Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

Over the Togetsukyo Bridge at Kyoto, you can see no shadow of a hotel and the landscape reveals no clues except for the banks of the Ôigawa River.

Once you are free of your luggage, you are invited to head for the pontoon, where a very beautiful wooden boat is moored waiting for you to get into. The engine starts up; the boat slips away from its anchorage with you on board and heads for Hoshinoya Kyoto. The pace is slow and the ride is pleasant, the perfect pace for you to observe nature and try to make out your destination.

Once a retreat for the Imperial aristocracy, Arashiyama offers such seasonal delights as cherry blossoms in the spring, lush greenery in the summer, red maple leaves in the fall, and waterfowl in the winter. All these sights can be taken in from the comfort of your rooms at Hoshinoya Kyoto.

This village which appears to be clinging on to the slopes of the hill is a place of tranquillity and pleasure. Once you have arrived, stress disappears and your worries and cares are left far behind, and your holidays can begin at the ryokan, a traditional Japanese resort that blends tradition and modernity.

During your stay, choose to “let go”. Breathe, forget everyday life and immerse yourself in one of these rituals which makes Japan fascinating.

Vibrant colors pour into this these suites from the outside scenery, which changes continually throughout the day and with the seasons. Meanwhile, time stands still inside the room where a circular bamboo ceiling and wicker hallways create an aesthetic that is grounded in the past.

Maximum guests per room: 2
Floor area: 69-93 sqm
Tatami suite with a bedroom with two full-bed-style futons and a bench sofa by the window. One bathroom.


This suite, located at the far end of the premises, is our most spacious guestroom at 122 ㎡. The second-floor study overlooks the beautiful Arashiyama scenery. Guests can lounge comfortably on the floor-level “tatami sofa” located in the Japanese room.

Maximum guests per room:3
Floor area : 122 sqm
A tatami living room, a large private study with audio/visual equipment, a spacious bedroom and one bathroom.


The bedroom is located between the Japanese room and study, which offer gorgeous views of the Oi River and Mt. Ogura. The Japanese room in particular retains its original residential architecture, allowing guests to sit back on the large sofa and relax as if they were in their own home.

Maximum guests per room : 2
Floor area : 81 sqm
Spacious bedroom with a king-size bed-style futon and a bench sofa, tatami room with a veranda, plus a private study with audio/visual equipment. One bathroom.

Tanigasumi twin

The ceilings are higher and the interiors more contemporary in these partitioned suites, where shoji sliding doors allow guests to enjoy their space however they wish. Consisting of a bedroom and living room or study, as well as wood flooring, this suite is perfect for those guests who may not be used to Japanese-style accommodations.

A large sofa faces the river directly so that guests may take in soothing views embellished by maple trees and gentle winds.

Maximum guests per room : 2,3
Floor area : 48-68 sqm
Spacious room with two futons and a living area with hardwood floors. One bathroom.

Tanigasumi double

This combination living-bedroom evokes an elegant mood through its classic architecture and paper furnishings. Its location at the foot of the river allows natural light to produce an array of colorful effects within the room throughout the day.

Maximum guests per room : 2
Floor area : 46 – 62 sqm
Cozy room with spectacular views. King-size bed-style futon and living area with a sofa. One bathroom.

Yamanoha Tatami

The essence of traditional Japanese architecture is fully preserved here in these relaxed, colorful suites, where contemporary comforts meet Japanese floor-level lifestyles.

Gentle lighting allows guests to experience Arashiyama’s ever-changing beauty any time of the day from the Japanese room of this two-room suite from the midday sunlight, to the violet that shrouds the hills at sunset, to the pitch-black darkness of night.

Maximum guests per room : 2,3
Floor area: 69-82 sqm
Luxurious Japanese style suite with a bedroom with two full-bed-style futons, a tatami living room, and one bathroom.

Yamanoha Maisonette

This spacious maisonette suite offers a balcony connected to the second-floor Japanese room from which guests can view cherry blossoms and the beautiful Oku-no-niwa garden that sprawls below. Enjoy breathtaking views from the highest vantage point.

Maximum guests per room : 2
Floor area : 76 – 7 sqm
Two-storied suite with a bedroom with two full-bed-style futons on the 1st floor and a luxurious tatami living room on the 2nd overlooking the Hidden Garden. One bathroom.


From the lush greenery just outside the windows to the furnishings designed specifically for comfort,these rooms bring guests one step closer to nature. This double bedroom offers a peaceful sense of intimacy with its mix of relaxed and modern design. The bed is adjacent to the window, allowing guests to enjoy the passage of time visible in the hills of Arashiyama, even while lying down for a respite.

Maximum guests per room : 2
Floor area : 42 – 48 sqm
Cozy room with king-size bed-style futon and a bench sofa by the window. One bathroom.


In this single bedroom, the solo traveler will find the same comforts, privacy, and gorgeous scenery.

Furnished with a large double bed, wide sofa, and writing desk, this room offers a relaxed setting to travelers coming for both business and pleasure. A large window overlooks the surrounding scenery.

Maximum guests per room : 1
Floor area : 33 – 36 sqm
Cozy room with king-size bed-style futon, writing desk, and a bench sofa by the window. Perfect for our single guests to enjoy complete privacy.


Although the surroundings beckon you to rest and total relaxation, it is also an opportunity for all you food lovers to try Kaiseki cuisine.

Chef Ichiro Kubota offers contemporary cuisine which is respectful of Kyoto’s culinary traditions, linking together a succession of elegant and colourful dishes, a tasty journey ingrained with refinement and Japanese precision; a meal which can be enjoyed with one of the sakes on the menu in order to fully follow the Japanese lifestyle.

And when you finish, why not sit in Hoshonya Kyoto lounge bar to sample one of the excellent Japanese whiskies available for tasting? The numerous suggestions will delight whisky lovers and convince novices.


The tea ceremony is certainly the most iconic. Then Hojicha, one kind of Japanese green tea, is prepared in the room accompanied by a traditional delicious pastry, which adds to the charm and refinement of the moment. Let yourself be captivated by the incense ceremony scheduled in the late morning which will teach you a little bit more about the subtlety of the Japanese people.

flower viewing

Thanks to its setting at the foothills of the Arashiyama mountains, the resort is a premium spot for viewing cherry blossom. It is also internationally known for its exceptional kaiseki cuisine. For a week in April, you can combine the two activities, flower viewing and fine dining, by heading to the ryokan’s unique outdoor terrace.


Enjoy sightseeing through the lush bamboo forest in Arashiyama or other temples, taken by a rickshaw. Rickshaws travel between Arashiyama and Sagano, taking visitors through lovely river sights and charming parts of Kyoto otherwise off the beaten track.


Traditionally used to accompany chants and meditation, rin gongs have today been adopted for yoga and other forms of relaxation. Different pitches and tones are used to create physical reverberations that impact the body and mind.

You can take part in early morning worship at a local Buddhist temple, with the rin gong a central part of the ceremony. You’ll have to get up early, but chanting in a small group with a Buddhist monk is something you’re unlikely to forget! And you’ll get to experience the ethereal sound of the rin gong first-hand.



$530 $504/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.


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If the villa of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the villa can be arranged. A villa manager will meet and greet you at the airport ensuring your transfer to the villa is smooth and effortless.
Private tours and boat hire can also be arranged in advance. We will handle the arrangements to collect and return you to your villa after the event. Why not enjoy a fabulous day out and explore the surrounding islands and national marine park on a luxury speed boat?
Book a car with us and have it waiting at your villa when you arrive, we have a wide range of vehicles from a 2 seat Suzuki Jeep to a 7 seat Toyota Fortuner. Price includes comprehensive insurance, unlimited miles, collection and delivery, and optional baby and booster seats.
Prior to your arrival we will send you a food and wine shopping list allowing us to stock the villa with your favorite foods and beverages.
Once on site, your resident villa staff will ensure the villa is kept clean and tidy. Your villa manager is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize island activities, massage and spa treatments, as well as helping communicate requests to the Thai chef and dealing with any matter arising at the villa. Bed linen is changed every third day and towels are changed as necessary. Pool towels are provided and replenished as deemed necessary.
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