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Tawaraya Ryokan

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278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8094, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #55 of 342 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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106 reviews 106 reviews
62 hotel reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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19 helpful votes 19 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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11 hotel reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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17 helpful votes 17 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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15 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

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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14 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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