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Tatami Hotels In Kyoto, Japan - Updated 2020

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Japanese architectural traditions are as old and deep as the country’s own history. An important concept and the basis of traditional Japanese architecture is ‘tatami’, which regulates a building’s dimensions and size and originated in ancient Japan when straw was used as a softener on bare earth. The idea transformed into that of moveable mats which eventually became permanent floor covering later on. Tatami is so common in Japanese homes that room sizes are measured by how many tatamis fit in it. Today, tatami is also used as flooring material in traditional Japanese inns of Ryokans and are also called as Kyōma in the Kyoto region (for their specific size). Moreover, one needs to walk into tatami rooms barefoot, sans any shoes or slippers! If you’re visiting, here are some must-stay-at tatami hotels in Kyoto, Japan.

1. Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei (from USD 120)

The Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei effortlessly blends Japanese traditions with modern comforts. Located within a 10-minute walking distance from the lively Kawaramachi area, this ryokan features contemporary bedding along with traditional tatami flooring in the seating areas, where there’s also an electric kettle, a fridge, and ample storage space. The ryokan also has modern facilities like free Wi-Fi and a modern, fully equipped bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Enjoy a Kaiseki-style traditional Japanese breakfast and even embark on tours of the region which can be easily arranged from the tour desk.


Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei

Address: Shimogyo-ku Yanaginobanbadori Takatsuji Sagaru Kichimonjicho 425
Price: from 120 USD

24-hour front desk Fire extinguishers Lift Ironing service Internet services Laundry Daily housekeeping Ticket service

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2. Ryokan Tori (from USD 192)

Ryokan Tori is the perfect example of offering an authentic ryokan experience without sacrificing any of the comforts for travelers. This traditional Ryokan features minimally furnished luxurious rooms with comfortable bedding (king, queen, twin beds) on tatami mats, a hanger rack, cupboard space, an ensuite modern bathroom, a kettle, as well as lots of space to move around. Guests at Tori can enjoy an authentic Asian breakfast. What’s more, Ryokan Tori is located in the vicinity of some of Kyoto’s star attractions.


Ryokan Tori

Address: Kamigyo-ku Sasaya cho 3-639
Price: from 192 USD

Free WiFi WiFi available in all areas Internet services WiFi Heating Air conditioning Daily housekeeping Non-smoking throughout

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3. Luck You Kyoto (from USD 101)

If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese experience in Kyoto, then Luck You is the place where you need to be. After all, who would mind receiving a pot of freshly brewed tea when they’re checking in? This amazing, highly rated ryokan is located in the quiet Shimogyo Ward, but the many bus stops located within a two-minute walk will take you to directly to Kyoto’s key tourist sites. The ryokan itself features rooms with traditional bedding on tatami mats, ensuite modern fully equipped bathroom, complimentary tea and coffee, and even free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. What’s more, guests are also treated to free vouchers for the local onsen (public bath) located across Luck You, which comes highly recommended.


Luck You Kyoto

Address: Shimogyo-ku Kakimotocho 590-16
Price: from 101 USD

Physical distancing in dining areas WiFi available in all areas Garden Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning Process in place to check health of guests Cashless payment available

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4. Yadoya Manjiro (from USD 128)

Dress into a traditional yukata (casual summer kimono) and relax in the soothing environs of the 1900-built Sukiya-style ryokan of Yadoya Manjiro. Peace and tranquillity are the highlights of this delightful ryokan, which features traditional Japanese-style rooms with traditional futon bedding on a tatami floor, low furniture, Japanese art decor, paper screens, a safe and a fridge, and amazing views of the relaxing, beautifully manicured and designed garden. Free Wi-Fi a shared lounge are available, and guests can enjoy a relishing, authentic, Japanese style breakfast as well. What’s more, this ryokan is a five-minute walk from bus stops, the market, restaurants, as well as the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple.


Yadoya Manjiro

Address: Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-208-17
Price: from 128 USD

Luggage storage Smoke alarms Security alarm CCTV outside property Safety deposit box Garden Non-smoking throughout Air conditioning

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5. Kyoto Takasegawa Bettei (from USD 110)

Takasegawa Bettei is a traditional ryokan with a modern twist, featuring the best hospitality aspects of ancient Japan and modern day travels. The rooms at this ryokan comfy beds (double, twin beds) on tatami flooring, a flat-screen TV, a desk, a couch or two chairs facing the TV, a coffee machine, an ensuite bathroom with a wooden bath, traditional paper windows, and a wardrobe. Guests can enjoy traditional Kaiseki-style Japanese as well as American breakfasts of their choice. What’s more, all rooms either face the gorgeous Kamo River or a beautifully manicured and maintained rock garden on the premises.


Kyoto Takasegawa Bettei

Address: Shimogyo-ku Juzenjicho 196-3
Price: from 110 USD

Garden Newspapers Private parking CCTV in common areas Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Air conditioning Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Free WiFi

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6. Kamishichiken Oku (from USD 409)

Clean, elegant, cozy - ryokan of Kamishichiken Oku is all of this, and more. It’s a traditional Japanese ryokan in Kyoto with all 21st-century comforts. The rooms at Kamishichiken Oku have Western-style beds and an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub. The sitting area with traditional tatami flooring, free Wi-Fi, fridge, sofa, flat-screen TV, a desk, sofa, fridge, and even complimentary in-room pajamas and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms even feature a quaint terrace! Guests at Kamishichiken Oku can enjoy both traditional Japanese meals as well as take comfort in a delicious American breakfast. If you’re interested in exploring the area on bikes, the ryokan can arrange those too.


Kamishichiken Oku

Address: Kamigyo-ku Shinseicho 712
Price: from 409 USD

Ticket service Face masks for guests available Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Concierge service Restaurant Access to health care professionals Breakfast in the room Non-smoking rooms

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7. Gion Maifukan (from USD 114)

If you want to stay in a traditional ryokan in Kyoto’s historic city center, then the Gion Maifukan, a mere three-minute walk from the Yasaka Jinja Shrine is perfect, featuring both contemporary western and traditional Japanese rooms with futon bedding and tatami flooring. The A/C rooms of Gion Maifukan all feature modern comforts like fridges, flat-screen TV, and free wired and Wi-Fi internet, along with complimentary mineral water, coffee and tea, and nightwear (Yukata). Go exploring on rental bicycles, enjoy an in-room massage, or relax on the rooftop terrace. The World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is a mere 15-minute walk away.

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8. Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo (from USD 392)

Easily one of the most luxurious ryokans in town, Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo (Cha no Yado) is located in the Nakagyo Ward, close to Marutamachi and Nijojomae Stations, as well as the Imperial Palace and Kyoto International Manga Museum. This deluxe ryokan features rooms with a private, open-air bath and even a zen garden, where the hosts engage the guests in a traditional tea bath and ceremony. The room itself features traditional tatami flooring, free Wi-Fi, kettle, seating area, fridge, and a flat-screen TV, as well as a brand-new bathroom with Shiseido amenities. Enjoy a leisurely traditional breakfast with a wide-ranging variety of Japanese foods in the onsite restaurant as well.


Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo

Address: Nakagyo-ku Kusuriyacho 580
Price: from 392 USD

Soundproof rooms Safety deposit box Free WiFi Private check-in/check-out Physical distancing rules followed Bar Process in place to check health of guests Daily housekeeping

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9. Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado (from USD 236)

Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado is a quaint oasis of a ryokan in the heart of the city and is the perfect ‘home away from home’ place to return to after a day of exploring Kyoto. The rooms at this lovely Ryokan feature traditional tatami flooring with comfy beds, flat-screen TV, wardrobe, fridge, and a private, ensuite bathroom with a bath. Soak into a relaxing cypress bath, or drink your tea while reading in the huge library. Enjoy a daily, endless supply of sencha, sweets, and Nespresso coffee, and don’t miss the wonderful, Kaiseki-style breakfast and dinner in the onsite restaurant. Western-style breakfast can also be ordered on prior request.


Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado

Address: Shimogyo-ku Tokumancho 199
Price: from 236 USD

24-hour front desk Games room Internet services Non-smoking throughout Luggage storage WiFi Safety deposit box Garden

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10. Heihachi Tea House Inn (from USD 562)

Nestled in the lush green southeastern corner of Shimogyo Ward is the 450-year-old Heihachi Tea House Inn which is steeped in rich, ancient Japanese culture. Featuring traditional Japanese cuisine, an exquisite Zen garden as well as a Japanese steam sauna, the Heihachi Tea House Inn is the best ryokan for an authentic Japanese experience. The ryokan’s location along the Takano River, Japanese-style rooms with tatami flooring, complimentary Yukata robes, and cherry blossoms during Spring in the garden are what make this place so quaint. American and European touches include LDC TVs, ensuite rooms, and free Wi-Fi too. Soak in the scent of old Kyoto at this wonderful ryokan.


Heihachi Tea House Inn

Address: Sakyo-ku Yamabanakawagishicho 8-1
Price: from 562 USD

WiFi available in all areas Gift shop Free parking Private parking Smoke alarms On-site parking Garden Daily housekeeping

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Kindly Kyoto

A custom that has survived to this day and age, tatami still influences Japanese culture and living in Kyoto today. Immerse yourself in the erudition of Japanese living by staying at these great tatami ryokans in Kyoto.

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