What is a Ryokan? Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
The ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, Kyoto remains the most historically important city in Japan. At first glance, Kyoto appears to be like any other Japanese city. It is a sprawling metropolis with a population of over 1.5 million people, and it possesses prosperous industrial and technological sectors. However, with a good map in hand and some planning in mind a visitor will quickly discover the incredible richness of Kyoto's past. There are over 1,700 Buddhist temples, 300 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, and some of Japan's top museums and galleries are located in this city. Although there is so much to see and do in Kyoto, even a short-time visitor can soon get an appreciation of what this ancient imperial capital has to offer.
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Alternative Destinations - staying at a ryokan is an important part of your Japan experience but Kyoto might not be the ideal location for this during high season. Try a hot spring ryokan or a nearby destination in the Kansai Area, Rural Kyoto, Nara, Lake Biwa or Kurashiki. If you have a JR Rail Pass then you will be able to be more flexible. Enjoy Japan!
Kyoto is wonderful but you might also enjoy a few days in rural Japan. Your host will show you around her neighborhood and town. In the evening she will prepare home cooked meals grown from her organic garden and you will chat about Japanese culture.
Welcome to Sakanoue. Sakanoue is a quiet ryokan in the center of Kyoto. Sakanoue serves traditional dishes from Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple and Yasaka Jinja Shrine are all nearby Sakanoue. They have 12 guest's rooms. Sakanoue has a free parking, however only 2 spots are available (first arrived, first served).
Welcome to Kyoto Ranzan. This ryokan hotel is well located in the heart of Arashiyama. Kyoto Ranzan has 22 Twin rooms (western style). Among their facilities, there is a banquet room, a meeting room and a Karaoke room.
Welcome to Dozen Ryokan. This 100-year-old traditional Japanese Inn that has been renovated and reimagined as a conceptual ryokan, based on Kyoto’s HANAMACHI. Hanamachi (花街) refers to Japan’s Geiko/Maiko Districts, with Kyoto’s most famous hanamachi being Gion. This ryokan consists of 11 private rooms and 1 cafe, together making up a “dozen,” to offer you a unique new way to enjoy the traditionally and historically rich city of Kyoto. Each room at this ryokan has been named ...
Welcome to Nanzenji Sando Kikusui. Nanzenji Sando Kikusui is located in the Sakyo Ward district of Kyoto, Nanzenji Sando Kikusui offers accommodation with a gorgeous garden and free WiFi. Featuring a terrace, the ryokan is close to several noted attractions, around 700 m from Eikan-do Zenrin-ji, 900 m from Heian Shrine and a 15-minute walk from Samurai Kembu Kyoto. The on-site restaurant serves French cuisine. All guest rooms in the ryokan are equipped with a private bathroom, rooms at Na...
Welcome to Bishamon House. Tsuzumi and her husband own this beautiful house. Tsuzumi studied in Italy after graduated from Osaka University. While staying in Italy she met her future husband Christian. They have moved back to her hometown, Kameoka with two kids, and bought a Japanese traditional house (about 150 years old), and renovated it. They have finally started a home stay business in 2018. They were also involved to tourism industry in Firenze for quite a while. As she is Japanese,...
Ishibekoji Muan is located in the heart of Gion. The building is about a 100 year old and was renovated in 2019. Now it features 3 beautiful rooms. All rooms have a private bath and toilet.
Welcome to Sakura Urushitei. The ryokan was built on the same land where the long-established Ryuan Hatsusegawa used to produce its fine-quality Japanese lacquer ware since 1792. Sakura Urushitei is located in the heart of Kyoto city. Sakura Urushitei has 64 rooms.
Welcome to Nazuna Kyoto Gosho. A stroll away from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nazuna Kyoto Gosho is a 7 room "Wagashi" (traditional Japanese confections) themed luxury Ryokan spanning across two, large scale "Kyomachiya" (traditional Kyoto-style townhouse). Each room is designed differently with their very own Wagashi theme. Upon stepping in, you will discover a lobby with an expansive ceiling that have been preserved from when the space was once used as warehouse for grand pieces of lumber. The ...
Welcome to Nazuna Kyoto Tsubaki St. Nazuna Kyoto Tsubaki St is a modern luxury ryokan renovated from an entire L-shaped alleyway of machiya (traditional Japanese townhouses) spanning 1,400 sqm, built over 110 years ago. The reception building serves as both an entrance to welcome guests, as well as a passage from the outside world into Tsubaki St. On the other side, guests are greeted by an otherworldly, nostalgic street view – a world reminiscent of the historical geisha districts of Kyoto kn...
Welcome to Seikoro. This traditional ryokan is located near Kiyomizu-Gojo station. It was established in 1831.
Welcome to Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo. Just minutes from Nijo Castle, Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo is a tea-themed "Ryokan" (Japanese-style Inn), found within a "Kyomachiya" (traditional Kyoto-style townhouse), offering authentic Japanese rooms refined with modern comforts coupled with heartfelt hospitality. It has five distinct suites names according to different types of tea, each suite offers a private open-air or semi-open-air bath, Simmons beds, as well as futons from a long-established, Kyoto bed...
Hyogo-ken Chijitoroku Ryokogyo 3-609
(Hyogo Prefecture Travel Agent License Number 3-609)
10-5-401-1-(2) Sakae-machi, Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo-ken Japan
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