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Kankaso

Style: Traditional Ryokan

Price: ¥20000 ~ ¥30000

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Address (English)

10 Kasugano-cho
Nara-shi
Nara-ken

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Kankaso. This beautiful Traditional Ryokan is conveniently located, close to Nara's world-famous Todaiji Temple. The staff at Kankaso try to make their guests feel comfortable and relaxed. All 10 guest rooms are traditional Japanese style, and there are 2 large baths for the guests to enjoy. One of the baths is a ""family bath"" where families can bathe in private if it is not occupied. The highlight of Kankaso is its gorgeous Japanese garden. Meals are served either in the dining area or in the privacy of Kankaso's guest rooms. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00am. Limited parking is available.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Avialable
  • Large Japanese Style Room (4 or more guests)
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Hanare, (Private Guest Residence)
  • Towels
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:

HOT SPRINGS and BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Hot Spring Bath in Guest Room
  • Private Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Hot Spring Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Hot Spring Bath
  • Shared Outdoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Outdoor Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Bath (Both Genders)

MEALS

  • Dinner and Breakfast Plan Available
  • Breakfast Plan Only Available
  • No Meal Plan Available
  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast
  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners: A Little English Spoken
  • Internet Connection: No Internet Connection
  • Parking: Free Parking
  • Curfew Time: 24:00
  • Pickup Service:
  • Pay with a Credit Card:
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Ryokan Reviews:

A dream

Petteri

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Finland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

What can I say: it was a dream! The Ryokan was full, but we felt like we were the only guests there. From the front yard onwards it was like stepping in history, and as a shogun and his wife. The room was traditional but very nice and quiet, the garden lovely. The family bath was a wonderful experience and the dinner afterwards like fireworks of palate. Everything was lovely, everything was good and everybody was so helpful that it really made an everlasting impression. The ryokan is ideally situated, all the main sights within easy walking distance. But still, the ryokan was by itself almost the most impressive thing we saw or experienced there. We will be back!

Roykan de rêve

Sabine

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Nous avons séjourné 2 nuits dans ce ryokan et avons été très impressionnés par la taille de notre chambre qui était en fait une suite avec salle de bain et toilette. Séjour inoubliable à Nara dans son parc aux cerfs, notre chambre donnait sur un jardin privatif magnifique et nous avons profité de deux dîners servis en chambre tout à fait délicieux. Nous recommandons absolument ce ryokan pour la beauté de l\'endroit et la qualité de ses repas.

Wonderful hosts, wonderful place and great food

Christopher

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Switzerland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My girlfriend and I stayed here as a treat. We wanted to experience a real ryokan during our stay. This place was just great - from the wonderful welcome of our hostess, to the room which was sort of like a small house that you would reach using a wooden gangway, separate from the rest of the building and surrounded by a garden. Our hostess didn\'t speak much English (but then we don\'t speak any Japanese...), but managed to make herself understood clearly and with a smile. Upon arriving in the morning, she showed us on a map which route to take to visit Nara with the amount of time we had so we could see the city and sights, and we were able to leave our luggage until check-in. After our tour of Nara, we checked-in and she offered us the use of a private bath which was really relaxing after all of the walking. The evening meal was sumptuous, and though we visited two restaurants with 2 and 1 Michelin stars while in Japan, this was flat out our favourite meal during our trip. After the meal, she made up the beds and we had a good sleep. Yes, this place is expensive, but it is worth it. Had we not stayed in a good (or should I say great) ryokan and had the wonderful kaiseki meal, we really would have missed an extraordinary experience. We highly recommend it and thank our hostess for a wonderful memorable stay!

Food wonderful. Rooms shabby.

Naomi

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 1

Kankaso is one of many ryokans we have stayed in. This was the most traditional by far. As stated in a previous review, \"Traditional doesn\'t mean old.\" The bath was renovated very nicely, with new fixtures, granite in one room, cedar in the other. It was clean and relaxing. The downstairs toilets were also modernized recently. There were clean and pleasant. Our upstairs bedrooms were spacious and certainly once were grand -- decades ago. The walls were dirty, old, soiled, and the paintings were brittle, crusted and discolored with age and exposure. The upstairs toilets were squat style and the kind innkeepers failed to inform us of the downstairs wester toilets. Service was pleasant. Dinner and breakfast were fabulous feasts. The grounds were lovely and nicely maintained. We enjoyed the experience, but it was very over-priced. We have enjoyed similar accommodation (old, dated, dirty) for much lower prices. We would have been less critical had the price been lower. For the five-star price we were charged, we expected impeccable room interiors.

Highly recommend

Emma

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: UK/Japan

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Booked as a treat for myself and my boyfriend who was visiting me in Japan - this was our first ryokan experience and it was wonderful. Location is fantastic, we walked there from the station and it\'s right in the park and next to the temple. The day we stayed the chef was away so we couldn\'t order an evening meal, I was told by the reservations people that there was a restaurant within walking distance but it closed at 7. However walking to the property it was clear that there were plenty of places to eat nearby so we were absolutely fine! And breakfast was served the next morning, so we were still able to experience the wonderful food. The private bath was great, our room was incredible, this was the nicest place either of us have ever stayed! The woman who looked after us didn\'t speak any English but was lovely and very kind (although she did direct all her questions to my boyfriend who speaks no Japanese at all\'s, even while I was answering them!). You should stay here, it is perfect.

Great traditional ryokan

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Brazil

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It was my first stay at a Ryokan and I wasnt disappointed. I dont disagree with other reviews about nothing: food was great (dinner and breakfast), staff was quite helpful (despite their speak only japanese) and location was perfect (in front of Nara park and Todaiji temple). The best thing, at least for me and for my wife, was the dinner: you can schedule a private bath at their onsen and just after your bath the dinner is served at you room :) Only point of attention was the structure which was too old (Im talking about the carpet and internal walls at the common area), because \"traditional\" doesnt mean \"old\"...

Incredible experience

Sara

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The staff was very friendly, the property is beautiful, and the food was outstanding. This was our favorite experience during our vacation in Japan. It was expensive, but the experience is worth every penny because of the meals, service, etc. The staff does not speak much English, but we were able to understand everything after asking a few questions. We reserved time in the private bath which is very clean and has a beautiful view of the garden. Kankaso is located in Nara-koen, right on the path to Todai-ji. It was fun having deer right outside the gate.

Absolutely wonderful

Pierre

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We recently spent ten days in Japan and stayed one night in Kankaso. We didn\'t go to another Ryokan during our stay so I can\'t compare but Kankaso was absolutly amazing. It is very close from the Todai-ji but you won\'t hear any noise. The day we stayed there we were the only guests so it was very enjoyable and relaxing, the staff is very nice and will try its best to help you and try to make your stay perfect, but they don\'t speak english and it can be a little difficult to be understood. The food was amazing, they will bring you at least 20 different things to eat and everything was exquisite. Long story short, although the night is quite expensive it is totally worth it and it had clearly been one of the highlights of our trip to Japan.

Outstanding experience

Bruno

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: FRANCE

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Excellent Accommodations Perfect Location for vists and especially for after-diner walks (pedestrian area) Perfect cuisine, among the best we had in Japan Outstanding attention and helpfulness from the host

Lovely stay at Kankaso

Heather

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Japan

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed staying here. The inn itself is gorgeous and the garden is stunning--not to mention that the inn is right next to Todai-ji, the temple famous for having the enormous Buddha statue. The staff was very helpful despite our extremely limited Japanese. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome, especially the older woman, whom we affectionately called \\\"Grandma\\\" because of her kindness. Kankaso was by far the best accommodations we had for the trip. The hot bath has a lovely view of the garden and the cherry blossoms were blooming while we there there so we could look at the trees while we bathed. It was wonderful. We did not purchase any meals but I selected 5 because I\'m sure the food was just as excellent as the rest of the place.

Outstanding

Month Of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The stay at Kankaso in Nara was one of the highlights of journey through Japan and S.E. Asia. The Ryokan is very unique and gives visitors a peek into traditional Japanese culture. From the moment we arrived and saw our names featured on a placard at the entrance, to the zen style gardens, the beautiful ornate wooden structure, and our double door tatatmi room, it felt like being transported back in time. We were the only ones staying there and we benefitted from an annex room in the back of the property surrounded on three sides by their ornate gardens. you are given a special kimono to wear upon entry which surprisingly was very warm given the cold temperatures in Jan. The Okami was wonderful and her service and attention to detail was impeccable. We bathed in the bath that has a gorgeous view over the gardens. Dinner was an experience out of this world. Multiple courses consisting of fish, tofu, soup etc,. were exquisitely prepared well beyond many 5* western restaurants. Your bed is made up for you and we found the mattress on top of the tatami to be very comfortable. Japanese breakfast the next morning took a little getting used to but was prepared with the same delicate touch as dinner. This is truly an experience worth treating yourself to. Yes, perhaps you will spend a little more than the average hotel but consider that it includes breakfast and dinner and personalized service second to none. Kankaso is the closest accommodation to the main temple in Nara -literally steps away so no transport required. The staff are incredible and you will be hard pressed to find better in this world. Go ahead spoil yourself.

wonderful

Amira

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a wonderful stay at Kankaso in Nara. The staff were lovely and were able to accomodate our special food requirements. The food was amazing with each delicious dish prepared with great care and artistry. The location of Kankaso was perfect, being inside the Nara deer park and close to the main attractions in Nara.
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