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.
- 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.Details
- 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.Details
- 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.Details
- 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.Details
- 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.Details
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).”
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.
- Dinner with Geishas
The enigmatic charm of geishas – or Geiko and Maiko as they are called in Kyoto – is known the around the world, but a first-hand experience is elusive to most. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable kaiseki (multi-course) dinner featuring performances from these talented artisans.
- A sip of tradition
A scenic walk across a glass bridge leads you to our intimate tea house, Shakusui-tei, nestled in our historic ikeniwa, where a tea master waits to introduce you to the solemn art of a traditional tea ceremony.
- Bespoke Kyoto
Want to learn the ways of the ninja? How about making your own chibi-maru lantern with a 10th-generation Kojima master, or experiencing the alluring ritual of wearing a traditional kmono? Our dedicated Experience Creator opens the doors to some of the city’s most guarded and hard-to-access sites; or, let us create a custom guided tour to satisfy all your curiosities.Details