In the Zen­tre

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Ky­oto is beau­ti­ful and zen and all that, but it also at­tracts 50 mil­lion vis­i­tors a year, which is not so zen. En­ter the sooth­ing Suiran Ky­oto and its bam­boo-lined paths, an­cient arch­ways and river­side cafe nes­tled amid the Arashiyama dis­trict’s forests and tem­ples. Even ded­i­cated cul­ture vultures will find the lure of the pri­vate bal­cony on­sen com­pelling enough to cut short out­side ex­plo­ration for an al fresco dip. The city’s best restau­rant, Kitcho, the per­fect place to in­dulge in a tra­di­tional kaiseki ban­quet, is a five-minute stroll along the river. Or skip the walk and eat at Kyo Suiran, which serves lo­cal dishes with French pre­sen­ta­tion in the 100-year-old Hasshoken villa. Fin­ish the 10-course tast­ing menu with a cool glass of Sagano, Suiran’s sig­na­ture cock­tail with lo­cal whisky and Ja­panese cit­rus. Af­ter that you’ll be ready for a star­lit dip in your on­sen (there’s room for two). Ari­gato. suiranky­oto.com

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