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“With its pebble pathways, spikey Japanese pine tree, and pretty waterfalls, Suiran feels like it should be in a watercolor painting. Surrounded by nature, the picturesque property aims to stir your soul and put you in complete harmony with your surroundings - the Gyokuto Garden Terrace rooms have tranquil gardens and private onsen baths, as well as gold-accented artwork splashed across the walls. Schedule in time to lie out on the two-hundred-year-old stone plinth designed especially for stargazing.”
Originally a private villa owned by the founder of Kawasaki, Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, borders the peaceful Hozu River in Arashiyama on the western fringes of Kyoto. This intimate hotel is surrounded by nature and within easy reach of Kyoto’s cultural and historical attractions.
The guestrooms and suites are a fusion of traditional and contemporary Japanese style, blending the minimal elegance of a ryoken with modern luxuries and technology. The ground floor rooms have private gardens, while those on the first floor feature balconies and mountain or garden views.
The Japanese restaurant, Kyo-Suiran, offers washoku cuisine and has a private room serving Japanese beef and fresh seafood, while the casual Café Hassui serves lunch alongside panoramic riverside views.
Suiran is a fantastic base for exploring Arashiyama’s attractions, including the bamboo forests and shrines and temples. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the onsen, spa treatment rooms and idyllic gardens.