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Featured Ryokans in Kyoto
Are there luxury ryokans in Kyoto?
- Gion Hatanaka: You’ll find your zen at Gion Hatanaka—they literally have a zen garden on the property. You can further relax at the ryokan’s onsen, which is open to all guests. If you’d rather enjoy some solitude, arrange for an in-room massage. Delicious multicourse dinners featuring local delicacies and seafood are also available if you’re dining in.
- Ryokofuso: This ryokan blends tradition with modern comforts; light-filled rooms sport shoji (sliding paper doors) and tea sets, as well as free toiletries like a toothbrush set. The public bath provides a beautiful view of Kyoto, and when it’s time to seek some inner tranquillity head downstairs to the ryokan’s famous stone garden.
What are some of the top traditional ryokans in Kyoto?
- Ryokan Yamazaki: The Yamazaki is all about the food: the restaurant features both a buffet and traditional Kaiseki courses built around seafood, tempura, noodles, and other Japanese delicacies. All rooms include yukata, or Japanese-style loungewear, and a tea set.
- Seikoro Ryokan: Enjoy a more traditional ryokan experience complete with wooden bathtubs and a large public onsen. Yukata is included in each room along with free toiletries. When you get hungry, a traditional kaiseki—or multicourse meal—will tide you over.
What is a ryokan experience?
Staying in a ryokan gives you a taste of traditional Japan. They’re often housed in older buildings, and while they’ve been updated for safety you may not always find the latest bells and whistles. Most rooms sport reed mats instead of carpets, as well as low wooden tables for eating. Modern conveniences like mini fridges and televisions are rare. Some ryokans have private bathroom facilities while others will require you share with other guests. The focus is on hospitality, with attentive staff standing by to help.