Serving as Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868, Kyoto is known for its rich history and many temples and shrines. Today, it is one of the country’s 10 largest cities with a population of 1.5 million people, and a city not-to-be-missed when visiting Japan. While and after exploring though, consider staying in Japanese style inns, or ryokans, which can give you a glimpse of the Japanese culture and hospitality. With traditional elements such as futon beds, natural hot springs and local cuisine, ryokans are the top choice of accommodation when touring Japan. Read on for the top 10 luxury ryokans in Kyoto when you visit this city and indulge in its culture.
With many attractions surrounding Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado within a 3 km (1.9 mi.) radius, it is in a prime location for tourists interested in sightseeing, visiting temples and getting glimpses of history. Some of these include Kyoto International Manga Museum, Sanjusangen-do Temple and Samurai Kembu Kyoto. The concierge would also be able to help organise activities for their day. The room’s facilities incorporate modern and traditional, with flat-screen TVs and fridge, and Japanese-style breakfast every morning.
Enjoy peace during your travels with privacy and luxury at Rangetsu, located in Arashiyama district. Here, relax in a private Hinoki cypress wood bath, sleep on tatami floors and Japanese futon bedding and don Yukata robes, included with the stay. It is also just a 15-minute walk away from Arashiyama Monkey Park and a 10-minute walk from Tenryu-ji Temple. If you would like to explore further out, Hankyu Arashiyama Train Station is also a mere 15-minute walk away, from where you can reach other cities and prefectures!
Address: Sakyo-ku Sagatenryuji Susukinobaba-cho 7
Price: from 577 USD
Daily housekeeping Thermometers for guests provided by property Kid meals All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Smoke alarms WiFi Breakfast in the room Public Bath
Enjoy and appreciate Japanese hospitality with Gion Hatanaka, just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Gion district. In this traditional Japanese accommodation, look forward to soaking in a public bath overlooking a zen garden, and indulge in an in-room Japanese kaiseki multi-course dinner prepared with seasonal ingredients. You do not need to leave your room to enjoy more- guests can also get massages in their room, and also enjoy Japanese Geisha dance performances if booked previously!
Address: Higashiyama-ku Gion Yasaka Jinjya Minamimon Mae
Price: from 176 USD
24-hour security Meeting/banquet facilities Designated smoking area Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Physical distancing in dining areas Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Fax/photocopying Internet services
Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI combines modern comforts with traditional Japanese elements and decor. Rooms are built with lush greenery around, so expect to have plenty of fresh air and serenity during your stay as you take a leisurely stroll to your room. The ryokan is also close to many temples, including Shoren-in Temple, Eikan-do Zenrin-ji Temple and Heian Shrine within a 1.5 km (0.9 mi) radius.
Located just 10 minutes away from Gojo, Shijo or Kawaramachi stations, Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei combines traditional Japanese decor and furnishing with modern amenities, such an air-conditioning, an electric kettle and fridge, for maximum comfort and a relaxing ambience during your stay. Choose to stay in a Japanese-style room to experience sleeping on a tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, or if you prefer western-style comforts, a junior suite with beds.
Guests looking for natural hot spring baths within their ryokan can look forward to a stay at Arashiyama Benkei. Situated along the Katsura River in west Kyoto, guests can enjoy a Japanese experience with indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, massage facilities and in-room multi-course dining with Nakai service while donning yukata robes. The ryokan also provides free shuttle service to the nearest station, where you can arrive at famed tourist attractions such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple within 20 minutes!
Surrounded by lush Japanese gardens, your stay and view at Kyoto Nanzenji Ryokan Yachiyo would be different each time due to the changing colours of the leaves depending on the season. Also located just next to the historic Nanzen-ji Temple, it has large public baths and on-site dining where you can unwind after a long day visiting the nearby temples and indulge in fresh Japanese cuisine. Choose a room with a beautiful garden view and an open-air bath for maximum relaxation!
Kyoto Nanzenji Ryokan Yachiyo
Address: Sakyou Nanzenji Fukuchi 34
Price: from 184 USD
Ironing service Fire extinguishers Shops (on site) Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Room service Free WiFi Thermometers for guests provided by property Board games/puzzles
A homely inn strategically situated just 2 km (1.2 mi) from the city centre, and hidden among the historic townhouses of Kyoto, Yasaka-Yutone Ryokan is where you can get a glimpse of ancient Kyoto and enjoy delicious, authentic Kyoto kaiseki cuisine. The cuisine includes Kyoto specialities like tofu and yuba, where the chef skillfully prepares the dish that satisfies both visually and gastronomically. Choose from seven Japanese rooms, ensuite with cypress baths, where you can truly enjoy your vacation.
Yasaka-Yutone Serving Kyoto Cuisine Ryokan
Price: from 484 USD
“Wagashi”, traditional Japanese sweets made from glutinous rice flour and azuki beans, takes on a different meaning at the luxury Nazuna Kyoto Gosho Ryokan. Each of this ryokan’s room is designed after a wagashi theme, offering a different experience for each guest. Some of the rooms also have open-air baths, where you can enjoy the tranquillity amid the hustle and bustle of Kyoto and stay just a short walk away from Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Nazuna Kyoto Gosho
Price: from 971 USD
10. Hoshinoya Kyoto
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Staying and getting to Hoshinoya Kyoto will be an experience of a lifetime. Located along the Oi River, guests will have to embark on a boat ride that will take them to the ryokan, reminiscent of the olden days where the boats used to carry goods and people along. The ride may just take just 10 minutes, but the tranquillity, accompanied by the sight of kingfishers flying downstream, and the sound of waters gently flowing, make it feel pleasantly longer. The experience continues in the details- keep an eye out for the decor of guest pavilions, where its wooden railings and doors are preserved and cleansed through arai, a traditional Kyoto woodworking technique.
Address: Japan, 〒616-0007 Kyoto, Nishikyo Ward, Arashiyama Genroku Yamamachi１１−２
Price: from 1000 USD
Immerse and indulge in Kyoto while staying in ryokans
Ryokans allow guests to experience just a bit of the intricate and meticulous Japanese culture steeped in tradition. With these luxury ryokans offering an amazing experience to top off your visit to Kyoto, you will be sure to leave with beautiful memories of the city and its rich culture!
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