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    Elemental Inspirations

    The attraction of Kyoto cuisine is not that it uses unusual ingredients, but that it uses all ingredients. As Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto was once where ingredients were gathered from all across the country. Chefs would compete to see who could prepare the best dishes using every ingredient at their disposal. My approach is similar, but I am greatly helped by the producers themselves. For example, I once prepared a foie gras from a type of yam, based on an observation by the farmer that its smooth texture lent itself to a wide variety of dishes. The resulting dish surprised guests--it looked Western, but had a distinctly Japanese flavor. When chefs run out of ideas, they tend to add superfluous elements that diminish the qualities of the ingredients--it isn't Kyoto cuisine anymore. This is why I value the input of farmers, and why I strive to prepare all ingredients in ways that bring out their flavors, whether via seasonings or presentation. My research into ingredients never ends.

    Meals that Convey Seasons

    HOSHINOYA Kyoto is a place that is defined by the seasons. I pay homage to this concept in my cuisine by creating tiny seasonal moments in each dish. For example, one image associated with the rainy season in June is that of a snail crawling across a hydrangea plant in full bloom. So, I might decide to include an escargot dish in the June menu. In July, I might include a sweet rice cake like the ones handed out to ward off bad luck, during Kyoto's famous Gion Festival. To this seasonal concept, I add a dash of Western essence to offer our Japanese guests a unique twist on Kyoto cuisine, while also providing a hint of familiarity to overseas guests experiencing Kyoto cuisine for the first time.

    Executive Chef
    Ichiro Kubota

    Kubota's father was head chef at one of the most renowned restaurants in Kyoto's Gion district. Kubota honed his craft there, even as he continued to polish his skills at other first-class Japanese restaurants. Eventually, he studied French cooking at a Michelin three-star restaurant in France. In 2004, Kubota became executive chef at a Kyoto-influenced restaurant in Britain; for his efforts, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star. In 2009, he was named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Japanese Abroad" in Newsweek. He returned to Kyoto to develop a type of global Kyoto cuisine that would impress even the locals.

    • Dinner
      Seasonal Course Menu
      Seasonal Course Menu

      Meals at HOSHINOYA Kyoto build on the Japanese kaiseki traditions that grew out of Kyoto's culinary culture: they add Western touches, which help coax out and deepen the seasonality in the flavors. They are designed to stimulate and surprise.

      Time

      17:30 - 20:30

      Price

      ¥20,000 (excludes tax and 10% service charge)

      Availability

      All year

      Location

      HOSHINOYA Kyoto Restaurant

      Dinner in room
      Dinner in room

      This seasonal set meal may be enjoyed by guests in the comfort of their pavilions.

      Time

      18:00 - 21:00

      Price

      ¥8,500(excludes tax and 10% service charge)

      Availability

      All year

      Location

      Guest pavilion

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      • Make sure you have completed room reservations before booking a meal.
      • As only seasonal ingredients are used, the content and availability of meals may vary.
      • Only one dinner option may be ordered per party.
      • For allergy information, click here.
      Dinner
    • Breakfast
      In-Room Dining (Japanese Breakfast)
      In-Room Dining (Japanese Breakfast)

      Guests wake up to a meal of fresh, seasonal vegetables cooked in a hot, flavorful broth. This hearty meal is served in their guest pavilions so they can take in the beautiful morning scenery of Arashiyama. Western options are also available.

      Time

      7:00 - 10:30

      Prices

      ¥3,800 (excludes tax and 10% service charge)

      Availability

      All year

      Location

      Guest pavilion

      In-Room Dining (American Breakfast)
      In-Room Dining (American Breakfast)

      Guests who enjoy a large meal in the morning may select this hearty Western breakfast consisting of eggs and a selection of bread items.

      Time

      7:00 - 10:30

      Price

      ¥3,300 (excludes tax and 10% service charge)

      Availability

      All year

      Location

      Guest pavilion

      In-Room Dining (Continental Breakfast)
      In-Room Dining (Continental Breakfast)

      This light Western breakfast that incorporates plenty of Kyoto flavors will give guests just the right amount of energy to start the day off on the right foot.

      Time

      7:00~10:30

      Price

      ¥2,800 (excludes tax and 10% service charge)

      Availability

      All year

      Location

      Guest pavilion

      • Please make your breakfast arrangements at check-in.
      • For allergy information, click here.
      Breakfast
    • In-Room Dining
      In-Room Dining
      In-Room Dining

      A selection of drinks and light meals, prepared using select ingredients, are offered to guests who wish to eat light or enjoy an evening drink in the privacy of their pavilions.

      Time

      24 hours

      In-Room Dining
    • Other recommended establishments
      Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama
      Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama

      This Michelin three-star restaurant offers kaiseki cuisine prepared with a rich variety of seasonal ingredients. It is located in a former retreat, beloved by aristocrats and artists for its spectacular views of Arashiyama.

      Time

      11:30 - 15:00 (Last orders at 13:00)
      17:00 - 21:00 (Last orders at 19:00)

      Old Hong Kong Restaurant Kyoto
      Old Hong Kong Restaurant Kyoto

      Originally based in Kobe, this Kyoto establishment offers Chinese cuisine prepared by an entirely Hong Kong staff. The superior Kyoto ingredients used in the restaurant's seventy dim sum offerings can at times produce flavors that surpass those of actual Hong Kong establishments. Guests of
      HOSHINOYA get to enjoy a tea ceremony after their meal.

      Time

      11:30 am to 3:30 pm (Orders accepted until 3:00 pm)
      5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Orders accepted until 9:00 pm)

      Other recommended establishments
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