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Tamahan

Style: Traditional Ryokan

Price Per Person:
¥20000 ~ ¥70000

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Address (English)

477 Shimogawara-cho Gion, Higashiyama-ku
Kyoto -shi

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Tamahan. This Traditional Ryokan is located in the historical Gion section of Kyoto. Many years ago Tamahan was originally a summer home of a stock trader who lived in Osaka. Tamahan first opened for business in 1929 as a ryokan specializing in Kyoto cuisine. This ryokan has continued this tradition, and today it is still serving the same high quality Kyoto cuisine. Tamahan is a special ryokan, unlike most ryokans in Japan, appealing to a certain kind of guest. It is a very, very traditional Japanese ryokan with the privacy of the guests being of utmost importance. According to the traditional Japanese style the staff at Tamahan provide minimal contact with their guests, allowing the guests the time to relax and unwind. Tamahan is quiet and peaceful, and highly recommended to guests who value their privacy. There are 11 traditional Japanese-style rooms at Tamahan. Some English is spoken. (For people with allergies, please be careful because this ryokan has a pet cat). If you request a reservation at Tamahan, please use a VISA or MasterCard - this ryokan does not deal with American Express or other credit cards

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: Paid Parking
  • Curfew Time: No Curfew
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  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
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Wonderful, traditional ryokan

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Enchanting, beautiful, traditional, inspiring. The service is incredible. We arrived hours before check-in and were still greeted with a warm welcome, tea and pastries. The staff was punctual, responsive and respected our privacy. They were also very warm and open to answer questions we had about the neighborhood, language, getting around, etc.. The food is incredible, you must get dinner and breakfast when you stay. This was an experience unlike any other and I would go back in a heart beat.

Best experience of our Japan stay

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: United Arab Emirates

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

If you are interested in Japanese culture then you have to stay at a Ryokan and this Ryokan gave us the best experience . The location was great, the Maruyama Park for cherry blossom viewing is not that far and also the Yasaka shrine is lovey on the weekends. The area is quiet and perfect if you just want to go for a night stroll. The room we were given was not in the main part but no complains - we were on the ground level and we had a beautiful garden right outside.It was cozy and very serene. I love the bathroom! We had a traditional wooden bathtub which was perfect for a relaxing soak. The service was amazing - our host was waiting for us outside when we arrived which was so welcoming and surprising as we just gave her a time range that we would be arriving. Kyoto has a special cuisine and if you would like to try it , I would recommend having it at the Ryokan. Everyone was so polite and helpful in every way, they speak some english which was great. Tea and pastries was always waiting for us after exploring and they do respect your privacy but are always there if you need something. I was tempted to spend the whole vacation there - it was a beautiful place with very beautiful and kind people.

Wonderful ryokan, the most friendly staff ever

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Denmark

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The service was incredible and the staff was so friendly. The food was fantastic, and the location in kyoto just perfect. We were there during cherry blossom so the garden outside our window in the ryokan was very beautiful. We can highly recommend this place.

Wonderful Ryokan

Month of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Germany

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Wonderful quiet Ryokoan in a perfect location. The staff is very friendly and the food is excellent. Best stay in Japan so far!

Best Experience of My Trip

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: United States

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I did a lot of great things, but this was THE highlight of my trip. VERY friendly staff and very understanding (I accidentally went on the wrong day). Location is perfect and close to the Gion district and Yasaka Shrine which made it more fun. Quiet, peaceful, and a peek into the subtle beauty of the Japanese culture. They kept giving me hot tea and the bath although not an onsen or the bath with a cool outside view like the one in the picture, was still amazing and very deep! I am determined to come back here again. (They also speak English which was convenient.)

Perfect stay

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had high expectations of the Tamahan, having read the reviews, and we were not disappointed. We were welcomed into the inn so graciously, and our rooms were perfect. Our son couldn't arrive until quite late, but it was no problem. Breakfast (2 mornings) was quite superb. We would love to come again- it was a highlight of our stay in Japan. If you go on the Philosophers walk, do find the Eikando temple, at the southern end. Hardly mentioned in our guide book, it's truly stunning, and very quiet.

Great Ryokan with great staff

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Norway

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

If I was asked to point out the best experience in our trip to Japan, staying at this ryokan would be it! The language can be a little difficult sometimes. Even though the staff speak some english. But that didn\'t bother me at all. They always do their best to understand and I just think that adds to the exotic experience. We really felt we was much appreciated guests during our stay. If you want the Japaneese-feeling you should visit this Ryokan. I want to go back some time.

Lost its spirit

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Hong Kong

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 1

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 2

I have stayed at tamahan a number of times over the years and my most recent stay was most unpleasant. Reasons: 1. The property is now in need of a lick of paint or refurbishment. General maintenance wear and tear is evident throughout the property. 2. The smell of cat urine and feases around the gardens and entrance is severe. They have a number of pet cats FYI if anyone is allergic. 3. Food was the worst experience in my entire time in Kyoto and I have stayed in a total of 8 ryokans and visited every michellin star restaurant in the area just about. No kaiseki it is basically just a pre cooked set course. The tempura is cold! I mean holy cow people would lose their heads if it was samurai time! All the dishes were of poor quality. Beef chewy. Breakfast was terrible. I was actually embarrassed taking my mother and wife here especially as I talked it up to them based on my past experiences. 4. Examples of other small things. No gift on departure. This is standard to give some cake or postcard etc. the water in bathroom cold! Luckily it wasn't winter. Better value elsewhere. Email me dvovil@gmail.com if you want proper recommendations of where else to stay.

Japonese atmosphere

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: French from Hong Kong

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We spend four days in the Tamahan Ryokan with our two children and everyone would like to stay more. We had a very big room with two spaces. My children like a lot the japonese toilets and japonese bathroom. The best thing is the localization of the ryokan. We can discover a lot by foot. We enjoy to come back to a quiet and simple home. The staff was very nice with us. The area of Kyoto and the atmosphere of the ryokan was very quiet and zen like we experted for the japonese style. We try the dinner one day, but I thing it's enought. We enjoy to discover other restaurant style. I recommend it of course !

More than I expected

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a group of nine people. We enjoyed the total experience. The staff was so hospitable and gracious and the food was very good. It was a very memorable stay. Thank you.

As good as imagined

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Germany

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I can only say that to me staying at the Ryokan for two nights was a great and very interesting experience. Staff was very friendly and helpful at all times, also when I had temporarily lost my JR Railpass. I had a room directly opening towards the pretty garden, which gave it a great atmosphere in the morning and at night. The food was tasty, and even though at first I thought the portions were small, after having finished all dishes I felt always full even without eating additional rice. For the given price I would just have found it nice to get more than one beer or sake with the dinner (though I didn't ask for more). Room, toilet and shower were clean. Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattsredpillow/sets/72157649084658736/

Beautiful peaceful stay

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We loved this ryokan. We'd never stayed in one before and the experience was amazing. Photos are here: http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=7612a60a787001a02a944dfefaeb216b&sid=0BYtWjFw0ZtnNg We only ordered dinner on the first night, and it was delicious. We did order sake at an additional charge - it would have been nice to know the cost (about $12/pp), but as it was something we wanted we didn't really mind the extra charge. After that we just bought sake for ourselves at a local store. Breakfasts the next three days were great! Unique meals each day and served by very friendly staff. The best was when we got shabu shabu! The futon on the floor was a different experience, but not as uncomfortable as I had expected. They give you lots of padding and extra pillows if needed. I loved being given a yukata to wear and tabi (traditional socks) each day. The traditional wood and paper walls were so cool. Our hostess closed the shutters for us and moved the table, set out the bed, and brought tea each night. Fresh towels were given each day (the washcloths came in plastic wrap!) The bathroom was clean, and the traditional soaking bath was awesome after a long day walking around Kyoto. I loved that I could use buckets like tradition, or just use the shower head to wash before soaking in a beautiful ceder tub. The location was close to Gion station, and we walked there almost every day to get around the city. The ryokan itself is a little hidden, but there is a nice sign on the road which points down the alley. The courtyard is beautiful and full of pretty trees and landscaping. Overall we loved it. A few things we would have changed or liked better... The staff's English, while miles better than my Japanese, was not at all fluent. Asking how to turn up the heat in the room involved a lot of hand gestures going "brrrr." It was also very awkward the one night we were there for dinner because we didn't know where to go while they took away the food and moved the table, then set our our beds for us. We hovered in the hallway awkwardly. The chairs on the "balcony" to our room were far too wobbly to sit there out of the way while the innkeepers worked.

Perfectly located

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: spain

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We have stayed several times in this ryokan, It has a great location and quite peaceful. Rooms have very clean bathroom and toilet. Rooms are spacious and very well arranged

great location

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Mexico

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

The food here is amazing, the staff is so nice, the location is the best, we had a wonderful time here in Tamahan, the only thing we didn't like was that we stayed in the new building and the windows were not of wood, they were made of aluminum, so it takes a lot of personality to the ryokan, there were other rooms that had wood, made in the traditional way. Also our room was in the back of the garden so the view was not the most beautiful, it was nice, but not so beautiful. We stayed in 3 different Ryokans, and the thing because I like this one is the location that is amazing and the food and the staff.

Fabulous, Warm, Relaxing

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My daughter and I arrived during the slow season in Kyoto so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The staff was exceptionally warm and attentive. The food was amazing. Each breakfast was unique, and the dinners were very well prepared. The location is unbeatable, near everything on the west side. It was the loveliest three days of our trip.