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On the banks of the Hozugawa River, shrouded with bamboo forestry, stands the Suiran Hotel. Walking up to the main gate you’ll find traditional Meiji-styled roofs, but inside there is a wealth of contemporary comfort.
39 rooms, including six speciality rooms, all inspired by traditional Japanese touches and culture
Many rooms offer Onsen hot spring baths in private rooms for relaxation and wellness
100-year-old buildings host the impressive Kyo-Suiran restaurant and charming Café Hassui
Private, custom-designed spa room with water cultivated from Arashiyama hot springs
Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal Japanese courtyards with petite ponds and waterfalls
Only 250 metres from Sogenchi gardens, with enchanting Zen Buddhist Temples
Originally a 19th-century summerhouse and the property of industrialist Baron Shozo Kawasaki, the resort is a unique luxury accommodation. Reimagined to fit Meiji-era, Surian exhibits a Westernised architecture that still oozes authentic Japanese elegance. In true Japanese style, rooms are entered through a simple sliding door and shoes are laid down at the entrance. Fitted with soft Western-style beds for away-from-home comfort, each room is modelled on the traditional Ryokan inn (think mat flooring, black-coated furnishings, shoji screens and cedar-wood walls). Original artworks are punctuated throughout, featuring beautiful calligraphy by Masayoshi Matsukata.
Essential to Japanese design, enjoy the indoor-outdoor feel of exposed timber beams and full-length windows whilst dining at Kyo-Suiran. Experiment with washoku cuisine (opt for the pickled cucumbers) prepared with French techniques. For something more informal, Café Hassui overlooks the Katsuri river and offers a unqiue Japanese take on afternoon tea (think Japanese rice balls and dainty wagashi sweets).
Why we love it
Suiran’s location is unbeatable, and it’s within walking distance of Arashiyama’s top sights. From the UNESCO Tenryu-ji temple and Sagano bamboo grove to the quiet Saga Toriimoto street that harks back to the rule of the samurai, they each add to the historical appeal of the property. After a day exploring, come back and unwind with a spa treatment overlooking the enclosed rockery-style garden.
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