What kind of ryokan is Hoshinoya Kyoto Ryokan?
A 15-minute boat ride from the pier near Arashiyama Station brings you to Hoshinoya Kyoto. It is truly a secluded spot with no tourists. As you head upstream on the Katsura River on a special houseboat for guests, you will gradually be enveloped in silence, away from Arashiyama. Going to the ryokan on a houseboat is more uplifting than you can imagine. If you are lucky, wild monkeys and deer will appear on the slopes of the mountain.
Then after getting off the houseboat, we were guided to our room with a tour of the facilities. When we visited in November, we stayed in room 106. We could enjoy the wonderful autumn leaves from the room and bath, and each piece of furniture and interior decoration was sophisticated, such as the Kyo Karakami paper, the divan bed by the window, and the cushions, etc.
The surface of the Katsura River and the beautiful reds and yellows of the trees spread out in the window. It’s like a painting. I felt as if I was in another world, a quiet environment far away from the hustle and bustle.
We enjoyed the spectacular view of Arashiyama from our room, watching the trolley train from a distance and listening to the murmuring of the river. From the rooms along the river, you can see the beautiful colors of the river change with time.
Then the property has two quaint gardens that you can stroll through at any time. In the garden, there was a powerful large tree that was over 400 years old, and the autumn leaves were in full bloom.
There is also a bar & salon built in a converted warehouse and a library lounge where you can relax with free drinks and snacks.
Then the tea ceremony, held during the fall foliage season, featured champagne and a long-established Japanese sweet for free. Different activities are held depending on the season.
Also, you can also enjoy activities such as flower arrangements, tea ceremonies, calligraphy, and incense making.
During our stay, we strolled through the garden, tasted the delicious food, learned about incense, and felt the time pass slowly.
If I had to pick a drawback, it would be that most of the properties in Arashiyama have hot springs, but Hoshinoya Kyoto does not. Also, I think the buildings are poorly constructed. If you’re used to staying at a long-established luxury ryokan, you may find it a bit lacking.
The property would be great for couples, solo travelers, small groups, or families. *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies. The reason for this is that the building is a 100-year-old wooden structure, so the sound is easily transmitted.
Is the location easy to access?
You need to take a houseboat near Togetsu-bridge. Refer to the map. There is a houseboat dock a short distance from Arashiyama Station. It takes 10min on foot. It wouldn’t be easy to find the location if this is your first visit. Check the Google map.
While waiting for the houseboat, you check in. You will then be offered some fragrant Kyoto sencha green tea and oshibori towel.
There is no parking lot. If you are coming by car, park at the coin-operated parking lots around Arashiyama and take the boat.
After check-in, if you are going from Hoshinoya Kyoto Ryokan to Arashiyama for sightseeing or dinner, you can use the houseboat until sunset. In the evening, car transportation is available.
How about toiletries & in-room amenities?
All of the amenities are taken care of including toiletries, pajamas, yukatas, bathrobes, samue outfits, a coffee machine, and a green tea set, etc. There were skincare products and bath amenities in the bathroom. Room service is available for 24H. There is no convenience store nearby. You might want to buy your necessities before coming here.
Then the free wifi reception was very slow. There are no TVs in the rooms. Instead, there is a CD player, so we spent our time playing music as background music and listening to the sound of the river.
How about In-house Facilities?
The property is not a universal design. If you bring someone with weak legs, I wouldn’t recommend it. There are many steps on-site. But room #102 is right outside the entrance, so it would be recommended for the elderly and those who don’t want to walk much.
The library lounge, bar, and terrace, etc., were amazing. Complimentary coffee, English tea, herb tea, and cookies, etc., are available at the library lounge. Also, a DVD player, a CD player, and a PC are placed to use someone. It is open for 24H.
There is no hot spring, but each room has a cypress bathtub for relaxing bath time. The bathroom has a gentle scent of a forest.
In the building next to the lobby, there was a Japanese-style public room where visitors could freely experience Japanese games such as Tosenkyo, Igo and Kendama, etc. If you are interested, please visit.
Then the buildings are illuminated at night. The ambiance was romantic. After dinner, don’t forget to visit the bar & salon.
We joined an activity to walk around the garden at 7:45 am. The staff will explain about the garden, waterfalls, plants, and flowers. After the walk, we were led to the library lounge, where participants were offered matcha powder green tea and Japanese sweets. The green tea was very tasty, and we enjoyed it while listening to the murmuring of the river.
Then if you have time before you check out, you may want to visit a Temple in the mountains behind Hoshinoya Kyoto. It offers a peaceful view of the mountains of Kyoto. There are a lot of stone steps, so if you are not interested, I wouldn’t recommend it.
At the bar & salon, delicious coffee will be served between 10:00 and 12:00. After breakfast, we took our time here. The check-out time is 12:00, so you can relax in the morning.
How about meals?
If you are staying here, I would recommend booking a room for breakfast. We had breakfast in our room. It was a delicious hot pot with lots of ingredients using seasonal Kyoto vegetables. Not only did it taste delicious, but the view of the autumn leaves through the large window made it an unforgettable breakfast.
In the evening we went to a French Restaurant called “Arashiyama Mitate”. , which is famous in this area. All dishes were artistic, exquisite, and sophisticated. You need to book a private room in advance. It’s worth a visit if you are in Arashiyama. The French restaurant is a seven-minute walk from the houseboat waiting area.
The houseboats are not available at night. You need to ask the staff to arrange a car when you check-in. It’s free of charge.
On the way back, you can take the free shuttle service from the waiting area of the houseboat after dinner.
Please note that most of the shops, restaurants, and cafes, etc., in Arashiyama are closed before 6:00 PM. If you go out for dinner, you may want to book a table in advance. Most of the restaurants for dinner are reservation-only.
The overall service, hospitality, facilities, and food are not top-notch, but the price range is high. If you love the Hoshinoya brand and concept, the property could be the best place for you.
Then if you stay there in spring or fall, you can have a wonderful view of Arashiyama from your room. Rooms with a spectacular view of Arashiyama are very popular. If you are planning to stay in spring or fall, it is best to book early.
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Info about Hoshinoya Kyoto Ryokan
|Check-in and out times
|Estimated Price||121,803 JPY for 2 adults per room|
|Contact to the ryokan||Fill the form in|
|Internet Connection||Free wifi in the ryokan|
|Facility Information||Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is not available
|Location||Hoshinoya Kyoto’s MAP|
|Access||50min by car or train from JR Kyoto Station.
|Address and TEL|| 11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzanchō, Nishikyō-Ku,
Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-0007
Tel +81-50-3786-1144 Open time 9:00 to 20:00
|Official Homepage||Hoshinoya Kyoto’s HP|
*All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.
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