Connections to the spiritual world
The essence of traditional Japanese gardens lies in either Taoism with a focus on immortality, or Buddhism with its theme of rebirth in paradise. Gardens were designed as a medium to connect people to the spiritual world and were therefore usually associated with religious institutions. Designed by renowned landscape architect, Professor Shimoda, the garden at Aman Kyoto connects people to nature in the same way that Japanese gardens were traditionally connected to the spiritual world
The maple trees canopies float like clouds
The gardens were designed in such a way so as not to simply let nature take over, but to create a refined and aesthetically pleasing space. The maple trees are carefully placed so that their canopies float like clouds between two green layers. Above them are local evergreen trees, such as Japanese cedars over The Living Pavilion, and Camphor trees lining the main promenade. Underneath, evergreen shrubs such as Japanese andromeda, Japanese camellia, Japanese blue oaks, are blanketed by a luminous carpet of evergreen moss.
A garden for all seasons
Aman Kyoto’s garden changes like a kaleidoscope with the seasons. Winter’s camellias are spectacular against the garden’s evergreen Japanese cedars, andromeda and lush wood ferns, until February’s plum blossoms signal spring’s arrival. March and April’s famous cherry blossoms segue into summer’s plethora of blooms, from azaleas and peonies, to hydrangeas and irises. Autumn sets the garden’s Japanese maples on fire, as their magnificent red and orange foliage competes for attention with multi-hued chrysanthemums. The garden also features some rare endemic species, including asarum nipponicum, or ‘wild ginger’