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Tawaraya Ryokan

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278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8094, Kyoto Prefecture
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Porto-Vecchio, France
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37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well known Ryokan. Absolutely wonderful and it fulfilled all our expectations. In this Ryokan everything was almost perfect , wonderful staff, wonderful spacious rooms and the kaiseki dinners were absolutely amazing (As well as the traditional Breakfast) Of course you get so many different dishes, that one item might not be your favourite. If you like fish then it's absolutely... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We stayed at Tawaraya Ryokan in June 2015 and it was a mind-blowing experience. Ryokan living may not be comfortable enough for westerners (one sits and sleeps on the tatami floor), but for me (Asian woman) and my white boyfriend it was fine. The floor seating took some getting use to, but there was a love-seat in one of the... More 

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3 Thank B T
Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

WOW - EVERYTHING about this ryokan is more than EXCELLENT I had hurt my foot and it was swollen, here comes an ice pack and ice pads for my comfort!! Rating: First Class This famous historic inn - over 300 years old - is commonly regarded as simply the best ryokan in Japan. The word 'simply' has particular relevance here,... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

My girlfriend and I stayed at Tawaraya with her family in August this year. We have recently graduated from a hotel management school in Switzerland and so we understand what a great guest experience is supposed to be. Our experience at Tawaraya was completely beyond anything we could have expected. It was simply the best accommodation I have ever stayed... More 

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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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89 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

I had not stayed at Tawaraya for many years but decided to revisit this gem because friends were travelling with me from LA, NYC and London and they wanted the full Japanese experience. We had such a great time. The food was amazing. The service impeccable. Sato-san, the owner, sent a bottle of wine to our room...it was all perfect... More 

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East Coast
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35 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We have spent a lot of time in Japan but never in a ryokan, so a one night stay at Tawaraya was a wish list item that we are happy is behind us. It is always a red flag to me when a hotel trades on its age and former guest list. This is definitely no exception. Sometimes old is....well,... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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50 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

It was as expected when you have been to similar places like Hiiragiya and it is good to go from time to time but the place starts to disconnect in terms of price value . The dinner is pure and tasteless and sleeping is tough for westerners , so you get the tranquility a monk would expect and the simplicity... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Tawaraya is definitely one of the best Ryokan in Kyoto. It is very charming with the little stories and display. In fact the hotel is very centrally located, shopping and attractions are only steps away. The bathroom combines modern luxury and traditional Japanese style, fully equipped amenities. The staff is amazing, they are always there but only show up when... More 

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Pasadena, California
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43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a little magical ryokan in Kyoto that brings you back in time and pampers your every need. The hotel exuded a calm serenity the minute we talked in. The room had huge windows from floor to ceiling, overlooking the lovely garden. After a nice long soak at the wooden bathtub, we changed into the Japanese robes provided and... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A night in a Ryokan is must do in a trip to Japan. I liked Tawaraya very much. It is a trip in time, something that makes the most of any trip. It s great to find yourself living in one of these japanese style zen spaces, it makes you think rwe really don t need all the stuff we... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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