Hoshinoya, Kyoto

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See a whole new wild side of Kyoto, at the breathtaking Hoshinoya riverside hotel on the outskirts of the city.

There’s so much to see and do in Kyoto, but sometimes you just need an escape from the bustling city. If a romantic, tranquil design hotel set in remote forests sounds like heaven, the Hoshinoya is the place for you.

The Hoshinoya boasts beautiful Japanese architect-designed spaces, each bathed in gentle natural light and surrounded by the greenery of the forest. The renovated buildings are inspired by the traditional ryokan inn, with lashings of natural timbers and tatami-matted floors.

You’ll never want to leave the serene luxury of the hotel, but when you do – you’ll hop on a private boat for the short but extremely pretty trip to Arashiyama. There’s plenty to explore here, but you can also take an easy train ride to central Kyoto.


Every aspect of the Hoshinoya is geared towards relaxation, starting with the 25 private, individually designed rooms. You’ll love the low beds, sliding screens, beautiful bathrooms and supremely luxurious bedding.

Once you’ve caught up on sleep, you can book onto the specialist Zen-inspired purification programme – complete with shiatsu massages, acupuncture and herbal therapies. There’s also a wonderful floating tea room, tranquil library and a pretty hidden garden.

The Hoshinoya is famous for its restaurant, where renowned head chef Ichiro Kubota serves gourmet Japanese banquet dishes. You’ll get a delicious Japanese breakfast served in your room, and head to Salon & Bar Kura in the evening for a refreshing seasonal cocktail.

Why we love it

The Hoshinoya offers the very best of both worlds – a blissfully quiet escape, surrounded by the beauty of nature, and easy access to buzzing Kyoto with its palaces, shrines, temples and shrines.

Plan your stay at Hoshinoya Kyoto today!

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