Six Senses Kyoto: A Blend of Tradition and Luxury in Japan’s Cultural Heart

Six Senses Kyoto: A Blend of Tradition and Luxury in Japan’s Cultural Heart

(IN SHORT) Six Senses Kyoto is set to open its doors in the historic Higashiyama district, marking the brand’s debut in Japan. Located in the cultural heart of Kyoto, the hotel offers guests a unique blend of traditional Japanese culture and modern luxury. With 81 thoughtfully designed rooms and suites, the hotel provides views of the central courtyard, neighboring Toyokuni Shrine gardens, and the city skyline. Guests can immerse themselves in enriching experiences, including the Earth Lab, an Alchemy Bar, and a locally grown herb garden. The Six Senses Spa offers rejuvenating treatments deeply rooted in Kyoto’s culture and community, while expert guides lead tailored adventures through the city’s hidden alleys, temples, and markets. The hotel’s culinary offerings reflect the brand’s “Eat With Six Senses” ethos, using locally grown and seasonal ingredients to create flavor sensations. Reservations are now open for stays starting April 23, 2024.

(PRESS RELEASE) BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2024-Feb-2 — /Travel PR News/ — Embodying a heady mix of no-filter landscapes, genuine hospitality, and fascinating contrast of preserved ancient culture and ultra-modern shine, Japan is as sensuous as it is enticing.

An oasis in downtown Kyoto

Six Senses Kyoto marks the brand’s exciting entry into Japan, promising an unparalleled experience replete with cutting-edge wellness and feel-good spa facilities, an innovative dining concept, and fascinating local adventures.

General Manager, Nicolas Black, said, “We are thrilled to announce our debut Six Senses opening in Japan. There couldn’t be a more fitting location than Kyoto in the cultural heart of Japan, where age-old sustainability traditions thrive, and well-being is deeply ingrained in the way of life.”

Historically the capital and still thought to be the cultural and historical heart of Japan, Kyoto is famed for its Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces, tea houses, traditional Japanese architecture, beautiful cherry blossoms, and mountains covered in centuries-old cedar trees surrounding the city.

Opening its doors in the historic Higashiyama district, Six Senses Kyoto enjoys a prime location for guests to combine an urban sanctuary with the many delights on the doorstep including festivals and cultural events. Myoho-in Temple, Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangen-do Buddhist Temple are all an easy walk from the hotel.

Discovering Six Senses Kyoto

The 81 thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites, ranging from 42 to 238 square meters, are ingeniously arranged to offer views of the peaceful central courtyard, the gardens of the neighboring Toyokuni Shrine, or the seductive city panorama of treetops, temples, tea shops, and rooftops.

Authentic Japanese traditions and décor run throughout, with quirky touches inspired by folklore, The Moon Rabbit, and the 11th-century classic Tale of Genji. The pinnacle of the accommodation is the Three-Bedroom Penthouse Suite. Secluded on the top floor of the hotel it is an oasis of calm, ideal for multi-generation travelers, or guests looking to host private events and get-togethers on the adjacent rooftop terrace.

Visionary thinking BLINK Design Group, known for its expertise in global luxury hotels, brings the Six Senses brand values to life through elegant designs while maximizing space, privacy, and views. Interiors effortlessly merge authentic Japanese traditions with clean lines, an earthy color palette, and meticulous attention to detail.

A unique journey awaits

Discovery is at the heart of Six Senses Kyoto where guests can embark on enriching and immersive journeys with access to a multitude of hands-on experiences, including the captivating Earth Lab, an Alchemy Bar, and a locally grown herb garden.

Six Senses Spa incorporates smart science, traditional healing, and Japanese Zen culture into a unique wellness experience, offering an array of rejuvenating treatments and programs deeply rooted in Kyoto’s culture and community.

Traditional male and female bath houses cocoon guests in warm ripples and steam, and the watery delights of traditional Japanese bathing extend to an indoor pool and Watsu. Yoga, meditation, aerial yoga, a state-of-the-art gym, and Biohack Recovery Lounge are all available to help support guests’ wellness goals.

Expert guides are ready to lead guests on tailored adventures through hidden alleys, age-old temples, and the vibrant markets of Kyoto, helping them unearth the stories that shape this ancient city and offer a taste and flavor of quintessential Japanese culture.

Flavor sensations

Carefully designed menus bring the brand’s Eat With Six Senses ethos to Kyoto, mixing the best of what is grown to perfection locally and seasonally while keeping the well-being of guests and community front of mind. What results is a flavor sensation made from good food, good vibes, and good science.

Multi-sensory culinary experiences await at the relaxed all-day dining restaurant and counter-style sushi restaurant. Guests may eat indoors or out under clear skies while a meandering garden pathway leads to the cocktail lounge and bar offering a combination of European and Japanese cocktails.

Getting there

Easily accessed from major international airports, Six Senses Kyoto is a 90-minute drive or a convenient 70-minute train ride from Kansai International Airport (KIX). The hotel is situated a 10-minute drive from Kyoto Shinkansen Station. Private transfers can be arranged.

The opening of Six Senses Kyoto is an exciting addition to IHG’s growing luxury and lifestyle portfolio. Guests will also have access to a best-in-class loyalty program, IHG One Rewards, offering richer benefits and more ways to earn than ever before, all powered by leading technology on the new mobile app.

Reservations are now open for stays from April 23, 2024 .

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About IHG
IHG Hotels & Resorts [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global hospitality company, with a purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good.

With a family of 19 hotel brands and IHG One Rewards, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has over 6,200 open hotels in over 100 countries, and more than 2,000 in the development pipeline.

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About Six Senses
Six Senses operates 23 hotels and resorts in 18 countries and has signed a further 43 properties into the development pipeline. Part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses serves as a changemaker and maintains a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, emotional hospitality, wellness, and crafted experiences, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat, or urban hotel, the vision remains the same: to reawaken people’s senses so they feel the purpose behind their travels and ultimately reconnect with themselves, others, and the world around them.

Six Senses Residences offers all the unique amenities of a resort life community while retaining the privacy and personal touches of a beautifully appointed private villa or apartment. Each is an appreciating long-term investment to be cherished for generations to come with immediate benefits and exclusive status at other resorts worldwide.

Six Senses Spasguides guests on their personal path to well-being in all resorts, as well as a handful of standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach goes beyond ordinary beauty treatments to offer holistic wellness, integrative medicine, and longevity.

Figures as at September 30, 2023

Source: IHG