Master Chef

Press Release


Sushi Wakon opens in the luxe Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto


October 2016, APAC: Wrapped in nature and nestled within the luxe new Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, Sushi Wakon, embodies the essence and aesthetic of Kyoto’s illustrious history. Orchestrated by Master Chef Rei Masuda, a disciple of world-famous Master Jiro Ono, Sushi Wakon offers an exclusive dining experience where guests interact and watch as world-class chefs craft each stunning dish.


Decades of deep and strong relationships ensure that Sushi Wakon is able to source the world’s best quality ingredients from Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji Fish Market, providing guests with the pinnacle of edomae style sushi experiences.


The exclusive dining room of Sushi Wakon is a lesson in understated elegance, where every detail is the vision of respected Japanese artisans and reflects the austere beauty and elegance of Japan. Stunning artworks and furnishings handcrafted by some of Japan’s most respected craftsman, ensure that Sushi Wakon is an exquisite space. The restaurant boasts a 10-seat hinoki wood sushi counter, complimented by two private rooms seating 8 or 4 guests. Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is a brand-new 5-star hotel set amidst the historic district of temples and traditional Japanese architecture with an 800-year-old pond garden, Ikeniwa, at its heart. Sushi Wakon’s dining room overlooks the stunning and artistic Ikeniwa, a captivating view that permeates the restaurant with an air of tranquility.


Sushi Wakon is the vision of Master Chef Rei Masuda, a 36-year old sushi wunderkind described by Jiro Ono as having, “truly remarkable seasoning.” Masuda began his training at age 17 in Kokura’s famed Tenzushi before graduating culinary school, learning afterwards not just sushi but the fundamentals of Japanese cuisine at the Japanese restaurant Manso. After being awestruck by the cuisine at Sukiyabashi Jiro, Masuda was accepted to train under Jiro, where he spent nine years. In January 2014, he opened Sushi Masuda, in Omotesando, which, so far, has earned one Michelin star.


“Sushi is my passion and sharing this passion is my life’s mission. I am deeply honored to now be sharing my passion with guests at Sushi Wakon. The restaurant is a pristine canvas for the level of cuisine that my team and I provide,” said Chef Masuda.


Lunch is available daily (11.30-14:00), and the restaurant offers two for dinner (17:30/18:00-20:00, 20:30-22:30). Lunch delivers a sushi course of nigiri, soup, and dessert (18,000 yen), while dinner provides a full omakase experience featuring seasonal appetizers, nigiri sushi, soup and dessert (23,000 yen).


Masterful sushi chefs coupled with the finest ingredients from Japan, excellence in service and an intimate setting, promise to make Sushi Wakon a dining experience that shine above the rest.