Stayed for 3 nights at Ryokan Shimizu and had a great time. The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. Rooms were spacious and had separate areas for showering/bath and a separate toilet. The free cultural nights were great! Got to do some Japanese calligraphy and don on a simple Japanese outfit (male and female) with props and all. They also have a free cocktail every night at 9pm. Free wifi was definitely a big plus!
The ryokan is a 5-10min walk from Kyoto station and its pretty easy to find the place with the map that they provided. They also offer hire of bikes at a reasonable price for a day- we took up the offer and rode around kyoto for a day! Highly recommended so you can see the sights around and get there yourself! We rode to fushimi Inari shrine and all the way to the golden pavilion then across to gion for some geisha spotting and it was probably a full day of light riding (~30km). On check out, they were happy to watch our bags until mid afternoon while we did some final sightseeing.
Just to note, they have a curfew at 12 midnight. Check in is a little late- 4pm and you have a to check out by 10am.
Overall great place. Fantastic value for money. Would stay again if we ever come by kyoto in the future!