Six Senses to enter Japan with urban sanctuary in historic Kyoto

The April 2024 opening Six Senses Kyoto will provide a stylish retreat combining cutting-edge wellness experiences with an innovative dining concept and local adventure.

The 81-room property will place guests in the historic Higashiyama district, close to a number of famous temples, in the city considered Japan’s cultural and historical heart.

Arrival in Kyoto

Six Senses marks its Japan debut this spring with the arrival of this urban sanctuary in the country’s ancient former capital, Kyoto, which is celebrated for its temples, shrines, palaces and surrounding cedar forest and mountains.

With its location in the Higashiyama district, the hotel will place guests within easy walking distance of sites such as Myoho-in Temple, Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangen-do Buddhist Temple.

BLINK Design Group is behind the hotel’s design, which brings the Six Senses brand values into modern interiors drawing on Japanese traditions. References to Japanese folklore will run throughout.

Commenting on the opening, 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.”

An urban sanctuary

In this soon-to-open property, 81 rooms and suites, ranging from 42 to 238 sq m in size, will provide views over a central courtyard, the surrounding streets or gardens of the neighbouring Toyokuni Shrine. The highlight of this accommodation offering is the three-bedroom penthouse suite, which is to provide an oasis of calm for multigenerational travellers or guests hosting events on the adjacent rooftop terrace.

Wellness is a focus here with smart science, traditional healing and Japanese Zen culture all brought into the Six Senses Spa. The spa will house traditional male and female bath houses, an indoor pool and Watsu, with yoga, meditation, a state-of-the-art gym and Biohack Recovery Lounge also on offer.

The Eat With Six Senses ethos will also keep wellbeing of guests, as well as the community, in mind with local and seasonal ingredients showcased in the multi-sensory culinary experiences of a relaxed all-day dining restaurant and counter-style sushi restaurant. A garden path will lead from here to a cocktail lounge and bar.

To immerse guests in the locale, the hotel will offer expert guided adventures through the city along with the in-hotel hands-on experiences of Earth Lab and the Alchemy Bar. The hotel is a 90-minute drive or 70-minute train ride from Kansai International Airport and a 10-minute drive from Kyoto Shinkansen Station, with private transfers also offered.