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Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

  • 445-3, Myohoin Maekawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0932, Japan

Miyuki Yasuda

Assistant Spa Manager

“People can tell if a treatment is being done with feeling and with connection – it is very important to establish this even before the treatment has started.”


Four Seasons Tenure

  • Since 2016 (opening team)
  • First Four Seasons Assignment: Current

Employment History

  • SK-II Boutique Spa By Senze Salus, Singapore; Procter & Gamble Max Factor Pte. Ltd., Kyoto


  • Kyoto, Japan


  • CIDESCO International Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Aesthetics International Academy, Singapore; Heian Jogakuin College, Kyoto, Japan

Languages Spoken

  • Japanese and English

Miyuki Yasuda brings a rare purity to her craft: “The first thing I do with each guest is to connect to their feelings. I calm my mind and observe the subtle signs in their face, their level of eye contact, and their energy – even if they don’t talk much, they guide me how best to help them.”

Growing up in Kyoto, the daughter of a kimono designer, traditional Japanese healing was far from Miyuki’s mind.  It was problematic skin in her teens that set her career path.  “By looking after my skin, I could see improvement in myself – my confidence, happiness and mental wellbeing.  It was a wake up call for what I wanted to do.  Sharing my experience with guests I gained their trust and started to change not only their skin, but how they thought about themselves.”

Miyuki received the "Best Student Recognition Award" while studying the prestigious CIDESCO International Diploma of Beauty Therapy in Singapore. Skilled in skin care, facial and body treatments, massage, make-up, manicure and more, it’s the facial that remains her favourite treatment to perform. “It helps boost your mood, calm your mind and make you feel beautiful. Once you clear your mind with a facial and scalp treatment, your expression can change surprisingly.”

With more than 14 years in the beauty and spa industry – largely in Kyoto – Miyuki may not be a custodian of the kimono, but she preserves and shares authentic Japanese traditions in her own way through her passion for beauty inside and out. She describes the delivery of her service as ”Japanese style,” taking great care to first connect to each guest’s energy and feelings through subtle cues, working hard to create a relationship with them even on their first visit. “People can tell if a treatment is being done with feeling and with connection,” she explains. “It is very important to establish this even before the treatment has started.”

Epitomising the peace and tranquility of her home city, Miyuki is one of those rare spa therapists who puts you at ease from the moment you meet her.  She reveals her depth of character – and own beauty – through her calm, heartfelt connection, generous passion and humble yet vast experience.