Kerry Hill-designed Japanese resort blends nature into its aesthetic

by Megan Whitby | 31 Oct 2019
Aman Kyoto embodies the true spirit of Aman, blending our profound respect for nature with adherence to simple, yet striking, principles of aesthetics and structure.
– Vladislav Doronin, Aman chair and CEO

Hotel operator Aman has opened a third resort in Japan that has been designed by the late architect Kerry Hill and his team to capitalise on its lush forest surroundings.

The 26-room Aman Kyoto, announced in February, is situated in a hidden garden close to Kinkaky-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, near the centre of the prefecture.

The 80ac (32ha) Aman Kyoto site comprises 72ac (29ha) of permanent forest and 8ac (3ha) of gardens that are used as a setting for guided yoga, meditation and forest bathing.

Traditional onsen bathing facilities use water from a spring and there are facilities for treatments including shiatsu, acupuncture and moxa.

The design draws on Japan's ryokan (traditional inn) and onsen (hot spring) concepts to provide an authentic yet minimalist and contemporary sanctuary.

Aman chair and CEO Vladislav Doronin said: "Aman Kyoto embodies the true spirit of Aman, blending our profound respect for nature with adherence to simple, yet striking, principles of aesthetics and structure."

Kerry Hill Architects have previously worked on Aman's two other resorts in the country – Aman Tokyo and Amanemu in Ise-Shima National Park.

Aman  Japan  forest bathing  Aman Kyoto  UNESCO World Heritage Site  Kerry Hill  onsen  moxa  Vladislav Doronin  Chartered Group 
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