This tastefully contemporary boutique hotel is unique among Kyoto's many traditional inns.
On the outskirts of Kyoto in the scenic Arashiyama District, this century-old riverside ryokan (inn) is a haven of discriminating luxury. Architect Rie Azuma took a beautifully preserved historical villa and blended ancient traditions with modern sensibilities. The result is exquisite. Handcrafted by artisans, ancient woodblock designs adorn the walls and doors. And guest rooms and suites make soothing sanctuaries with their blend of edgy design details and classic tatami aesthetic.
At the house spa, treatments are shaped by the philosophies of Zen Buddhism. Equally enticing is the on-site restaurant presenting seasonal nouvelle Kyoto cuisine. After a leisurely meal, take a walk in the Water Garden or Hidden Garden — both are illuminated after dark, providing the perfect setting for a romantic tryst. You can also linger in the Floating Tea Room overlooking the Ooi River or take a moonlit boat ride accompanied by live traditional music.
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