The luxury Japanese resort “Hoshinoya” is themed around taking a break from the modern world, and is launching overseas in Bali!
Hoshino Resorts holds locations throughout Japan, including at Karuizawa, Kyoto, Taketomi Island, Fuji and Tokyo. It will be establishing a new addition to its line of resorts on overseas for the first time on Friday January 1st, 2017 in Bali, Indonesia. The resort, named “Hoshinoya Bali”, will be set up in the town of Ubud and will embrace Bail’s art and culture.
Hoshinoya is based around the concept of escaping from the modern world, a place with no TVs and where you can spend time relaxing from your busy days and forget about any problems. Even in Japan, the word of the new establishment is talked about as something extraordinary.
“Hoshinoya Bali” is the first overseas sight from the famous company. It will be connected to the traditional Bali villa beside the World Heritage Site “Subak”. It’s a special location where you can enter the emerald green pools for the villa. Experience Japan’s well-known “hospitality” service at Hoshinoya Bali.
Address: Br. Pengembungan, Desa Pejeng Kangin, Kecamatan Tampaksiring, Gianyar 80552 Bali, Indonesia
Rooms: 30 (villa type)
Check-in: 15:00／Check-out: 12:00
Price: 1 Night in 1 Room from ￥70,000
How to get there: 70 minutes from Denpasar International Airport by car
Hoshinoya Bali Website: http://hoshinoyabali.com/
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Experience Kyoto Culture in Arashiyama With HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s New Hotel Plan
19.May.2020 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Kyoto has introduced a new hotel plan in an attempt to bring a little luxury into people’s lives and lift their spirit during this stressful time. The plan will have people going to Arashiyama to experience a bit of Kyoto culture and hospitality to lift their mood.
You will board a small boat located at the port near the hotel entrance and be taken to your private room. During your sail, you will be able to soak in the gorgeous sights of nature all around. Check-in is being carried out in guest rooms, meaning you won’t have to come into contact with other guests.
You have arrived at your room. HOSHINOYA Kyoto is located in Arashiyama which was formerly a holiday home destination for the Heian aristocrats. There are 25 rooms inside the garden, all of which look out onto the Ōi River. When you slide the window open, you can feel the gentle wind sweep through the valleys. Guest room walls are plastered with beautiful traditional kyokarakami wallpaper and fitted with HOSHINOYA Kyoto-original tatami sofas. Each and every part of the rooms are imbued with Kyoto culture. The rooms are not only comfortable and provide you with everything you need, but also offer a luxurious stay.
Inside your room, there are sutras which can be used for sutra copying, known as sakyou in Japanese, as well as equipment for making matcha to enjoy your own private tea ceremony without having to worry about the tradition’s strict rooms. It’s your very own private Kyoto cultural experience without having to worry about other people.
Dinner can be enjoyed in the main dining hall or in your room. The dining hall is fitted with semi-private booths where you can enjoy a seasonal Arashiyama 9 course kaiseki-ryori dinner with rice, vegetables, a special bento assortment, and more. For breakfast you can enjoy a morning hot pot which uses a special dashi stock packed full of seasonal veggies.
There are also activities to enjoy Kyoto’s breathtaking green outdoors. Mosquito nets made from Japanese red cedar are provided under which you can take part in a stretch routine which uses breathing techniques and meditation.
Outdoor activities are severely restricted right now as a result of COVID-19, but HOSHINOYA Kyoto has made it so you don’t have to do much moving around at all while still enjoying the fruits of nature.
Kyoto Culture in Arashiyama (Japanese Hotel Plan Name: 奥嵐山で京文化に触れる久しぶりの優雅な一日)
From ¥50,100 per night (Includes dinner/2 people 1 room/service charge and tax not included)
From ¥50,100 per night (Includes dinner and breakfast in dining hall/2 people 1 room/service charge and tax not included)
Goldfish Bar to Open at HOSHINOYA Kyoto For a Limited Time This Summer
07.March.2020 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s Salon & Bar KURA is being transformed into the new Kingyo Bar (“Goldfish Bar”) for a limited time from July 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020. HOSHINOYA is a chain of luxury ryokan managed by Hoshino Resorts with the Kyoto branch located in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
The gorgeous new Kingyo Bar submerges guests amongst schools of fish, and takes on the Japanese custom of “cooling off,” with goldfish bowls hanging gracefully from the ceiling. Customers will be able to feel cooled off as they observe the goldfish during the summer evenings deep in Arashiyama.
Enjoy the cool evenings of Arashiyama
HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s goal is for people to fully enjoy the ancient capital’s summertime, hence the revamp of Salon & Bar KURA into Kingyo Bar. Fish bowls will dangle from the ceiling, which will swim elegantly, their forms illuminated by the warm light of the lamps. Customers can enjoy watching the goldfish dance while sipping on one of the bar’s original cocktails.
Arashiyama is known for its history as a summer resort for the Imperial Household during the Heian Period. Since ancient times, watching goldfish has long been a creative way of cooling down from the heat of summer amongst the people of Kyoto, and you’ll get to do just that at Kingyo Bar.
See traditional crafts come to life as you admire the fish
The goldfish suspended on long string in their fishbowls are strung in such a way to meet your gaze. Enjoy the twinkling light reflecting from the bowls while the goldfish, with their cute round bodies and long fins, swim around in their cool water.
Sip on cocktails
Two original cocktails will be served: the Ukikusa (“Floating Weed”) and the Kyo-kago (“Kyoto Fawn”). The Ukikusa includes a crushed jelly made from Japanese pepper tree buds and mint and is topped off with a lemon liqueur and sparkling wine. The flavour and fragrance of the wine comes through after the refreshing notes of citrus fruits and herbs. The Kyo-kago includes a yoghurt granita and a strawberry and red shiso liqueur. This is combined with Bikkuri Gyoten, a foamed junmaishu.
Catch shadow goldfish to take home
Try your hand at catching goldfish with this fun game. Japanese paper is layered over the top of a fish tank to create a shadow effect. Goldfish scooping is a staple of Japanese summer festivals, and this version puts a spin on the game.
Running: July 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
Price: Free Entry / Drinks from ¥1,000 (tax and service charge charged separately)
Reservations: Not required
Location: Salon & Bar KURA (HOSHINOYA Kyoto)
Opening Hours: 21:00-23:30
For: Guests of HOSHINOYA Kyoto only
Official Website (English): https://hoshinoya.com/en/
HOSHINOYA Guguan Chosen as Best New Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure Magazine
26.February.2020 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Guguan, a ryokan in Taiwan managed by Japanese ryokan operator Hoshino Resorts, was picked as one of Travel + Leisure’s “The Best New Hotels in the World (The It List)” on February 20, 2020.
Travel + Leisure is a New York-based travel magazine. “The Best New Hotels in the World (The It List)” shines a light on hotels around the world that have newly-opened or have been renovated that year.
HOSHINOYA Guguan opened on June 30, 2019 as the first Taiwan-based luxury hot spring resort produced by Hoshino Resorts, which manages 41 branches outside Japan. It is also the second overseas branch of the company’s “HOSHINOYA” brand, whose concept is “taking a break from the modern world.” It’s located on the outskirts of Taichung in Guguan which is home to natural hot springs. There, it co-exists and blends in naturally with the landscape. All guest rooms have open-air baths, so guests can enjoy the warm water together with the breeze in a spacious environment. They also offer various programs for guests to enjoy Guguan’s culture and natural environment.
If you’re planning a trip to Taichung, why not consider staying with HOSHINOYA Guguan?
Address: 424, Taiwan, Taichung City, Heping District, 東關路一段溫泉巷16號
TEL: 0570-073-066 (HOSHINOYA Booking Centre)
Experience Tokyo’s Cherry Blossoms at Night With Rickshaw and Boat Rides
08.February.2020 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Tokyo, a ryokan accommodation in the centre of Tokyo, has announced an exciting new plan for guests this spring season. Titled “Tokyo Yozakurabune Asobi,” the plan gives guests the chance to enjoy city’s cherry blossoms under the night sky from the seat of a rickshaw and from a boat ride. It’s running from March 25 to April 10 this year.
Observe Tokyo’s nightscape and cherry blossoms from the Sumida River
The departing site for the boat ride is located at Nihombashi Pier, just a 5-minute car ride from HOSHINOYA Tokyo. This 60-minute night cruise begins at the pier before floating across the Sumda River. Passengers will be able to to set their gaze on a multitude of Tokyo’s many beautiful cherry blossom spots, including along the coast of Tsukuda and along Oyokogawa River, amongst others.
While aboard the boat, you can enjoy tucking into a spring coloured hanami bento box and sipping on sparkling Japanese sake. Your meal will provide the perfect accompaniment to the enchanting sights your eyes will be treated to, from the dusk-basked cherry blossoms to the reflection of the city lights on the water surface.
Hanami flower viewing on a boat – a tradition since the Edo Period
When Tokyo was known as Edo, its former name used until 1868, the city thrived as a Mizu no Miyako, or “Water Metropolis” due to its sophisticated water transportation system which enabled the carrying of people and goods. During this time, the people of Edo enjoyed the waterside in many different ways. One of these was Fune Asobi, or “pleasure boating,” where people would enjoy the nature along the shore throughout the four seasons. In spring, cherry blossoms would bloom along the Sumida River where some of the official buildings of the Tokugawa Shogunate were located. The Bakufu also incentivized pleasure trips of the masses, and so people would enjoy Hanami, or flower-viewing, from the boats.
HOSHINOYA Tokyo has recreated this experience to not only pay homage to the activities of Edo, but to let people enjoy a luxurious time away from everyday life.
1: Peer at the nighttime cherry blossoms and Tokyo’s evening scenes from your pleasure boat
Your boat ride will take you to the best spots to see the cherry blossoms on that particular day. As night falls, you’ll also get to see some of Tokyo’s most famous tourist spots light up, like Tokyo Skytree and Eitai Bridge. Riverboat Mizuha, who operate the boat, will provide guests with a guide who will give them an insight into the history of the bridges, towns, and surrounding sights.
2: Overhead cherry blossoms fill your vision on the rickshaw
Experience Hanami like never before with HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s rickshaw ride. Your journey begins at the ryokan and ends at Nihombashi Pier. This one-way 30-minute trip will take you to some breathtaking cherry blossom sites, including Edozakura-dori Street which is home to many historical buildings such as the Bank of Japan.
3: Hanami bento and sake provided by a longstanding shop
In the evening, enjoy tucking into a decorative Hanami bento made by Shin-Kaika, a long-standing restaurant in Kanda Myoujinshita by Kanda Myoujin Shrine. The colourful and light-tasting assortment includes cherry blossom pink sea bream kombu, as well as sushi rice seasoned with kurozu. Your meal will also be paired with delicious sparkling Japanese sake. On the way back, you can also enjoy matcha and tea-flavoured confections.
Optional: Rent a springtime kimono and have it fitted on you
For those looking to spend and even more special time out this spring in Japan, they can rent a silk kimono and have it fitted onto them. You select it beforehand and it is put on you at HOSHINOYA Tokyo. They will also do your hair and makeup. And if you have it all fitted early, you can spend the day walking around Tokyo seeing the cherry blossoms. You must book to choose and have a kimono fitted. Prices start upward from ¥50,000 per person.
Tokyo Yozakurabune Asobi
Running: March 25, 2020 – April 10, 2020
Time: 17:30-19:15 (Boat ride is 60-minutes)
Meeting Place: Nihombashi Pier
No. of People: 1 group per day of 2-4 people
Price: Two People ¥102,000 / Three People ¥132,000 / Four People ¥142,000 (Tax, service charge and accommodation price not included)
Includes: Night Cruise, Rickshaw Ride, Hanami Bento, Sparkling Sake, Tea Sweets, Matcha
Bookings: Must be made up to 14 days before your selection date from the official website
Note: Exclusive to guests of HOSHINOYA Tokyo
*Schedule and content subject to change
*Depending on the bloom rate of the cherry blossoms, there is a chance they may not be seen on certain days
*Price of transport from the pier to HOSHINOYA Tokyo not included
Official Website: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/en
Chat and Eat Japanese Sweets With a Real Maiko at Hoshinoya Kyoto
Hoshinoya Kyotoーa Japanese inn in Arashiyama where all rooms offer a river viewーhas announced a new event titled “Maiko Salon” which will run next year from February 4 to March 4 which offers female guests the chance to chat with a maiko (an apprentice geisha).
Maiko Salon is a women-only get-together that offers female guests to chat casually with a real maiko. The clothes that a maiko wears, including the kanzashi ornate hairpin, kimono, obi sash, obidome sash clip, okobo footwearーeverything, from head to toeーis carefully crafted by an expert artisan. This is why maiko have been called “walking pieces of traditional craftsmanship.” At the Maiko Salon, you have the opportunity to wear such craft made in Kyoto and enjoy a sophisticated womanly party.
For example, the table runners are made with Nishijin-ori, a type of fabric made in Kyoto’s district of Nishijin that has a history spanning over 1,000 years. The walls will also be decorated with obi cloth art panels with Maiko motifs.
Learn all about the Hanamachi geisha district through womanly conversation
Being entertained by geisha, known in Japanese as Ozashiki Asobi, is associated with maiko and geisha serving and entertaining men, and as being very private and inaccessible without being introduced by someone else. But since 2018, Hoshinoya Kyoto has been holding this women-only occasion for women to learn more about the culture in a casual environment. It’s a chance to learn more about maiko and their lifestyle through womanly topics like skincare, makeup and so on. There will also be a dance performance, after which attendees can ask about the practises of a maiko, what they think of their work, and so on.
Edible Kanzashi Ornate Hairpins
An original Japanese confection made to look like kanzashi ornate hairpins has been whipped up in 5 flavours by Kameya Yoshinaga, a long-standing Japanese confectionery maker which first opened almost 200 years ago. Enjoy together with sparkling wine during your time with the maiko.
Running: February 4, 2020 – March 4, 2020 (Not running on select days)
Bookings: Not required
Location: Salon & Bar Kura (Hoshinoya Kyoto)
Time: 16:00-17:00 (Maiko dance held twice daily)
Includes: Conversation with maiko, maiko performance, Japanese confection, sparkling wine
For: Guests at Hoshinoya Kyoto only (Men can also participate)
Notes: Times and days subject to change on certain days. The confections are also subject to change.
Hoshinoya Kyoto Official Website: https://hoshinoya.com/en/
Taste Local Shaved Ice Around Japan at Hoshino Resorts KAI
15.May.2019 | FOOD
Hoshino Resorts KAI is set to hold a shaved ice event titled KAI no Gotochi Kakigori 2019 at several branches of KAI from July 13 to August 31. The event will allow people to enjoy tasting the different syrups and toppings served with shaved ice in each local area.
Shaved ice is a staple of Japanese summertime. People in Japan have enjoyed the ice-based dessert for many years. It is even mentioned in The Pillow Book, a famous collection of poems, essays and observations by the court lady Sei Shōnagon.
KAI’s line-up of original shaved ice both ensures you will pull through the hot weather as the dessert was designed for while enjoying a fun time. Each option incorporates local flavours. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Wine Shaved Ice – KAI Matsumoto (Asama Onsen, Nagano Prefecture)
Kikyogahara located in Nagano Prefecture’s city of Matsumoto is known as the birthplace of Nagano wine. At Hoshino KAI Matsumoto they serve around 50 types of wine from Kikyogahara. The shaved ice you can get at KAI Matsumoto is lathered in a syrup made from just one of those wines: the fruity Concorde. The shaved ice is served in handmade ceramic grape bowls. The alcohol has been removed from the syrup so that the shaved ice can be enjoyed by everyone.
Location: Lobby (*Can be ordered by children)
NEW Hydrangea Shaved Ice – KAI Hakone (Miyanoshita Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Because the Hakone area is elevated hydrangea bloom for a longer period of time than other places. Trains along the Hakone Tozan Line are dubbed “Hydrangea Trains” when the flowers are blossomed as passengers can enjoy gazing at the flowers from their window seats. This shaved ice is made with blue hydrangea flavoured jelly and syrup to recreate the hydrangeas of Hakone.
Serving: 15:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)
NEW Hanairo Shaved Ice: KAI Ito (Ito Onsen, Shizuoka Prefecture)
The city of Ito has a warm climate and so locals and tourists can expect to enjoy seeing many different flowers sprout through all four seasons. The Hanairo (“flower colour”) Shaved Ice captures the flowers that bloom around Ito from early to late summertime. The yellow represents the hypericum patulum, the pink the Abelia linnaea, and the blue the hydrangea that bloom in profusion by Matsukawa Lake.
Serving: 15:30-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)
Location: Yuagari (the spot where you get out of the bath)
NEW Apple Shaved Ice – KAI Alps (Omachi Onsen, Nagano Prefecture)
Nagano is famous for its apple production. This shaved ice is made with three types of apple. Two types of syrup are concealed by ice: one that has an apple flesh-like texture and another made with fruity Bramley apples. Enjoy tasting the different flavours of each individual apple.
Serving: 15:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)
Location: Irori (the sunken fireplace)
NEW Art Shaved Ice – KAI Sengokuhara (Sengokuhara Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Lots of art museums surround KAI Sengokuhara, and so to stick with the theme, this DIY shaved ice is served blank like a canvas and you get to decorate it yourself with different coloured syrups. Use spoons that look like brushes to paint on strawberry and orange coloured syrups to mix and match various flavours. The tools were handmade by glass artist Hiroshi Hamadate of ipada.
Location: Restaurant and lobby
Kaga Bocha Tea Shaved Ice – KAI Kaga (Yamashiro Onsen, Ishikawa Prefecture)
Kaga Boach is a type of tea that has been adored since the Edo period for its aromatic smell and refreshing taste. This shaved ice is topped with Kaga Bocha syrup and gold leaf and is eaten from kutani-ware to give it a traditional feeling.
Location: Travel Library
Blueberry Shaved Ice – KAI Kinugawa (Kinugawa Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture)
Tochigi is famous for its Ai Ichigo blueberries, and now you can enjoy them topped on shaved ice together with blueberry syrup. The prefecture is visited by many tourists and sightseers to go to pick blueberries in the summer. The syrup has pieces of fresh blueberry in it to retain the original sweet and sour flavour.
Cool yourself down this summer in Japan with one of these many tasty local shaved ices.
KAI no Gotochi Kakigori 2019
Running: July 13, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Location: Respective Hoshino Resorts KAI branches
TEL: 0570-073-011 (KAI Reservation Centre)
Official Website: https://www.hoshinoresorts.com/en/brand/kai/
Sip champagne and cruise along the riverside with Hoshinoya Tokyo’s guest plan!
12.March.2019 | SPOT
Enjoy a refreshing morning overlooking a beautiful riverside scenery whilst sipping champagne and tucking into freshly baked goods when you stay at Hoshinoya Tokyo hotel. The hotel is running their Tokyo summer morning boat plan “Tokyo natsu no asa no fune asobi” again this year. The plan will run from 1st June to 10th September.
The Tokyo summer boat departs from Kachidoki Bridge, Harumi (Chuo Ward). This is just a 10-minute drive from Tokyo. The boat travels from Sumida river to Kameji river, stopping by “Cawaii Bread and Coffee”, which is located along the riverside. A wooden box containing the morning breakfast sets are carried off the boat and into the shop. After customers enjoy the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens, they can sip champagne and enjoy their freshly baked bread alongside salad, cheese and other ingredients that are fresh off the farm.
Edo no Machi (Edo Town) was born as the “town of water” because it specialised in high-quality boats that carried people and goods. The rivers became the heart of Edo no Machi as markets and shops started building around them. The area started to overflow with prosperity and many people visited to enjoy themselves. You can enjoy the wealth of Edo no Machi throughout the seasons from this boat!
Enjoy freshly chilled champagne
The breakfast includes freshly baked crispy croissants and danish pastries from “Cawaii Bread and Coffee”, which is located along Hatchobori Kamejima river. The breakfast also comes with cheese and yoghurt sourced from Kibichuo, Okayama, jams made in Japan, and much more!
You can still see many features along the canal that remain from the old days of the Edo period. You will be accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide on the boat, who will explain the unseen to you as you travel, giving you the chance to uncover a whole new side to Tokyo.
Gaze upon Toyosa market from the boat and learn about the history of Tsukuda market ー there is just so much to tickle your curiosity!
Treat yourself to an elegant boat ride and delicious breakfast!
Tokyo natsu no asa no fune asobi
Running: 1st June ー 10th September 2019 (Not running on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays).
Running time: 07:00 ー 09:00 (90-minute ride).
Prices: 2 people ￥103,000, 3 people ￥118,000, 4 people ￥132,000 (+ additional 10% tax & service charge, accomodation fee not included).
Reservations: Reserve 14 days prior to travel on the official website.
This is only available to Hoshinoya Tokyo guests only.
＊ Guests are responsible for making their own way to the departure point.
＊ The schedule and contents of the boat trip plan are subject to change.
Hoshinoya official website: https://hoshinoya.com/
Hoshinoya Bali Ranks in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List 2018”
04.May.2018 | SPOT
Hoshinoya is a luxury hotel chain from Japan. Their hotel branch in Bali, Indonesia made it into Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List 2018 which was announced on May 1.
Condé Nast Traveler is a famous US travel magazine, and their ‘Hot List’ selects newly opened hotels of that year from around the world that have received the highest amount of praise.
They publish the latest news regarding hotels, restaurants and shopping and boast a monthly circulation of around 810,000.
Hoshinoya Bali opened on January 20, 2017 in the town of Ubud, the center of Bali’s art and culture. The hotel has 30 rooms and spans across a huge area close to 3 hectares where they have 3 pools that replicate the canals, as well as 30 villas with direct access to those pools. The location is enveloped and lavish in Ubud’s grand natural environment.
If you’re planning a trip to Indonesia, then get the best of Bali’s culture at Hoshinoya Bali.
Seven “experience spring” plans of “Hoshinoya” throughout Japan
Hoshino Resort is an accommodation brand which has more than 30 accommodations throughout Japan including “onsen” accommodations called, “Kai,” resort hotels called, “Resonale,” and Japanse-style resort hotels called “Hoshinoya.” In this article, I will introduce to you some experience-based plans to enjoy the spring season produced by “Hoshinoya.”
Hoshinoya Karuizawa “Datsu Digital Taizai 2018”
“Hoshinoya Karuizawa” located it Nagano Prefecture, Karuizawa will hold a three-day and two-night program of enjoying the nature in Karuizawa without carrying any digital gadgets called “Datsu Digital Taizai 2018” from the 1st of March, 2018 to the 20th of July. Most people in this modern age are using PCs and smartphones daily and some of them are building up stress inside their mind. This program offers an experience of enjoying the nature of Karuizawa and playing with horses so as to release the stress of the participators.
Hoshinoya Tokyo “Tokyo / Yozakura Fune Asobi”
“Hoshinoya Tokyo” will hold an activity titled, “Tokyo Yozakura Fune Asobi” where participators can enjoy the night view of cherry blossoms while riding on a boat and going on a night cruise from the 25th of March to the 10th of April. The boat will depart from Nihonbashi (bridge) which is 5 minutes by car from Hoshinoya Tokyo and pass Sumida River, Tajima Coast and Oyokogawa where they can view beautiful cherry blossoms. This is a 60- minute boat tour. The contrast between cherry blossoms and the night view of Tokyo is magical and superb. Also, participators can wear light-colored clothes and do up their hair. Let’s enjoy the night view and the cherry blossoms viewed from a boat while eating a bento box-lunch of “Shin Kaika” and drinking nihonsyu (Japanese sake).
Hoshinoya Fuji “Haru no Syuryoniku Dinner”
“Hoshinoya Fuji” located in Yamanashi Prefecture will offer “Haru no Syuryoniku Dinner” which is an experience based on a “Dutch-oven dinner” course from the 16th of March 2018 to the 30th of June. This dinner is a spring version of the dinner course that uses “venison” and “brawn” and other spring ingredients. The course is very healthy since it uses lots of wild vegetables and spring vegetables.
Hoshinoya Kyoto “Takeno Yusan”
“Hoshinoya Kyoto,” an accommodation located in Arashiyama, Kyoto with a beautiful river-view, will hold a program called, “Takenoko Yusan” where you can harvest takenokos (bamboo sprouts), then learn how to cook them and eat them from the 25th of March 2018 to the 15th of April. In this program, you can enjoy harvesting takenokos in mountain bamboo groves where you cannot normally enter. After harvesting takenokos, you can enjoy eating dishes using the takenokos you harvested at your evening meal at Hoshinoya Kyoto. Then, on the next day, you can participate in the workshop held by the head chef of Hoshinoya Kyoto and learn how to cook takenoko. It is a program where you can enjoy learning about the harvesting of takenoko which is a standard ingredient of Kyoto cuisine.
Hoshinoya Kyoto “Okuarashiyama no Hanami Toryu”
This is also a program offered by Hoshinoya Kyoto. Four cherry-blossom viewing activities will be held from the 25th of March 2018 to the 15th of April. You can enjoy the view of Okuarashiyama by participating in the event called, “Harutsuyu no Noyusan,” an early-morning hiking where you can enjoy the view of Okuarashiyama from the observation deck, “Sakurabune” where you can enjoy the view of cherry blossoms while riding on a boat, “Sakura Chakai” where you can enjoy a tea party in front of Yamazakura and “Yozakura Dinner” where you can enjoy eating dinner in front of the lit up cherry blossoms of Okuarashiyama.
Hoshinoya Kyoto “Mizube no Kojitsu / Haru”
They will hold an accomodation-based spa program “Mizube no Kojitsu / Haru” from the 1st of March 2018 to the 31st of May. “Mizube no Kojitsu” is a two-day and one-night personal spa program” based on Eastern medicine. Also, this program includes another program of learning how to make healthy Japanese desserts from artisans. Moreover, they will offer a time where the participants can refresh their body and mind by offering herb roots/tree bark teas, acupuncture treatment and a lecture on body exercise.
Hoshinoya Taketomijima “Iriomote Jungle Butler / Haru”
“Hoshinoya Taketomijima” located on Taketom Island, Okinawa will hold an activity tour which a jungle guide of Iriomote Island (a person who knows well about the island” will guide the participants around the island. The content and schedule of the tour can be decided at will with the jungle guide. You can experience the tropical jungle of Iriomote Island while staying at Taketomi Island where the traditional culture of Okinawa still remains such as red tile, shiisa (lion shaped monuments) and white sand roads.
Let’s enjoy the gorgeous accommodation plans of Hoshino Resort.
HOSHINOYA Fuji: Escape Technology & Learn About Mount Fuji Teachings in Aokigahara
24.January.2018 | SPOT
Japan’s first luxury glamping resort HOSHINOYA Fuji is holding an overnight experience-based program titled “Tamashii Kiyomeru Datsu Digital Taizai” between April 1st and June 30th. Guests will stay for 3 days and 2 nights on this program.
The “Digital Taizai” series that HOSHINOYA offers allows guests to get away from their everyday electronics such as smart phones and computers – something which we have become dependent on – and revitalize and refresh their mind, body and soul. The next entry to the series at HOSHINOYA Fuji offers an original program that incorporates the teachings of Fujisan Shinkou, or religious faith in Mount Fuji. People today live in a stressful digital age, so to combat that, this plan enables people to stay at the base of Mount Fuji to restore their mind and body and give them the energy to pursue the chase of tomorrow.
The Teachings of ‘Rokkon Shoujo’ & De-Digitalizing at HOSHINOYA Fuji
The program is centered around the teachings of rokkon shoujo preached by mountain ascetics of Mount Fuji. Rokkon describes our five base senses – sight, sound smell, taste, touch – plus a sixth sense of mind or consciousness. According to the teachings, each of these are exposed to bad influence and dirt, so the practice of rokkon shoujo aims to cleanse and purify them.
The program helps people living in the city ease their stresses and worries by combining an overnight stay surrounded by nature with rokkon shoujo.
Since last year, the staff at HOSHINOYA Fuji have enhanced the experience even more since last year; you will now be able to deepen your knowledge of rokkon shoujo by hearing talks from actual mountain ascetics of Mount Fuji.
The main portion of the program is made up of trekking and meditation which will take place in the Aokigahara forest northwest of Mount Fuji. The land that the forest sits on was born from the Jōgan eruption of Mount Fuji back in 864. Vegetation made a revival across the expanse in 1100.
Generally, Aokigahara, also known as the “Sea of Trees,” is often labelled a dark and dangerous place, but the forest in fact has a promenade that stretches through unrivalled, rich vegetation and a lush green environment. HOSHINOYA Fuji aims to eliminate the dark image of the forest by exploring its mysterious expanse.
Concentrating on the flavours of ingredients in a specially prepared meal
Once the trek has been completed, guests will return to HOSHINOYA Fuji and enjoy a relaxing meal. So that you can focus on the flavours the ingredients hold, the resort will prepare a very special and simply made breakfast using only seasonal vegetables and rice.
You will taste springtime vegetables and edible wild plants raw or steamed one by one with just a little salt. The rice is made with the gentle mountain water cooked for you personally there and then. The seasoning is extremely simple, but your senses will have been sharpened by the trek back in the Sea of Trees, so you should be able to enjoy the complex flavours and smells of the ingredients.
Your Sea of Trees tour guide is an expert on Mount Fuji
The guide that will take you through the sea of trees is an expert on Mount Fuji, having climbed to the top of the mountain over 600 times. As well as guiding you on the trekking tour, they are also versed in the teachings of rokko shoujo and the history of Mount Fuji ascetics so can teach you everything there is to know.
Escape from your electronics and experience an extraordinary event at HOSHINOYA Fuji.
Experience Hoshinoya Tokyo’s Nighttime Cherry Blossom Boat Cruise
21.January.2018 | SPOT
Roll up to Japan’s luxury resort Hoshinoya Tokyo this spring and enjoy a picturesque night cruise surrounded by cherry blossoms. “Tokyo Yozakurabune Asobi” will be held from March 25th to April 10th.
During the Edo period, canals were built to transport people and goods via boats. Wholesale stores and markets were born from this, centered around transportation over the waters, and the town became more lively due to the establishment of more restaurants. The “Tokyo Yozakurabune Asobi” activity offered by Hoshinoya hopes to replicate that same Edo feeling in modern-day Tokyo.
The boat will depart from Nihombashi Pier, just 5 minutes away from Hoshinoya Tokyo by car. The cruise will last 60 minutes and take you across Nihonbashi River and over to Sumida River. During that time, you’ll be able to soak up the breathtaking view of cherry blossoms at nighttime along the coast of Tsukuda Island and Oyoko-gawa River. The cherry blossoms stand out against the twilight and reflect against the shimmering water together with the buildings of the city, creating a truly magical scene. Dress up in a kimono decorated in the colours of spring and style your hair and make-up for an even more immersive experience. While enjoying a visually striking hanami (flower-viewing) bento courtesy of Shin-Kaika in Myojinshita Kandagawa and sake, you’ll be able to take in the city’s nightscape and dreamy cherry blossoms.
Gaze the gorgeous cherry blossoms and glittery sight of Tokyo
When evening sets in, the boat will depart from the pier at Nihonbashi. From there, it will take you down Nihonbashi River and towards Sumida River. You’ll have the opportunity to see around 10 different cherry blossom locations along Tsukuda Island and Oyoko-gawa River. The event will take place when the tide levels are just right and when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Night will fall steadily, enabling you to glimpse at the night skyline of numerous famous tourist spots including skyscrapers, an illuminated Eitai Bridge, and Tokyo Skytree. A guide from “Riverboat Mizuha” will also be on board who knows everything about Tokyo to introduce the history of the bridge and town.
Rent and wear a fancy kimono used for flower-viewing」
To fully lap up the special occasion of hanami (flower-viewing), complete sets of silken kimono will be available for renting. You’ll need to request beforehand, but the kimono come with appropriately selected flower designs. You can get them fitted at Hoshinoya Tokyo along with your hair and make-up. If you like, you can even wear them early to go strolling around Tokyo and visit the city’s famous cherry blossom spots.
Hanami bento and sake courtesy of a long-standing shop
A hanami bento prepared by long-established shop “Shin-Kaika” in Kandagawa will be served. It will include cherry blossom pink coloured chirashi sushi and a new springtime brew of sake. When you return from your boat trip, hanami dango and matcha will also be served.
A night cruise in Tokyo surrounded by cherry blossoms – what better way to spend your time in Japan?
Hoshino Resort “Roterudo Hiei” is holding an exciting tour to explore Mount Hiei and experience better-fortune praying
10.December.2017 | SPOT
Hoshino Resort Roterudo Hiei is a unique auberge located close to the summit of Mount Hiei. Starting from January 10th next year, the resort will hold a range of fun activities that includes prayer at Hiyoshi Taisha – a Shinto shrine – and walking around the Mount Hiei area.
A total of 4 activities will be hosted that will give participants a turn of good fortune.
Collecting ‘goshuin’ stamps at Mount Hiei’s Enryaku-ji monastery
There are twelve goshuin stamp points at Enryaku-ji on Mount Hiei where you can collect goshuin stamps rooted in the site’s origin. The shrine with the best fortune is Daikokudou. Mount Hiei is location of origin for the belief in Japan’s Daikokuten, or god of wealth. It is said that Toyotomi Hideyoshi became ruler after making a vow to the Daikokuten, which is where it gets the name “Shusse Daikokuten” (God of Success), making it a recommended place to pray for good fortune. Guests are invited to receive an original goshuincho.
Special prayer at Hiyoshi Taisha for good fortune
Hiyoshi Taisha is enshrined at the foot of Mount Hiei and stands as the lead shrine of all 3800 Hie and Sannou shrines around Japan. Its history is said to date back around 2100 years ago. Good fortune praying at Hiyoshi Taisha, Mount Hiei’s guardian and protector, offers prayer at the West Hall of Worship, a recognised National Treasure by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. After taking good fortune prayer, you can get your hands on some limited edition “good fortune bell” souvenirs.
Try “Kaisou Soba” at 300-year old establishment Honke Tsukuri Soba
To adjust to a weaker stomach, the ascetic monks will eat soba after finishing their fasting at Mount Hiei. A soba business was established in town which served as the sole kitchen for Enryaku-ji. It still bustles with shrine visitors 300 years on. Honke Tsukuri Soba serves up their special long and thin soba noodles, original 5-coloured soba dango, tofu skin recipes and more, as well as a kaisou soba set that comes with a lucky charm. Their fantastic soba and lucky charm set are only available to guests of Roterudo Hiei.
Spa treatment using “Hiei no Reisui” flowing from Mount Hiei
Mount Hiei is recorded as “Hie no Yama” in the kojiki, one of Japan’s oldest texts. It became known as “Hiei no Reisui” for its beautiful miracle-working water. Roterudo Hiei offer a spa treatment using this water which will improve your fotune.
Draw the curtain on a wonderful New Year at Roterudo Hiei.