Park Hyatt and Aman have both opened new properties in the Japanese city of Kyoto.
Kyoto, located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu, is known as the birthplace of Japanese traditions such as the Japanese tea ceremony, the Ikebana flower arrangement and Japanese Zen gardens.
Park Hyatt Kyoto
The newly opened Park Hyatt Kyoto is Japan’s second Park Hyatt property, with the other being Park Hyatt Tokyo that opened in 1994.
The hotel is located in the Higashiyama District where there are many heritage sites, including Yasaka Pagoda, Kodaiji Temple, and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. It’s less than one mile (1.5 kilometres) from the Kyoto Station, from which travellers can get to Tokyo in just over two hours via the Nozomi Shinkansen bullet train.
The low-rise property houses 70 guestrooms, including nine suites. The guestrooms and suites feature local craftsmanship and materials such as fragrant Tamo wood, original artwork and Zen garden views.
The hotel has four onsite dining outlets. Kyoto Bistro is a casual, street-side café serving international and Japanese comfort food, with a display counter for pastries and cakes during midday. The Living Room offers authentic Japanese breakfast, Western lunch box as well as afternoon tea with light snacks. Yasaka is a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant outfitted with a living cooking stage. Next to Yasaka is the Kohaku bar, where guests can find a collection of rare and craft spirits, including artisanal whiskey sake, and gin made in Kyoto.
What’s more, there’s also Kyoyamato, a family-run Japanese kaiseki restaurant located just next door to the hotel, from which the restaurant is accessible via a historic garden.
The hotel also has a 200-sqm ballroom, which is equipped with multifunctional meeting facilities, a show kitchen, a foyer and audio-visual system, and offers views of a Japanese tsuboniwa garden.
Wellness options include a spa and an adjacent wellness centre, which are only open to in-house guests. The spa has a treatment suite for two with a private bath house including Japanese-style bathtubs, as well as dry and mist saunas.
Japan’s third Aman hotel has also opened its doors in Kyoto.
Situated at the foothills of the Hidari Daimonji Hill in the northern part of Kyoto, Aman Kyoto is located in the Takagamine district, and is within walking distance from the iconic Kinkaku-ji Temple. It’s also a one-hour drive from Osaka Itami International Airport, a two-hour drive from Kansai International Airport and a 30-minute drive from Kyoto Station, according to the hotel.
The luxury resort has six standalone “Guest Pavilions”, which are home to a total of 26 guestrooms that are further divided into six room categories. The size of a standard guestroom is 60 sqm, and each features combined bedroom and living area, tatami flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows with garden and forest views, as well as large ofuro bathtubs (Japanese-style bathtubs).
The resort’s two presidential suites, Washigamine and Takagamine Pavilions, are named after two mountains in the surrounding national parks of Kyoto and are located at the highest point of the property. Each of them has two en-suite bedrooms, separate living and dining areas, kitchen and tatami room.
For dining, there is the Living Pavilion by Aman that has a central fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto an open-air wood deck overlooking the resort’s garden. The all-day dining restaurant features Kyoto’s local cuisine and innovative Western dishes, and also offers a bar, afternoon tea and barbecue hampers.
Taka-an is the resort’s Japanese restaurant and has two private dining rooms.
Wellness facilities include the Aman Spa, where guests can experience a range of treatments, guided yoga and meditation, as well as Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing). There are also traditional onsen facilities using water from a local hot spring.
Aman has two other properties in Japan, namely Aman Tokyo and Amanemu located at the Ise-Shima National Park in Mie Prefecture, which opened in 2014 and 2016 respectively.