Hoshinoya Kyoto


Hoshinoya Kyoto is nestled in the Arashiyama district, in Japan’s former capital, Kyoto. This serene riverside retreat is accessed by a wooden Hoshinoya river boat on a gentle 15-minute journey past dense green forests, making it the ideal place to recharge following a few days of temple touring.

The renovated buildings are a modern take on traditional ryokan inn-style. Each of the 25 rooms and suites features minimalist Japanese décor, futons, sliding glass screens, tatami mat flooring, latticed lanterns and walls of handcrafted Kyoto paper. There are superb views of the river and the mountains in the distance.

Guests can enjoy exquisite, Kyoto-style Kaiseki cuisine in the Michelin starred restaurant. Dishes are prepared using locally sourced seasonal ingredients and are served with sake or fine wines.

After a busy day stroll through the tranquil garden; sip tea in the Floating Tea Room; play traditional Japanese games; or get pampered with a massage.

HOSHINOYA Kyoto Information

Location & Getting There

This luxury boutique hotel is nestled on the banks of the Oigawa River in the beautiful Arashiyama district, a 75-minute train ride from Kansai Airport.


It provides just 25 spacious and tastefully-decorated rooms and suites featuring traditional Japanese furnishings, futons, sliding doors and picture windows with superb views of the river and mountains in the distance. There are no televisions in any of the rooms. For those wanting maximum luxury, the two-storey Tsuki Maisonette is superb. It comes with a large veranda.


There are endless activities and excursions to suit all tastes. Go on a scenic helicopter flight over 17 World Heritage sites, experience morning worship and meditation at Kyoto Zen temple, discover the ancient aristocratic pastime of moon-viewing, enjoy a rickshaw ride or take a guided tour of Kyoto. After a busy day, stroll through the tranquil garden, sip tea in the Floating Tea Room, play traditional Japanese games or be pampered with a massage in the privacy of your room.


Only children aged 13 and over are allowed on the property.

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Why we recommend Hoshinoya Kyoto

“This riverside hotel is a luxurious take on a traditional Japanese retreat, located among remote forests on the fringes of Kyoto and accessed by private boat. Relaxation and exceptional service take centre stage: expect yoga classes, introductory incense ceremonies, hot drinks served in the paper lantern-filled Library and Lounge, and sweets and cocktails in the Salon & Bar Kura.”

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