Aman Kyoto

Aman Kyoto

A remarkable setting, at one with the city’s artistic soul, Aman Kyoto represents the fruition of a beautiful landscape first conceived as the garden of a textile museum. Whimsical stone pathways curve gently along the forest floor, and stone slabs blanketed in moss serve as the foundations for the resort’s architecture. The secluded grounds are part of what was an artistic community that gave rise to the revered Rinpa school of painting some 400 years ago, and are within easy reach of Kyoto’s most important sites, including the stunning golden temple, Kinkakuji.

Aman Kyoto’s gardens are enclosed on one side by a trickling stream, and on another by an arboreal hill. Mature cedar, cypress, camellia, and Japanese maple trees form an ethereal landscape that evolves in colour throughout the year, transporting the garden from one season to another. Named the Kerry Hill Garden, in honour of Aman Kyoto’s designer and his long-standing relationship with Aman, the flourishing landscape stands as a living tribute to the late Australian architect.

There are four types of 60sqm standalone villa style Guestoom to choose from and a 165sqm Suite, as well as the flagship Washigamine Pavilion, which offers 241sqm of luxurious space in the highest, most secluded area of the resort and which has views over the entire garden and Mt. Hieizan in the distance.

The Living Pavilion, offering all day dining, has a central fireplace and glass doors opening onto a garden terrace, and there is also a separate Japanese restaurant serving exquisite kaiseki cuisine.

Aman Kyoto also has an excellent spa and offers a range of curated experiences and activities.

Although its location is well outside the city centre, Aman Kyoto is a little oasis of calm and a great option for those looking to relax in luxurious surroundings. The hotel's grounds were a traditional Japanese garden in a former life and the design cleverly manages to maintain the beauty of the original; it almost feels as though you’re walking in a castle garden and indeed, the Presidential Suite (Washigamine Pavilion) is set high up on walls very reminiscent of a Japanese castle. Highly recommended during the Spring and especially Autumn, when the colours of the trees are at their best.