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Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

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The Four Seasons Kyoto is one of the most superlative options in town. The property is ideally located in the beautiful Higashiyama area of the city, just minutes away from Kyoto National Museum and a short taxi away from downtown Kyoto Station. Guests can relax and indulge in the comfort of the hotel after a day of sightseeing, with a selection of excellent restaurants, an extensive spa, a zen garden and even a private tea house. Rooms are spacious and exquisitely designed, with elegant murals and comfortable seating areas. Many of the rooms have views overlooking the hotel's own 12th-century pond garden Shakusui-en. The hotel also offers some immersive cultural activities, from unique and authentic ones such as Zen meditation, to more artisanal experiences like an insight into pottery making. Bespoke experiences can also be designed at the request of the concierge.

The Four Seasons Kyoto has made great efforts towards sustainability and supporting the local community. Staff from the hotel volunteer locally, including hosting educational programs for schools, and the hotel showcases work by local creators throughout its rooms. All in-room guest amenities are refillable, and single use plastic has been eliminated, replaced by glass bottles filled from NORDAQ water filtration stations within the hotel. The property supports local farms and suppliers, planning menus around sustainable and seasonal produce, and all food waste is converted to livestock feed nearby.


The Four Seasons Kyoto is an exciting addition to the luxury hotel range in the heart of Kyoto, focusing on high-end service with Japanese character.


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The hotel room sizes start at a modest 49 sq m (527 sq ft), all the way up to a spacious 245 sq m (2,637 sq ft) for the Presidential Suite. The guest rooms are modern with Japanese touches such as paper lamps, screens, and lacquerware. Rooms have a range of modern amenities, and highlights include remote controlled curtains, a butler box for laundry, an espresso maker, an iPad to access hotel services, luxury bath products and newspapers.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and all rooms are en suite with features such as luxury rain showers and double vanity sinks.


The Four Seasons can be found in the traditional Higashiyama district of Kyoto. From here, you are just a 10-minute taxi ride away from one of Kyoto’s most famous temples, Kiyomizudera. It is also just a 15-minute walk to Shichijo Station located on the Keihan Main Line, and a seven-minute drive away from Kyoto station, another fantastic transport hub for the city.

Food and drink

Breakfast is served daily in the French inspired Brasserie restaurant, which is also open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers a set menu, à la carte options, as well as cocktails and hot drinks throughout the day. Here guests can enjoy waterside dining, with spectacular views over an 800-year-old traditional Japanese garden.

A more traditional dining choice is also available at the Michelin-Starred Sushi Wakon restaurant, offering guests the opportunity to interact with the world-class chefs as they are crafting each dish.

Japanese tea, sake and champagne is also served throughout the afternoon and early evening in the traditional Japanese Fuju lounge, which can be reached via the 'Shakusui-en' pond garden.

Tour ideas in Kyoto

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Dinner with Maiko Performance
      A Maiko and a Geiko during the Geisha Night at the Gion Hatanaka

      Dinner with Maiko Performance

      Dinner with Maiko Performance

      Maiko are trainee Geisha (Geiko in Kyoto dialect) who train for six years before becoming fully fledged Geisha. They learn skills such as dance, singing, instrument playing as well as how to entertain guests with conversation.

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    • Geisha District Walk
      Romon Gate, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

      Geisha District Walk

      Geisha District Walk

      Explore around the Gion district and other parts of Kyoto to help shed some light on the exclusive and mysterious world of the Geisha and other aspects of Japanese culture.

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    • Kyoto Cultural Experience
      Ikebana flower arrangement

      Kyoto Cultural Experience

      Kyoto Cultural Experience

      Take the opportunity to learn more about a traditional Japanese pastime of your choice. These courses are instigated and run by the Women's Association of Kyoto and you will visit the home of one of the members.

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