Four Seasons opens in Japan’s heritage capital

Four Seasons has opened a new luxury hotel in Kyoto, Japan’s former capital city and home to about 20% of the country’s cultural “National Treasures”.

The new Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is set within two-hectare, 12th Century pond garden in the historic Higashiyama district, close to the city centre. It features a combination of 123 rooms and suites and 57 residences.

“Kyoto is one of the world’s most alluring cities, but she can be shy in revealing her secrets. Our mission at Four Seasons is to help our guests discover her wonders and experience all the city has to offer,” said the hotel’s GM, Alex Porteous.

The hotel features 123 rooms and suites
The hotel features 123 rooms and suites

The rooms at Four Seasons Kyoto, including 13 suites, showcase views of the pond garden and feature traditional elements such as shoji panels, polished wood surfaces and locally-crafted screens, combined with modern technology.

F&B options at the hotel include a main restaurant, The Brasserie, which serves “modern bistro fare with a distinctive local twist”, and an exclusive sushi restaurant that serves just 10 guests at a time at an eight-metre-long counter, along with two private dining rooms. There is also a lounge and tea house.

Other facilities include a spa with seven treatment rooms, a sauna, steam, whirlpool and beauty salon, plus a fitness centre and indoor pool. And guests wanting to explore further afield will be assisted by the hotel’s “experience creator”, Hana Morioka, a local whose job it is to guide guests around the city, including the option of rickshaw tours.

The new Four Seasons Kyoto becomes the luxury hotel group’s second property in Japan, following the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi.

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