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.
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Four Seasons hotels never disappoint. This hotel with beautiful grounds and garden, is perfectly situated.
The staff were friendly and helpful and I had one of the best massages I've ever had at the spa. Would definitely stay there again if I were in Kyoto.
One of the best Four seasons Hotels and it is gorgeous ! Rooms are outstanding and service is exceptional. A well managed hotel and a high standard of service as you may expect from Four Seasons. The only complaint I may have is being directed to tourists places for dinner and not much of local places that Kyoto offers. Going to a Nobu chain restaurant was not my idea of embracing local traditional foods.
This hotel is a must go !
Will definitely come again. This is the sort of hotel that wows you on its luxurious and personalised service. This particular four seasons hotel Kyoto definitely shine the motto of four seasons. Highly recommended.
The bright spacious reception sets an appropriate tone for all the commodious public areas throughout this elegantly comfortable modern hotel. The bedrooms too are well appointed and sizeable. The spa and fitness centre are superbly equipped, and the indoor swimming pool is big enough for meaningful exercise or for relaxation. The breakfast offers an interesting melange of tasty Japanese and European cuisine.
Service is welcoming and highly responsive.
Amazing place for visiting Kyoto. Placed close to important worth seeing attractions. Beautiful garden with small lake (request room with the view). Great Spa and Swimming pool. Superb large breakfast. One of the best best Staffs we had in Japan.