Sustainable Practices at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

To preserve our ancient city of Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

As a member of the local community, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is committed to taking care of our beautiful city. Reducing the Hotel’s environmental impact is an integral part of this commitment.

Discover our best practices for providing a luxurious experience while maintaining sustainability.

Guest Rooms

  • Under the Green Linen Program and Towel Program, our housekeeping team changes linens every three days to reduce water usage
  • NORDAQ water, with re-used glass bottles
  • In-room laundry bags made of linen or plastic-free material
  • Guest slippers with plastic-free wrapping
  • Guest room key cards made of sustainable materials
  • Automated controls for lighting and air conditioning
  • Air conditioning that turns off automatically when the room’s sliding glass door is opened
  • Laundry returned in reusable and recyclable materials
  • Plastic-free coffee capsules, recycled regularly
  • Chidoriya bath amenities, made with locally sourced ingredients from Kyoto

Food and Beverage

  • Menus made from plastic-free material
  • Linen-less tables in all restaurants and bars
  • Dedicated recycling program
  • Reusable and recyclable coasters throughout the Hotel
  • Biodegradable straws used in all restaurants and bars
  • Restaurant Brasserie supports small, local, sustainability-focused artisans, farms and suppliers, sourcing nearly 95 percent of its ingredients from within Japan
  • The Brasserie kitchen team applies a root-to-shoot approach to every ingredient
  • Compostable food and beverage carry-out packaging, straws and utensils are provided in all outlets
  • Food waste is sent to local recycling centres to be converted into livestock feed

Energy Conservation

  • LED technology throughout the Hotel for energy efficiency
  • Automated energy efficient programming for lighting and HVAC for both occupied and unoccupied guest rooms
  • Recycling – cardboard, paper, plastics, glass, aluminum, cooking oil, shampoo and soaps
  • Building Management System (BMS) – fully automated and monitored central plant system to ensure optimal performance at all times
  • Reduction in carbon dioxide output with energy-efficient type V belt implementation
  • We have installed Lutron system controls for meeting space and guest room lights
  • Landscaping lights are on timers and watering systems utilizing well water are used in Shakusui-en pond garden
  • Water flow efficiency faucets are featured in all guest rooms

Community Activities

  • We have implemented Kyoto City’s 2Rs (Reduce and Reuse) programs and continue our effort to separate and recycle garbage throughout our Hotel
  • We support the local community’s sustainability initiatives through ongoing CSR activities; for example, our employees participate in the Nanajo Bridge Cleaning every month and host educational programs for elementary and junior high schools in the neighborhood