Chartered cherry blossom viewing on the water “Oku Arashiyama Hanami Boat”

2021.01.24

Hoshinoya Kyoto, an inn with river views in all rooms in Arashiyama, prefecture, will hold “Oku Arashiyama Hanami Boat” from March 25th to April 10th, 2021. This is a cherry-blossom viewing where you can rent out the elegant houseboat “Hisui” exclusively for Hoshinoya Kyoto and enjoy the historical cherry blossoms and scenery of Oku Arashiyama from the top of the Oigawa River, and enjoy Japanese sweets and rose sparkling wine. You can spend an elegant time just like a Heian picture scroll on the elegant houseboat “Jade” that gathers the best of Kyoto’s craftsmanship.

“Oku Arashiyama Hanami Boat” is an activity to enjoy the cherry blossoms of Oku Arashiyama by renting out the elegant houseboat “Jade” on the Oigawa River that flows in front of Hoshinoya Kyoto. At the place where the Heian Aristocracy enjoyed waka poems and orchestra while enjoying the scenery of the four seasons * 1, you can enjoy elegant cherry blossom viewing from the elegant houseboat.

The cherry blossoms in Arashiyama have been preserved by the local people since Emperor Kameyama transplanted hundreds of cherry blossoms from Mt. Yoshino in Nara Prefecture at the end of the 13th century * 2. Arashiyama is crowded with many people every year during the cherry blossom season, but we created this activity so that you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing with peace of mind even during the With Corona era.

* 1 Historical story “Okagami” “Mifune no Tadashi”
* 2 Kyoto Forestry Office (1982) “Arashiyama National Forest Forest Prevention and Scenic Measures”

Corona measures in "Oku Arashiyama Hanami Boat"

・ Limited to 1 group per day (maximum 4 people).
・ Understand the health condition of customers by measuring the temperature.
If you have a fever, you may be asked to refrain from participating.
・ Use properly disinfected items, and prepare rubbing alcohol for hand disinfection on the houseboat.

Sakura of Oku Arashiyama loved from the elegant houseboat "Jade"

At Oku Arashiyama’s Hanami Boat, you can enjoy the scenery of Arashiyama * 3, which has been selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, as if you were all alone. Ogurayama and Arashiyama, which are located on both banks, have steep slopes, so each of the approximately 1,500 cherry trees such as Yoshino cherry trees and wild cherry trees stands out, and the mountain surface is dyed in cherry blossoms.

The jade roof is fitted with glass, so you can see the blue sky and the cherry blossoms above you at the same time, which is unique to this activity. In addition, since jade is rowed quietly on the river surface, you can enjoy the cherry blossoms that are reflected on the river surface like a water mirror up close, which is different from the cherry blossoms seen from the ground.

* 3 Japan Sakura no Kai

Japanese sweets and rose sparkling wine to enjoy while enjoying the cherry blossoms

At Jade, you can enjoy Japanese sweets and rosé sparkling wine while admiring the cherry blossoms of Oku Arashiyama. Japanese sweets are created for this activity by the long-established Japanese sweets store “Oimatsu Kitano”, which has been in business for over 100 years.

In order to express the mountain with cherry blossoms and haze, it is a delicately made kinton lined with a fine horsehair net, and the confectionery name is “Hana no Yama”. It is named after Basho Matsuo’s phrase, “Climbing the two towns of Hanayama, Daihikaku,” which describes the cherry blossoms in Arashiyama.

The dried sweets that accompany it are rice crackers of Wasanbon butterflies and rape blossoms that express the atmosphere of spring flowering. You can enjoy the gorgeous spring atmosphere while tasting Japanese sweets and rosé sparkling wine.

Houseboat "Jade"

■ Elegant houseboat design that gathers the best of the handicrafts of Kyoto craftsmen

Kubota bamboo blinds
Anchor metal fittings of Takeuchi Co., Ltd.
Somenotsukasa Yoshioka's cushion

Designed so that you can spend an elegant time while gazing at the scenery of Arashiyama. Using building materials and decorations that have been popular in Kyoto for a long time, we have created an elegant space surrounded by traditional Kyoto crafts.

For example, Kitayama cedar and cypress wood used for Shoin-zukuri are used for the boat frame, and copper anchor metal fittings that have been used for decoration of pillars and ceilings of temples etc. have been used for the kiguchi hiding that covers the tip of the wood. I used it. Inside the boat, there is a bamboo backrest that resembles the dog Yarai of Kyomachiya, and a cushion with a soft texture dyed with plants and flowers. You can also enjoy a private space by lowering the bamboo blinds on the side of the boat.

A device to enjoy the dynamic scenery of Arashiyama

The scenery that spreads sideways
Vertical scenery

A special glass is set in the jade roof, and by pressing a switch, the color can be switched from white to transparent like opening a Yukimi shoji. At the lower reaches of the river, you can see the beautiful jade-colored water surface spreading horizontally and the Togetsu Bridge, which is a symbol of Arashiyama.

In the upstream where the width of the river narrows, you can switch the color from white to transparent and enjoy the scenery that spreads vertically looking up at the mountains and sky approaching both sides of the river. It is an unprecedented houseboat where you can enjoy the dynamic scenery of Arashiyama not only horizontally but also vertically.

Overview of "Oku Arashiyama Hanami Boat"

Flight period: March 25-April 10, 2021
Time: 11: 20-12: 00
Price: 1 set 30,000 yen (tax and service charge not included) * Accommodation charge not included
Included: Chartered houseboat “Jade”, rose sparkling wine, Japanese sweets
Capacity: 1 group per day (1-4 people)
Boarding / alighting place: Hoshinoya Kyoto
Target: Guests only
Remarks: In case of stormy weather, the flight may be canceled even on the day of the event.

Operating hours are subject to change depending on the season and weather.
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Highest level corona countermeasure declaration

[1] Hygiene management
At Hoshino Resorts, as part of our corona measures, we take the following measures in consideration of our customers’ health and public health.
・ Temperature measurement at check-in
・ In addition to normal room cleaning, cleaning and wiping with alkaline electrolyzed water inside the hotel
・ Alcohol for sterilization is installed in various places in the building
・ Rubbing alcohol for hand disinfection is installed in all guest rooms
・ Alcohol disinfection of fingers for all customers when entering the restaurant
・ High-temperature cleaning of tableware (plates, glasses) and cutlery (80 degrees or higher), disinfection cleaning of meal trays
・ Install partitions such as panels and vinyl sheets on the front
・ Wear a mask when serving customers in the hall
・ Thorough management of staff health and hygiene (temperature measurement and record confirmation before going to work)
・ Humidifiers that maintain a humidity of 40% or more are installed in all guest rooms (excluding facilities in Hoshinoya Tokyo and Okinawa Prefecture).
・ QR code of menus in restaurants (all facilities of the world brand)

[2] 3 Dense avoidance
We are taking the following measures to create a stay that avoids the three “denseness” of closed, dense, and close.
・ The degree of congestion in the large communal bath can be seen on a smartphone. 3 Visualization of density and implementation of congestion prediction service (partial)
・ Restrictions on admission and entry in places where congestion is confirmed during your stay
・ Manage restaurant congestion and decentralize entry time
・ At the time of check-out front payment, entry restrictions will be implemented as appropriate.
・ Check-in support in guest rooms (Hoshinoya / Kai)

>[Hoshino Resort] Corona measures summary

Hoshinoya Kyoto
Arashiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, where the Heian Aristocracy set up a villa. A waterside private residence that appears when you board a boat from Togetsu Bridge and go up the Oigawa River. It is a resort where you can enjoy the extraordinary world of the beautiful scenery and tranquility of the four seasons, the guest rooms where you can feel the traditional Japanese techniques that live in Kyoto, the Japanese cuisine that freely expresses the five tastes.
11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto / 25 guest rooms
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