Rooms at Aman Kyoto are minimalist, but with nods to tradition – there are Hinoki Baths in every bathroom, and suites include Tatami rooms with the option of futon sleeping. From your floor-to-ceiling windows, you'll see a patchwork of stone steps outside, moss-covered and shaded by towering trees, while winding pathways lead to quiet forest glades, perfect for a private yoga session.
The Aman Spa is fed by mineral-rich springs, which provide healing properties to guests who bathe in the hotel's traditional onsen facilities. Spa treatments feature soothing Kyoto green tea, tanba kuromame black beans, local sake and cold-pressed camellia oil. The Signature Spa Journey combines the onsen with a scenic hike and hilltop meditation session, followed by a restorative al fresco lunch.
Of course, dining is central to the Aman experience, and guests can choose from Western and regional dishes served around a central fireplace at the Living Pavilion, and Taka-An, where the executive chef presents an omakase (set menu) dining experience accompanied by the finest in Japanese hospitality. Or, simply order a picnic from the kitchens and retreat into the forest for a truly special experience. Indeed, it's the hotel's surroundings that make it so special. From the gilded architecture of Kinkakuji, the ‘Golden Pavilion’ – within walking distance of Aman Kyoto – to the local teahouses, Kyoto's imperial charms are on your doorstep.