Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
What We Love
- The 800-year-old pond garden that makes up the hotel’s placid center
- Twice-daily housekeeping service
- 24/7 access to the hotel’s pool, steam rooms, and saunas
- The traditional onsite teahouse (which rolls out a bar menu in the evenings), accessible by a glass bridge
What To Know
- The hotel is less than a mile from the Kiyomizudera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The concierge can organize cultural excursions, ranging from pottery classes to sake tastings
- Complimentary bottles, diapers, wipes, lotion, powder, shampoo and safety pins are available for families with babies
- The business center offers translation and interpretation services
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It took almost five years to complete this understatedly elegant property, which takes design cues from Kyoto’s revered Zen temples. Eye-catching waterfalls, natural wood panels, tatami walls, and stone pathways contrast with in-room creature comforts such as walk-in closets, rain showers and televisions, conveniently built into the bathroom mirrors. The plush seven-room spa, perfect after an action-packed day of temple hikes and market jaunts (the hotel is an easy five-minute walk from a number of area attractions including the Kyoto National Museum), prides itself on using strictly all-natural pampering products and is decked with a VIP couples’ suite—ideal for side-by-side massages. Perhaps the biggest convenience: a multilingual concierge to ensure you’re completely equipped for an insider’s tour of Japan’s exquisite former capital.
Quirky creations by local artisans, such as washi paper lamps, multicolored throw pillows, and intricate lacquer ware define each of the 64 guest rooms, visual testaments to Japanese minimalism with their clean lines and natural light. Opt for the accommodations with private outdoor balconies (there are 10 to choose from), which afford picture-perfect views of the jagged Higashiyama Mountains.
A 200-year-old cypress counter stands in for traditional table service at Wakon on the hotel’s third floor, which overlooks the hotel’s one-of-a-kind pond garden. Helmed by award-winning chef Rei Masuda (who trained under the almighty Jiro Sukiyabashi), the menu featured a freshly caught selection of Edo-style sushi.
Just a seven-minute cab ride from Kyoto Station, the hotel is set at the foot of the Higashiyama Mountains and within easy reach of Sannen-zaka, a narrow street teeming with traditional merchant homes that now house souvenir shops, tea stalls, and noodle joints.
How to Get There
A gem of a hotel in Kyoto. Garden view rooms are stunning with big picture windows overlooking an 800 year old lake. Service is exceptional with warm and friendly staff (special mention for Liam and Andrea at reception!). A lovely place to relax - with 17 world heritage sights on your doorstep.
Having stayed at the Ritz Carlton Kyoto during our last visit we were looking forward to trying the new addition to the luxury hotels in Kyoto. FS Kyoto did not disappoint. The service was outstanding as always, something we have come to expect from FS hotels. The view of the 800 yr old garden from ou r room provided a tranquil setting after a hectic day of leaf peeping ( we were here to admire the autumn colours). The location is convenient and we were able to visit almost all of the sites during our 4 day stay. Perfect for a stay in Kyoto.
This hotel is the epitome of excellence and service. Whatever I needed it was done often before I actually knew I wanted it. An example was when going out to breakfast (which was superb) I must have cast a fleeting glance at the papers. Before I even sat down a member of staff came running with the paper. The hotel manager (Alex) walks around talking to guests. It was our anniversary ( we didn’t tell them, our agent must have) and we received a happy anniversary card signed by many members of staff including the fore mentioned Alex. We required assistance with adherence to sabbath observance, dietary restrictions and once again the hotel and its staff could not do enough. All staff are wonderful, front desk ,waiting staff,concierge bellmen dining room. I can’t name everyone (though I should) but special mention of executive chef Nicholas Owen ( who is only too happy in addition to his formal duties to give touring advice or to personally serve a drink) the hard working and marvellous concierge (it seemed that she was literally always there) Sayaka, and I must mention the lovely Japanese server in the restaurant fro Skegness. A memorable stay in a fascinating city. By the way to any one who is interested it is walkable to Chabad (about 45 minutes)