A flat boat sails upstream, carrying the guests to a world of the past, where time is marked by the light of the valley and the sounds of insects, birds or frogs, as if time were flowing in reverse.
Such an entrance unfolds at the exclusive dock of HOSHINOYA Kyoto, by the Togetsukyo Bridge on the Oi river, in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
The tradition of ”Boat to House” in Arashiyama has a long history. As early as the Heian period （7941192） when Murasaki Shikibu wrote The Tale of Genji, the nobles of Heiankyo would build houses and enjoy boating in Arashiyama, reveling in the beauty of cherry blossoms in spring and maple leaves in autumn. In the early Edo period, the wealthy merchant Suminokura Ryōi （15541614） built a riverfacing house in Arashiyama, which passed down to Meiji era and became Rankyokan, opened in 1897.
In 2007, the centuryold Rankyokan closed down after the passing of its proprietor, then taken over by Yoshiharu Hoshino, a dedicated pioneer for revitalizing Ryokan the traditional Japanese inn. After two years of renovation, HOSHINOYA Kyoto opened in 2009, reviving the romantic sight of ”Boat to House” on the Oi River.