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
- 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
Cannot rave enough. Tranquil and serene with top notch staff and well laid out rooms. Incredible fitness center. Bonus: they have Nakashima furniture in some areas. Every detail in this hotel in exquisite. Fabulous breakfast buffet.
The hotel was beautiful, and we received the best customer service of our lives here last week. From check-in to the moment we left for the airport, the entire experience was exceptional. Most of all, we need to thank the incredible assistance shown us by Guest Services Manager Mr. Timothy Grossmann.
Our stay at the Four Seasons Kyoto was exceptional. The property is beautifully designed, like an onsen but with broader offerings. From the welcome to checkout, the staff was attentive and helpful. We wish our trip had allowed us a longer stay.
Excellent property in a wonderful location in Kyoto. Walking distance from many of the special sights and across from the Imperial Garden and Palace. Wonderful staff and amenities as well as the food and bar. The decor and ambiance of the lobby, hallways and guest room were lovely.
Everything was just perfect. Exceeded our expectations on all levels. If you plan a trip to Kyoto, do not think twice about your hotel selection! All staff went above and beyond to entertain our 2 year old daughter. We look forward to being back ASAP!