ONE of the most stunning hotels to debut in Japan last autumn is Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto located at the foot of the Higashiyama Mountain and surrounded by the imperial capital’s temple district.
Set within the thick of an 800-year-old ikeniwa, or a traditional Japanese pond garden, the hotel is the embodiment of an intimate oasis meshed with the style and vibe of a contemporary Japan.
Surreal views are accessible in every direction, from the neighbouring Myoho-in temple to the hotel’s ponds and gardens. Whether in the amber-hued season of autumn or during the warmer summer months, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto offers a feast of excellent views all year round.
The hotel’s architecture celebrates the play of light and shadow; the intricate interior design features the works of local artists and artisans; and Japanese sensibilities are peppered around the property in contemporary interpretations.
Rooms are a blend of traditional and modern aesthetics with details including washi paper lamps, fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware. On top of that, each room is expansive and bright, accentuated by an open design and plenty of natural light.
One of the more unique experiences at the hotel is Shakusui-tei where elements of a traditional Japanese tea house are presented across a pretty pond garden. Whether you’re learning the art of a private tea ceremony during the day or sipping premium Kyoto sake at night, the tea house is a romantic vision.
Moving east to the bustling capital of Tokyo is Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, a boutique luxury hotel within the heart of the business district and only a five-minute walk to the high-end shopping hub of Ginza.
Each of the property’s 57 rooms blends Four Seasons’ signature elegance with state-of-the-art functionality, a key requirement for a luxury city hotel. Whether you’re devouring the scale of Tokyo from the floor-to-ceiling windows or slumped in bed and making use of the Blu-ray built-in TVs, here’s a hotel that knows the meaning of plush.
What’s become something of an icon is MOTIF RESTAURANT & BAR, a French farm-to-table culinary collaboration between head chef Hiroyuki Asano and our Culinary Advisor, Michelin three starred Chef Hiroshi Nakamichi.
Start your day with yuzu pancakes with hojicha sauce, sip ginger tea in the afternoon overlooking the Tokyo panorama, or sit down to a romantic dinner over elegant dishes such as broiled eel with mascarpone and edamame risotto.
End your whirlwind trip in Tokyo with a pampering massage or a rejuvenating body scrub treatment at The Spa. And what’s a trip to Japan without a dip in a traditional onsen or hot springs bath?
If you’re planning a trip in the summer, Four Seasons is offering a combination package aptly titled “Summer Getaway in 2 Capitals”. If you book a two-night stay at Four Seasons Kyoto, you’ll be treated to a free night at Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi.
You’ll get a complimentary night in Tokyo’s Deluxe City View Room with every two nights spent in Four Seasons Kyoto. The offer is limited to travel periods from July 1 to Sept 10.