Rediscover the seasonal vibrancy of Korea and Japan with Four Seasons this winter
Rediscover the seasonal vibrancy of Korea and Japan with Four Seasons this winter
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  • 승인 2023.02.13 09:49
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As Japan and Korea open their doors to visitors once again, the warmest welcomes and most reassuring care awaits with Four Seasons. Known as the ‘locals’ favourite season’, winter reveals a new perspective of East Asia that’s perfect for rediscovering the buzzing Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, soaring Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi, on-trend Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, and tranquil Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto – plus all the exciting seasonal perspectives each city has to offer.

From traditional hot onsen baths in snowy forests to dazzling light displays, atmospheric ice-skating, Michelin-starred dining and more, there’s plenty to fill every day with adventure. Add seasonal offers such as a complimentary night’s stay, wellness experiences, and complimentary meals for little travelers to create the ultimate winter escape. And with accessibly short flights and scenic train rides between each property, why not combine destinations and satisfy even more of that pent-up winter wanderlust?

Discover a Season of Wonders in Seoul

Invigorating jjimjilbangs ("heated rooms"). Warming street food. Intriguing Tea Houses. Nighttime ice-skating beneath twinkling lights… Seoul has a dazzling array of winter wonders to share with in-the-know visitors. Located in the city’s geographic heart, Four Seasons Hotel Seoul invites a longer cultural immersion with its exclusive Rediscover Seoul package. Guests staying more than three nights in Asia’s city that never sleeps will enjoy a complimentary experience of the Hotel’s traditional Korean Sauna, as well as a signature scented candle to evoke memories of a ‘Seoul’-ful stay.

From its floor-to-ceiling views of ancient palaces to its urban spa, Four Seasons Hotel Seoul is a dazzling marriage of tradition and modernity. Feast on artful Cantonese fare in opulent Yu Yuan or fast-paced Japanese-style sushi in Akira Back. The Hotel’s secret speakeasy. Charles H. —ranked Best Bar in Korea and #7 of Asia’s 50 Best Bars—is now joined by hip new nightspot, OUL, which narrates the city’s history in liquid form. Steps from the Hotel, a vivid exploration awaits: the centuries-old houses of Hanok Village; Dongdaemun’s 24-hour shopping and dining; the vast ChangDeokgung Palace and even a refreshing hike up Bugaksan Mountain for breathtaking cityscape views.

Take in the Tantalising Tastes of Tokyo

Warming Nabe hot pots. 203 Michelin-starred restaurants. Soothing onsen baths among snow-covered trees. Fairy-tale illuminations in Tokyo Dome City… Tokyo’s winters offer themselves up to the imagination—and with two Four Seasons hotels to choose from, the opportunities for distinct seasonal immersions are doubled. The Rediscover Tokyo offer available at both hotels extends a complimentary fourth night to savour all the city has to offer, from the magnificent Imperial Palace Gardens views at the sky-high sanctuary of Four Seasons Tokyo at Otemachi to the urban retreat of Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi, metres from the central hub of Tokyo Station.

‘Michelin capital of the world’, Tokyo is synonymous with the world’s finest food. Seasonal menus showcase the area’s richly abundant produce with Four Seasons boasting two-star SÉZANNE (#17 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and #82 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants) at Marunouchi and one-star est at Otemachi. Fruits of the season are similarly celebrated at VIRTU, a Paris-meets-Tokyo bar at Otemachi, while the menu-less bars of Ginza are the perfect spot to chase away the winter blues with an indulgent customized cocktail based on personal preferences.

Uncover Winter’s Surprises in Kyoto

Twinkling illuminations over historic temples. Dazzling ume (plum) blossom. Onsen forest hot baths. Spicy winter Tanuki Udon…. Winter is Kyoto’s best-kept secret, and Four Seasons tranquil retreat—located in the beautiful Higashiyama district—is one of the city’s most atmospheric bases for all-encompassing exploration. With its Rediscover Kyoto offer, guests gain a complimentary third night in the city hideaway: and with so much to see this season, every second counts.

While Japan’s spring blossom is world-renowned, winter visitors are also in for a delightful—and extra special—surprise as the city’s plum trees burst into delicate bloom. Just 25 minutes from the Hotel, Kitano Tenmangu is home to 1,500 trees with a profusion of white and pink blossom through to mid-March: a stunning floral showcase amid nature’s quieter season.

The Hotel is also a great place to discover Kyoto’s traditions, from its own historic ikeniwa (pond garden) and intimate tea house, Shakusui-tei, to ofuro hot baths and saunas at THE SPA as well as bedroom views of mesmerizing snow-capped mountains. And then there’s the seasonal feasting: an unmissable part of a winter break in Kyoto’s soothing embrace. Don’t miss the steamed sushi, invented in Kyoto, and kaburamushi—a fragrant composition of turnip, lily root, gingko and mushrooms atop white fish, likened in appearance to a melting snowball.

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