A stay at Hoshinoya Kyoto is a true retreat from the whirlwind of everyday life. Nestled in a secluded valley in Arashiyama, the resort can only be accessed by boat before sunset, and by private car in the evening. The boat landing at Togetsukyo Bridge is where the magical journey begins. As the boat distances itself from the bustle of the town steadily, the picturesque scenery unfolds before your eyes: shades of green reflected on the Oi River during warmer months; hills shaped like rice balls turning red and yellow in autumn; and in early spring, pink petals falling from cherry blossom trees. Ten minutes later, you’ll arrive at the resort’s leafy paradise.
From the Mizu-no-niwa garden to the Floating Tearoom that overlooks the river, the serene atmosphere is pronounced. All guest rooms are housed in a renovated ryokan inn built a century ago. The interior design celebrates Japanese craftsmanship with karakami paper prints by Kyoto artisans and traditional furnishings, while state-of-the-art amenities are subtly incorporated to offer modern comfort.
Arashiyama is known for several interesting sights, but if you decide to stay in, there are a host of activities designed to help guests engage in the local culture and history – think Kyoto-style spa treatments and traditional incense ceremonies. For a unique culinary experience, their Michelin-starred restaurant offers authentic dishes inspired by the imperial city’s past. Be adventurous and book the Japanese hotpot breakfast – a hearty, healthy meal that promises a perfect morning. www.hoshinoresorts.com