7 Reasons for Families to Discover the Suite Life at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Geared for family stays, these Residential Suites offer a host of complimentary benefits and access to exclusive experiences
Kyoto, Japan

Arrive at Kyoto Station and be whisked away in a private car to Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, situated in the historic district of Higashiyama. Walk down a bamboo-lined pathway to reach the vibrant urban retreat, immersed in Japanese hospitality with an international flair. Complete check-in formalities in the comfort of the Residence, then raise a toast to memorable moments with a glass of complimentary Champagne. Let the good times begin!

These are just a few of the superb benefits that come with a stay in one of the stylish Residential Suites at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto. With a dedicated Personal Concierge on hand, families can tailor their vacation effortlessly. Share wonderful experiences with loved ones, be it making pizza in the private kitchen, feeding koi fish in the pond, or exploring the city like a local aboard a private rickshaw.

At the heart of this unique property lies Shakusui-en, an 800-year-old pond garden that brings together history, culture and nature – an inspiring setting in which to renew precious bonds and create lifelong memories.

The Hotel’s enviable location also makes it a great base for discovering the many delights of Kyoto. Step out from the tranquil retreat into the colourful streets of Higashiyama Temple District, before returning to the Hotel for award-winning sushi and traditional tea ceremonies.

Here are 7 reasons for families to book their next holiday at a Residential Suite in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto.

1. Indoor camping for kids. Four Seasons rolls out the red carpet for young guests. Little ones can looks forward to fantastical adventures in the Kids Tent, available only in Residential Suites. With an array of toys and games, this magical wonderland promises hours of fun.

Kids ages 3 to 8 will receive a tent. Advance request is recommended due to limited availability.

2. Kid-friendly benefits. For young guests, the pampering begins as soon as they arrive. Kids are welcomed with seasonal activities as well as delicious treats in the Residence, served with the Hotel’s compliments. Mini bathrobes, Japanese yukatas (cotton kimonos) and cute bath amenities add an extra splash of fun.

From Friday to Sunday, Kids in Kyoto offers an engaging indoor venue for little ones – perfect for rainy days or to work off some of that extra energy. Parents can sit back and unwind on the comfortable zabuton (floor cushions), while the kids enjoy special activities and playtime with their new friends.

3. Kids dining policy. Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto offers generous savings for young guests dining at The Brasserie restaurant. Children under the age of 6 dine for free when ordering from the Kids Menu, while kids ages 7 to 12 enjoy 50 percent savings on the regular a la carte menu.

4. DIY pizza feast. Rediscover the joy of cooking together. Offered only to Residential guests, this delicious experience invites families to make gourmet meals in their own private kitchen – without the hassle of prep and clean-up.

All ingredients are prepared in advance by the Four Seasons team and delivered straight to the Residence. Featuring pizza with Chef’s special sauce, organic salad, fresh fruit tarts and more, this DIY meal can easily be assembled by guests of all age groups. Optionally, enjoy a main dish from The Brasserie kitchen, ready to serve at the dining table.

Available from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm for 2-4 guests at JPY 25,300 per person. Reservation required one week in advance.

5. Luxurious facilities. Available in one- and two-bedroom configurations, these suites are tailormade for families and multi-generational groups. Each special sanctuary offers flexibility and privacy, along with all the comforts of home.

Enjoy quality time in Kyoto’s largest in-suite entertaining spaces, whether cooking in the fully fitted kitchen or sharing al fresco meals out on the private balcony. Some Residential Suites also offer a tatami dining room, ideal for large groups.

6. Complimentary perks. Unlimited garment pressing on the day of arrival gets the family wardrobe in shape, while the daily-replenished Private Bar keeps everyone refreshed (alcoholic beverages not included).

At THE SPA, Residential guests receive an extra 20 minutes on all treatments – a little treat for parents, compliments of Four Seasons. This tranquil oasis also invites families to spend quality time together: children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by a parent. Special gifts from THE SPA make bath-time in the Residence even more relaxing.

7. Family-friendly activities. Hop aboard the Four Seasons rickshaw for a scenic tour of Higashiyama and beyond, including visits to neighbouring temples. Guided by a driver in traditional Japanese uniform, this thrilling rickshaw tour takes guests beyond the guidebook. Explore secret destinations and discover the local lifestyle and food of Kyoto - an unmissable experience, especially for first-time visitors to the city.

Available from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (may vary seasonally due to daylight hours). Reservation required 3 days in advance.

The family can experience the simple pleasure of koi fish feeding at the Hotel’s very own pond garden. Young explorers may also encounter other wildlife, such as small turtles and waterfowl, during their walk in the garden.

Hours of family fun await at the Hotel’s 20-metre (66 foot) indoor swimming pool, with two large whirlpools and lounges beneath the water’s surface. The deck features relaxing loungers, while two changing rooms provide privacy before and after dips.