Opened in March 2015, this jewel of 39 rooms is actually more than a 1,000 years old and leads you to Arashiyama, on the lands of the former imperial villa, from back when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Adjacent to the crystal waters of the Hozu river, on the edge of a lush park with colours as festive in autumn as in spring when the cherry trees are in bloom, stands the former home of Mr. Kawasaki, the motorcycle manufacturer.
A ryokan (traditional inn) transformed into a charming hotel, Suiran is essential for understanding the Japanese mindset. You're in a small minimalist paradise, with a unique and genuine opportunity to discover the treasures of Japan. Ask for a room with its own onsen, the traditional outdoor hot bath, and then try traditional Japanese cuisine—kaiseki—by sampling a dozen light dishes, each as surprising as the other. Take a digestive stroll along the river, and you will be walking in the footsteps of the emperor. Attention: dinner is served relatively early.
Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel
12 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryū-ji, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto
Kyōto Prefecture 616-8385
+81 (0)7 5872 0101
Rooms: from 58,662 JPY