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Good Ryokans in Kyoto!

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1. Posted by Qokoon (Budding Member, 24 posts) 26 Aug '12 12:49

Hi Everyone:
I wanted to find out any good suggestions for Ryokans in Kyoto, we will be here 4 nights (going here in mid November for a honeymoon, future hubby and I :D )

We would like something clean and affordable, also as private as possible (meaning private bath and room) and hot springs are a definite plus.

All suggestions are welcome!

Also if you can specify where exactly in the city the Ryokan is located in relation to the tourists sights that would help alot, we would like to stay as walking distance as possible. However I am aware some of the Ryokans are in the country side, just specify how you managed to go from the city and back and how far it was for you.

Thank you all very very very much in advance for all the input! ;)

2. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 462 posts) 26 Aug '12 20:36

Hi Qokoon,

I stayed at Ikoi-no-ie when I last went three years ago. They have nice private room options but it's not overly traditional. It's in a central location (straight up from JR Kyoto station past Higashi Hongan-ji) and I managed to take in a lot of the main sites from there.

There aren't many traditional onsen (hot springs) in Kyoto city. You'll find only one ryokan with onsen in the city on this list: http://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/db/kyoto/index.htm. It is also indoor and same sex only, so maybe not what you're after.

As you will see on that list many onsen ryokan are located around Lake Biwa, though there are some as close as 20mins away by train that also offer private outdoor baths.

Have a great trip!

3. Posted by GenkiLee (Full Member, 5 posts) 13 Sep '12 07:22

Howdy, QoKoon! GenkiLee, again.

Last month while day-tripping in Kyoto's gorgeous Arashiyama district, we passed by a lovely hot springs hotel and thought we might like to stay there, sometime.

Name: Arashiyama Onsen Arashiyama Benkei
Here's their English website: http://www.benkei.biz/~english/

They have experience with foreign guests, which is always a plus if you don't speak the language.

If you're not going to spend money on a JR Rail Pass, staying here costs about the same (starting rate: 29,000/person for a basic room, 2 meals included), but it looks like a beautiful splurge for two. Each room has at the very least a private toilet and some of them have private hot springs tubs! (The hot springs water is the real thing, by the way).

The dinner menu is seasonal "kaiseki," a luxury many Japanese locals have never tried in their lives. (A good kaiseki dinner starts around 10,000 yen/person).

Worth considering. It's your honeymoon, after all. :)

Cheers!

GenkiLee