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Rikiya

Style: Traditional Ryokan

Price Per Person:
¥7000 ~ ¥10000

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Address (English)

Kodaiji Koen Mae Higashiyama-ku
Kyoto -shi

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Rikiya. Located in Kyoto, this Traditional Ryokan is in a traditional wooden building and offers easy access to the cultural and historical sites of the old imperial capital. There are 10 Japanese style rooms. Meals are not included in the price, but they can be purchased separately - please order dinner by 16:00. Check-in time is after 16:00 (luggage can be held until check-in time) and check-out time is before 10:00, and there is a midnight curfew (entrance will be locked).

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

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

REGULAR BATHING FACILITIES

  • 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

  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast

DINING ARRANGEMENTS

  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners: Basic English Spoken
  • Internet Connection: Wifi Available
  • Parking: No Parking
  • Curfew Time: 24:00 Midnight
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  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
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Avoid This Place

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 1

Food Rating - 1

Staff Rating - 1

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 1

I went looking for a ryokan in Kyoto at the last minute, and very little was available. May is a popular month & Kyoto is a popular & expensive city, so it's not surprising. Rikya was one of the very few places with availability, and at approx 16,000 yen per night, it was far from a bargain (I was a single traveler so it was more expensive for me than it would have been for two people splitting the room). The women of varying generations who run the place were nowhere in sight when I checked in. I even went down the hall looking for them & ended up calling their number from my US cell phone. (All I could think was: What if I hadn't had a phone with international calling capability?) They were not given to conversation or advice, which I could have used, as I was on my own, in search of a place to have dinner, and a bit disoriented. (Language was not the problem; I stayed in many other places in Japan where people were extremely friendly in spite of the language barrier.) The room was as bare-bones as they come, not what you'd expect for 16,000 yen a night. The hallways smelled of stale tobacco smoke. The bathroom, while clean (other reviews have noted dirty bathrooms, but that was not my experience), was like an unrenovated 1950s or '60s bathroom at your grandmother's house. Functional, but that's about all. Unlike most ryokan, this one does not serve breakfast, and again, in the morning, I could have used a friendly face offering advice about where in the neighborhood to go for breakfast. No such friendly face was anywhere in evidence. During my two expensive nights at Rikya, I never saw the owners, and never saw another guest! But my last night, after I was already in my room for the night, a knock came at the door, wanting ... payment, of course. They just couldn't wait til the morning! Since they supposedly didn't take credit cards, I explained that I had no cash and had been intending to get some in the morning. I received an unhappy look. I decided to see if I could somehow get them to take a credit card, which would be better for me. Eventually, after many tries, they got one of my credit cards to work. So if you do end up staying here out of desperation, know that they DO in fact take credit cards. The piece de la resistance, however, came on my last day. I had packed up on my last morning & left my one small bag at the front desk, in the time-honored tradition of hotels & inns everywhere. They didn't seem too happy about this, but grudgingly let me do it. Then, when I returned in the late afternoon, my cell phone was almost out of juice & I needed it to contact the friend who I was meeting up with that night. I encountered a younger woman, somewhat friendlier, who spoke a little English & explained my need to power my cell phone. All of a sudden, every single woman in that family appeared (they were only 3, but it seemed like an army!), looking none too happy, and communicated that there were no power outlets in the front reception area. My desperation to have a charged phone made me bold, and somehow I insisted enough that one of the older woman found an extension cord & let me power up. After a few minutes, the oldest woman appeared and, as I begged her to let me charge just a few seconds more, summarily unplugged my phone, handed it back to me, and walked off with the extension cord, leaving me gasping and stuttering in the front entryway! Not a great way to be treated after spending 32,000 at an establishment!

Family Run Ryokan in a Great Location

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

The ryokan is located in a prime position in amongst temples and shrines. It is but a short walk from a glorious collection of restaurants (north-bound on Higashioji St.) and reasonably close to bus routes (again, on Higashioji-dori). This is a family-run ryokan so bring your phrasebook and do not expect the Hilton but we found our hosts to be practical yet accommodating. Gates close at 11pm but as we were flat out exploring during the day by the time we ate dinner, 11pm was fine. We stayed in Rooms 1 and 7 (we decided our stay in Kyoto was just too short so with Japanese phrasebook in hand added an extra night to our stay) both had little enclaves looking over a small Japanese garden. We enjoyed our stay.

Family Run Ryokan in a Great Location

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

The ryokan is located in a prime position in amongst temples and shrines. It is but a short walk from a glorious collection of restaurants (north-bound on Higashioji St.) and reasonably close to bus routes (again, on Higashioji-dori). This is a family-run ryokan so do not expect the Hilton but we found our hosts to be practical yet accommodating. Gates close at 11pm but as we were flat out exploring during the day by the time we ate dinner, 11pm was fine. We stayed in Rooms 1 and 7, both had little enclaves looking over a small Japanese garden. We enjoyed our stay.