also available.
Guests can enjoy a homemade croissant or a fresh cappuccino, while reading the daily papers, against the backdrop of the pond garden in the Four Seasons Kyoto lobby lounge, thoughtfully conceived to create a modern looking and convivial meeting space.
Linked to the hotel by a small glass bridge, the Shakusui-tei is Four Seasons Kyoto own tea house at the heart of the ikeniwa, where guests can sip premium champagne or sample a glass of Kyoto sake as sunlight skips across the still waters of the pond garden. Shakusui-tei staff are also available to perform the famous Japanese tea-ceremony for reservations of four.
Located on the third floor of the hotel, Sushi Wakon is the creation of Michelin-starred chef Rei Masuda; here guests can enjoy the freshest sushi served at the 200-year-old Hinoki counter against the ikeniwa pond garden, or choose one of two private dining rooms for a more intimate and individual experience.