An 800-year-old Shakusuien (pond garden) once owned by a wealthy samurai family underpins this luxurious retreat, where watching the seasons unfurl - cherry blossom in spring, flame-red foliage in autumn - is a joy at any time of year. Japanese design references are in evidence throughout, from the shoji paper lanterns in the tranquil lobby to the timeless guest rooms and suites with fusuma screens, urushi lacquerware and silk brocade cushions. There’s an excellent spa with a subterranean swimming pool, a complimentary children’s programme, and bicycles you can rent to peddle between temples in the surrounding historic Higashiyama district.
The sunny terrace at the Brasserie restaurant is the spot for breakfast; for dinner, nab a counter seat at Michelin-star Sushi Wakon, overseen by chef Rei Masuda, who has the fish flown in daily from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji market. The Shakusui-tei tea house in the garden offers traditional ceremonies by day, Kyoto sake and premium champagnes by night.
Couples and families
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
Lovers of nature and tranquillity
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL
Explore the 800 year-old Shakusuien pond garden with its pagoda and waterfall
Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in the peaceful surroundings of the tea house
Dedicate a few hours to pampering in the world-class spa
Feast on exquisite sushi at Sushi Wakon
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
Take the short stroll to the Chishaku-in Temple, a lesser-visited gem with a rich art collection and fragrant gardens
Peruse the Nishiki market with a private guide, sampling delights such as freshly steamed fish dumplings
Learn the art of fine Japanese calligraphy, or traditional chibi-maru lantern making
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