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Superbly located in the historic Higashiyama district, The Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto is set on a hillside surrounded by lush foliage. With an 800-year-old pond garden situated in the heart of the grounds, the lavish hotel is a peaceful oasis.
The hotel has 110 guest rooms and 13 suites which serve as a calming retreat after an action-packed day in the city. The modern décor throughout blends regal purple and natural olive green, with touches of traditional Japanese design. All rooms feature soft lantern lighting, a sitting area and balconies with stunning views of the garden or the Myoho-in Temple. From the floor to ceiling windows you have great views of the trees, either snow kissed in winter or in full blossom during Spring (blossom season usually runs from March to April). Room choices range from the standard Four Seasons Rooms through to the larger Deluxe Rooms, while for families a Two-Bedroom Residential Suite is a great choice and also comes with a fully equipped kitchen.
Guests can choose from two restaurants at Four Seasons Kyoto; the Brasserie which serves international, seasonal cuisine, and Sushi Wakon, which is centred on a traditional sushi counter. From both restaurants enjoy your dinner whilst being spoilt with panoramic views of the garden, and top it off by ordering one of the local Kyoto Japanese beers or sake. For drinks, nestled in the trees amongst the sparkling reflections of the pond, is the Tea House, where tea ceremony lessons are offered by day, and sake by night.
With over 1000 years of preserved history, Kyoto is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, gardens and imperial palaces. Nearby experiences include lantern making, pottery making, a private zen session led by the deputy head monk of Shoden Eigenin temple, or hiring a rickshaw to take you around Kyoto. Also be sure to visit the geishas in the nearby flower towns -Kyoto is the home of Japan's few remaining traditional geishas, so this is not to be missed. Back at the hotel the spa is the perfect place to relax and with seven treatment rooms, two saunas and steam rooms, a couple's spa suite, a lap pool and two whirlpools there is plenty to help restore a sense of calm.
In the evening take a seat at the Tea House with a glass of local sake, sit back and reflect on your day whilst cocooned in the enchanting surrounding scenery.
Frances, Original Traveller