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Tawaraya Ryokan

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  |   278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8094, Japan
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Ranked #55 of 332 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Since we were only able to get one night at our preferred choice, Shiraume Ryokan (which is perfection in every conceivable way, but that's another review), I guess our travel agent wanted to do us a favor and booked us for two nights in this supposedly "best Japanese ryokan". I could have cried with frustratiion, it was such a let-down!... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to try the ryokan experience while in Kyoto. My decision to stay here was the combination of the reputation for service and the elegance of the kaiseki dinner. I could not have been more pleased. The staff assigned to our room was wonderful. She took great care of us and did her best to explain everything to us... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We had some trouble finding the ryokan, but once we did, it was as if we were in a different experience--a musical performance that calms and awakens you at once. The woman who served us most often during our three day stay had both a wonderful sense of humor and a sensitivity to our needs. What a comfort it is... More

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Singapore
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This was such a wonderful experience in Kyoto. It is expensive but the experience you get is amazing. You feel that you are the only people staying there as the service is second to none and it is one of if not the most relaxing places I have ever stayed - it sucked any stress right out of me. You... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Came back to Tawaraya after 10 years, its amazing to come back and just dive into this experience. I stayed in other Ryokans but the service in Tawaraya is a level of its own. First stayed in a standard room, then 2 nights in a beautiful suite. The details in decration, service, food, am sure as a non-japanese I only... More

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Tawaraya is a legendary ryokan in Kyoto. It is also very, very expensive. For that kind of money, what you expect is top flight quality. Granted the atmosphere is original, but it is original in a 1960's way. There is charm, but charm of a faded beauty resting on her laurels. The keiseki dinner served in the room ought to... More

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London
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

The Ryokan experience is one that is unique. You must arrive early. You must bathe. Then eat. Then sleep. Then leave after breakfast. Again. Early. It's not an experience you will forget. And it's a wonderful one. You experience a calmer more reflective evening. And get more out of the following day thanks to to the early start. My wife... More

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Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This was the first ryokan we ever stayed in and it set a high bar! The experience and the setting were both incredible. There was so much attention to detail, from the decorations to the food, and the service was attentive without being pushy. Unfortunately, we were only able to stay one night as the hotel was booked far in... More

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Redding, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We visited this Ryokan several months ago. We were blown away way with beauty of the interior gardens, the attention to detail, and the graciousness of the staff. We will definitely stay at this Ryokan on our next trip to Kyoto.

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Kanazawa, Japan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

It may be over 20 years since Forbes Magazine named Tawaraya as one of the world's 10 best hotels, but the passage of time hasn't lessened its appeal. Afterall, what's 20 years in the more than 300 it's been in operation? From the minute you enter this lovely, serene, rambling home, you are considered an honored guest, and your every... More

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Address: 278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8094, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 18
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