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Last updated: 03 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Rob Goss

Located in a mossy garden hidden in ancient forest near Kinkakuji Temple, the Aman mixes the minimalism and tranquility of a traditional ryokan inn with the luxury of a five-star wellness retreat.

Opened in 2019, with 24 sleek guestrooms and two villas, it’s the kind of place you stay if you want your accommodation to be an immersive, pampered experience – whether that’s strolling the garden, soaking in the mineral-rich hot-spring baths or unwinding with a shiatsu massage.

Continuing the experiential theme, guests also have access to exclusive cultural programs, including meditation sessions with Zen monks and an evening with the geisha of Kyoto’s oldest chaya (teahouse). If there’s a negative, it’s the location – great for Kinkakuji and Ryoanji temples, but a bit of a trek to other attractions.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Kansai, Japan

Geisha woman with white face paint

Ancient temples and shrines, sublime cuisine, manicured gardens, colourful geishas and living history in spades – Kyoto is traditional Japan at its best.