Set in a secret garden at the heart of a forest, Aman Kyoto rests a stone’s throw from Kyoto’s golden Kinkaku-ji Temple and 16 other Unesco World Heritage Sites. The resort is nonetheless a secluded world apart, with light-filled suites and pavilions set in tranquil glades and its steaming private onsen offering healing in the Aman Spa.
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 f loor, and stone slabs blanketed in moss serve as the foundations for the resort’s architecture.
The secluded grounds are close to 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 Location
Aman Kyoto is situated in a secret garden at the foothills of the iconic Hidari Daimonji mountain, in Kyoto's northern Takagamine district, about 30 minutes by car from Kyoto Station. It is a one-hour drive from Osaka International Airport or a two-hour drive or 90-minute express train ride from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto Station.
Aman Kyoto’s Rooms and Pavilions are a contemporary homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn, strikingly minimalist in their geometry, and serving as a window onto their spectacular natural settings. Interiors are spacious and light-filled, allowing each space to exist and breathe with the landscape and historic forested gardens that surround, instilling a sense of calm.
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East-facing spaces close to Kamiya river, Susuki Rooms offer views of Aman Kyoto’s forest surroundings, yet allow in plenty of natural light.
Paying homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn, the 60 square metres (646 square feet) features natural woods, floor-to-ceiling windows, tatami flooring and a tokonoma alcove.
A large bedroom and living area with two separate spaces with relaxation is accompanied by a bathroom with Hinoki Japanese bath, two sinks and a separate show and WC for ample privacy and space.
Aman Kyoto’s west-facing Nara Rooms are based on the ground floor with views of the mature surrounding maple trees.
With design features drawn from the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn, the 60 square metre (646 square feet) spaces combine a bedroom and living area, featuring natural woods, floor-to-ceiling windows, tatami flooring, a tokonoma alcove and bathroom with a Hinoki Japanese bath and two sinks.
With west-facing views over the beautiful gardens and stone pathways, Kaede Rooms are found on the first floor overlooking forest hillside in the distance. Adjacent to ancient stone entrances, they are located in the very heart of the resort yet offer consummate privacy.
Paying homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn the rooms feature natural woods, floor-to-ceiling windows, tatami flooring and tokonoma alcoves.
At the 60 square metres (646 square feet) the bedroom and living area, alongside bathroom with Hinoki Japanese bath and double sink provide plenty of space to retreat.
Aman Kyoto’s Hotaru Rooms are west-facing and are located on both the ground and first floor.
The ground floor rooms face the beautiful moss-covered garden and stone wall, while the first-floor rooms are ensconced on the mountainside with maple trees.
Paying homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn, the 60 square metres (646 square feet) combines a bedroom and living area, featuring natural woods, floor-to-ceiling windows, tatami flooring and a tokonoma alcove.
Located on raised land, the east-facing pavilion pays homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn and looks over the entire garden with the Hieizan mountain in the distance.
Perched above a six-metre tall hand crafted ancient stone wall and offering floating views over the maple and cedar forest, the pavilion offers total immersion in the surrounding landscape.
The spacious 226 square metres (2433 square feet) pavilion features a living room, a traditional Japanese Tatami room, Western dining room and kitchen area.
Two en-suite bedrooms feature natural woods, floor-to-ceiling windows, tatami flooring and tokonoma alcoves, and are connected to the living-dining area. For guests who would like to experience a stay more similar to the traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn, futons can be provided in the Japanese Tatami room.
Surrounded by nature in the highest and most secluded area of the resort, the east facing Washigamine Pavilion pays homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn and looks over the entire garden and the Hieisan in the distance.
A trekking path leads directly from the pavilion through the surrounding forest and various private meditation gardens can be found nearby.
At 241 square metres (2594 square feet) the pavilion is Aman Kyoto’s largest accommodation and features a living room, a traditional Japanese Tatami room, a Western dining room and a kitchen area.
Two en suite bedrooms feature natural woods, floor-to-ceiling windows, tatami flooring and tokonoma alcoves, and are connected to the living-dining area.
Sample the peerless art of Japanese hospitality at Taka-An, where Aman’s gifted chef presents an omakase (set menu) dining experience. Or savour Western and local cuisines at the convivial Living Pavilion, with its fire-warmed interiors and breathtaking garden terrace.
The Living Pavilion
Open throughout the day and into the night, this convivial dining space rests at the heart of Aman Kyoto, offering elegant interiors and a bar arranged around a central fireplace.
Inspired by Kyoto’s diverse food culture, The Living Pavilion serves local cuisine, as well as innovative and comforting Western dishes – all focusing on the natural flavours of the ingredients used. Based on the freshest seasonal produce available, options include grilled meats and seafood, pastas and salads, with influences from as far afield as Italy and Latin America.
With over 20 different types of tea available at the Living Pavilion by Aman, you’re already spoilt for choice even before you receive your decadent spread of sweet and savoury treats designed to suit the season.
This includes a twist on traditional Japanese and Western confectionaries, as well as ingenious sweets crafted from Western ingredients to look like Japanese delicacies. Freshly prepared matcha is always the finishing touch.
Three centuries ago, the artist and polymath Honami Koetsu helped shape the culture and creative life of the Takagamine district of Kyoto, and from there, Japan as a whole. Taka-an is a culinary homage to him as his artistic legacy is explored and expressed through food and hospitality.
Meticulous design, a tranquil atmosphere and remarkable kaiseki- style cuisine combine to create a quintessentially Japanese culinary experience. The dishes themselves are akin to works of art, beautifully prepared using the finest locally sourced ingredients.
The restaurant follows Japan’s omakase dining tradition, whereby the chef channels his or her artistic flair and refined understanding of ingredients to create a specially tailored meal for each and every guest.
The private room overlooking Aman Kyoto’s tranquil moss garden can be used for every event from gatherings with family and friends to formal sit-downs with business partners. A personalised menu of seasonal Japanese dishes will be curated to suit the occasion.
Wellness and Fitness
The mineral-rich water that springs near Aman Kyoto is central to the philosophy at the resort’s Aman Spa.
Traditional onsen bathing facilities deliver relaxation and healing in their purest forms, while a range of treatments tap into Japan’s plentiful natural apothecary – including Kyoto green tea, tamba kuromame black beans, local sake and cold-pressed camellia oil.
An exclusive treatment in the Aman Spa, a wholly rejuvenating experience incorporating Aman’s own skincare collection, Essential Skin. The treatment begins with ultrasonic scrubbing to loosen and remove oil, dirt, and cellular debris from the pores and concludes with the application of the Aman Nourishing Gold Algae masks to achieve an exceptional glow.
Aman Kyoto's wellbeing programme takes a holistic approach to the wellbeing of the body and mind. It is recommended for guests looking to experience the true harmony of nature in beautiful Japanese garden.
In the fresh early morning air, breathe in the scents of the forest as you move through an hour of communal guided yoga practice to awaken your body and stir your soul.
The hidden gardens of Aman Kyoto are the starting point for countless inspiring journeys into the secrets of Japan’s ancient imperial capital. No fewer than 17 awe-inducing Unesco World Heritage sites are within easy reach, and Aman has privileged access to an array of temples and transformative cultural encounters – out of reach for most travellers.
Aman Kyoto's wide range of immersive experiences such as sumi-e (oriental ink painting method), flower arrangement, calligraphy and tea making allow guests to have an authentic insight to the Japanese culture and nature.
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