HOSHINOYA Kyoto to hold cherry blossom activities for hanami

12.January.2018 | SPOT

Located in Arashiyama, HOSHINOYA Kyoto, the luxurious resort operated by Hoshino Resorts where every room has a view of the river, is holding four exciting activities for hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of flower viewing. The activities are themed on being a hanami sojourn deep in Arashiyama, one of Kyoto’s most important sightseeing spots.

Activities include Harugasumi Noyusan (Springtime Haze Mountain Outing), an early morning hike to the viewing platform for a sweeping view of the boundless Arashiyama; Sakura Fune (Cherry Blossom Boat), where you can flower view from a boat; the Sakura Chakai (Cherry Blossom Tea Party) where you will be seated in view of the mountain’s cherry blossoms; and Yozakura Dinner (Evening Cherry Blossom Dinner) where you can enjoy a meal amongst the lit-up cherry blossoms. Each activity offers an engaging hanami experience courtesy of Arashiyama’s spectacular cherry blossom scenery.

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“Harugasumi Noyusan” – hiking the picturesque scenery of Arashiyama’s cherry blossoms at dusk

The hike begins at 7:30am and will take you to the viewing platform of Kameyama Park where you can experience an unbroken view of Arashiyama’s cherry blossoms in the springtime haze.

 

Participants will have their eyes on the viewing platform as they walk. The cherry blossoms in this area is a protected historical sight where 1,500 cherry blossoms trees including yamazakura and Yoshino Cherries.

 

The hike offers a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy Kyoto and immerse yourself in the quiet hours of the morning to enjoy a gaze at the eternal spectacle of Arashiyama’s cherry blossoms.

Harugasumi Noyusan

Date: March 25, 2018 – April 15, 2018

Time: 7:30-8:30

Location: Kameyama Park (5-minutes by cat from HOSHINOYA Kyoto)

Conditions: Must be staying at HOSHINOYA Kyoto

Price: Free

Includes: Hiking tour

No. of People: 5

Reservations: Via the homepage or front desk. Must reserve your place by 8pm the day before your hike.
Notes: Please note that dates may change depending on the bloom of the cherry blossoms. In case of rain, the hike will not take place.

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Sakura Chakai – head to the tea room after checking in for tea in front of the cherry blossoms

HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s “tea room” will hold put you so close to the yamazakura cherry blossoms you’ll almost be able to touch them. Held from 3pm, the tea room has a window deck that stretches out to the flowing Ōi River where you can listen to the chirps of birds and murmuring of the river while gazing at the colourful scenery of Arashiyama.

 

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At the tea party you can enjoy sparkling wine, matcha and other beverages with sweets.

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The sweets are specially made just for HOSHINOYA Kyoto by long-standing sweet shop Kameya Yoshinaga that has been open since 1803. The sweets are inspired by Arashiyama’s springtime terrain.

Sakura Chakai

Date: March 25, 2018 – April 15, 2018

Time: 15:00-17:00

Location: Tea Room (inside HOSHINOYA Kyoto)

Conditions: Must be staying at HOSHINOYA Kyoto

Price: Free

Includes: Welcome sweets, sparkling wine and matcha

Reservations: Not required

Notes: Please note that dates may change depending on the bloom of the cherry blossoms. In case of rain, the hike will not take place.

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Yozakura Dinner – enjoy a springtime meal with the evening cherry blossoms

When night falls, the cherry blossoms at HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s tea room are lit up. Here you can sit close by the cherry blossoms and enjoy a meal (one group a day).

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The meal uses seasonal ingredients to elevate your experience of springtime Arashiyama. The meal’s presentation, too, gives a brilliant spring vibe that can be enjoyed.

Yozakura Dinner

Date: April 1, 2018 – April 10, 2018

Time: 17:30-19:30

Location: Tea Room (inside HOSHINOYA Kyoto)

Conditions: Must be staying at HOSHINOYA Kyoto

Price: ¥29,000 per person (tax and 10% service fee charged separately) *doesn’t include accommodation fee

Includes: Dinner and champagne

No. of People: 1 group per day (1-4 people)

Reservations: Via the homepage or front desk. Reservations must be made up to 3 days in advance.

Notes: Please note that dates may change depending on the bloom of the cherry blossoms. In case of rain, the hike will not take place.

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Sakura Fune – enjoy waka poetry along the Ōi River with cherry blossoms overhead

This boat ride will take you down the Ōi River that flows right in front of HOSHINOYA Kyoto. Downstream, you’ll have the breathtaking opportunity to appreciate the yamazakura, Yoshino Cherries and other cherry blossoms.

 

Aristocrats enjoyed boat rides in Arashiyama during the Heian Period. While onboard, staff will read waka poetry to submerge you in the spirit of springtime boat riding.

 

Paper and brushes will be prepared for people who wish to create their own waka poems to encapsulate the scenery in front of them and memories of their travels.

 

Sakura Fune

Date: March 25, 2018 – April 15, 2018

Time: 12:30-13:10

Boarding/Drop-off Location: HOSHINOYA Kyoto wharf

Conditions: Must be staying at HOSHINOYA Kyoto

Price: ¥3,000 per person (tax and 10% service fee charged separately) *doesn’t include accommodation fee

Includes: Boat ride approx. 40 minutes

No. of People: 8

Reservations: Via the homepage or front desk. Must reserve your place by 8pm the day before you ride.

◼︎Information

HOSHINOYA Kyoto
Address: 11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzanchō, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (25 guest rooms)

URL:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/

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