Top 10 must see Ryokans in Kyoto

The ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, Kyoto remains the most historically important city in Japan. 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.

#1 Arashiyama Benkei
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Arashiyama Benkei was a Heian Period (794 to 1185) country estate once used by vacationing court nobles. It’s location at the foot of Mt Arashiyama in Kyoto allows visitors to experience the beauty of the changing seasons.
#2 Yoshikawa
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Yoshikawa was built about 120 years ago in the Sukiya architectural style and is well known in Kyoto for its traditional kaiseki and tempura dinner. This luxury Traditional Ryokan is located in the central Kyoto, near the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park and Nijojo Castle.
#3 Hiiragiya Ryokan
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Hiiragiya Ryokan opened for business in 1818 and it is one of the finest ryokans in Kyoto. It has been operated by the same family for 6 generations. Hiiragiya Ryokan serves the exquisite Kyoto-style Japanese “kaiseki” (formal, traditional Japanese cuisine) on traditional ceramic pottery and lacquerware.
#4 Gion Fukuzumi
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This Modern Ryokan is located in the heart of the historical district of Gion in Kyoto, and guests can easily access some of the world-famous historic sights such as Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Inside Gion Fukuzumi, guests are greeted with the fragrance of incense and the smell of freshly-cut flowers.
#5 Heianbo
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Ideally located from JR Kyoto train station, this Traditional Ryokan is full of character and atmosphere while maintaining an affordable price. All of the 20 guest rooms at Heianbo are Japanese-style, and most of the guest rooms have their own private baths and toilets (there are 2 guest rooms without their own private toilets or bathing facilities).
#6 Togetsutei
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This beautiful Traditional Ryokan is located in the heart of Arashiyama. Togetsutei has 25 traditional Japanese-style rooms, and all of the rooms have their own private bath and toilet. There are shared indoor baths for both women and men at Togetsutei (same gender bathing only), and a sauna is also available.
#7 Kikokuso
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This wooden, 2 story Traditional Ryokan has a genuine family atmosphere and is conveniently located in central Kyoto. Kikokuso is wvery near the beautiful Shosei-en Garden and Higashi Honganji temple.
#8 Kawashima Ryokan
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Kawashima Ryokan is located near many of the best places to go sightseeing in Kyoto, including the historic Gion district and a number of old temples. This traditional ryokan has been in business since 1901, and it is currently in its third generation of family ownership.
#9 Ryokan Motonago
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Ryokan Motonago opened over 30 years ago and the building is over 100 years old. Originally, the building was a private house so each room is unique and has its own different style and design. Motonago Ryokan is a cozy and friendly Traditional Ryokan.
#10 Dozen Ryokan
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This 100-year-old traditional Japanese Inn that has been renovated and reimagined as a conceptual ryokan. Each room at this ryokan has been named after one of the many recognizable symbols of Japan, such as the sumo, samurai, ninja, etc. This newly updated ryokan provides you with modern conveniences while maintaining the traditional touches that make up a Japanese ryokan special.