Aman to open third property in Japan

Aman has confirmed it will open a third property in Japan this year.

The luxury hotel group, famed for its design-led resorts in iconic locations, unveiled details of 'secret garden' resort Aman Kyoto, scheduled to open in November.

Situated in a hidden garden close to Kinkaku-ji Temple - moments from the centre of Kyoto - the property draws on the country’s ryokan (traditional inn) and onsen (hot spring) concepts to provide an authentic but contemporary sanctuary. 

The hotel will centre around a series of standalone pavilions housing 24 rooms, two two-bedroom villas, a signature restaurant and an Aman Spa.

Architecture was helmed by Kerry Hill Architects, who also designed sister Japanese properties, Aman Tokyo and Amanemu.

However, the hotel's main draw may well be the 80-acre site on which it sits. Home to 72 acres of lush forest and eight acres of manicured gardens, it was formerly owned by one of Japan’s most respected collectors of the obi - the ornamental sash for a traditional Japanese kimono.

“Following on from the success of Aman Tokyo and Amanemu, Aman Kyoto will add another distinctive facet to our continued journey – and commitment – to Japan,” explained Aman’s CEO and chairman Vladislav Doronin.

“Aman Kyoto will embody the true spirit of Aman, blending our profound respect for nature with adherence to simple, yet striking, principles of aesthetics and structure, masterfully brought to life by the late Kerry Hill and his team. We look forward to unveiling the many dimensions of Kyoto through the eyes of Aman and sharing the secrets of our enchanting garden.”

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