• This is an absolute sanctuary of calm; it can only be reached by boat, and deer roam freely in the area
  • This setting is stunning particularly in cherry blossom season when it comes alive with soft pinks, or in Autumn when it transforms into fiery reds, oranges and browns
  • Love the complimentary activities on offer such as the tea ceremony

Once the private retreat of imperial aristocracy, Kyoto’s most luxurious accommodation is set among manicured gardens that jut onto an idyllic river – the setting for immaculately designed rooms. Set on the banks of the Kastura River, this luxurious offering is reached by an idyllic boat trip. On arrival you’ll be greeted by a world of garden ponds, floating teahouses and gurgling waterfalls only improved by the seasonal cherry blossom. And, with private verandahs making the most of the riverside scenery, you’ll be able to relax in heritage luxury a hundred years in the making. Indeed, paper detailing, sliding doors and wooden features all recall the ryokan’s rich traditions while a full renovation has added extra polish. All rooms are uniquely designed, with our favourites featuring hilltop settings.

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Matching the building’s storied past, the dining nods to Kyoto’s banqueting traditions. Tasting menus that range from classic sushi to prime cuts of menu are presided over by a head chef who trained in triple-Michelin-starred restaurants. You’ll also have an impressive range of dining settings among the grounds, with guests often favouring private hillside locations.

Alongside the dining, there’s a range of superbly curated experiences that get right to the heart of Kyoto’s heritage. Whether it’s a guided temple visit, rickshaw rides or incense ceremony, it’s not difficult to see why the city has garnered no less than 17 UNESCO-listed Word Heritage sites. There’s also a superb spa, where treatments even extend to two-day long programmes. Between all this, don’t forget to visit Kyoto’s famous bamboo gallery where shoots fold in over a forest path; it’s just a stone’s throw from Hoshinoya.


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