by Terry Ward
For a truly exotic experience in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district, prepare for an arrival by riverboat at the incredible Hoshinoya Kyoto, a ryokan-style hotel with just 25 rooms overlooking the Hozugawa River. There are no TVs in the Zen-style rooms, but the kids can peer off the terrace to perhaps spot a monkey or passing deer.
Our Editor Loves
- Arrival by boat
- Surrounding forest with monkeys and deer
- Riverside setting
- Water Sports
I would highly recommend Hoshinoya Kyoto - from the memorable boat ride, views and dinner - this ryokan is a must for anyone staying in the region to experience authentic Japanese hospitality.
Excellent service - a truly relaxing and peaceful visit.
Hoshinoya is situated in a secluded spot up the river surrounded by trees - really the most beautiful setting imaginable! From your arrival at the waiting room near the bridge to travelling up the river by boat and being waved goodbye when you leave, you are treated like royalty. The rooms are huge - more of a flat with a separate bathroom, toilet, dining room and bedroom. Breakfast is served in the room. We had the lighter dinner options which was also served in our room and was very reasonable priced. Our only regret is that we did some sightseeing in Arashyiama (not to be missed though!) which meant that we did not spent enough time at the resort and did not utilise all the resort had to offer. One should use your time there to absorb nature and recharge in the tranquil setting. Pricey, but oh so worth it!