You have to do this. Brilliant. I've stayed at Okuda Ryokan twice now. Once in 2010 with my Mother and my Aunt for 3 nights and the second time was until just yesterday for 4 nights with my partner. I just love it. It's extremely traditional with tatami mats, futons, sliding paper doors within the rooms, green tea sets etc. In the morning, the gorgeous host, Mr Tomiyo provides a western breakfast, toast and jam in another private room (guest load permitting I'd say) for you which is also perfect. I was lucky to have an en suite this second time, but the bath room downstairs is a must, so we did that at night anyway. Communal bathing per se, but with your loved ones only. Modesty assured, Mr Tomiyo makes sure of that, asking what time you'd like to bathe and will call you when it's ready. Location-wise, you are in Gion, 5 minutes walk from Hanami-koji where the illusive Maiko san can be spotted if you're lucky, 10 minutes the other way are all the subway/bus stops to see the sights of Kyoto. I think there might be 4 or 5 rooms here although he told me yesterday that he catered for 20 school students recently. Anyway ... just book it. You'll love it.
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