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“Pampering of a Lifetime” 5 of 5 stars
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Kurama Onsen
3.0 of 5
Ryokan
  |   520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111, Kyoto Prefecture (Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara)   |  
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Ranked #139 of 334 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
4.0 of 5 stars 43 Reviews
Perth, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Pampering of a Lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This was the first of everything for me -- stark naked in hotspring in front of people I know (and some I don't) & having a feast fit for the king! That's about summing up the experience of a lifetime at the BEST resort I have stayed in.

At 17,200 yen a night, we got to try out an experience that probably would have been the first & last for many who don't have the luxury to travel regularly, let alone to a luxurious Japanese onsen. The service from the staff was tip-top from the moment we stepped off the train. The package included 2-way transportation to the resort, a welcome ocha with titbits, a super-sumptuous dinner & breakfast...not to mention unlimited usage of its indoor & outdoor onsen facilities. Oh, they even helped us set up our tatami beds on request!

The only inconvenience was the public bathing facilities, which only available on ground floor but we got used to it by next day. Our room was a little cramped for 4 but well, it was good enough for a night stay. A truly pampering haven that you must not miss!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Beijing, China
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We travelled to Kibune before and wanted to stay in the lovely and romantic mountain setting. Found nearby onsen ryokan in Kurama. When discovered there was a walking trail between Kurama and Kibune, we were sold - any soreness from the walk can be soaked out in the onsen.
We arrived at the train station to find a shuttle bus meeting the train. We were early so the ryokan happily accepted our bags, gave us directions and map for the walk to Kibune and off we went. The temples and cherry blossoms were beautiful. The walk up and down the mountain was steep but there were lots of children and old people walking the track.
The room was large - 12 tatami mat. Dinner (Japanese) served in the room were plenty and delicious, we had trouble fitting everything in. Our experience here was excellent from the time we arrived to the time we left - so much so that my husband wants to go back again. The only thing that would have made the stay perfect if there was facility where we can soak in the onsen together.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Before arriving at the Kurama station, everyone would have taken a local train that would bring us there, on the train, there are window facing seats. That's the best way to enjoy the scenery! ps: cherry blossoms along the way!

Upon arriving at Kurama station, one may take the shuttle van service that stops at the station approximately every 20 minutes. No worries on this, the shuttle van would arrive when the local train arrives.

The Onsen would provide towels , a japanese after shower robe and a pair of socks for your spring water baths. In case you havent been to one before, from my observation, usually one will rinse through water and go into the hot spring water. After some time, one will immediately soak into the ice cold water for a moment, cooling oneself and back to the hot spring water again. Thereafter, we would bathe normally with the provided shampoo and shower foam. Interesting experience! oh! there's also a outdoor spring!

Enjoy all the food that have been prepared! There's dinner and breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

It is quite remote but a great location, and i advise to take the train to get to Kamakura, the way through the forest is beautiful.
Rooms are spacious, staff is helpful, but speak little english really. The hot spring baths both indoor and outdoor are just the right size, nice, clean and not overcrowded as in other (bigger) Onsen.
Dinner and breakfast are outstanding.
Went there for our honeymoon, and it was wonderful!
I strongly recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Capers Bend
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I can only review the onsen (hot spring) bath section and I did not stay at the ryokan. Nonetheless, I found the staff of the resort to be very helpful even when I bought my ticket for the bath. The resort is located up the main street from the Kurama train station, with a regular shuttle between the station and the resort. I chose to walk to the resort because Kurama was such a charming village, perhaps even more so in the winter, and although it was uphill it wasn't really that long of a walk. The bath itself is clean, with shower and restroom areas, and has very nice views of the surrounding mountains with (when I was there) snow-covered cedar trees. Although people with tattoos traditionally cannot enter baths like these in Japan, I noticed several male visitors with tattoos while I was there, so I imagine that this rule might not be strictly enforced. The price for visiting the onsen was a bit steep for non-hotel guests (1100 yen at the time), but I stayed for a good 2 hours and felt incredibly refreshed upon exiting the bath.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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Gurgaon, India
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had almost done our shrine visits in Kyoto , though no one can complete all of the temples in the beautiful city of Kyoto and we were in Arashiyama, and decided to experience Japanese Onsen . From TA reviews and also from our hotel concierge, we knew that Kurama would be an excellent choice, and we were not wrong when we took a cab from Arashiyama to Kurama . At just 4000 Y, we were at the resort and opted for open air onsen. It had coin operated tickets and bath towels. Adult ticket was 1100 Y, Child ticket was 700Y, small bath towels were 200Y . It was a relaxing experience to soak in the warm waters with Cedar trees and lust mountain greenery all around. The stone paved path upto the onsen was beautiful. We must have spent an hour there, when we came out and took the courtesy shuttle to Kurama station. The cute wooden station was an experience too, and the small mountain train that took us down to central Kyoto was enchanting experience. There are few seats facing the windows, and it was really nice.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Kurama Onsen as a special celebration of our wedding anniversary. It was absolutely wonderful. The service was good beyond my wildest expectations. We took the room with two meals a day and had two incredibly well prepared Kaiseki meals. Breakfast was also amazingly good with many small dishes Japanese style. Everything is spotlessly clean.
Kurama Onsen may have a modern building and modern pools for their bathing, but the food and tradition were totally Japanese. You sleep on a futon on the floor and wear a yukata ( Kimono type robe) while you are there. They also give you Japanese socks that work in thong sandals.
My husband wasn't totally sold on the futon, but we both slept like babies and hope to repeat the experience some day.
The price for an overnight and meals is pretty expensive, but if you can possibly afford it, you will never forget it. It is easy to reach from the Sanjo or JR Station and directions on their website is up to date. We used the website for reservation and got a reservation number. No email was sent confirming the reservations. When I called to be sure they had gotten them no one could speak English. So when we arrived in Japan we had the Tourist Bureau call them and we learned that we did indeed have reservations.
During the day there is a walking path through the Kurama Shrine which is truly fascinating.
In both the the Onsen and the Shrine there is little English spoken, but they speak enough to do a fabulous job of making their guests comfortable and relaxed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara
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#71 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kurama Onsen 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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