Providing the most meaningful and memorable experience possible, Aman Kyoto’s expert guides know exactly how to avoid the crowds whether exploring Kamigamo, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, the incredible dry gardens of Ryoan-ji Temple or glittering Kinkaku-ji.
Kinkaku-ji – Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Within walking distance of Aman Kyoto, this remarkable Zen Buddhist temple is covered in gold leaf and set alongside a serene lake and garden. It is one of Japan’s most popular Unesco World Heritage Sites, with a fascinating history dating back to 1397.
Renowned for its exquisite garden and maple trees, Koetsu-ji Temple is dedicated to Honami Koetsu, master calligrapher, ceramic artist and founder of the Rinpa School of painting. Originally a mausoleum for the Honami family, it was converted to a Nichiren Temple in 1656 after Koetsu’s death.
The garden at Genko-an Temple is well known for its two ‘windows of realisation’, one round and one square, and for having the best views in Kyoto. A small Zen Buddhist temple, it is also known for its ceiling, which is crafted from wood reclaimed from Fushimi Castle in the 16th century.