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Tawaraya Ryokan

278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8094, Japan
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Ranked #20 of 193 Kyoto B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014
lobar45 Chicago, Illinois
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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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Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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coral gables
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
47 hotel reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Two days at Tarawaya during a wonderful trip to Kyoto and Tokyo took us by storm, a quiet storm. Whether its a small snack of wake up Tea, a delicious cookie or candy, a wonderful meal ( breakfast either Western or Japanese style) or a recommendation for any activities nearby, the staff is wonderful and so accommodating. The owners own... More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
12 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Subtle Sensibilities and Artful Discretion in a place where time seems to stand still yet for another moment again...Tawaraya' s Dao gets into your inner soul. From the framed wooden ventilation ducts to wetting the entry foyer for our every fresh steps...nothing is not well thought of and for the guests. The Inn of the year!

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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): $$$$
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