We always dream about getting away from it all, and nothing fulfils this more than a stint at Hoshinoya. Based in Arashiyama, west Kyoto, Hoshinoya highlights Kyoto’s spirit and natural beauty in a new and original way. 25 individual Ryokans (Japanese inns) await – willing you to unwind, relax and watch the seasons pass you by, in the most traditional atmosphere.
Peacefully situated on the Ooigawa River it provides the perfect location to let go and forget about our worries back home. It is traditionally a resort for the people of Kyoto to unwind in, leaving behind their busy lives (something we are only too familiar with). The sumptuous surroundings are complemented well by the authentic ryokans, which are heavily influenced by the culture of the Heian Dynasty – it’s like stepping back in time, and time (thankfully) really does slow down here.
Minimalistic is an understatement. Clean lines, neutral colours which are only highlighted by the natural light that oozes through the striking windows. It gives you the sense of ‘the outdoors in’. In true fung-shui style – benches line the window and coated in cushions, you can sit in wonder and gaze at the river idly. It’s simple but sumptuous; it caters for you every need.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We loved the sense that you could not be any further away from it all, whatever ‘it all’ may be. This place completely hits the spot in the relaxation category. And if you did want a mini adventure, why not take a rickshaw lunch ride or a boat trip through autumn leaves. Two days of splendour is not enough.