A Secret Sanctuary Opens in Kyoto

Story By
Cita Arsita Farani

Set in the heart of a forest, Aman Kyoto opens its doors this November, a peaceful haven at the end of moss-covered boulders and winding footpaths. It is within walking distance to the famous Kinkaku-ji Temple, enclosed by a small stream and a wooded hill. The resort is an architectural masterpiece by Kerry Hill Architects, a neutral palette of elegance and minimalism.

Its 26 guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows framing the spectacular natural surroundings, tatami mats, and tokonoma (alcoves where items for artistic appreciation are presented) providing subtle focal points. The spacious and light-filled interiors are ingeniously crafted to foster peace, relaxation and contemplation. All furniture have been custom-designed and are exclusive to Aman Kyoto. There are six room categories, including two ‘presidential suites’ located in the Washigamine and Takagamine Pavilions.

Facilities in the resort complement the serene ambiance. Aman Spa offers guided yoga and meditation, as well as Shinrin-yoku, the healing art of forest bathing or ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’. An outdoor traditional onsen bathing facilities delivers relaxation in their purest forms. Unwind at the all-day dining Living Pavilion by Aman helmed by Executive Chef Kentaro Torii, or enjoy the authentic Japanese cuisine at Taka-an. Guests are also encouraged to enjoy a personalised picnic hamper in the gardens and forested grounds, which are full of serene spots.

The authentic experience continues with the surrounding cultural immersions. Explore the life of 16th-century master calligrapher, craftsman and artist Honami Koetsu, visit the tea fields of Uji, spend time with a geiko or maiko apprentice at a traditional teahouse, spend time with an ikebana expert or learn the principles of Zen meditation from a local monk.
For more information, visit amankyoto.com