Six Senses Kyoto – A Tranquil Haven

In the heart of downtown Kyoto, the inaugural Six Senses hotel in Japan emerges as an unparalleled sanctuary, masterfully crafted by the esteemed BLINK Design Group.

Paying homage to Kyoto’s aristocratic heritage and timeless allure, the hotel encapsulates the essence of contemporary elegance, ushering guests into a realm of unparalleled luxury and heartfelt hospitality.

BLINK’s Vision for Six Senses Kyoto

BLINK Design Group faced the challenge of seamlessly blending luxury with cultural authenticity in the historic Higashiyama district. Tasked with embodying Six Senses’ hallmark fusion of opulence and genuine warmth, the team embarked on a journey of ‘placemaking’, immersing themselves in Kyoto’s rich tapestry of tradition, art, and heritage.

Luxury Reimagined: Six Senses Kyoto Unveils a Tranquil Haven

According to Clint Nagata, founder and creative partner of BLINK Design Group, the project’s genesis lay in an exploration of the Heian era’s refined aesthetics and poetic sensibilities.

Drawing inspiration from the era’s central tenet of ‘Miyabi’, epitomising heightened refinement and a profound reverence for nature, Nagata elucidates how this ethos permeates every facet of the hotel’s design philosophy.

Embracing Nature: The Essence of Six Senses Kyoto

At the core of Six Senses Kyoto’s design ethos lies a profound reverence for nature, epitomised by the concept of biophilic design. Nagata emphasises the imperative of reconnecting with nature to foster holistic well-being, a principle manifested in the hotel’s internal garden and meticulous integration of biophilic elements throughout the interiors.

From Washi partitions to traditional Sudare Japanese screens crafted from high-quality bamboo, each element serves to evoke Kyoto’s storied past while fostering moments of serenity and contemplation for guests.

Celebrating Artistry: Unveiling Japan’s Cultural Treasures

Six Senses Kyoto serves as a veritable canvas for local artisans, spotlighting Japan’s rich artistic heritage and fostering immersive cultural experiences for guests. Nagata underscores the significance of supporting local arts and traditions, with each design element imbued with a sense of ‘asobi gokoro’ – a playful nod to Japanese culture’s inherent charm and simplicity.

From whimsical occupancy signage to exquisite Japanese ceramics, every detail exudes a sense of whimsy and reverence for tradition, inviting guests to embark on a journey of discovery and delight.

A Tapestry of Elegance: The Lobby Experience

Inspired by the timeless allure of the Tale of Genji and Kyoto’s aristocratic legacy, Six Senses Kyoto’s lobby serves as a captivating prologue to the guest’s sojourn. Drawing inspiration from Orihon binding and traditional Japanese motifs, the lobby’s sublime touches evoke a sense of enchantment and sophistication, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience.

Luxury Reimagined: Six Senses Kyoto Unveils a Tranquil Haven

From Raku-yaki ceramic tile artwork to intricately woven Hikihaku panels, each element pays homage to Kyoto’s illustrious past while inviting guests to immerse themselves in a narrative woven from history and tradition.

Central to Kyoto’s cultural landscape, the fox assumes a central role in Six Senses Kyoto’s narrative, symbolising wit, playfulness, and spiritual guidance. Adorned with unique Kitsune masks crafted from recycled washi paper, the corridors beckon guests into a realm of enchantment and intrigue, echoing Kyoto’s mystical allure.

A Symphony of Sensory Delights: The Guestrooms

Six Senses Kyoto’s guestrooms epitomise understated luxury, offering a harmonious blend of comfort and sophistication. Customised lighting, traditional Japanese craftsmanship, and whimsical design accents converge to create an immersive retreat, inviting guests to indulge in moments of tranquillity and repose.

Luxury Reimagined: Six Senses Kyoto Unveils a Tranquil Haven

From flippable screens inspired by traditional lacquerware to bespoke artwork panels paying homage to Kyoto’s cultural heritage, each element is meticulously curated to evoke a sense of serenity and refinement.

Culinary Reverie: Sekki and Beyond

Sekki, the resort’s all-day dining enclave, beckons guests on a gastronomic journey inspired by the rhythms of nature and the legacy of Kyoto’s imperial gardens.

From raw textured aesthetics to stone-clad bars and intimate seating niches, each space reflects the essence of Kyoto’s culinary traditions, inviting guests to savour the nuances of Japanese cuisine in a setting suffused with elegance and charm.

Drawing inspiration from Kyoto’s illustrious past, Six Senses Kyoto’s banquet and function spaces pay homage to the city’s rich heritage and sartorial traditions.

Echoing the layered elegance of the Junihitoe kimono, each space is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship and timeless elegance, offering guests a glimpse into Kyoto’s storied past while creating unforgettable moments of celebration and camaraderie.

Luxury Reimagined: Six Senses Kyoto Unveils a Tranquil Haven

At Six Senses Kyoto’s spa, the ethos of tranquillity and rejuvenation takes centre stage, drawing inspiration from traditional onsen bathing rituals and the therapeutic benefits of water in motion.

From serene treatment rooms to immersive wellness experiences, the spa offers guests a sanctuary for holistic healing and renewal, embodying the hotel’s commitment to nurturing mind, body, and soul.


In the bustling heart of Kyoto, Six Senses Kyoto emerges as a beacon of tranquillity and refinement, seamlessly blending luxury with cultural authenticity to create an unforgettable oasis in the heart of the city.

From its meticulously curated interiors to its immersive culinary experiences and holistic wellness offerings, the hotel invites guests on a journey of discovery and delight, promising a symphony of sensory delights and unforgettable moments.

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