By staying in the heart of the Higashiyama district of Kyoto temples, you will not be better placed for exploring the city. Besides the usual features that are found in a Four Seasons—spacious rooms, an absolutely majestic lobby, a spa connecting the mind and body (featuring Tatcha care products), and an indoor 20-metre pool—it is the ‘experiential' side that is particularly highlighted here since the hotel offers activities unlike any others: ceramics courses (whatever you make you can take with you), lantern making, training in ninja techniques, cooking classes… You also bring back a collection of the famous Aritsugu knives (which are also found in the Kyoto Nishiki Market or in the Tokyo Fish Market), engraved with your name either in Japanese or in your native language.
Four Seasons Hotel Kyōto
445-3 Myohoin Maekawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto
Kyoto Prefecture 605-0932
+81(0)7 5541 8288
Rooms: from 46,750 JPY