Nestled in the center of HonshÅ«, and once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than 1,600 Buddhist temples, and some 400 Shinto shrines.
Experience one of the world's best-preserved cities from the comforts of a pristine, sophisticated reprieve. Set along a river in the countryside, Suiran is ideally poised in western Kyoto's scenic Ukyo-ku.
Ukyo-ku is home to many renowned sites that are minutes by foot from our enchanting oasis. Meaning “heavenly dragon,” the 14th-century Tenryuji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accompanied by a famous Zen garden, it is ranked first among Kyoto's five great Zen temples. The scenic Hogonin Temple, built during the 15th century, also features a beautiful Japanese garden. Embrace serenity at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. More tranquil nature is revealed at the lovely Kameyama Park. 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.
Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Park, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Kiyomizu Temple, and the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) paint an engaging picture of Kyoto's rich past, along with the historic Higashiyama District, the famous geisha district Gion, and the centuries-old Nishiki Market, also known as “Kyoto's Kitchen.” For further insight into this captivating city, learn how to brew sake, or attend a kabuki play or a traditional comic storytelling performance.
Kyoto has numerous annual festivals, including December's Arashiyama Hanotoro that features thousands of illuminated lanterns that line the streets and the landmark Togetsukyo Bridge. Peruse small shops showcasing pottery, local handicrafts, and specialty foods. Savor tantalizing Japanese cuisine, including dishes made with Arashimaya's delightful local tofu.