Four Seasons Kyoto

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

At a Glance

  • Designed around a beautiful 800-year old ikeniwa, or pond garden

  • Elegant yet modern, the hotel is based on a traditional Japanese style

  • Expect the renowned Four Seasons service here

  • The hotel is great for families offering a wide children's menu for younger guests

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

The best and most popular times to visit Kyoto are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Kyoto in early April. Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April. Fall is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colors, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Be warned that Kyoto is crowded with domestic and international tourists during the cherry-blossom and autumn-foliage seasons.

Of course, you can visit Kyoto at any time of year, although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.

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Insider's View

Get a room with a garden view and look out for the resident ducks, turtles and even Agnes the resident crane!

Before heading to dinner, begin your evening in their tea house, where they serve champagne and sake from 17:00 - 21:00.

Head to the Tea House in the evening for sake and champagne between 5-7pm. The Four Seasons even make their own sake.

Look out for Agnes the crane who patrols the hotel's beautiful gardens.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto or take a look at our itineraries to Japan

Description

A luxurious addition to Kyoto, the Four Seasons Kyoto offers spacious, contemporary accommodation with a Japanese flare in the historical heart of Kyoto. Enjoy the sites of this former Imperial city during the day before returning to this Japanese haven.

Located in a traditional Japanese garden dating back to the 12th Century, the Four Seasons Kyoto is just minutes from the center of this former imperial city. Walk along the glass bridge to the hotel's chashitsu tea house where guests can enjoy some matcha. The hotel also boasts a spectacular full-service spa and miniature golf course for all ages. Once owned by a wealthy samurai family, discover the magic of Kyoto at this heavenly hotel.

There is an array of different accommodations to suit your needs at Four Seasons Kyoto. With 123 rooms and suites, expect light, spacious rooms with large floor to ceiling windows and idyllic views. The hotel's concept, as explained by lead designer Agnes Ng, was to create a space of contemplation.

You'll find the hotel's excellent spa, Kyo no Iyashi, is open from 10am to 10pm and has 7 treatment rooms where you can unwind. From massages, facials, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures, enjoy a treatment as well as the fabulous facilities including a large indoor pool here. The spa features a sauna, a spa tub, and a steam room.

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Accommodation

There are a total of 100 rooms, 13 suites and 1 Presidential suite at the Four Seasons Kyoto. Ask your Travel Consultant for more details.

Four Seasons Room

Located on the fourth floor, each Four Seasons Room features an outdoor balcony with views out towards the Shakusuien Pond Garden and Higashiyama Mountains. These rooms can sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. There is a rollaway or one crib available. The bathroom which measures 53sqm has a separate shower and bathtub.

Deluxe Garden-View Room

Enjoy the spacious living area, modern bathroom with fitted bath tub and rain shower in the Deluxe Garden-View Room. Features include space for a King sized bed or two double beds as well as one rollaway or crib, perfect for young families. This room can sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Premier Room

Enjoy the city views over Kyoto or Myoho-in temple view from the Premier Room. Enjoy the sitting area, light and spacious due to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Expect modern touches throughout. A large modern bathroom includes a deep soaking tub and rain shower, whilst you can choose between one King size bed or two doubles. The Premier Room can sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child with a rollaway or crib.

Deluxe Room

The Deluxe Room offers space and modern amenities with views of Myoho-in Temple which can be enjoyed easily with the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the room. Sleeping up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child, a rollaway or crib can be fitted whilst the modern bathroom features a bath tub and seperate rain shower.

One-Bedroom Suite

The One-Bedroom Suite features one king sized bed or two double beds with an occupancy of up to 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child. A rollaway or crib can be fitted for children. Located on the 1st-5th floors of the hotel, enjoy views of the garden or Myoho-in Temple. With a modern bathroom, there is both a deep soaking tub or rain shower for your use.

Childcare

Children are welcome at the Four Seasons and kids ages 18 and under can share their parents’ guest room at no additional charge. Upon arrival welcome gifts, sweets and useful items for parents whilst throughout your stay younger guests can enjoy an array of tasty dishes on the children's menus within all the restaurants.

Facilities

There are plenty of dining options at Four Seasons Kyoto. Sushi Wakon boasts a delicious and fresh sushi counter in a beautiful setting overlooking the gardens below. Meanwhile at Brasserie, guests can choose from a seasonal menu before enjoying after dinner drinks. For something special, experience a traditional tea ceremony at Shakusui-Tei, a garden Tea House. In the evenings this provides a beautiful setting to sample some sake or champagne.

Activities

Enjoy all that Kyoto has to offer from shopping, discovering the culture and traditions of this once Imperial city. Four Seasons Kyoto also has a number of experiences from Zen Meditation at the Zen Temple, a traditional Tea Ceremony at the hotel's own tea house and the chance to learn the art of Kyo yaki, beautiful Japanese pottery.

Reviews

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Dominic Atterton (Staff)

Located on a quieter side of Kyoto the Four Seasons is a haven of peace and quiet. They have the most incredible gardens and koi ponds which we strolled around each day and in the spring and summer a huge terrace is the perfect spot for afternoon tea or a well-earned g&t following a day exploring the town. The rooms themselves are very luxurious but have lots of small touches reminding you that you are in Japan's most ancient capital like tatami inspired designs on the walls and cushions created from the most sumptuous kimono fabrics. The hotel is also home to a substantial spa and fitness facility. The pool is huge and there is also an extensive gym and wellness area. Not something that is easy to find in Kyoto and a real bonus. 

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Victoria Reynolds (Staff)

The Four Seasons, recently opened, is a good choice of hotels in terms of location and getting around. Of course, in true Four Seasons style, you are also guaranteed a comfortable nights sleep and a delicious breakfast at the Brasserie. The hotel features a beautiful tea house located across the bridge on the other side of the pond, a hidden gem where you can enjoy sake and champagne at sunset overlooking the hotels beautiful pond. The hotel also features a beautiful large indoor pool and spa with various treatments available.

Experiences

  • A Day in Kyoto

    Today, explore the gorgeous 'Silver Pavilion' and stroll along the Philosopher's Walk. Visit the Heian Shrine before taking a tour of Nijo Castle. End the day with some free time to explore Nishijin Textile Center or the Teramachi.

  • Afternoon Tea with a Maiko

    Get a glimpse into the cloaked world of the geisha as you take part in a traditional tea ceremony with a fully trained geisha or maiko. This ancient art epitomizes the mystery and beguiling beauty of one of Japan’s most iconic traditions.

  • Ancient Nara Day Trip

    Make a trip to Nara and visit the Deer Park, Todaiji and Kasuga Grand Shrine. In the afternoon, wander in the old town of Naramachi, with its charming Edo period architecture. If time permits, explore the ancient Gangoji Temple.

  • Cooking Sun Afternoon lzakaya Class

    A three and a half hour cooking class in mid-town Kyoto learning the basics of lzakaya cooking. The class takes place in a beautiful small wooden townhouse, called a machiya.

  • Cooking Sun Morning Bento Class

    A three-hour cooking class in downtown Kyoto learning the art of preparing a traditional Japanese bento meal, including classics such as sushi, tempura and miso soup. The class takes place in a beautiful wooden townhouse, called a machiya.

  • Gion by Night

    Embark on a Gion district night walk either with the guide or on your own and if you are lucky, catch sight of the geishas' in beautiful kimonos as they go about on their evening activities.

  • Half Day Kyoto Exploration

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple and admire the outstanding architecture. Head to the 'pottery street' of Kyoto.

  • Japanese Home Cooking Class

    Get a taste for Japanese culture and cuisine as you’re welcomed into the home of an instructor and taught how to cook a handful of traditional dishes in a private class.

  • Kaiseki Dinner with Geishas

    Enjoy the height of sophistication in Japanese society, having a sublime Kaiseki dinner made up of many delicious courses, accompanied by entertainment from two Geishas whilst you enjoy your meal.

  • Maiko Performance and Traditional Dinner

    This evening, enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner and watch a performance by a Maiko, an apprentice of the Geisha.

  • Morning Cooking class in Kyoto

    While in downtown Kyoto, in a quaint little machiya, join in on a traditional Japanese cooking class.

  • Nara - The Ancient Capital

    Spend an afternoon exploring Nara, the ancient capital of Japan from 710 - 784, before the capital was moved to Heain-kyo (present day Kyoto), with its freely roaming herds of deer, ancient streets and spectacular temples.

  • Nishiki Market Tour with Sushi Making

    Experience the whole sushi creation process with this unique cooking experience, from an educational market excursion to mastering the art of sushi-making yourself.

  • Private Sushi Class with Nishiki Food Market

    Shop for ingredients at the historical Nishiki Market, while tasting different Japanese foods. Afterwards, head to the studio for a private cooking class, guided by experienced instructors, before enjoying your culinary creations for lunch.

  • Private Tour of Nara

    Today venture outside of Kyoto and explore the ancient city of Nara, the capital of Japan in the 8th century, with a plethora of historic sites to see.

  • Rural Arashiyama

    A guided day in Arashiyama district, located at the base of Kyoto's western mountains. Take a boat trip on the Hozugawa River before discovering Zen Buddhist temples and the famous bamboo grove, one of Japan's most iconic scenic areas.

  • Samurai Experience

    Suitable for both older families and couples, this guided Samurai Experience offers guests the chance to learn more about this ancient art. Learn the skills required to draw, sheathe and wield a katana, the traditional swords used by samurai.

  • Shopping in Kyoto

    Enjoy a shopping trip around Kyoto. Wander down the picturesque streets of Gian where you can visit local handicraft and pottery shops.

  • Taiko Drumming Lesson

    Enjoy a demonstration by pro master and a lesson in Taiko drumming in Tokyo. Taiko is broadly a range of large percussion instruments in Japan and its origins sit within Japanese folklore and communication method.

  • Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

    Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.

  • The Art of Zen in Kyoto

    Spend a day discovering the traditional Japanese experiences of Zen meditation as you learn about the history of Zen before trying your hand at this spiritual form of meditation.

  • Tour of Western Kyoto

    Make your way to Western Kyoto and explore the beautiful bamboo forest in Arashiyama. Relax in a scenic train ride before taking a traditional raft down the Hozugawa River. Afterwards, continue the exploration of the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.

Location & directions

Kyoto, Japan

Four Seasons Kyoto is located in the heart of Kyoto just a short transfer from Gion and the old town.

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