My wife and I stayed here for two nights after a 3 night stay at a regular 5 star hotel in Kyoto. National Geographic has listed a stay in a ryokan as one of the 50 must do things to do or see before you die. And so we chose this inn as I did not want to pay the very steep prices of the Hiiragiya Main. Even so our 2 night experience here during low season still set me back for over $1,000US for 2 persons.
But life is a series of experiences and this experience is definitely a defining moment of our ten days stay in Japan. The building is 90 years old and our room was a bit faded but still lovely, truly evocative of old Japan. As it was a quiet month the inn gave us the best room in the house, a corner unit with glass walls on two sides facing a very pretty Japanese garden.
Everything done here is done with tradition in mind, and the service was unimpeachable. We were looked after mostly by an older but very elegant Japanese woman in a kimono. Although she did not speak much English, I sensed she wanted us to enjoy our stay at the inn completely and did her part to accomplish that goal.
The ten course keisiki meal had some exotic items that might not appeal to the western palate, but this is part of the overall experience. The sumptuous Japanese breakfast was delicious.
Overall I think a two night stay here was just right, one night would be a terrible rush and I think with 3 nights you might be overdoing it. In summary an amazing experience of traditional Kyoto life and of Japanese culture.
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