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“Nice Ryokan, but a bit far from the city” 3 of 5 stars
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Ryokan Yamazaki
3.0 of 5
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  |   13 Umegahatatakahanacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8261 , Japan   |  
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Ranked #89 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Stockholm
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Nice Ryokan, but a bit far from the city”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A nice Ryokan on the outskirts of the city. Rooms are fairly spacious and you sleep on good futons. There is WiFi and air conditioning and a very nice garden. Food was nothing special, however. Altogether OK, but no restaurants nearby, only a convenience store.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Was abit tough to understand where to take the bus etc, maybe some attachment of picture of where to take the Bus would help people to understand i guess. Overall really love the ryokan, we get to stay 2 nights there with great view of the garden. I will come again definitely. But one great point must put into consideration, from ryokan to kyoto central please expect 45-1hours of wating and travel time. If you don't mind about traveling time, than go ahead with Ryokan yamazaki !!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

My friend and I were keen on staying at a ryokan for atleast a few nights during our trip to Japan. Ryokan Yamazaki was great, in that it offers a traditional Japanese stay for a reasonable price. The rooms are alright - sparsely furnished - but liveable. I wasn't a big fan of the bathrooms being in a little outhouse, but that was manageable.

The only part of our stay that was not pleasant was the sheer distance of the ryokan from central Kyoto. It's serviced by only one (maybe two) buses that take a good 1.5 hours from central Kyoto. There's a Lawson's (supermarket), about a 10 minute walk away, but absolutely nothing else close by. The location is so obscure that not too many taxi drivers know of it - thankfully we never missed the bus, and were able to get back each time.

Given that most of Kyoto's bigger attractions are closer to the city, it was frustrating to spend so much of our limited time, just commuting. I don't regret the experience, but I'd probably only stay here again if I had a lot of time to spend in Kyoto.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We were touring Kyoto and my wife stayed at Ryokan Yamazaki for two nights.

We made the mistake of following google map direction trying to get to the hotel.
The direction given was way too far from the Ryokan, we only managed to check in at 2300 after walking for 45 mins. After getting lost a few times.

Once we reach the ryokan, we were welcome by a old man who told us that there is a bus just 150 meters away. My wife and i were like OMG! All the walk for nothing! Our own mistake. Bumper! LOL

After that, he guided us to our room, gave us a brief walk through where are the restroom, shower room and a shared kitchen.

We settled into our room and wash up and retire for the night, next morning we woke up and before we head out and we realize that they have a beautiful garden. The man was kind enough to ask where we were heading and offer his advise how we could get there. Very friendly. He even booked us a taxi.

Oh Oh, they have free wifi in the rooms, which is quite hard to come by in Japan hotels. The place is nicely maintain. They also offer traditional Japanese breakfast or American breakfast if you prefer.

I would recommend anyone who want to have a traditional Ryokan stay, they made us feel very welcome.

Room Tip: For travellers - The way to reach the Ryokan - take bus number 8 from Kyoto Bus Interchange, once yo...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moorpark, California
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We spent two nights here, and it was easily the nicest hotel/ryokan we stayed at during our trip in Japan. It is about 45 minutes by JR bus away from the Kyoto main station, but the atmosphere was so lovely. The buses thankfully announce each upcoming stop in Japanese and English, and the Ryokan's website provided good enough directions to find it using the JR bus. The room was a nice size, and very beautiful. The "grandma" spoke English, and made us feel very welcome! We ate dinner and breakfast there, both of which were very delicious. There was a lot of noise from other guests (which happened at all the places we stayed at), but other than that, it was a very pleasant experience. The tatami mats were very comfortable for us. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

we were late arriving at the Ryokan. We found it in the dark. Once we had worked out how Japanese buses operate, we found them really good. We had thought it would be difficult to find our way, but the buses give destinations in English as well as Japanese. The 'grandma' at the ryokan made us welcome, even though we were a little late. When we got there we found the building with accommodation up a dark winding lane, but no-one there. Fortunately someone must have seen us, My son, with limited Japanese phoned the number of the Ryokan, and we were met and taken back down the lane to the reception and dining area. Food was brought out for us. My husband and I are vegetarian, so had to pick out bits that we needed

Our room was large and clean, with paper walls, and futon,floor cushions etc. Living on the floor was no problem, even thought we are in late 60s. Breakfast was Japanese or western. We had toast, scrambled egg, yoghurt and coffee.

Bathroom arrangements are interesting. There were three showers with curtains, but a door you could lock enclosing them all, so if you get in early you are not sharing a space with strangers. Hand washing, shaving etc is in an immaculately clean stainless steel long tank/sink/trough with three taps. One toilet is with electric buttons, so that it opens/closes, seat warms, becomes a bidet, dries etc. I found the shared toilet slippers a bit of a put off, so declined to use them. ,Also there are shower slippers (not used by me, as I don't like the idea of sharing slippers) . I also found towels on the floor for everyone to step on a bit off putting, but they were clean and changed regularly.

Onc e I had become used to washing arrangements, I enjoyed my stay. We had booked two of the nights en suite ( first two nights no en suite available). However, they then told us after our first two nights that no en suite was available, and refunded difference in cost.

Dinner was good for my son and his son who are not vegetarian, and once we had explained we were able to have vegetarian tempura.

The owners made us extremely welcome, and it is so peaceful and quiet, set in lovely gardens.We had read reviews about it being along way from town, but didn't find this a problem. One evening we missed a bus and walked 3/4 way in pouring rain, but that was our fault. if you like walking it is do-able, though a long way

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Close to the best wifi we had. JR bus went straight back to the station which was handy
Very good dinner in the restaurant
There was hardly anybody there when we were there which made it even more tranquil than it would have otherwise been.
I and my kids slept fine. My wife didn't have such a good time on the floor

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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: 13 Umegahatatakahanacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8261 , Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
#50 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ryokan Yamazaki 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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