Top Ryokans in Kyoto
Top Ryokans in Kyoto
Ryokans are a Japanese style inn that has traditional Japanese tatami floors, sliding doors, Japanese gardens and most ryokans have a futon and onsen as well. There are some ryokans now a days that offer a Western style bed but the more traditional ones will have a futon for you to sleep in. They were usually also offer a Japanese style breakfast and dinner as well.
Now there are a lot of different ryokans all across Japan and even in Kyoto but the ones I have chosen are some of the most luxurious ryokans in Tokyo. So they definitely are on the expensive side but i’m sure you can find a lot of ryokans that are within your budget that are just as nice. I am just suggesting these as they are some of the most famous ryokans in Kyoto so if you do have the extra money to splurge then you should definitely check out these ryokans.
The first one that I would recommend is the Hoshinoya Kyoto Ryokan. First, you get on a traditional Japanese style boat from the Hoshinoya Kyoto Boat Landing which is located near the Togetsu-kyo bridge. From here you are taking to the landing deck of the ryokan. You are greeted by the staff and then taken inside to check-in. This ryokan is absolutely superb. There are five different Japanese style rooms that you can choose from that all have a view of the river. They will also serve you with the best Kyoto cuisine made by some of the top chefs. The ryokan also holds seasonal events that you are more than welcome to join. During the spring time they have a tea ceremony event in their beautiful garden underneath the famous Japanese cherry blossom trees.
The second ryokan that I would recommend is the Yachiyo Ryokan. This ryokan is known for having the best Kyoto cuisine and also one of the most beautiful Japanese garden. It is also in a great location as it is located right in the centre of Kyoto. It is on the east side of the Nanzenji temple and on the west side of the Heian Jingu Shrine. The rooms are obviously a very traditional style room and some of them even come with their very own private onsen which is great for people who are staying with their family or as a couple. Plus you are able to go and relax in the onsen whenever you please. At the Yachiyo, their garden is lit up every night and from the terrace seats you can enjoy the delicious dinner served.
If you are looking for a ryokan in the Gion area, there is actually a really beautiful ryokan called the Gion Hatanaka. This is literally located in the centre of Gion so you can easily venture out to explore the famous Gion area. The theme of this ryokan is said to be a house in the mountains made in the town which basically means that you are meant to feel the silence and the peace even though the ryokan is located right in the city. And it’s true. The moment you walk up the stairs to the entrance you will feel as if you are not in the city anymore. The ryokan is pretty small but still just as beautiful. They also offer a delicious breakfast and dinner, a matcha tea service and bath service as well.
The next ryokan that I will be recommending to you is a bit more of a modern ryokan. Kizashi the Suite is definitely more modern and has a sophisticated feel to it as well. And unlike the other ryokans it has a Western style bed so maybe if you prefer a bed to a futon then this place is more suited for you. There are only a total of 8 rooms at this ryokan so it does fill up quickly. Each room also comes with it’s own private bathtub and they also serve you all of the seasonal Kyoto cuisine using the freshest ingredients. Again, it is a more modern style ryokan so if you want to get the real traditional Japanese experience then you should look more into the other ryokans listed here.
The very last ryokan that I recommend checking out is the Ryugin ryokan. This is located in a district with some of the most important historic buildings. It is also located near Kodaiji Temple so if you want to explore some of the most historic buildings then this would be a great place to stay. The ryokan is also pretty small but it is of the highest quality and the best hospitality. There are two different types of rooms that you can choose from at the ryokan. One is the Royal Sweet room and the other is the Sweet room. In the Royal sweet room you can have up to four people stay so it is great for when you are traveling with friends or family. And with the sweet room you are able to get a great view of the private Japanese garden. They also serve a unique dinner as it is a modern style Washoku (Japanese style meal).