Ryokan in Kyoto

Old Sep 26th, 2006, 08:15 PM
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Ryokan in Kyoto

My wife and I are travelling to Japan and will be in Kyoto early Decembe. I'd really like to stay in a traditional ryokan, preferable with a bath and/or spa. I have done some research and come up with some rnames. Any input or experience would be very appreciated.
Syoenso Hozugawatei
Somiya Kiho an
Charoku Bekkan

If I have missed any, I'm open to suggestions. Budget is JPY25,000 each max

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I've checked out a couple of places that you've picked and they look nice. But they are not in the city of Kyoto, they are in Kyoto prefecture.

Sumiya Kihoan is at Yu-no-hana, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto prefecture. You'd take the limited express train from the airport to Kyoto and then change to a local train and ride that for another 33 minutes.

Syoenso Hozugawatei is not a traditional ryokan. If you saw the Kyoto prefecture webpage that listed it as "Japanese style" then that pretty much means that it doesn't have western beds and you will take of your shoes after you come in the front door. It is a ryokan, which is a Japanese inn, but not a traditional one, I think. Am not knocking the place, it is just a different style. I think it has spa facilities, like in lots of western hotels these days, in addition to the typical Japanese onsen stuff. It is also at Yunohana onsen, Kameoka like (alternate spelling) Sumiya-Kihouan.

Charoku Bekkan is in Amanohashidate, Kyoto prefecture, two hours from Kyoto city. At least 4 hours from Kansai airport.
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Taikyourou is in Amanohashidate too. Looks like a nice ryokan hotel.

I found links to Japanese pages for Tazuru and to Tazuru Annex (Tazuru Bekkan). Looks like both are in Kyoto, on the river, but are restaurants.
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Kyoto prefecture (about 4600 sq km) is larger by half than Rhode Island (3144 sq km). It is three-quarters the size of Connecticut. Kyoto city is 828 sq km.
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we just got back from 2 weeks in Japan and you DEFINITELY want to stay at a ryokan IN Kyoto, a lovely city!

Here's a web site of people that can help you find something in your budget:


here's some places they recommended:
[Motonago Ryokan] - It's a traditional ryokan located in a nostalgic Gion area.
The ryokan is very famous for good service and delicious food. The guest we have sent to the ryokan in the past enjoyed staying at the ryokan very much.
Please check our website;
18,900yen/person for 1night (Dinner and Breakfast included)
[Matsui Honkan] - It's a bit modern ryokan located in a central Shijo area.
The ryokan has been chosen as a good ryokan with attensive service.
Please check our website:

(we stayed at www.hiiragiya.co.jp - it was our honeymoon so we splurged, but i think it was worth the money ... some of these places that are 20,000+ yen pp plus include a 14 course kaiseki dinner & breakfast so it's not as pricey as it sounds once you take that into account)
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