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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 7 May 2015

We visited Kyoto to see the history and culture of the city. We booked 3 nights in the Ritz Carlton ( outstanding hotel) and our travel agent told us we should experience a Ryokan hotel - it was a mistake in Kyoto. We stayed in another Ryokan - Aburaya Tousen - Snow Monkey territory which ticked the box! The other...

3Thank Adder26
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

This hotel blends Japanese style and hospitality with modern comfort perfectly. The service was flawless - the boat transport to the hotel, the in-room orientation and check-in, in-hotel dining and personalised service were impeccable. The small, discrete touches made our stay so special: beautiful tea (and tea sets) in the rooms, a selection of atmospheric music to play in your...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 April 2015

The beautiful site on a fast flowing river is relaxing and restful, especially if you are lucky enough to have a room looking directly onto it. The boat trip up and down would be a drag if you stayed longer than a couple of nights, but we didn't and so thought it magical. Service was full of bowing but execution...

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Warsaw, Poland
Reviewed 13 April 2015

It was our romantic escape. Just few kilometres outside Arashiyama (Kyoto famous district), in the forest; accessible via private shuttle boat. Perfect welcome with traditional music, tea preparing celebration and sweets. Very attentive staff. Quite delicious, full of choice breakfast (European or Japanese style) and exceptional restaurant. Room 6/6 Bath 6/6 Location 6/6 Breakfast 5/6 Value 3/6

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Reviewed 26 March 2015

This is a fabulously beautiful, peaceful place in the bustle of Kyoto - easy walking to all the sights in Arishiyama - otherwise close to the subway (walking distance off the boat), although we took taxis for convenience (apart from Arishiyama). We had a wonderful room (one-bedroom) overlooking the Ooi river with the sounds and sights (deer) every morning and...

2Thank SunnyRCToronto
Reviewed 16 March 2015

We arrived here, on the banks of the serene Oigawa river, by private boat. This fabulous resort, a renovated 100-year-old hostelry, blends Japanese culture with modern comforts (e.g., automatic toilet seat). Yuri, our gracious, English-speaking host, discussed our “itinerary”: tea ceremony, incense burning ceremony, and booked a kaiseki dinner, which was superb and room service breakfast was also incredible--lost count...

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 26 February 2015

Certainly, this is a pretty resort. But, oddly, I didn't like it. Hoshinoya is modern ryokan. Very sleek, stylish looking rooms that blend a modern hotel bathroom plucked from the Mandarin Oriental or Grand Hyatt with tatamis and futons. The grounds of the property are equally stylish, sleek, and manicured, even if they are small. The setting is attractive, but...

10Thank Ray F
Launceston, Australia
Reviewed 28 January 2015

Waking up and looking out across the gorge was like living in our own Japanese painting - especially on the misty morning when the deer came down to the river. The boat ride to the hotel is very charming, but sometimes a brisk walk was what was needed. The service was at all times thoughtful and professional. The dinners were...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 6 January 2015

I stayed at this hotel in late November and had a fabulous time! The hotel is located on a gorgeous river and all of the rooms have amazing views. It's a bit expensive, but definitely worth it for a one of a kind experience. The boat ride to and from the hotel is beautiful! It was a little chilly in...

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 30 December 2014 via mobile

This Ryokan came highly recommended. The boat ride to the accommodation quickly wore thin with its monotonously slow speed. The service road, a pedestrian footpath actually was quicker on foot and certainly by the 'hotel' small minibus. The staff seemed over worked and even though we gave a schedule of the times and they told us what time we needed...

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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Kyoto's famed craftsmanship and celebrated history pervade every inch of this fully restored century-old property, from the woodblock-print designs in guestrooms to the refined Kaiseki meals, landscaped grounds, and timeless setting in Arashiyama, a former playground of cour nobles. ... more   less 

Additional Information about HOSHINOYA Kyoto

Address: 11-2 Genrokuzancho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0007, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Western Kyoto
Price Range: ₹ 23,613 - ₹ 81,553 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — HOSHINOYA Kyoto 4*
Number of rooms: 25
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“We had a basic room and I believe going up one level would have made a considerable difference. All of the rooms are river facing.”
 of 5 bubbles MrMrsJim, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“We appreciated the river-view room that we booked -- the view was spectacular.”
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“I think all rooms have the same great river view”
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“Restaurants in town closes around 7:30.”
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“Our room, not the most expensive-a tani room, was perfect.”
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