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Hoshinoya Kyoto ryokan (traditional inn) is located on the banks of the Ooigawa river in the scenic Arashiyama area on the outskirts of the fascinating city of Kyoto. Devoid of high rise buildings and with its beautiful Togetsukyo Bridge and Tenryuji Temple, this area of Kyoto is a real taste of the old capital.
The Hoshinoya brand was already famous within Japan for its traditional yet modern inn located in the mountains of Karuizawa near Nagano, but the renovated 100 year-old hostelry in Kyoto is another step up entirely. In keeping with Japanese traditions of hospitality and stemming from a desire to create a peaceful and luxurious retreat, each of the Japanese style rooms enjoys views of the river and the near-rural surroundings and is comfortably appointed with modern fittings in a traditional setting of hand-block wallpaper and sliding doors.
The ryokan has its own gardens as well as a library lounge stocked with books about Kyoto from where guests can enjoy further views over the river and surrounding mountains. The English speaking staff are happy to advise on what to see in town and the cuisine, both Japanese and western, is of the highest quality.
Why we love it
The ryokan offers the best of world - it's still within easy reach of the city centre but overlooks genuine countryside where you might catch a glimpse of monkeys and deer.