My husband and I were on our 21 day honeymoon in Japan and decided to "splurge" on a ryokan. While sourcing for different ryokans in Kyoto, which are all very expensive by the way, I stumbles upon this little establishment that was only charging USD 130 a night.
Having read all the good reviews online, I bought us a one night stay with a traditional Keiseki Japanese dinner, for a little over USD 170 for the room for 2.
The ryokan is conveniently located along on of the major sight-seeing routes, in the Chion-In Mae district (within Kyoto), so you can pretty much cover all the "essentials" within the day from your hotel. Its located in the Gion district, fairly near the Shijo shopping district and is very near to the Kiyomizudera.
We arrived at 10am, which was well before their check-in time, and the ladies of the Ryokan graciously let us place our gargantuan luggages in their neat lobby -- and even tagged them with traditional japanese ribbons for identification purposes.
Upon returning at 3pm to check-in, we were ushered to our spacious tatami-clad rooms, fitted with a balcony area that functions as a tea room.
Dinner started at 7pm in our rooms. An elderly Japanese lady came into our room to serve us our dish, one at a time. Even with the language barriers, us speaking minimal japanese and her speaking minimal English, she tried very much to explain each dish to us.
I would highly recommend everyone to try the Keiseki dinner at least once. The dishes might be weird at times, but in general, its an experience you don't to miss out on.
After dinner, the ladies will come into your room to transform your room into a sleeping area with very plush and comfortable futons.
And to our surprise the next morning, even though we did not book the breakfast, there was a table reserved for us in the communal banquet hall!
All in all, we had a fabulous time at Shinmonso and we truly felt like royalty.
Highly recommend it!
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