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Tawaraya Ryokan

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278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8094, Kyoto Prefecture
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Tawaraya Ryokan
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Ranked #57 of 344 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Tokyo, Japan
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34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 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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106 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 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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Los Angeles, California
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Though it's been awhile since my husband and I have been, I was just asked by a friend for a recommendation, and this came immediately to mind. The service was exceptional, beginning with the steaming bath they had waiting for us. I was amazed how every room had a marvelous garden view, yet could see no other room. The futons... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

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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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 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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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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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 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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