SITUATED in a secret garden at the foot of the Hidari Daimonji, Aman Kyoto looks set to be an oasis of serenity for guests while providing easy access to no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The premises are slated to open in the third quarter of 2019.
The 80-acre site is primarily forest, with 8 acres dedicated to exquisite gardens tended by a former owner – whose wish was to house his prized obi collection in a textile museum housed within the garden. That dream has now been realised.
The self-irrigated garden draws on rainwater collected by hidden caves and water tunnels, and is flanked by yama momiji maples and Japanese cedar. Expect granite monoliths to lend an air of serenity to the magnificent spectacle.
The Aman Spa will be outfitted with a traditional onsen using water from a local hot spring and field some traditional Japanese treatments.