Oct 17, 2022
FROM ITS SIGNATURE SAKURA BLOSSOMS to a fine dining scene with a whole galaxy of Michelin stars, there are all sorts of reasons to want to visit Japan. For travelers seeking to experience something truly beyond the ordinary, three superlative hotels from Four Seasons Japan Collection beckon. Travel between Tokyo and Kyoto is a mere two hours by Shinkansen train—with a spectacular glimpse of Mount Fuji along the way—so it’s easy to combine all of these into one incredible journey.
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi (3)
Situated walking distance from Tokyo Station, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is as centrally located as it gets. A wealth of galleries and glitzy boutiques at Ginza, speakeasies and phenomenal izakayas are all a stone’s throw from this intimate 57-key retreat. The phenomenally talented, Michelin-winning chef Daniel Calvert—who previously launched and ran Belon, a Michelin-starred French eatery in Hong Kong and a fixture on the 50 Best Restaurants List—is at the helm of both MAISON MARUNOUCHI and SÉZANNE, #17 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and #82 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 51-100. The former is inspired by a classic Parisian bistro, while the latter is a Michelin one-star and the epitome of fine French dining. Guests can enjoy mesmerizing views of the Shinkansen trains right from the hotel windows. As a bonus, guests looking to explore the wonders of both Tokyo and Kyoto can conveniently grab their lightning-fast train to Kyoto just footsteps away.
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi (3)
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi boasts an equally enviable location right by the Imperial Palace and Tokyo’s most prominent business district. The Hotel’s high-style design blends classical Japanese elements with modern influences from tasteful event venues to dynamic drinking-and-dining spaces. THE SPA is a soothing sky-high sanctuary, complete with water features, vitality pools, mist chairs and so much more. Dining options here range from est, a Michelin one-star contemporary French restaurant, to PIGNETO, which serves authentic Italian fare and VIRTÙ, an immersive concept bar that marries French flair with Japanese techniques. THE LOUNGE is the perfect place for everything from an impromptu business meeting to a glamorous afternoon tea – all topped off with stunning views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and the Tokyo skyline.
Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto (3)
Japan’s former Imperial capital is a wonderland for culture-vultures, complete with no fewer than 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wander through verdant forests of bamboo or pause to marvel and more than 400 Shinto shrines. The twisting alleyways here are full of surprises, from shops selling beautifully printed washi paper and fine silks to eateries offering up rare sweets. If you’re very lucky, you might even spy one of the nation’s few elite geisha on her way to an engagement.
Located at the foot of a mountain in the scenic Higashiyama temple district, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto offers a serene respite from the bustle of downtown, even though it’s a mere 10 minutes from the heart of the city. The private 12th-century Shakusui-en pond garden is truly stunning to behold. There, you’ll find the Fuju Lounge and the Shakusui-tei tea ceremony room, which offers private tea ceremonies performed to the highest standards. The Residential Suites here are the height of luxury, complete with a host of exclusive perks from champagne on arrival to a dedicated personal concierge.