Hoshinoya Kyoto: Redefining the Luxury Ryokan

Last Autumn, just after we stayed at Hoshinoya Karuizawa and made a brief detour to Nagano, we arrived at the boat launch for Hoshinoya Kyoto, the latest addition to the luxury modern ryokan (Japanese inn) resort as envisioned by Yoshiharu Hoshino. Stepping onto a specially designed wooden boat, we traveled for just a short distance in a matter of a few minutes, yet the separation from the outside world immediately began. Then, the elegant roof lines of the complex of 16th-century buildings came into view and we noticed two Hoshino staff members standing ready at the boat landing. We knew we were about to experience something unique.

We can’t say enough about this resort — it’s otherworldy. But what surprised us the most was that in the midst of all the pampering in luxurious surroundings, there were also ample opportunities to learn. And this made all the difference — leading to something much deeper. Read more.

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2 Responses to Hoshinoya Kyoto: Redefining the Luxury Ryokan

  1. Lee G says:

    Hello, I love your blog and I love Japan. I lived there for several years and there’s just something about the air or the way the water sounds when it’s moving that makes me connect with this place like no other. I hope to one day go back and visit Hoshinoya Karuizawa. I love the inns on the mountainsides. They are so peaceful and inspire rest and relaxation.

  2. Risa says:

    Hello Lee,

    Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your beautiful memories. I hope you have the chance to go back to Japan soon!