Sawaya Honten is an amazing ryokan in Kyoto that provides a true Japanese experience. I stayed there for four nights with my girlfriend and enjoyed every minute of it.
They do provide breakfast in the room but the stay is cheaper without it (only got it or one morning). The rooms are large so they keep the futons available and also have a HD tv and western style bathroom if you prefer (with shower). You do have to take off your shoes at the front and no wireless internet (but they do have a computer in the front that you can use).
The owner does speak English so no problems there and the other employees use electronic dictionaries so they try their best to accommodate foreign travelers.
It is in close proximity to the Silver Pavilion, the Zoo, and numerous temples. The hotel is located a little North and East of the city center but is only a block and a half from a bus stop and subway station (I recommend only using the buses since they are easier and cheaper).
Also one of the few hotel with availability during the Gion Festival.
Will definitely stay there again next time I am in town.
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- Also Known As:
- Sawaya Honten Hotel Kyoto