At Hoshinoya Kyoto, there’s a certain enchantment lingering in the air. It might be the sense of heritage here, what with a history dating back to the 17th century when the property was built as a mansion for noble Suminokura Ryoi, before subsequently being transformed into a ryokan inn more than 100 years ago. Perhaps it’s the Zen Garden, brimming with maple and cherry trees, mossy stones and trickling waters of Oi River; or maybe the distant sounds of bells chiming from the nearby Senkoji Temple. What’s certain is that everything about the Hoshinoya Kyoto feels authentic, pure, and magical.
After a soul-stirring journey down the river by boat, guests are welcomed to the arboreal sanctuary that is the Hoshinoya Kyoto, tucked between the trees in a secluded spot. Beautifully designed pavilions are artfully arranged across its gardens, and evoke that ever-alluring feel of a Japanese ryokan with their tatami floors, shoji screens, minimalist décor and karakami wallpaper that has been pressed with woodblock prints. Each of the 25 rooms are individually styled, all inviting visitors to gaze out the window and contemplate nature; perhaps even catching sight of some local wildlife while doing so.
Gracious staff are then at your beck and call, whether you have a particular preference for each morning’s in-room breakfast or want a cultural experience arranged the following day. The have someone waiting to dutifully present exquisite kaiseki dinners in the restaurant too, provide complimentary drinks in the library or perform nurturing massages, all helping to make your Hoshinoya Kyoto experience as perfect as the surroundings that envelope you while here.