Nature: Aman Kyoto's palette is the inviting green of forest scenery and the warm, woody tones of shelter. So aligned with its surroundings, the hotel changes with the seasons; Taka-An's menu puts the spotlight on seasonal produce, while the floor-to-ceiling windows showcase how the passing months shape the landscape.
Culture: Kaiseki banquets, matcha and mochi afternoon tea, tranquil and contemplative gardens, indoor and outdoor onsen bathing facilities, options for futon bedding and tatami mat flooring – the entire property has been designed with an immersion in both nature and culture in mind, so guests can experience true Japanese hospitality.
Wellness: A stay at the Aman Kyoto is not just a quiet retreat to return to after a day of sightseeing in Kyoto, but also an oasis designed to replenish the body and mind. The in-house spa specializes in Shiatsu massage, onsen pools are fed by the mineral-rich waters of local hot springs, while private yoga sessions in a forest clearing release stress and tension.
The highly anticipated Aman Kyoto brings an even higher level of luxury to the historic and cultural ancient capital. A blend of authentic, traditional ryokan hospitality and contemporary spaces, the Aman Kyoto offers travelers a respite in the heart of one of Japan's most visited cities. The secluded 80-acre property is situated in a hidden garden close to the Golden Pavilion at the foot of the Mountain of Hidari Daimonji, within easy reach of Kyoto's impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Scattered among the grounds is a series of standalone pavilions. The four guest pavilions house 24 guest rooms (choose between garden or stream views) and a pair of two-bedroom villas overlooking the forest canopy. Each room captures a contemporary, minimalistic style with nod to the quintessential ryokan feel; walls of windows bringing the outside in to spacious, light-filled interiors. Facilities include separate Arrival, Living and Spa pavilions. The signature restaurant, Taka-An, showcases Japanese haute cuisine in the form of the kaiseki banquet - a multi-course dining experience made using the season’s finest local produce. The Living Pavilion offers an inviting spaces with a central fireplace for guests to enjoy home-cooked Kyoto obanzai-style cuisine and afternoon tea. The Spa Pavilion’s onsen bathing facilities use water from a local spring and the range of treatments highlight local, natural ingredients such as green tea, black beans, sake and cold-pressed camellia oil.
East-facing rooms within trickle-listening distance of the Kamiya River, the Susuki spaces are tucked away on the first floor, with views out to Kyoto city beyond the sweeping foliage of maple and wild cherry trees. 646 square feet of space includes a combined bedroom and living area, tatami flooring, a tokonoma alcove and a Hinoki Japanese bath with double sinks.
The floor-to-ceiling windows of these west-facing guest rooms frame pulse-slowing views of mossy stone paths, emerald gardens and rustling maple trees, flooding the 646 square feet of space with natural light. Combined bedroom and living areas include tatami flooring, a tokonoma alcove and a Hinoki Japanese bath with double sinks.
West-facing and located on the first floor, the Kaede rooms look out to the forest and hillside surrounds, next to the ancient stone entrances. Covering 646 square feet, this space includes floor-to-ceiling windows, tatami flooring, a tokonoma alcove and a Hinoki Japanese bath with double sinks.
These west-facing rooms, located on the ground and first floor, offer warm, dusky light in the evenings and earthy views of the mossy gardens and ancient stone walls – the epitome of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing). Just outside, you’ll find the rushing currents of the Kamiya River. The 646-square-foot space features floor-to-ceiling windows, tatami flooring, a tokonoma alcove and a Hinoki Japanese bath with double sinks.
Located next to the picturesque, moss-covered Tengamine stone steps and floating above an ancient stone wall, the Takagamine Suite tucks you in amongst the maple and cedar treetops. At 1,780 square feet, the east-facing space includes a living area, traditional Japanese tatami mat room, a Western-style dining and kitchen area, as well as one master bedroom (futon bedding can be provided upon request), though the suite can be converted to two bedrooms if you wish.
A two-bedroom, east-facing pavilion with tranquil garden views to the reaches of the Hieisan, as well as the emblem of the Japanese flag, the rising sun. Covering a generous 2,594 square feet, the Washigamine Pavilion is the largest accommodation available at Aman Kyoto, with spacious ensuite bedrooms, living quarters, a traditional Japanese tatami room, a Western dining space and a separate kitchen. Naturally-inspired décor and floor-to-ceiling windows immerse you in the secluded surroundings, while the option of futon bedding immerses you in Japanese culture.
Aman Kyoto could be renamed The Secret Garden for its enchanting location, hidden deep in the woods, with pavilions scattered across idyllic gardens. Softly bubbling streams, foliage swaying in the wind and ancient stone covered in glowing moss; this is the place to come to find a sense of calm.
Mineral hot springs feed the healing waters of Aman Kyoto’s indoor and outdoor onsen bathing pools. A tradition dating back to the sixth century, onsen bathing is an integral part of Japanese culture, with roots in Buddhist cleansing rituals and appreciation of nature.
Aman’s spa treatments are always of the highest standard, as evidenced in the brand’s all-natural skincare products and bespoke spa treatments (Purifying, Grounding and Nourishing), but Aman Kyoto takes wellness to a level deeper. Shiatsu is an intuitive massage technique, hitting specific pressure points on the body similar to acupuncture, with the aim of restoring qi (the body’s flow of energy). Try Shiatsu in one of the three private treatment suites to improve muscle tone, relieve stress and strengthen your immune system.
Take time to be still and let in the serene silence with a private yoga session. Taken in a forest glade, dappled in sunlight, these sessions are tailored to the needs of your body and mind.
The Taka-An restaurant serves Japanese Kyoto-inspired cuisine as well as the home comforts of Western favorites. An elegant dining space with an abundance of natural light to let nature inside, the focus here is on natural, local flavors and the highest-quality seasonal produce, including Ohara free-range eggs, Kyoto rice from Kobatake and miso from the historic Matsuno Shoyu.