In the hilly northwest outskirts of the city, the Aman Kyoto is a serene refuge from the bustling city. This is the place for Aman fans who really want to get away from it all.
Located in the Takagamine district, about 15 minutes’ walk north of Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto’s famed “Golden Pavilion,” the Aman Kyoto, which opened in 2020, is quite unlike any other hotel in the city. It’s more like a retreat center than a standard hotel. The rooms and main buildings are located among serene forest, and the place invites languid afternoon naps and contemplative strolls.
It’s certainly not the most convenient place to be based for Kyoto sightseeing, but a taxi will get you to most parts of the city in under 30 minutes. And, as mentioned above, you can walk to some truly stunning temples.
According to recent guests, the hotel is still working out some early kinks. However, we can expect that, as time passes, standards will be raised to those of other Aman locations around the world. So, for a tranquil base in Kyoto, this is a good choice.
Name in English:
Name in Japanese:
1 Okitayama-washimine-cho, Kita-ku
Internet: wifi access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
13min walk from Takagamine Genkoan-mae Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 6 from Kyoto Station
Official site: (English)
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com – usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
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