Morning on the River: Deep in Arashiyama, Hoshinoya Kyoto Offers Guests Exclusive Hot Pot Breakfast on Private Boat
At the Hoshinoya Kyoto, all rooms have river views so that guests can enjoy the subtle, ever-changing beauty of the seasons
Board the ferry from Togetsukyo Bridge and drift down the Oi river to the Hoshinoya Kyoto, a resort hotel deep in scenic Arashiyama. The Hoshinoya Kyoto’s traditional architecture sits elegantly within its tranquil, picturesque forest surroundings, different with every passing season. Already a popular destination among those seeking a more relaxing Kyoto getaway, the Hoshinoya Kyoto has prepared an exclusive new accommodation and breakfast plan just in time for winter.
In winter, Arashiyama plays host to water fowl, deer, and even monkeys
From December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019, a special breakfast option will be available to just one party per day: a hot pot (nabe) with Kujo green onions (Kujo negi) and duck—served aboard a private boat on the river. Just imagine enjoying a steaming hot pot as your first meal of the day, with frost or snow on the trees on the bank and the early morning mist rising from the surface of the water all around. The Hoshinoya Kyoto calls it the asanabesen plan, which literally means “Morning Hot Pot Boat.”
The stock for the hot pot will be made overnight by the head chef using the finest konbu (kelp) and dried bonito. White miso will be added for flavor, and finally duck dumplings and Kujo green onions, one of Kyoto’s famous traditional vegetable varieties. The combination of sweet and umami-rich flavors is sure to be unforgettable.
Duck and Kujo green onions: a well-loved combination ideal for stewing in a hot pot. A grilled mochi rice cake adds extra flavor and texture to the white miso base as well
Starting off a winter morning with a hot meal on a gently rocking boat, engulfed in the hushed, snowy vistas of Arashiyama. Just imagining it makes a visit to Hoshinoya Kyoto sound more appealing than ever.
◆ Hoshinoya Kyoto’s Morning Hot Pot Boat (Asanabesen) Plan
Dates: December 1, 2018, to February 28, 2019
Time: 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Restrictions: One party per day (1 to 4 people). Note: Hoshinoya Kyoto guests only
Pricing: 17,500 JPY per guest (excluding tax and service charges). Note: Not included in cost of accommodation