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Kurama Onsen

3.0 of 5
520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #138 of 342 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a week in Kyoto and the mobs of tourists I needed peace and quiet. Kurama Onsen is located 30 mins by car north of Kyoto and is surrounded by tall trees, a quiet little village and rolling hills and mountains. At most the only noise you hear in the day is the odd car going by but it's so... More 

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Bruchsal, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

After 3 very enjoyable days in Tokyo, we experienced another wonderful, but very different side to Japanese culture. The outdoor hot springs, kind staff, traditional rooms and the beautiful presentation of the delicious 4 - 5 course dinners served in our room made our stay a very memorable and unique experience. The breakfasts, though aesthetically pleasing, were a challenge to... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We arrived at this establishment after a day of traveling. Sweaty, tired and after changing 3 trains to get to Kurama, a good soak was what we needed. Autumn foliage was in season when we arrived in December, so be sure to have your camera ready (if on the Eizen railway) as the tunnel of Maples is a highlight. (Last... More 

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Limeil-Brevannes, France
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Only onsen in Kyoto, we really wanted to enjoy the famous Japanese Public Bath and were very pleased by Kurama Onsen. The dishes were ... typical! Not what we are used to as European, but it is a jump in the Japanese culture that we enjoyed a lot. The Onsen (outside and inside) are beautiful! It is a delight to... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We went to the Onsen in the evening by train. Though it's a good 45 mins journey from Kyoto, we needed the relaxation for our legs that walked whole day. As we reached right after 7pm and the onsen closes at 9pm, there're not many people at that time and we could enjoy the onsen very much by ourselves. The... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I didn't stay at the ryokan, just went for the outdoor onsen. I suppose a disclaimer to this review what that I expected this to be a natural onsen (as advertised on their website), which in my mind was that it was outdoor by a stream/river and not artificially made in a "swimming pool" style. I'm still doubting as to... More 

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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was a great change of pace from the usual hotel stay. Relatively short train trip from Kyoto followed by shuttle bus will get you here. Food, service and sleeping experience (on mats) were all a pleasure. Finally, there's the onsen experience - don't miss this, you really get an opportunity to appreciate the beautiful serenity of the countryside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Such a lovely break from the hot city! The mountains were refreshingly cool. The room, food, service and springs were just what we wanted, a more authentic Japanese experience. The staff was amazing and very eager to please. The traditional dinner and breakfast, yokata robes, sleeping mats with comforter and buckwheat hull pillow, and the onsen gave us an appreciation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I wanted to get out of the city and relax and this fitted the bill perfected. It is an easy train ride out of Tokyo with a shuttle bus from the station to the onsen. The room was perfect and the staff were so helpful and with their very limited knowledge of English and my complete lack of Japanese we... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It's a bit far out of Kyoto, but service was wonderful. Shuttle bus from Kurama station was convenient, and the driver extremely friendly! The driver will load up your luggage and take to you the ryokan, and even take the luggage up to your room for you. I'm not sure how different the service is for people who only understand... More 

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