These special guest pavilions offer the best views of the surrounding nature. Large windows overlook the Oi River, providing panoramic views of boats traveling downstream, scenery that changes by the hour, and seasonal colors decorating the maple trees of Mt. Ogura. Boldly crafted pillars and ceiling boards have been washed to restore their original sheen, providing an artisanal flavor along with the intricate wood latticework and delicate gold patterns on the walls and doors.
The essence of traditional Japanese architecture is fully preserved in these pavilions, where contemporary comfort meets Japanese floor-level lifestyles. The ambiance changes by the hour as sunlight glints off the delicate gold patterns woven into the wallpaper, combining with the pavilion's soft lighting to create a rich tapestry of shadows. One pavilion, which has a maisonette design, is located at a high vantage point and offers clear views of cherry blossoms and a Zen garden.
These contemporary guest pavilions feature high ceilings, wooden flooring, and living rooms that overlook the Oi River. They are furnished either with large, comfortable sofas or floor-level seating--beside a depression in the floor where one can comfortably lay one's legs-- from which to enjoy the natural scenery, which is elegantly framed by large windows. With the windows open, one can enjoy sights and sounds that have existed for centuries. Guests may choose between double and twin beds.
A window-facing king bed and other furnishings designed specifically for comfort make these pavilions perfect for guests who wish to enjoy the area's natural ambiance: the singing of birds, the chirping of insects, and the changing colors of the tree leaves and Oi River as the sun passes through the sky. The lush greenery outside the windows is so close, one could reach out and collect dew in one's hands.
Furnished with a king bed, wide sofa, and writing desk overlooking the surrounding scenery, these guest pavilions provide a relaxed setting to guests, especially those who intend to do some work or writing during their stay. They offer the full HOSHINOYA experience, but with a greater focus on privacy--guests get to enjoy scenic views of Arashiyama all to themselves as they settle into their surroundings.