Wrapped in an ancient wood of trees and serene landscapes lies Aman Kyoto, a collection of standalone pavilions in a secret Eden. Minimalist and geometric designs instil a sense of peace, matched by the calm of the natural surroundings.
- Afternoon tea dining experience with over 20 types of tea, including Japanese and Western inspired confectionaries
- Two gastronomic restaurants, specialising in both authentic Japanese cuisines, as well as local and Western influences to create unique dishes
- 80-acre site encompassing mossy hillsides and stone paths leading to medicinal hot springs with mineral-rich water
- Receive quality instruction from the Aman Kyoto gardener on the highly respected discipline of botanical art
- Surrounded by multiple Buddhist temples and UNESCO heritage sites, including Kyoto’s golden-roofed Kinkaku-ji Temple
- Experience helicopter rides or driving journeys around the local Japanese landscape
Set in a secret garden at the heart of a forest, Aman Kyoto rests at the foothills of the iconic Hidari Daimonji mountain, in Kyoto’s northern Takagamine district. A stone’s throw from Kyoto’s golden Kinkaku-ji Temple and 16 other Unesco World Heritage Sites. But while you’re close to these beautiful sites, the resort is a secluded world apart. Light-filled suites and pavilions are set in tranquil glades, with generous windows making the most of the locale.
The floor-to-ceiling windows highlight the stunning views of maple and wild cherry trees, flooding the rooms with natural light. Inside, honouring Japan’s historic Ryokan inn, you’ll find authentic tatami flooring, wooden bathing tubs and tokonoma alcoves displaying flower arrangements and local artwork.
The 32-hectare plot encompasses mossy hillsides and stone paths leading to medicinal hot springs. Relax on the garden terrace, sipping Japanese tea and sampling the hotel’s delicacies. Taka-An restaurant serves up seasonal gastronomic sensations. Executive Chef Takagi has developed a tasting menu for Kypo Tamba Hirai beef to maximise the natural flavourings of the beef, to be paired with the perfect wines.
Why we love it
The minimalist design and focus on simplicity allow you to reconnect with your sense of self away from the distractions of everyday life. Take a dip in the Onsen baths, originating from 6th-century Buddhist monks’ cleansing rituals. Reconnect with your body with a Shiatsu intuitive massage to restore the flow of energy and muscle tone, or restore your mind with a mountain hike followed by hilltop meditation and Japanese picnic.
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