Six Senses makes debut in Japan

Six Senses makes debut in Japan

Six Senses Kyoto adds 81 rooms in the heart of the historic district

Six Senses Kyoto has opened its doors, marking the brand’s entry into Japan. 

Located within walking distance of the city’s iconic heritage shrines and palaces, the hotel's design draws inspiration from the Heian period (794-1185), when Heian-kyo (now Kyoto) was the capital of Japan, considered by many the golden age of art and culture. This modern interpretation of the era is reflected in the hotel’s décor and distinctive artwork on display, particularly in the hotel lobby.

Throughout, guests are connected with nature, via the use of wood and natural materials, along with meandering paths through inner Japanese gardens.

The hotel offers 81 spacious guests rooms and suites. Specialty suites include the Premier Suite Garden, complete with its own Japanese courtyard, and the Three Bedroom Penthouse Suite measuring and impressive 238 square-meters. 

All bedrooms feature Sleep With Six Senses, promoting peaceful slumber through bespoke organic mattresses, temperature regulating pillows, duvets and organic cotton sheets. Personalised sleep consultations, integrating sleep trackers, soothing treatments and nutritional guidance are offered to ensure guests get a good night’s sleep. 

Inspired by Kyoto’s Zen philosophy, the hotel’s Six Senses Spa blends traditional healing techniques with modern science. Wellness programmes range from a half-day to six days, with a focus on sleep, detox, yoga and fitness. 

Guests can begin their journey with a signature Wellness Screening, which analyses key health biomarkers in minutes, allowing the spa’s wellness practitioners to make personalised recommendations tailored to individual needs and goals. 

The spa’s Biohack Recovery Lounge is equipped with state-of-the-art recovery devices, and offers as compression therapy, and thoughtfully designed menus bring the brand’s Eat With Six Senses ethos to Kyoto

Sekki is the property’s all-day dining restaurant, with hyper-seasonal weekly menus and drinks inspired by Japan’s 24 solar terms (the traditional ways of expressing seasons in Japan, with each ‘term’ defined by the ecliptic longitude of the Sun). Executive chef Hiroki Shishikura's close relationships with local farmers and producers ensures first-hand access to seasonal produce. The menu highlights a veg-forward line-up celebrating artisanal local and sustainable ingredients, complemented by a carefully sourced meat and seafood selection.

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Chef Hiroki said: “Seasonality is a key concept in our culture that we celebrate through traditional events, nature, and food. We show appreciation for what nature gives us and, as an island country, we are blessed with an abundance of produce throughout the year. We incorporate this concept into our menu by working with local producers and artisans to provide ultra-seasonal produce that varies week-by-week. So, every time you visit Sekki, there’s always a moment of discovery and surprise in the dining experience.”

In addition, Café Sekki, serves fresh brews, craft teas, homemade kombucha, healthy juices, while Nine Tails, is the hotel’s speakeasy cocktail bar.

Sustainability remains the core of the hotel’s values and operations. Guests can join a sustainability tour, explore interactive workshops at the Earth Lab or create natural body products at the Alchemy Bar, all designed to foster a deeper understanding and connection with local culture and sustainable practices. 

In addition, the hotel has committed to donating a percentage of its revenue to local ecological organisations to aid regeneration, conservation and to educate younger generations on forestry revitalisation and its cultural value.

To celebrate its opening, the hotel is offering a limited-time offer, entitled Now in Kyoto, including breakfast and hotel credits applicable to hotel dining and signature spa treatments. 

Rates start from US$1,002 per room per night. For more information, visit




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