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Four Seasons Kyoto Is Clearly Years Behind Schedule

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  Site Where: Higashiyamaschichijo, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
June 19, 2014 at 8:36 AM | by | ()

When Four Seasons Kyoto made it onto our list of openings to be psyched for in 2013, it was really a mix of hope and wishful thinking on our part that secured it a spot on there, following the announcement the year before that the Canadian group was developing a property in the former imperial capital of Japan (which, incidentally, gets a staggering 50 million visitors a year).

Having had a chance to walk by the construction site this week, we’ll be readjusting our expectations significantly and shooting for a 2016 to 2017 completion. The Four Seasons sign is proudly displayed though at the 5 acre site in Higashiyama-ku, just to the east of the city’s Kamagawa river and less than 10 minutes by taxi from Kyoto’s JR / Shinkansen train station.

There’s even a rendering of what the 186-room hotel will look like, rising only a few stories above ground, to be expected given the city’s height restrictions. The design will be a mix of modern luxury and traditional Japanese elements and will include restaurants, bar, fitness and spa with swimming pool, and function space.

Peering through the gate is what makes us guess it’ll be two to three years before anyone will be checking in during Sakura (cherry blossom) season, as the site is for the most part still empty.

The stone wall separating the hotel from the street is already there (and probably has been for a long time), with the above shot being from the same angle as the rendering before.

Having spent a few days in Kyoto, we can tell you it’s well worth the trip, with some stunning sights to visit. For Myōhō-in Temple (above) you won’t have to go far, as it’s right next door to the future Four Seasons, but Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari, and Nijō Castle are just a few examples of what’s to see here.

We won’t speculate on nightly rates yet, and know they will fluctuate significantly depending on the season, but we assume they will be from 50,000JPY (about $500) and up.

[Photos: JasonD]

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