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The Suiran viewed from the river


The Suiran terrace


The Suiran surrounded by Autumn foliage


Quiet riverside terrace


Kyo Suiran restaurant


Presidential Corner Suite


Premier King


Executive Suite bedroom


Executive Suite living space


Togetsu-Kyo bridge


Bamboo groves


Tenryu-Ji Temple


Byodo-in Temple

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. 

Getting Here

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:

Four Seasons Kyoto

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Gora Kadan Hakone

Time to Get in Touch?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us an email outlining your requirements.

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