Scheduled to open on 1 November, 2019, Aman Kyoto is situated in a hidden garden close to Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion).
The resort, with 24 rooms and two two-bedroom villas, draws on the country’s ryokan (traditional inn) and onsen (hot spring) concepts to provide an authentic yet contemporary Kyoto sanctuary. Hoping to unlock the secrets of Japan’s ancient Imperial capital, Aman Kyoto and its secret garden are just a stone’s throw from the city’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Hidden at the foot of the symbolic Mountain of Hidari Daimonji in Kyoto’s north, the resort is nestled in forested grounds in the district of Takagamine, within walking distance of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinkaku-ji Temple.
The 80-acre Aman Kyoto comprises 72 acres of permanent forest and eight acres of exquisite gardens tended over many decades by the previous owner, who was one of Japan’s most respected collectors of the obi (the ornamental sash for a traditional Japanese kimono). His unrealised desire was to house his collection in a textile museum to be built within the garden. Aman is setting itself up as the garden’s next custodian, giving it a fresh lease of life and protecting its fragile grounds.