The Suiran, Kyoto, Japan
Elegant riverside retreat just outside Kyoto, well placed for tranquility and culture
From around £265 per person per night sharing. Flights and transfers available at an additional cost.
Located outside the hub of Kyoto, in the bamboo-clad Arashiyama district, the Suiran Hotel is an elegant riverside retreat on the banks of the Hozugawa River. Once the private summerhouse of 19th-century industrialist Shōzō Kawasaki, the Meiji-era architecture and surrounding temples make for a thoroughly traditional break in the City of 10,000 Shrines. The hotel is conveniently close to the 14th-century Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a famous Zen garden - ranked first among Kyoto’s five great Zen temples.
The 39 ryokan-inspired rooms are based around two original structures (dating back to the early 1900s) and are traditionally Japanese but with western-style beds (i.e. full mattresses rather than tatami mats). Higher room categories have tranquil little gardens and private onsen baths - perfect for a soothing soak in fresh spring water, sheltered by bamboo and volcanic-rock walls. In rooms: flat screen TV, Bose sound system, complimentary wifi, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making facilities, minibar, air-conditioning and
Remede bath products.
Activities & Experiences
Experience Kyoto from a variety of perspectives: in a rickshaw, on the Sagano Scenic Railway, or on a leisurely cruise down the Hozugawa River aboard a traditional flat-bottom vessel. All of Arashiyama's must-see attractions are within walking distance of the hotel: the sprawling Tenryu-Ji temple complex is the district’s star draw as an important seat of Zen Buddhism; however, fellow complex Nison-in, entered through a cherry- and maple-lined arcade, is peaceful and picturesque too. In Kameyama-koen Park, a five-minute walk away from Suiran, monkeys play in the cherry-blossom trees. If you want to visit Kyoto’s lively centre, a taxi to Gion (one of Japan’s few remaining geisha districts) takes 20 minutes.
Facilities & Services
There are two restaurants, the Saryo Hassui is open during the day and offers traditional Japanese wagashi in an enviable location overlooking the river. In the evening Kyo-Suiran has French influenced Japanese tastes. There's also a gym and spa treatment rooms. And the concierge team at Suiran love a good challenge and will happily organise whatever you wish.
Weather & Seasons
The best and most popular times to visit Kyoto are spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and myriad autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November.
Fly into Tokyo, followed by a 2 hour Shinkansen (bullet train) journey to Kyoto, followed by a 30 minute transfer to the hotel.
Tailor-Made Journeys in Japan
Our experts in the UK and Japan can include Suiran Kyoto (or several other options in the city) as part of a tailor-made tour of Japan. Some of our other recommended places to stay in other parts of Japan include:
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