Aman Kyoto

Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan

At a Glance

  • Aman Kyoto is a tranquil woodland sanctuary located in the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan’s cultural and historical capital.


  • Clean and simple design takes inspiration from Japan’s traditional ryokans and large floor-to-ceiling windows takes full advantage of its woodland setting.

  • Located just 30 minutes by car to Kyoto’s historical city centre, the property gives guests the opportunity to explore this fascinating city while offering a relaxing retreat at the end of the day.


  • While spring in Japan may be famous for it’s blossoms, guests staying in autumn will enjoy the most spectacular array of fall colours.

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The best and most popular times to visit Kyoto are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Kyoto in early April. Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Be warned that Kyoto is crowded with domestic and international tourists during the cherry-blossom and autumn-foliage seasons.

Of course, you can visit Kyoto at any time of year, although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.

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Aman Kyoto is one of the years most anticipated hotel openings in Asia. Inspired by the traditional ryokan and onsen it has been thoughtfully designed making it one of Japan’s most luxurious hotels.

Back in 2014 Aman opened its first property in Japan with the striking Aman Tokyo shortly followed by the remote hot spring resort of Amanemu in 2016. Now three years later Aman has opened a new property in one of Japan’s must see cities, Kyoto. Tucked away in a beautiful enclave of the city, enveloped by nature, Aman Kyoto’s 24 rooms and two two-bedroom villas are surrounded by forests, manicured gardens and moss-covered pathways that meander through a series of platforms, pavilions and formal lawns. Though just moments from the heart of Kyoto and within walking distance of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage listed Kinkaku-ji Temple, the gardens and thoughtfully designed pavilions create a sense of seclusion and tranquil serenity.

A series of pavilions house the lobby, living and dining areas and the spa, four separate pavilions host the guest rooms, while the luxurious two-bedroom villas are to be found in two further pavilions. Inspired by the ryokan, the rooms are a contemporary take on traditional Japanese living, minimalist in their design with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding gardens. Muted, neutral tones, traditional tatami mats and light interiors showcase the work of local artisans and create a calming, meditative space. The highlight would have to be the rooms Japanese bathtub which are made using Hinoki wood, a type of cypress tree only grown in this part of the world making it sacred, it also happens to give off the most calming scent throughout the room.

The signature restaurant in the Dining pavilion crafts locally handpicked ingredients into Japanese haute cuisine and set menu experiences while the Living pavilion provides a sociable space in which to enjoy home-cooked Kyoto obanzai style cuisine and afternoon tea. Retreat to a secluded corner of the gardens for a picnic, or enjoy one of the many restaurants in Kyoto that lie just outside the grounds.

Wellness has become a key theme of Aman properties around the globe and Aman Kyoto does not disappoint. Within the spa you will find natural hot spring water baths to relax in and three private treatments rooms, the treatments draw on centuries of Japanese wisdom and a natural apothecary, including green tea, local sake and camellia oil. For a true Japanese treatment we suggest having a Shiatsu massage which aims to restore energy which will relieve stress and strengthen immunity.  

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The 24 rooms of the Aman Kyoto are spread across four Pavilions, nestled in leafy garden surrounds and offering garden or stream views, while the two separate two-bedroom villas look out over the treetops from their elevated position. Taking the traditional concept of the ryokan and giving it a contemporary, minimalist twist, the rooms are light, spacious and airy, with thoughtful design features and artisan craftsmanship. Rooms also have traditional features such as tatami mats and ofuro bathtubs which create a space that is indisputably Japanese.


The Pavilions of the property each house a separate area, creating a sense of gentle flow from one to the other and allowing the beauty of the gardens to take centre stage. In the Dining Pavilion, the signature restaurant showcases fine dining with local produce and sustainable ingredients, in a region famed for its gastronomic delights. The central fireplace and garden terrace of the Living Pavilion offers a convivial space for socialising and enjoying home-cooked obanzai-style dishes throughout the day, or afternoon tea. Drawing on Japan’s history of wellness practises and ancient traditions, the Spa crafts relaxing and healing treatments from natural spring waters and locally sourced apothecary.


The Aman Kyoto is a great base from which to explore the cultural riches and historic monuments of Kyoto. One of the country’s most intriguing towns, this ancient Imperial capital is a treasure trove of serene temples, maze-like alleyways and teahouses where geishas and their maiko perform ancient ceremonies for a privileged few. After exploring the town, forests and winding pathways of the gardens lead you back into the serene seclusion of the Aman Kyoto.


  • A Day in Kyoto

    Today, explore the gorgeous 'Silver Pavilion' and stroll along the Philosopher's Walk. Visit the Heian Shrine before taking a tour of Nijo Castle. End the day with some free time to explore Nishijin Textile Centre or the Teramachi.

  • Afternoon Tea with a Maiko

    Get a glimpse into the cloaked world of the geisha as you take part in a traditional tea ceremony with a fully trained geisha or maiko. This ancient art epitomises the mystery and beguiling beauty of one of Japan’s most iconic traditions.

  • Ancient Nara Day Trip

    Make a trip to Nara and visit the Deer Park, Todaiji and Kasuga Grand Shrine. In the afternoon, wander in the old town of Naramachi, with its charming Edo period architecture. If time permits, explore the ancient Gangoji Temple.

  • Cooking Sun Afternoon lzakaya Class

    A three and a half hour cooking class in mid-town Kyoto learning the basics of lzakaya cooking. The class takes place in a beautiful small wooden townhouse, called a machiya.

  • Cooking Sun Morning Bento Class

    A three-hour cooking class in downtown Kyoto learning the art of preparing a traditional Japanese bento meal, including classics such as sushi, tempura and miso soup. The class takes place in a beautiful wooden townhouse, called a machiya.

  • Gion by Night

    Embark on a Gion district night walk either with the guide or on your own and if you are lucky, catch sight of the geishas' in beautiful kimonos as they go about on their evening activities.

  • Half Day Kyoto Exploration

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple and admire the outstanding architecture. Head to the 'pottery street' of Kyoto.

  • Japanese Home Cooking Class

    Get a taste for Japanese culture and cuisine as you’re welcomed into the home of an instructor and taught how to cook a handful of traditional dishes in a private class.

  • Kaiseki Dinner with Geishas

    Enjoy the height of sophistication in Japanese society, having a sublime Kaiseki dinner made up of many delicious courses, accompanied by entertainment from two Geishas whilst you enjoy your meal.

  • Maiko Performance and Traditional Dinner

    This evening, enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner and watch a performance by a Maiko, an apprentice of the Geisha.

  • Morning Cooking class in Kyoto

    While in downtown Kyoto, in a quaint little machiya, join in on a traditional Japanese cooking class.

  • Nara - The Ancient Capital

    Spend an afternoon exploring Nara, the ancient capital of Japan from 710 - 784, before the capital was moved to Heain-kyo (present day Kyoto), with its freely roaming herds of deer, ancient streets and spectacular temples.

  • Nishiki Market Tour with Sushi Making

    Experience the whole sushi creation process with this unique cooking experience, from an educational market excursion to mastering the art of sushi-making yourself.

  • Private Sushi Class with Nishiki Food Market

    Shop for ingredients at the historical Nishiki Market, while tasting different Japanese foods. Afterwards, head to the studio for a private cooking class, guided by experienced instructors, before enjoying your culinary creations for lunch.

  • Private Tour of Nara

    Today venture outside of Kyoto and explore the ancient city of Nara, the capital of Japan in the 8th century, with a plethora of historic sites to see.

  • Rural Arashiyama

    A guided day in Arashiyama district, located at the base of Kyoto's western mountains. Take a boat trip on the Hozugawa River before discovering Zen Buddhist temples and the famous bamboo grove, one of Japan's most iconic scenic areas.

  • Shopping in Kyoto

    Enjoy a shopping trip around Kyoto. Wander down the picturesque streets of Gian where you can visit local handicraft and pottery shops.

  • Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

    Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.

  • The Art of Zen in Kyoto

    Spend a day discovering the traditional Japanese experiences of Zen meditation as you learn about the history of Zen before trying your hand at this spiritual form of meditation.

  • Tour of Western Kyoto

    Make your way to Western Kyoto and explore the beautiful bamboo forest in Arashiyama. Relax in a scenic train ride before taking a traditional raft down the Hozugawa River. Afterwards, continue the exploration of the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.

Location & directions

Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan

Set at the foot of the symbolic Hidari Daimonji mountain, Aman Kyoto is just moments from the sights of Kyoto, once the Imperial capital. Set in 80 acres of forested gardens in the district of Takagamine, the property enjoys an almost ethereal sense of seclusion and tranquillity, yet is within walking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kinkaku-ji Temple.

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