The Hoshinoya Resort in Kyoto, Japan
A 400-Year Tradition
of Classical Elegance
In the past, emperors and aristocrats would build villas in locations that allowed them to revel in the seasonal changes unique to that area. The 17th century tycoon Suminokura Ryoi did the same, constructing an immense mansion by the Oi River that he had come to know well from the trade he conducted along its course. One hundred years ago, this estate was transformed into an inn; today, it is the site of HOSHINOYA Kyoto, a secluded resort providing guest pavilions that overlook the Oi River. Though furnished with contemporary comforts, the pavilions maintain the sense of sophistication cultivated by Suminokura. The woodwork has been washed by Kyoto artisans to restore its original sheen. Bedroom walls are covered with karakami wallpaper, featuring delicate gold patterns that change colors throughout the day. Enchanting compositions of light and shadow are projected around the room by shoji paper sliding doors and subdued lighting. Floor-level sofas face windows that beautifully frame the surrounding nature and its seasonal delights. Each element is designed to enhance the serenity of the area, as well as reflect the quiet elegance of traditional Kyoto design.
Have we discussed the food yet?? You dine privately with a traditional chef who has been training for decades. Everything is fresh and cut by hand. It’s spectacular! It was hard to cut into it….you’ll see what I mean as you look at the different courses. We dined for 4 hours……a LOT of Sake was consumed (they pair their Sake much like we pair Wine) You can see in later photos……”someone” has had more than their share of “tasting”!
As you walk to the restaurant, you notice the only lighting used are soft lanterns…..it’s breathtaking! They REALLY do have the “zen” thing down to an art.
This is the type of resort you go to once and talk about for a lifetime. The location is something you do NOT forget. Aquamarine-colored water in the river rocks below seems to glow by moonlight.
I am providing a link just in case you want to add this to your 2019 Bucket List! It’s worth the trip. We have this on our “repeat” list.
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