Hoshinoya Kyoto 星のや京都

Arashiyama (嵐山) is one of my favorite places in Kyoto.  And along the riverside stands the amazing Hoshinoya Kyoto (星のや京都).  I was so spoiled that I got to celebrate my birthday there in 2015.

The check-in experience was quite unique.  We were met at the dock by a concierge who then summoned a boat to take us up the Hozu-gawa to our retreat.  Upon our arrival we were welcomed by live zen music.

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Exquisite Kyoto delicacies were awaiting us at the guest room.  The guest rooms are located in a renovated ryokan inn that was built 100 years ago on the former premises of Kyoto business tycoon Suminokura Ryoi’s private residence. It was modernized just enough to ensure a pleasant stay without sacrificing the heart of traditional Japanese architecture.

This is exactly what I love about Kyoto, the perfect mix of old and new Japan.  And Hoshinoya made the best interpretation.

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Enjoying sakura tea in front of sakura tree.  Bliss.

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I cherished the quiet and serene moments fostered by shakyo (写経)

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Day perfecting his tree pose at the Zen rock garden.

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Kaiseki (懐石) dinner was like an art show.

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Every dish was so beautifully presented.

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Enjoying a sip of tea, looking up at the star-smeared sky, and getting lost in the midst of time~

What’s better than ending the day with an in-room shiatsu massage?  Sorry I didn’t manage to take a picture of it 😉

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The in-room breakfast was a feast on its own.  Only the freshest and seasonal ingredients were used to prepare the 若竹と桜鯛の香春鍋.  

It was such a wonderful experience at Hoshinoya Kyoto.  We would definitely be back, during the momiji season!

In fact, we are planning to goto Hoshinoya Karuizawa 星のや軽井沢 in Fall 2017.  Stay tuned.