Four Seasons Hotel

Kyoto

A modern garden sanctuary draped in history
445-3, Myohoin Maekawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0932, Japan

Flickers of sunlight peak through the tall, slender stems of bamboo that lead you to our intimate hideaway in Kyoto’s scenic temple district. At our heart is the 800-year-old Shakusuien, a pond garden that firmly grounds our contemporary Hotel in the tradition, artistry and natural beauty of this former city of emperors. Join us for a private tea ceremony in our waterside tea house, sample Michelin-starred, Edo-style sushi at Sushi Wakon, or indulge in ancient healing rituals at our Spa. Come morning, watch the sun illuminate the landscape outside your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows – cherry blossoms in the spring, rich greenery in the summer, vibrant red foliage in the fall and snow-kissed mountain peaks in the winter. Beguiling Kyoto keeps its secrets close. Let us show you where to find them.

Accommodations

  • Premier Room bed, desk, sofa and round ottoman by patio door, garden views
    Premier Room – Garden View

    With floor-to-ceiling views of our Shakusuien pond garden, these relaxing rooms embody traditional, minimalist Japanese design, featuring clean lines with little clutter.

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  • Deluxe Room

    Peaceful and functional, these are some of Kyoto’s largest standard guest rooms and your personal oasis. Unwind in the sitting area, bathed in natural light, or beneath a soothing seasonal scene painted on the bed board.

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  • One-bedroom suite large living room desk in front of open balcony sliding doors, patio chairs
    One-Bedroom Suite

    Each of these expansive suites provides distinct living and sleeping spaces, as well as a Zen-like marble bathroom inspired by a bamboo forest. Need a little quiet time? Retreat to your master bedroom and rest your head on your customized Four Seasons Bed, next to views of our pond garden.

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  • Corner hotel residence bed, bench, TV, glass doors to balcony with chair, stools, city views
    Two-Bedroom Corner Hotel Residence

    With two bedrooms on either side of the suite, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a spacious living room, our largest Hotel residences offer plenty of space for everyone in your family to spread out and enjoy the floor-to-ceiling views of the city.

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  • Presidential Suite bed, bench, blue carpet, padded wall panels with Japanese prints, balcony bench
    Presidential Suite

    It’s easy to feel at home here in this unique, two-bedroom suite, surrounded by local artisanal décor and spectacular views at every turn. Perched up on our fourth floor with extra-tall ceilings and an abundance of natural light, this calming retreat is where unforgettable family memories are made.

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  • Patio chairs, umbrellas by wood walkway along pond
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  • Looking down over restaurant patio sofas, chairs, wood tables, pond, trees with fall colours
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A walk through poetry

Believed to once have been the garden of samurai Taira no Shigemori’s mountain villa, our Shakusuien was immortalized in a 12th-century epic poem, “The Tale of Heike (The Taira Clan).”

Shakusuien

Built some 800 years ago at the foot of a mountain in the scenic Higashiyama temple district, our 10,000-square-metre (100,000-square-foot), circuit-style ikeniwa, or pond garden, is a haven of quiet dignity – and one of the few remaining gardens created at the end of the Heian Period, the peak of Imperial Japan. Wander its tree- and water-lined paths and fill your soul with a resounding sense of peace.

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Kyoto by Four Seasons